Integrating your website with Facebook is a great way to build a community around your brand and make your website feel much more alive.
Facebook offers several powerful social plugins that can help you build a community around your site.
The most popular way of integrating Facebook into your site is by using a Facebook “like” button. You can get the code for a like button and install it manually, or if you have a self-hosted WordPress blog there are a few plugins that allow you to install Facebook “like” buttons into your content automatically.
You can also embed the content stream from your Facebook Page with a Like Box.
The “Digg Digg” plugin installs floating like or share buttons that follows you as you scroll down the page and features a variety of other social sharing buttons as well.
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It is possible to install Facebook commenting into your website or blog, and this allows people to easily comment with their Facebook account, and post their comment to their wall. You will need to go though an application install process in order to install official Facebook commenting but if you have a self-hosted WordPress blog the process is simplified with a Facebook enabled commenting plugin.
If you have a WordPress blog you can get Facebook commenting very fast, and without any technical expertise, by installing the commenting plugin Disqus.
You can see disqus in action on this very blog by scrolling to the bottom of this page. Feel free to leave a comment and test it out!
Disqus also has Twitter and Yahoo login integration, so if you install this plugin your visitors will be able to login to your blog and comment with Yahoo, Twitter, or as a Guest as well.
Intense Debate is another free commenting plugin with Facebook integration, and is owned by the same folks who own WordPress, so you know it will always be supported.
Facebook also offers some social sharing plugins that show recent sharing and recommendation activity from your website.
For a list of all of the plugins that Facebook offers check out the official Social Plugins page.
How have you integrated your website with Facebook? Let us know in the comments below!