Facebook “Like” button is a very important social tool to promote your blog or website. Imaging that if your reader like your blog post and click the “Like” button on your site, it will then be shared with all his or her friends on Facebook. A story will appear in your reader’s friends’ News Feed with a link back to your website. This is definitely one of the most powerful word of mouth advertising you can get and most importantly it’s free. Basically there are 2 ways to add the Facebook’s Like buttons into your hosted WordPress blog or website.
Method 1: Edit WordPress Single.php Theme File
If you want the Like buttons or other social information to be displayed in a particular area of your blog or website, you can edit the post loop of your single.php file by adding the following line wherever you want the button to appear.
Depending on your blog or website’s design, you may want to adjust the parameters and options for this plugin.
layout – specify Like button layout
Options: standard, button_count, box_count
show_faces – specify whether to display profile photos below the button (standard layout only)
Options: true, false
width – customize the width of the Like button
action – the verb to display on the button
Options: like, recommend
colorscheme – the color scheme for the Like button
Options: light, dark
More information on Like button can be found on the Like button documentation.
Method 2: Install a Plugin
You may consider installing Like button or other social plugins on your site as there are many Facebook Like plugins available in the WordPress plugin directory. Below are some of the plugins for you to consider. They all work well with WordPress blog and easy to install.
WordPress Facebook Like Plugin
The WordPress Facebook Like Plugin adds a Facebook “Like” Button to your blog posts. It increases your visitor engagement instantly! This plugin adds a simple and easy to use Facebook Like functionality with admin options to change the location of Facebook Like button, font, show faces, use the box with count as well as other cool and useful options.
Facebook Social Plugins
This plugin allows you to easily integrate Facebook’s social features on your blog. The Like button can be added at the top or bottom of articles. You can control where and how it appears.
This plugin lets you easily add a Like button to your WordPress blog posts.
You can customize how you want buttons to appear in the Settings section.
It configures automatically all the Open Graph Meta tags you need in your HTML header.
Facebook Like Button Plugin
This plugin lets you add a Facebook Like button to your WordPress blog with ease. It is fully configurable and customizable to your likings. You are allowed to configure where you want it to be visible or you can include it on single post with shortcode.