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WordPress does provide a default comments system. However, many people find the default comments to be limited and hard to manage.

I've seen a lot of WordPress sites move to Facebook comments so that they can provide a better alternative. 

In this post, I'm going to show you how to run Facebook comments on your WordPress site.

Step #1. Install the Facebook Comments plugin

  • Login to your WordPress site.
  • Go to Plugins > Add new and search for "Facebook Comments".
  • Click "Install Now" and activate the plugin

Install the Facebook Comments plugin for WordPress

Step #2. Create a Facebook App ID

Add a Facebook app for Wordpress

  • Type in a custom name for the app.
  • Click "Create new Facebook app ID".

Create new Facebook app ID

  • Choose a Category, which in my case is "Apps for pages".
  • Click "Create App ID".

Create a Facebook App ID

Your app ID is almost ready!

In the next page, you will see a bunch of code. Look for the "appId" reference and copy its value without the quotation marks. This will be the ID to use in the next step.

facebook appId code

  • Scroll down and type the URL of your WordPress site.
  • Then, click "Next" to finish this part.

Add your WordPress URL to Facebook's app

Step #3. Add Facebook App ID to your WordPress site

Go back to your site's dashboard.

  1. Settings
  2. Facebook comments
  3. Type in the App ID from the previous step.

Add an APPID to the Facebook Comments plugin in WordPress

  • Scroll down to click the "Save changes" button.

Step #4. End result

Visit one of your posts to confirm the Facebook comments plugin is indeed working:

facebook comments live on a WordPress site

With this current setup, your site now allows you to post Facebook comments, but also the regular WordPress comments below. In order to disable the default comment, take a look at this tutorial.

If you want more features, check out how to reply to WordPress comments by email.

About the author

Valentín creates beautiful designs from amongst the tequila plants of Jalisco, Mexico. You can see Valentín's design work all over this site and you can often find him helping members in support.