Strengthen your blog's community: Google Friend Connect now available for Wordpress

Thursday, October 22, 2009 | 2:21 PM

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This guest post was written by Mauro Gonzalez from Globant. - Ed.

I recently developed a plugin to add Google Friend Connect social features to WordPress blogs. This plugin allows your visitors to authenticate using any OpenID account such as Google, Yahoo, or AIM and then comment on your posts with no need to complete a registration form.


When a visitor authenticates as described above, a WordPress account is automatically created for them. You can later add or remove permissions for the visitor from the WordPress site administration pages. If desired, WordPress comments can be replaced by Google Friend Connect comments gadgets. In this case, no WordPress account is created, since Google Friend Connect handles both the rendering of the comments as well as comments moderation. Regardless of whether the Google Friend Connect comments gadgets are enabled or not, comment entries display the user profile picture and link to the user’s profile. In addition, a set of social gadgets are available, such as the Social Bar, Members, Recommendations, and Global Conversation gadgets. When recommendations are enabled, a "Recommend" button is displayed below your posts allowing the site members to choose the content they like most. The most popular posts will surface to the top of the list within the recommendations gadget.

The blog activities -such as posting content or commenting on a post- are submitted to the Google Friend Connect activity stream, which is visible on the social bar. All of the plugin features, as well as the color scheme, size, and labels of the social gadgets are easily configurable via admin panel, using regular WordPress admin interfaces. The plugin installation does not require any programming skills at all and you can get it at the Google Code site. To see this plugin in action visit either the WordPress with native comments demo or the WordPress with Friend Connect comments demo.

22 comments:

Yoo said...

It's neat that native comments will now be mentioned in the activity stream when GFC accounts and local WordPress accounts are synchronized, something that was missing from the FriendConnect Login plugin.

However, I can't help myself from plugging the Activities for Google Friend Connect plugin for blogs that want to use native comments but don't want to create local WordPress accounts for GFC members. :)

emdagon said...

wonderful job! =)

Andy W said...

Very interesting, good work!

Just wondering what is different between this and just using Disqus?

Karthik said...

This is a great news!!

My Notes said...

I second @Yoo

I like the plugin but dont want to create a local worpdress account for every visitor who signs with friendconnect.

JR Rivera said...

Seriously, How is this better than disqus? I'd like to try it, but just don't know if I'd be wasting time.

Pablo said...

@My Notes

There's no need to create a WordPress account. You can just use GFC comments.

RTFM :)

Jairo Vasquez Moreno ......... Ing. de Sistemas ............... Universidad EAFIT .............. Ing. de Proyectos .............. Fluidsignal Group .............. cel. 3113038417 ............... said...

Very good

rbngtr said...

What a capo is Mauro.... you are a thick one

Mauro said...

For those who don't want to create Wordpress accounts for visitors, the plugin has the option to replace the WordPress Comments mechanism by a Google Friend Connect comments gadget, this way the visitors are able to comment on your posts, but they never log in to WordPress, and you are still able to moderate the comments.

marvin said...

I am glad to connect with Google Friend Connect.
Thanks Marvin!

info said...

Hi Have installed the FC plugin on two of my blogs and when enabling them they seem to work fine in FireFox but when I view a post in IE8 my blog sidebar seems to disappear but not in FF. It does this when I view the examples aswell.
Can you guys look into it.

thanks

Protey said...

Hi, at me in firefox and IE8 plugin are not visible.

Mr K said...

I got this error..

We're sorry...

This gadget is configured incorrectly. Webmaster hint: Please ensure that "Friend Connect Settings - Home URL" matches the URL of this site.

Why?

www.theotherkhairul.com

Miro Collas said...

Same here - the entire widget shows empty.

Jim Walczak said...

how does GFC handle old comments? can they be imported?

How hard will it be for me to mash up something for Movable Type?

chaz said...

i installed this on my blog: http://chazamation.com/blog but the only browser that I can see the friend connect widget is IE8. I have tried chrome, firefox and safari as well but none of those broswers displays the widget.

any ideas?

chaz said...

my hard drive crashed recently at work and IT updated my OS to windows 7 from xp. Now i can see the widget on my blog in IE8, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.

However at home on my MAC Snow Leopard firefox and safari don't display the widget.

it's all bizarre.

میثم الله‌داد said...

Actually i add the "WordPress with native comments" latest version plug-in. But when someone wants to add a comment for my posts or when i want to publish my posts or a comment on my posts i receive a error message like this:

PHP Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting T_OLD_FUNCTION or T_FUNCTION or T_VAR or ‘}’ in C:\hshome\fixily\maysam.allahdad.com\wp-content\plugins\googlefriendconnect\osapi\osapi.php on line 53

Ferodynamics said...

Your client does not have permission to get URL /p/google-friend-connect-plugins/wiki/WordPressPlugin from this server.

Glamour Daze said...

Can I import my friends / followers into a new wordpress account, and show the widget accordingly on the new site that my regular visitors are redirected to ?

His Love Kept Me said...

You need to clarify when referring to Wordpress if you are speaking of this working only on wordpress.org or wordpress.com or BOTH please?
Thanks