When my cousin asked me to set up a Web site for her company, with the requirement that she be able to easily and frequently add content, I knew that giving her write access to a bunch of HTML files wouldn't cut it. While tried-and-true WordPress could be a solution, the admin dashboard can be somewhat overwhelming for someone who only wants to make frequent micro-updates of varied content.
So, I thought about it, when I realised: what's the most user-friendly and feature-packed content management system that everyone already knows? The Graph API made it trivial to set up, and after writing the initial code, I can be guaranteed that any further assistance or instruction on my part won't be necessary for anything menial.
If I had more time to work on this, for sure there's a lot I'd work on in the implementation, but what's here now seems to do exactly what it was meant to do reliably (though I'll gladly accept commits!); only time will prove the effectiveness of such an approach.
Home (About/News): Name, Description, and Links on Facebook Page
Photos: Photos on Facebook Page + WordPress with this plugin (
Sidebar Tweets: Twitter
How to set up Facebook CMS:
Create private (unpublished) Facebook Page
Create throwaway Facebook account and make it an admin
Use Graph API Explorer to generate access token with offline_access permission for the throwaway account
Copy and paste the access token into the
Configure WordPress and update WordPress domain in
Now, any Facebook user with admin rights to the Page will be able to modify the site; just navigate to http://
$domain/update to push any changes live.
Bonus: if you fork this repo and configure your Web server user's public key with GitHub (
www-data on my Ubuntu/Apache machine), site backups are automatically thrown into revision control.