HWDMediaShare supports the display of your videos directly in the Facebook news feed. When someone shares a video URL from your website, the video player will be displayed, allowing Facebook users to watch the video.

You'll probably have noticed it yourself recently; an increasing number of items in your Facebook News Feed have a play icon and allow videos to be displayed. Facebook has opened the News Feed to third party developers through the use of the Open Graph Stories API. It allows people to share the things they're doing, the people they're doing them with and the places where they happen. It also allows individuals to watch videos from all over the Internet without ever leaving Facebook.

In this blog post, we'll give an overview of how HWDMediaShare can be used with the Facebook News Feed and enable viewers to have the same experience regardless of where they're watching it.

Publishing your local videos

Once you have uploaded a video, HWDMediaShare will automatically provide support for the Facebook by including the necessary open graph tags in your page. All you need to do is copy the URL of your video page, and share it on Facebook.

You can see an example of a video I have shared on my Facebook page, or you can copy the URL of one of our sample videos and share it yourself to see the Facebook support in action.

Demo Share it Yourself!

What you'll need

  • Facebook will only allow your videos to be inserted into the news feed if your website can be accessed through a secure version (HTTPS). If your site can not be accessed through HTTPS, Facebook will not allow you to view videos within the News Feed, and will simply direct users off to the original content page to view it.
  • You may need to review your cross domain security policy to ensure access is allowed from the necessary domains.
  • We also recommend you use your own Facebook app. By default, HWDMediaShare will use our app, but you can enter your own app ID in the configuration. Creating your own Facebook app is free, and only takes a few minutes. Doing this will allow you to configure the website for your own domain.

Publishing your remote videos

If you have added remote media from websites such as Youtube, then you can also publish these videos to Facebook. HWDMediaShare will automatically add the necessary open graph tags for remote sites which support this option.