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Weebly Tip of the Week: Blog Posts, Images, and Sharing to Facebook

Our recent blog post on starting a blog got me thinking about common questions I and other team members see with blog posts and social media.  You’ve written a great blog post, and now you’re sharing it to Facebook.  What can you do to ensure that your blog post looks awesome when you share it? It’s really a lot easier than you’d think.

 

Images

 

If you want an image to display with your post (and let’s be honest, your share is a lot more eye-catching if it includes an image), Facebook provides clear guidelines on what you need to do to have the best results.

 

For a larger banner-sized image with your share, make sure your image is at least 600 x 315 or larger.  

 

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Anything smaller than that will display next to post information.  The bare minimum for an image to be used at all is 200 x 200.  

 

share-square.png

 

 

Facebook also recommends that your image ratio be as close to 1.91:1 as possible to prevent cropping.

 

Text

 

Facebook will scan your post and select title and text information for your post automatically.  If you want to control that in specific, click on Post Options to the lower left while editing your post and enter an SEO title and SEO description.  Facebook will use these instead.

 

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As you can see from what I entered above, that information plus the large image I used in my test resulted in the share looking like this:

 

 

 

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Two more tips:

 

  1. If you decide to change something or if something doesn’t look right, you’ll need to request Facebook re-scrape your site.  They have a handy debug tool which you can use to clear their cache and fetch new information: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/
  2. If you have multiple images in your post and Facebook isn’t using your preferred image, use the debug tool above to clear Facebook’s cache, then share the URL of the post yourself again right on Facebook.  You should get an option to pick through available images.
- Adam
Senior Community Specialist
26 REPLIES
Explorer

Re: Weebly Tip of the Week: Blog Posts, Images, and Sharing to Facebook

On my Facebook, I have a page and a group. I can share to the page but not the group. Is this a Facebook issue or a Weebly issue?
Community Manager

Re: Weebly Tip of the Week: Blog Posts, Images, and Sharing to Facebook

That's a really great question, @PaulyPUK. Offhand I'm not sure whether it's possible to set up sharing to a group like a page or profile, although I'd recommend suggesting that on our Vote on Features board:

 

https://community.weebly.com/t5/Vote-on-Features/idb-p/IdeaExchange

 

If it's possible for our engineers to develop that I'm sure other users would love to have the option. Smiley Happy

 

- Adam
Senior Community Specialist
Counselor

Re: Weebly Tip of the Week: Blog Posts, Images, and Sharing to Facebook

Can you share the post from your page to the group? I do that all the time. I share the post to my page and then from my page to the group. Would that work for you?

Scholar

Re: Weebly Tip of the Week: Blog Posts, Images, and Sharing to Facebook

can you explain how you share your facebook page to its grooup page? 

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Re: Weebly Tip of the Week: Blog Posts, Images, and Sharing to Facebook


TinHeadNed wrote:

can you explain how you share your facebook page to its grooup page? 


Are you looking to share a page of your site on your group page, or share the URL of your Facebook page itself on your group page?

- Adam
Senior Community Specialist
Scholar

Re: Weebly Tip of the Week: Blog Posts, Images, and Sharing to Facebook

actually I got it figured out. i was originally wanting my weeb blog to to push posts to both my facebook biz page and its associated fb personal page. i can make it do one or the other (weebly writing gurus, why is this?) so then i set it to push to the fb personal page but for the life of me couldn't see where to share it to the biz page. I found it. The whole thing is cumbersome though. I have to publish my blog then got to facebook and manualy share each post to the fb biz page..... very archaic but it is working out and i blame facebook.....

Scholar

Re: Weebly Tip of the Week: Blog Posts, Images, and Sharing to Facebook

Thank you, that worked... had to make sure the permalink was all one word and then it worked perfectly yayyy THANK YOU xo

Scholar

Re: Weebly Tip of the Week: Blog Posts, Images, and Sharing to Facebook

Where can I find the Post Options in weebly that you show in the "Text" section of your article? When I click Publish, it just publishes the page, there are no other options. Can't even save a secret draft...

Community Manager

Re: Weebly Tip of the Week: Blog Posts, Images, and Sharing to Facebook


Kamala wrote:

Where can I find the Post Options in weebly that you show in the "Text" section of your article? When I click Publish, it just publishes the page, there are no other options. Can't even save a secret draft...


Those options are only available when editing a blog post, and are found by clicking the blue "post options" button on the lower left.

- Adam
Senior Community Specialist