NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) Pro

September 14th, 2015

The NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) plugin was replaced by the WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) plugin on September 14th, 2015. If you already have NGFB Pro licenses, don’t worry, NGFB will continue to be supported for many years. ;-) If you’d like to purchase additional NGFB license(s), consider migrating to WPSSO and purchasing WPSSO license(s) instead. ;-)

WPSSO is a fork / child of NGFB — both plugins have the same author, the same core features and code-base, but WPSSO is distributed without the sharing buttons and their related features (making WPSSO about 20% smaller than NGFB). Additional extension plugins are also available for WPSSO, including two different types of sharing button extensions:

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  • Plugin Name: NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) Pro
  • Stable Version: 8.40.1-2
  • Author: JS Morisset
  • Description: Complete meta tags for the best looking shares on Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Twitter, etc - no matter how your webpage is shared!
  • License: Nontransferable License for WordPress Site Address URL
  • Requires At Least: WordPress 3.8
  • Tested Up To: WordPress 4.7.2
  • Last Updated: 7 hours ago
  • Downloaded: 45,841 times
  • Plugin Homepage »

NGFB uses your existing content to generate its meta tags and Schema markup — there's no need to manually enter / configure any additional settings or values, but if you want to, you can customize just about anything and everything. ;-).

NGFB creates complete and accurate social meta tags and Schema markup — including titles, descriptions, hashtags, images, videos, ecommerce product details, author profile / authorship, co-authors, publisher information, ratings, event details, recipe information, and much more — all from your existing content.

NGFB provides all the information social websites and search engines need — improving social engagement, Google Search ranking, and click-through-rates on Facebook, Google Search / Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and many more.

NGFB includes special support and optimization features for Pinterest — providing customized Pinterest image sizes, and avoiding conflicts between incompatible Pinterest and Facebook Open Graph meta tags.

Don't need the included social share buttons?

The WordPress Social Sharing Optimization (WPSSO) plugin is a fork / child of NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) — they have the same author, the same solid core features and code-base, but WPSSO is distributed without the social share buttons and their related features. Additional Free extension plugins are also available for WPSSO, including two different types of sharing button extensions:

Quick List of Features

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) Free / Basic Features

  • Adds Open Graph meta tags for Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Adds Twitter Card meta tags:
  • Adds Weibo meta tags for article creation and update dates.
  • Adds Pinterest Rich Pin meta tags and Schema Structured Data markup for Google.
  • Adds author (Person), publisher (Organization) and WebSite markup for Google Search and Knowledge Graph, including markup for the Google Sitelinks Searchbox.
  • Customizable image dimensions for Facebook / Open Graph, Pinterest, Schema and all Twitter Card types.
  • Auto-regeneration of inaccurate / missing WordPress image sizes.
  • Support for Automattic's Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) plugin.
  • Support for featured, attached, gallery shortcode, and/or image HTML tags in content.
  • Fallback to image alt values if the content and excerpt does not include any text.
  • Optional fallback to a default image and video for index and search webpages.
  • Configurable title separator character (hyphen by default).
  • Configurable title and description lengths (Open Graph, Twitter Card, SEO).
  • Includes author, co-author / contributor and publisher markup for Facebook, Pinterest and Google.
  • Includes WordPress tags as hashtags (including a configurable maximum).
  • Includes a Google / SEO description meta tag (if an SEO plugin is not detected).
  • Configurable website / business social accounts for Schema markup:
    • Facebook Business Page URL
    • Google+ Business Page URL
    • Pinterest Company Page URL
    • Twitter Business @username
    • Instagram Business URL
    • LinkedIn Company Page URL
    • MySpace Business (Brand) URL
  • User profile contact fields for Open Graph, Twitter Card, and Schema markup:
    • Facebook URL
    • Google+ URL
    • Instagram URL
    • LinkedIn URL
    • MySpace URL
    • Pinterest URL
    • Skype Username
    • Tumblr URL
    • Twitter @username
    • YouTube Channel URL
  • Customizable multilingual / multi-language Site Title and Site Description texts.
  • Contextual help for every plugin option and comprehensive online documentation.
  • Uses object and transient caches to provide incredibly fast execution speeds.
  • Include / exclude each social share button based on the viewing device (desktop and/or mobile).
  • Social share buttons for the content, excerpt, in a widget, as a shortcode, floating sidebar, and/or PHP function.
    • Buffer
    • Email
    • Facebook
    • Google+
    • LinkedIn
    • ManageWP
    • Pinterest
    • Reddit
    • StumbleUpon
    • Tumblr
    • Twitter
    • WhatsApp (for Mobile Devices)

Download the Free version from GitHub or

Quick List of Features (Continued)

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) Pro / Power-User Features

  • A Social Settings metabox for Post, Page, custom post type, user profile, and term / taxonomy (category and tag) editing pages — the Social Settings metbox allows you to customize the article topic, the shared title, the Open Graph / Facebook / Rich Pin, Google Search, and Twitter Card descriptions, along with the shared image and/or video.
  • Fully renders content (including shortcodes) for accurate description texts.
  • Support for embedded videos in content text (iframe and object HTML markup).
  • Additional Open Graph / Rich Pin meta tags for videos and ecommerce products.
  • Twitter Player Card markup for embedded videos from Facebook, Slideshare, Vimeo, Wistia, and/or Youtube.
  • Include or exclude individual Google / SEO, Open Graph, Twitter Card, and Schema meta tags in the webpage head section.
  • Validation of minimum / maximum image dimensions and aspect ratios.
  • Configurable user profile contact field names and labels.
  • Optional URL shortening with Bitly, Google,, TinyURL, or YOURLS.
  • Dynamic button language switching based on the current WordPress locale.
  • A stylesheets editor for each social share button locations (content, excerpt, shortcode, widget, etc.).
  • File caching for social share button images and JavaScript, maximizing performance on VPS and dedicated hardware hosting platforms.
  • Selection of preset button options by location (content, excerpt, shortcode, widget, etc.).
  • Ability to include / exclude social share buttons by post type.
  • Integrates with 3rd party plugins and services for additional image, video, ecommerce product details, SEO settings, etc. The following modules are included with the Pro version, and are automatically loaded if/when the supported plugins and/or services are required.
    • NGFB Pro Integrated 3rd Party Plugins
      • All in One SEO Pack
      • bbPress
      • BuddyPress (including Group Forum Topics)
      • Co-Authors Plus (including Guest Authors)
      • Easy Digital Downloads
      • HeadSpace2 SEO
      • NextGEN Gallery
      • MarketPress - WordPress eCommerce
      • Polylang
      • rtMedia for WordPress, BuddyPress and bbPress
      • The Events Calendar
      • The SEO Framework
      • WooCommerce (version 1 and 2)
      • WP eCommerce
      • WordPress REST API (version 2)
      • Yoast SEO (aka WordPress SEO)
      • Yotpo Social Reviews for WooCommerce
    • NGFB Pro Integrated Service APIs
      • Bitly
      • Facebook Embedded Videos
      • Google URL Shortener
      • Gravatar (Author Image)
      • Slideshare Presentations
      • TinyURL
      • Vimeo Videos
      • Wistia Videos
      • Your Own URL Shortener (YOURLS)
      • YouTube Videos and Playlists

Purchase the Pro version (includes a No Risk 30 Day Refund Policy).

Social Sharing Buttons

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) comes with several social share buttons, that you can optionally include on Post / Page editing pages, above / below your content or excerpt, bbPress single pages, BuddyPress activity entries, as a sidebar, widget, shortcode, or even call a function from your theme template(s). Each of the following social share buttons can be enabled, configured, and styled individually:

  • Email
  • Buffer
  • Facebook (Like, Send, and Share)
  • Google+
  • LinkedIn
  • ManageWP
  • Pinterest
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Tumblr (Links, Quotes, Images, Videos)
  • Twitter
  • WhatsApp (for Mobile Devices)

The Facebook, Google+ and Twitter social share buttons support multiple languages. A default language can be chosen in the NGFB settings, and the Pro version switches the social share button language with the webpage language / WordPress locale. NGFB can also include hashtags from WordPress and NextGEN Gallery tag names in the Open Graph (Facebook) and Pinterest Rich Pin descriptions, Tweet text, and other social captions.

Social Profiles for Google Search

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) includes support for author (Person) and publisher (Organization) social profiles, publisher (Organization) logo, and WebSite site name in Schema JSON-LD format for Google Search and their Knowledge Graph. The author (Person) markup includes the author's website URL, their social sharing image, and contact URLs. The publisher (Organization) markup includes the website URL, a corporate logo, the website default image, and the publisher Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter business pages.

User Profile Social Contacts

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) Pro allows you to customize the field names, label, and add / remove the following contacts on user profile pages and Co-Authors Plus guest author profiles:

  • AIM
  • Facebook URL
  • Google Talk
  • Google+ URL
  • Instagram URL
  • LinkedIn URL
  • MySpace URL
  • Pinterest URL
  • Skype Username
  • Tumblr URL
  • Twitter @username
  • Yahoo IM
  • YouTube Channel URL

Complete Social Meta Tags

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) adds Facebook / Open Graph, Pinterest Rich Pins, Twitter Cards, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) meta tags to the head section of webpages. These meta tags are used by Google Search and all social websites to describe and display your content correctly (title, description, hashtags, images, videos, ecommerce product details, author profile / authorship, publisher, etc.). NGFB uses the existing content of your webpages to build HTML meta tags — there's no need to manually enter / configure any additional values or settings (although many settings and options are available in the Pro version). See example screenshots from Google Search, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, etc..

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) provides the Summary, Summary with Large Image, and Player Twitter Cards — including configurable image sizes for each card type.

3rd Party Integration (Pro version)

Images and Videos

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) detects and uses all images - associated or included in your content - including the WordPress image gallery and NextGEN Gallery shortcodes. WordPress Media Library images (and NextGEN Gallery in the Pro version) are resized according to their intended consumer (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc). The Pro version detects embedded videos from Facebook, Slideshare, Vimeo, Wistia, and Youtube (including preview image, video title, and video description). NGFB (Pro version) also includes support for NextGEN Gallery albums, galleries and images (shortcodes, image tags, album / gallery preview images, etc.).

Enhanced SEO

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) Pro integrates with All in One SEO Pack, HeadSpace2 SEO, The SEO Framework, and Yoast SEO (aka WordPress SEO) — making sure your custom SEO settings are reflected in the Open Graph, Rich Pin, Schema Structured Data, and Twitter Card meta tags.

eCommerce Products

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) Pro also supports Easy Digital Downloads, MarketPress - WordPress eCommerce, WooCommerce, and WP e-Commerce product pages, creating appropriate meta tags for [Facebook Products](, and Pinterest Rich Pins, including variations and additional / custom images.

Forums and Social

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) Pro supports bbPress, BuddyPress (see the BuddyPress Integration Notes), and rtMedia for WordPress, BuddyPress and bbPress, making sure your meta tags reflect the page content, including appropriate titles, descriptions, images, author information, etc. Social share buttons can also be added to bbPress single template pages and BuddyPress activities.

Proven Performance

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) is fast and coded for performance, making full use of all available caching techniques (persistent / non-persistent object and disk caching). NGFB loads only the library files and object classes it needs, keeping it small, fast, and yet still able to support a wide range of 3rd party integration features. NGFB requires PHP v5.2.0 or better, and is fully compatible with PHP v7.

Professional Support

NextGEN Facebook (NGFB) support and development is on-going. You can review the FAQ and Notes pages for additional setup information. If you have any suggestions or comments, post them to the WordPress support forum or the Pro version support website.

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