Get Email Notification of Facebook Comments on Your WordPress Site

Like many site owners and WordPress websites, we at Lieberman Technologies were using Facebook Comments to encourage conversation on our WordPress blog. The Facebook Comment system worked great for things like authentication, spam prevention and even sharing. What it didn’t do was send email notification to a moderator when a comment was posted to the blog.

So we took that problem and created a solution with a WordPress plugin, titled Facebook Comments Notifier. This plugin adds the Facebook Comment social plugin in place of the default WordPress comments and creates email notifications on successfully posted comments. The email notification includes a time stamp of the submission, the commenter’s name, the comment test, and a link back to the page that the received the comment. If Facebook Comments are already in place on your WordPress site, this plugin will perform the email notification functionality.

The plugin’s settings area allows for configurable items such as Facebook AppID and the recipient email(s). You can send notifications to more than one recipient. By default, the plugin will email notifications to the site’s admin email address. A Facebook AppID is not required.

facebook comment notifier for wordpress

Click here to download the WordPress plugin.

As we’ve talked about in this space before, WordPress is a great content managment system that allows for the development of websites of varying complexity.  This new plugin will add to the roster of tools available to WordPress users, making websites even easier to manage.

  • Good day! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha
    plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty finding one?
    Thanks a lot!

  • hello.
    thanks for this good plugin .
    but I want to run Facebook comments while keeping the wordpress comments .

    tell me how please …

    • Thanks for the comment. At the moment our plugin doesn’t include running both comment systems. We may consider adding this functionality in the future.

  • todd

    thanks for making this plugin available. we have it installed on our blog but it only sends periodic notifications, not all. can you help?

    lifeglimpsed.com

    • Kevin Seifert

      Hi Todd,

      If you are seeing dropped emails, I would try setting up wordpress to use a SMTP server. For example:

      http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-mail-smtp/

      Another thing could cause the issue: if you can duplicate the problem check for javascript errors (for example, in the console in Chrome). These could affect the page sending email.

  • Hopefully this works – we’ve had facebook comments installed on our blog for a while and the only downside is the lack of built-in notification system.

    Thanks for the link – coffee brewed and fingers crossed. Installing it now..

    – Danny

  • I’ve installed the FB comments notifier plugin, but I’m not able to get the comments to show up on my pages. I’m thinking there’s something simple that I’m not understanding, and it’s frustrating. At this point, I don’t even care about the emails, I just want the comments. Can you help me? What do I need to do to get the comments section to show up? I was thinking it was automatic once the plugin is activated. I appreciate your help.

    • Sean, do you have WP comments enabled? The plugin code does a swap on the WP Comments, so they have to be enabled for our plugin to show the Facebook comments.

  • Trevor

    Thank you for this wonderful plugin! It works perfectly and is exactly what I have been looking for…there are a few other plugins available but none of them worked until I used yours 🙂 One question though…I had facebook comments already added to my site through 3 door digital’s “Facebook Comments” app and I was hiding the native wordpress comments. Is using your plugin only for notifications ok or do I need to disable the previous plugin to avoid conflict and redundancy?

    • Trevor, This plugin is meant to handle both the Facebook comments and notification of new comments via email. It uses the WordPress comments form as an indicator for where to place the Facebook comments plugin. I don’t know if it would conflict with other Facebook comments plugins or not. It was built to be self-sufficient.

  • Hi! Your plugin look very easy and helpful but, I have a question: also notifies to the post author or just the site’s admin?

    • eppand

      The plugin will notify the email address(es) that you configure in the settings portion of the plugin.

      • Thank you for your response. If I got your answer right, it seems almost impossible to enter every address because the authors base is constantly changing and I’d have to be adding/deleting emails to be notified, in one hand, and I want always two people to be notified: admin (me) and post author. Does this plugin do this?

        • eppand

          At this time, no, it doesn’t also dynamically notify the author of the post.

          • Pitty! But thanks for your response, eppand!

          • eppand

            I have added this to the roadmap, but no timetable on a go live date.

          • Well, just keep, me posted. Perhaps, idea, as usually the post author is a registered user (minimally), its email should be registered in wp database. The plugin could take it from there and setup a notification email.

  • DirkB

    does not work on my test-blog…. ; (