Facebook Albums 2.0.5

After a few months I decided to give Facebook Albums some love. With 2.0.4 I implemented WordPress's caching mechanism to cache Facebook API responses for better performance. Will it never occurred to me about clearing said cache if the widget or that post updates.

So now if you update your Facebook Album widget, it will clear the cache and reflect your changes (such as image limit.) Ditto goes for posts, anytime a post saves the plugin checks for the shortcode (<3.6.0 compliant ;)) and clears that albums cached output.

Responsive Facebook Like Box

We've all been there - create this awesome responsive design for a client's website and then you have to try and slap a Facebook Like Box in there..somehow..without breaking your responsive work. Sucks, doesn't it? But it doesn't have to. Using a little jQuery you can cause the Facebook Like Box to re-render on window load or resize allowing it to become responsive versus hardcoded.

Facebook Album: Caching and Localization

My Facebook Album for WordPress has one major issue: performance. Each time a the plugin is loaded it polls the Facebook API for a response to parse the photos feed. I am going to integrate the caching method WordPress's RSS widgets use for caching Facebook's API response. By default the cache will set to one day, but I will be sure to add a setting that allows adjustment.

Facebook Album 2.0 Coming soon!

I've been hard at work in the labs revamping the Facebook Album plugin for WordPress. Very soon you will be able to use a Facebook application to authenticate with the Facebook API. That means you'll be able to embed personal albums into your WordPress site - and give me better ability to extend the plugin in the future.