Facebook commenting in Turtle skin

Turtle's new Facebook commenting will not only add a handy commenting tool to your albums but it will manage all the community integration, posting to timeline, notifications, etc. – and thanks to Facebook's networking effect your albums can reach 100s of people in no time. Many users of Turtle, I guess, haven't even noticed the new Facebook commenting tool, or perhaps thought it's something too complicated for them. No, I can tell you, it shouldn't – even I was surprised how smooth it goes. Now I'll show you the 3 easy steps to put this awesome tool into good use.

Step 1: Create a new App

In order you can manage your Facebook Commenting app you will need to create a new App on Facebook. Don't worry, you don't need to be a coder to be able to do that. Go to this page: Facebook Apps, give it a name and you're good to go. (From jAlbum simply click the Sign up link on Turtle's settings window and go to Apps.)

Create new App on Facebook


Step 2: Copy the App ID

Now that Facebook has created an app for you can simply copy the App ID to jAlbum's appropriate box.

Copy the App ID


Step 3: Set up Turtle to use Facebook commenting:

Go to Turtle's Social settings tab and turn on Enable Facebook commenting. Paste the app ID you've copied from the Facebook site. Normally you don't need to change the Number of posts to show, but you can make it a bit higher if there's enough space. Note, this is not the total number of comments to show, only the number of comments to show in the initial view – the visitors can expand it any time if they want to see more.

Turtle settings


Make the album and Upload to your site! Please note, you cannot test the Facebook commenting on the local Preview, because that?s not visible to Facebook servers.

Last step: enjoy the popularity! :)


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Julien Devincre

Julien Devincre 9 years ago

Hello, I can't figure out how to add an admin to allow comments moderation. This is a new option that is not described here above. The question is how the admin name should be enterred in the box ?

Laca Molnar

Laca Molnar 10 years ago

It supposed to work. You might need to refresh the page on Facebook's developer site to get rid of the occasionally cached wrong versions: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug


FoxinNature 11 years ago

It is still not working and I've tried different webbrowsers. But when I go to my website on my iPad it is working!?!? What can this be?


FoxinNature 11 years ago

I did all three steps, but the fb comments are not showing up. I tried in Make slide pages mode checked as well unchecked. Also set this setting on fb apps:

Do you want to make this app and all its live features available to the general public? -> Yes

Don't know if it has anything to do with it.

I hope you can help me

(site: foxinnature.zzl.org)


FoxinNature 11 years ago

Should this Facebook commenting work without the " Make slide pages" checked?


seraphimsphoto 11 years ago

Hello Lava,
Thanks for the help. In the end I decided to go back to chameleon.
I didn't like the way the folders displayed and in my Jalbum at least the album image locked. The buttons to let me change location was greyed out.
the Facebook integration is a fantastic feature and I can't wait until it makes its way over to chameleon

Laca Molnar

Laca Molnar 11 years ago

@seraphimsphoto: 1. the default size is 200x150px in Turtle - if you open an old album it takes over the old thumb dimensions. Change it through the Settings / Images / Image dimensions settings. 2. To change the album thumbnail just use the little triangles below the Settings / General / Album thumbnail, or even easier: select the photo in thumbnail view and right-click -> Use as folder image.


seraphimsphoto 11 years ago

Worked for me like a charm. Two Suggestions;
1- The folder thumbnails in Chameleon (which I was using) are rectangular. They are square in Turtle. 2x3 (100x150) Standard size rectangles would work better.
2- The ALBUM thumbnail shows as a rectangle similar in size to the the FACEBOOK Cover Photo. In the jAlbum GENERAL tab, that image seems to be locked to what I was using for Chameleon. I would like to be able to change it AND size it to fit the box (like in facebook, which I hate to quote. Sorry.)
Thats it. Love it.
seraphims photo


seraphimsphoto 11 years ago

giving it a try

Laca Molnar

Laca Molnar 11 years ago


In order to see what's wrong I need to peek into your page. Please sent the URL to laza at jalbum dot net.

"Not public to Facebook" means the album's folder is password-protected (or local).

The Google plus button might not work if the google plus library hasn't been started when the skin starts to generate the buttons. This can happen if you have several Like, Share buttons or other external libraries (e.g. Maps). I made a modification now, so the skin will try to start the button 20 times, 200ms in-between the attempts. Will be available with the next skin release.

Please note, none of the social functions (Like, Share, Comment) will work on the local album, as other can't access your hard disk anyway. (Ideally :))


Jan Petter Seiergren

Jan Petter Seiergren 11 years ago

Hello! I'm trying to get this feature to work, but on my Turtle jAlbum Photoalbum site nothing is showing up from Facebook. And I did follow your "3 easy steps" to the letter to intergrate the Facebook commenting tool on my site where I put the Turtle photoalbum.
I see that you answered Christopher Werby that if your site is not public to Facebook, it won't work. What do you mean by "not public to Facebook"? And how am I get it public to Facebook if it's not? If I get this app working I will consider upgrading jAlbum.
I have a question about Turtle: why is it that after the latest upgrade the Google+ like-button are missing? In the jAlbum desktop app it's a radiobutton to tick if you want the Google+ like-button to appear on the main page, but it's not there when I test
the page in a browser locally, and not after it's uploaded. Just the Facebook like-button are showing.
Thnx. Jan Petter

Laca Molnar

Laca Molnar 11 years ago

Hi Marco, see Step 1. Not Facebook ID, but Facebook App ID.

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atibaia gap hollister aeropostale multimarcas, abercrombie, victoria's secret 11 years ago

i don't know what's the facebook id, sorry i'm starting.

Laca Molnar

Laca Molnar 12 years ago

No, unfortunately if the page is not public to Facebook, you can't integrate a facebook commenting into it.

Christopher Werby

Christopher Werby 12 years ago

Hi Laca,

Trying to understand this feature. Is it correct that if I have a Photo Album on a protected server, then I can't use this feature? I have a photo album that isn't meant to be shared generally, but is meant to be shared among a group of people who traveled together. I was hoping to use this new commenting feature to enable them to each add "captions" to the images. But that's not going to work, is it?

Thanks! And Turtle skin is awesome!