How can I integrate Facebook Connect on my Site?

 

WHAT IS FACEBOOK CONNECT

Facebook Connect allows all your customers to create accounts on your site, with the click of a button, by importing their basic information from their Facebook account. This can greatly increase your conversion numbers, by making it super easy to join your website. If they are already logged into Facebook, they will immediately be logged into your site as well. You can also take advantage of Facebook's many social features which can make your website more interactive and viral. It's good for business and it's good for your customers.

HOW DOES IT WORK

When someone uses Facebook Connect on your site, we create a local account that is synced with their Facebook account, so you have all the data locally. Even if they decide they don't want to use Facebook anymore, they can continue using your site. If they already have a local account, they can make future logins more easy by going to their account settings and clicking the button that says "Sync with Facebook".

Right now, Gutensite's account integration with Facebook is limited to account creation and sign-in. But there are lots of other features that you can add to your site, e.g. publish announcements to someone's wall (so all their friends know about it), choose a list of friends to invite to come use your service, access photos and videos, access personal information like birthdays, interests, education, work history, etc. If you want to take advantage of these extra features, let us know and we can create a special project to implement these features with your website.

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HOW TO ACTIVATE FACEBOOK CONNECT

  1. Setup a Facebook App. The Facebook Developers Site has more information that you want to know, but all you need to do is go to the My Apps button at the top of the page and then on the My Apps page click on the button that says Set Up New App. You will need to provide the full Site URL for your website, e.g. http://www.mydomain.com/, along with any other information requested.
  2. Get App ID and Secret Key. Once you've created a new app, you will be able to view the information about the app, which will include some important IDs, Keys and Secrets. Find your App ID and your App Secret, and return to Gutensite Admin and Go to the Accounts > Account Settings page. Go to the Advanced Tab and enter your App ID and Secret.

    You will also see additional options for Access Permissions, which you can ignore. If you need to integrate more social features into your website, you will need to request a custom project to do this, and if necessary we will increase the permissions. More information about permissions can be found on Facebook's Developer Site.
  3. Test Your Site. Once you enter the App ID and the Secret Key, your website's account sign in page will immediately give people an option to create an account or sign in with Facebook. Once they have authorized your site to access their data, every time they return to your site, as long as they are logged into Facebook they will immediately be logged into your site. If they are not logged into Facebook, they can click the Facebook Connect button and login to Facebook from your site and then they will be logged into your site.

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