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i want to make custom filed that contains facebook like count for the post url to get the likes i used this code

function fb_count(){
$link = get_permalink($post->ID);
$content = file_get_contents("http://api.facebook.com/restserver.php?method=links.getStats&urls=".$link);
$element = new SimpleXmlElement($content);
$shareCount = $element->link_stat->total_count;
return $shareCount;}

which i don't know how to store the Facebook data in custom filed i tried this code but it dos not work

<?php $like_key = 'likes_count';
     $link = get_permalink($id);
$content = file_get_contents("http://api.facebook.com/restserver.php?   method=links.getStats&urls=".$link);
$element = new SimpleXmlElement($content);
$shareCount = $element->link_stat->total_count;
 $key1_values = get_post_custom_values($like_key, $id);
    foreach ( $key1_values as $value )
     update_post_meta($id,$like_key,$shareCount, $value); ?>

i wanna know i what i am doing wrong

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3 Answers 3

i done it here is the complete code how its done

function insert_facebook_likes_custom_field($post_ID) {
global $wpdb;
if(!wp_is_post_revision($post_ID)) {
  add_post_meta($post_ID, 'likes_count', '0', true);

add_action('publish_page', 'insert_facebook_likes_custom_field');
     add_action('publish_post', 'insert_facebook_likes_custom_field');

function update_facebook_likes($content = '') {

global $wp_query;

$permalink = get_permalink();

$idpost = $wp_query->post->ID;

$data = file_get_contents('http://graph.facebook.com/?id='.$permalink);

$json = $data;

$obj = json_decode($json);
$like_no = $obj->{'shares'};
$meta_values = get_post_meta($idpost, 'likes_count', true);

if($like_no == null){$like_no = 0;}

update_post_meta($idpost, 'likes_count', $like_no, false);

return $content;


     add_action('the_content', 'update_facebook_likes');

just copy paste this code into function.php the data will stores in custom filed called likes_count hope it helps

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For display number of Facebook fans in full text, i used this part of code :

$page_id = "YOUR PAGE-ID";
$xml = @simplexml_load_file("http://api.facebook.com/restserver.php?method=facebook.fql.query&query=SELECT%20fan_count%20FROM%20page%20WHERE%20page_id=".$page_id."") or die ("a lot");
$fans = $xml->page->fan_count;
echo $fans;

"YOUR PAGE-ID" -> the ID of Facebook page. I hope to be useful.

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You could also cache the Number, so you improve the performance because not connecting to facebook every time. –  fischi Dec 27 '12 at 14:42
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See Getting Facebook Likes, Shares and Comment Counts Using PHP Function.
Its a newer version where you can get the facebook likes, comment, and share counts using facebook FQL and get it via json and display it as a text. you can manipulate the view and design it in a way you want. Its so handy, simpler Code, and soo useful

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Please post an example of the code one might use –  bungeshea Jan 13 '13 at 4:17
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