As a Network Creator, you can create a Facebook App that allows members to post to Facebook directly. Setting up a Facebook App is a great way for members to introduce their Facebook friends to your Ning Network! This sharing app will also provide a way for members to invite their Facebook friends to join the network, should the Network Creator choose to enable this function.
Creating your Facebook Sharing App To get started with creating your Facebook Sharing app, navigate to the dashboard from your My Network or Manage tab. Click the “Facebook Integration” link under the Tools heading (or click the Facebook icon if you are showing icon shortcuts).
This will take you to your Facebook Integration page.
Click on the “Go to Facebook” link to open up a new tab where you will be directed to the Facebook Apps page to create a new Facebook App. If you aren’t immediately directed to this screen, paste this URL into the address bar: https://developers.facebook.com/apps. Click on the “Add a New App” button.
On the next screen, select the advanced setup link at the bottom.
Copy the name you see in Step 2 of your network’s Facebook Integration page. Paste this name into your new Facebook App’s Display Name field. Leave the App Namespace blank. Be sure to choose a category for your application from the drop-down menu. Click “Create App” after you’ve done that.
You’ll be prompted to fill out the Security Check Image Captcha in the next pop-up window. Select all of the images that match Facebook’s description, then click “Submit”. If you can’t read this information, you can click on the links in the pop-up window to receive a text captcha or to hear an audio version.
Once on this page, click on the slider that displays “No” next to where it says, “Do you want to make this app and all its live features available to the general public?” Click to confirm this in the window that pops up. From the side column, click on the “Settings” link and click on the “Save Changes” button on this page. For Networks Using a Custom Domain: Domain-mapped networks need additional information added to the Facebook Sharing application, in order to identify it with the network. This additional information is necessary for your Facebook Invitation feature. Before you save your Facebook Sharing app, you’ll want to do these three additional steps: 1. Add your network’s custom domain in the “App Domain” field in this manner: examplenetwork.com 2. Click on “Add Platform” and then select “Website” as the platform 3. In this Site URL field, enter your network’s custom URL as it appears in your web browser’s address bar: http://examplenetwork.com You can see how this looks here:
Adding the App ID and App Secret to your Facebook Integration Page Once you have created your Facebook Sharing app on Facebook and saved it, click to show your App Secret on the Settings page. You’ll be prompted to enter your Facebook account’s password in order to display this information.
Copy the App ID and App Secret you see on this page. You’ll be pasting these two strings into your network’s Facebook Integration page. After you paste them in, save your changes on the Facebook Integration page.
Now you can invite your Facebook friends to your Ning Network!