Embedding Facebook or Instagram content in WordPress using the default embed or Blocks feature was a pretty easy kind of work. But now it won’t, after the new announcement of “Facebook”. In this article, I’ll show you how to fix the Facebook and Instagram embed problem in WordPress, so your embedding keeps working.
To be specific, Facebook and Instagram are dropping support for the embedded content on WordPress sites starting October 24th, and you need to fix this issue immediately.
On the upcoming API update, Facebook will remove support for unauthenticated Embeds. Content will only be supported for those publishers who have a developer account and a registered Facebook App.
Requirement to Fix The Facebook & Instagram oEmbed Problem
- a Facebook Developer account, which you can create at developers.facebook.com
- a registered Facebook app
- the oEmbed Product added to the app
- an Access Token
- The Facebook app must be in Live Mode
These are some requirements you need to fill if you want to embed your Facebook & Instagram Content, But there’s one trick left that you can use.
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The reason that Facebook oEmbed Endpoints stopped Working?
On October 24th, 2020 Facebook officially announced that all o/embed requests for Facebook & Instagram content will be deprecated. The API is the fundamental between both Gutenberg and WordPress Classic editor’s, it easily lets you embed videos, pictures, updates, and other content from Facebook and Instagram.
Instead of that, Facebook now requires each developer to create a developer account, registered Facebook App, and use an access token to get their data from Graph API for oEmbed content.
In this case, the WordPress core team decided to remove Facebook and Instagram embed feature from WordPress core, in favor of letting WordPress plugins solve the issue for users (core ticket #50861).
If you use any Facebook or Instagram embeds in your WordPress content, they will break after October 24th. This means Facebook’s API will soon be dropping support for that endpoint.
You can get more information about it on Facebook Developer Blog.
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How to Fix the Facebook & Instagram oEmbed Issue With Plugins (Restoring Default Features)
Thankfully, the easiest and most friendly way to fix the oEmbed issue by using the available plugins. For more details, see my step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Well, this change hasn’t rolled out yet, but developers have been working hard to prepare simple solutions for site owners to bring back the default features.
Here are a couple of plugins that are available so far.
Developer Ayesh Karunaratne brings back the support for Facebook and Instagram content embedding with his plugin called oEmbed Plus.
Even after this plugin, the publisher has to register a Facebook developer account and “create” an app.
This plugin implements the new Facebook and Instagram embed APIs, restoring the block editor feature to embed Facebook and Instagram contents.
Check out the complete information to see what’s involved.
This plugin mostly makes the process easier than doing everything on your own. ( This article is about How to fix embed problem)
Smash Balloon Plugin
This plugin is developed by Awesome Motive, and it’s used by over 1.2 million users worldwide.
The company has made some changes in plugin after the Facebook announcement, it fixes for broken Facebook and Instagram embeds.
With Smash Baloon, you don’t have to go through the process of registering a Facebook developer account and creating an app.
Since Smash Baloon has a register API key to create custom feeds for both Facebook and Instagram, There’s no need for additional authentication needed to restore this functionality.
All plugins mentioned in this article are free.
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If you ever embedded content from Facebook or Instagram on your site using the default feature, then act fast otherwise your table might get broked.
I hope this article helped you to learn how to fix the Embed problem in WordPress.
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