How to Fix the Facebook and Instagram oEmbed Issue in WordPress

How to Fix the Facebook and Instagram oEmbed Issue in WordPress website

We have important news for you about the changes in embedded Facebook and Instagram content in WordPress! 

In short, you will no longer be able to automatically repost content from your WordPress site to Facebook and Instagram. And if you try to, it won't be displayed to users.  It will continue to work only for those who have a Facebook developer account and a Facebook app registered.

In this blog, the Wishdesk web developers will go into more detail on what has changed, what to expect from it and how to fix the Facebook and Instagram oEmbed.

Why will these Facebook and Instagram oEmbed features stop working?

Facebook recently broke shocking news for all WordPress site owners. After October 24th Facebook and Instagram embeds will be deprecated. This is due to the fact that Facebook has made drastic changes in the Facebook API.

Here is a screenshot of the official source.

oEmbed features stop working

As a result of these updates, all Facebook and Instagram's oEmbed endpoints will be removed from the WordPress core. Gutenberg has already done this. There is no chance it will change at this point.

After October 24th all the embeds in your WordPress content will look like this:

Facebook oEmbed issueInstagram oEmbed issue

2 ways to fix Instagram and Facebook oEmbed issue

If you want to avoid problems with posting content from the WordPress site on Facebook and Instagram, then you need to act quickly, as you have very little time (2 days).

We bring to your attention 2 main ways to make sure that your data is still displayed correctly on the social networks:

1. meet all the requirements put forward by Facebook

2. install a special plugin that will do this automatically

First Way - Following the new stringent set of requirements

In order to save the situation, you must:

  1. go to the official website 
  2. create a special Developer account
  3. register as a Facebook application
  4. add oEmbed to your Facebook app
  5. connect Access Token
  6. keep your application in Live Mode

To be honest with you, it is very difficult, especially if you do not have deep knowledge in this area. And why complicate life, if there is another, easier way out?

Second Way - Installing WordPress plugins for Facebook & Instagram Embeds

A good solution to get everything back in place is to install the dedicated Instagram and Facebook Feed plugins.

You have the 2 best plugins to choose from:

  • Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed
  • Smash Balloon Social Post Feed

Smash Balloon Plugins

Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed is the best plugin of its kind for displaying your posts on Instagram.

Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed

The last update was a week ago.

There are over 1 million active users.

Key features of Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed:

  • automatically works with Instagram oEmbeds
  • easy to install
  • works well in mobile devices
  • flexible in settings
  • uses the built-in shortcode
  • you can add Follow on Instagram button to feed
  • can be customized by adding your own CSS and JavaScript

Price: free/ starts at $49

Smash Balloon Social Post Feed

Smash Balloon Social Post Feed is another unique plugin to keep displaying posts from your WordPress site on your Facebook even after October 24th.

Smash Balloon Social Post Feed

The last update was a week ago.

There are over 200,000 active users

Key features of Balloon Social Post Feed:

  • unlimited customization options
  • case study as CRM tripled client's income
  • displays text and links from Facebook posts
  • supports for Facebook oEmbeds
  • as easy to use as possible
  • works without Facebook Developer App
  • optimized for SEO

Price: free/ starts at $49

Fix Facebook & Instagram Embeds with Wishdesk web development help!

There are only days left before Facebook & Instagram drop support for WordPress embeds. Don't wait for all your posts on Instagram and Facebook to stop working, take action now!

Let's hope that the changes that Facebook introduced will really be useful, since they added problems for the owners of WordPress sites. Install a plugin and calmly further develop your business. The Wishdesk web development agency is always happy to help you solve any problems.


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