Why Your Facebook Like Box Is Not Showing Up

You may have a problem with your Facebook Like Box not showing up on your website.  There are a couple of issues with why this may be happening and one of them is very sneaky.  The issue lies with the Country Restrictions.

If you have Country Restrictions set on who can like your Page (and let’s be more open, people!) then your Like Box will not show up if a Facebook user in not logged into their account.  How does the Like box know where they are from and whether or not they are allowed to Like you if the user is not logged in?

Not only that, these country restrictions will also mess with the Facebook buttons you may have put on your sidebar or if someone is trying to navigate to your page using your Vanity URL.  So if someone is not logged into Facebook and they click on the little Facebook button on the sidebar of your page or try and type your custom URL into their browser, they will not get to your Page.  They will just get to the Facebook login page.  Don’t ask me why that gets messed up too, but it does.

The other issue with your Like Box not showing up may be just because someone is logged in as a Fan Page. There’s nothing you can do about that.  You do have to be logged in as your personal profile to get some of these Facebook widgets to work such as the Like Box and Like Button.  Watch the video to see the tutorial on what the problem looks like and how to fix it.

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  1. charuspisan says:

    Thanks you very much, I spent my time almost 2 weeks for solve this by jquery, php bra bra bra you help me a lot

  2. After combing the internet for just over an hour, your tip regarding the country restrictions solved the issue I was experiencing, which was that my client’s facebook feed was not displaying at all in Safari or Firefox. Logging into any facebook account in those browsers suddenly displays the feed. Thank you thank you thank you for this information. How ever did you figure this out?

  3. Painful trial and error! :) So glad this helped you!

  4. I spent several hours trying to figure out why the feed I was trying to add to my website wasn’t working, but then suddenly was working in IE and not Chrome or FF, but then it started working in Chrome, but still not FF…Saw some articles say it was related to secure (https) content on my unsecure site (http), but when it sometimes worked I realized there was something else going on. Finally came across this tip and sure enough my company’s FB page was restricted to US, and I was logging in and out of FB w/ random browsers trying to debug the problem, which meant it would work if I was logged in on another tab. Removed the restriction, logged out of FB on all browsers, and now it works everywhere! I agree with Troy: Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  5. Woohoo!! Glad to help!

  6. alfstoney says:

    I had the problem with my like box not showing only in Firefox. Other browsers had no problem. I found that I had the Avira Browser Safty add-on enabled in Firefox. When I disabled it, the problem was fixed, so check you add-ons for any type of security/safty add-ons and disable them.

  7. nice video thank you

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