Facebook like box not working

Posted on 2013-01-08
Last Modified: 2013-01-22

I'm looking over someone's code, and they were trying to get a Facebook like box to work on their website. I even went to the Facebook page to generate the code myself and I cannot get it to work. Dreamweaver is being used to develop the site. This is the code. If I used the IFRAME code it generates then it works. Any ideas why this wouldn't work?

This is placed after the <body> tag:

<div id="fb-root"></div>
<script>(function(d, s, id) {
  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
  js = d.createElement(s); = id;
  js.src = "//";
  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>

This is lower in the page where it's meant to display:

<div class="fb-like-box" data-href="" data-width="200" data-show-faces="false" data-colorscheme="dark" data-stream="true" data-header="true"></div>

I changed the Facebook url so that I could post it here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:savache27
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by:Jason C. Levine
ID: 38754998
It works in the iframe because the iframe comes directly from Facebook.  This line outside of an iframe:

  js.src = "//";

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Needs an http or https prefix to work.

Author Comment

ID: 38755041
I've tried both. In fact, I had to add the http to the iframe to get it to work.
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Expert Comment

by:Jason C. Levine
ID: 38755219
Humph. If adding the http isn't working then maybe Faceborg is barfing up the wrong code :)

When I get to the office I can login and check my developer account and see what code I get.
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Author Comment

ID: 38756938
LOL! :) Thanks. I think she's just going to use the iframe code. Curious as to why this isn't working, but you don't have to continue with it. I'm sure you're busy with other things. Thanks for the advice!
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Expert Comment

by:Jason C. Levine
ID: 38757565
Okay, looking at  The code you posted is correct as is your placement of it.  The only thing left to check is javascript conflicts.  Are other javascript libraries being called?

Author Comment

ID: 38759249
Yes, she has a slide show script.

Conveyor belt slideshow script- © Dynamic Drive DHTML code library (

Maybe that's what's causing the problem.
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Accepted Solution

Jason C. Levine earned 500 total points
ID: 38761328
Potentially.  Try making a completely new, blank page and just add the Facebook embed codes.  If that works, we most likely have a JavaScript conflict.  If the problem persists, you may be seeing the server blocking cross-site scripting as a security hazard.

Author Comment

ID: 38762802
Hmm...I just tried that, and nothing. Maybe it is a server issue.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 38807561
Thank you so much for your help.

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