Facebook Registration for Your Web Forms

Facebook needs no introduction. It has a staggering number of users, so integrations like posting recent newsletters to your fan page or placing a web form there are always exciting to talk about.

Today, we’re happy to introduce a new Facebook integration: Facebook registration for your AWeber web forms.

What Does It Do?

Enabling Facebook registration for your web forms will automatically enter the name and email address of a visitor to your page as long as they are logged in to Facebook. Those not logged in to Facebook will simply see the normal web form.

Logged into Facebook now? Click the image above to see a demo!

Essentially, Facebook users will be able to subscribe to your list without touching their keyboards.

How Easy Is It to Use?

In a word: extremely. As of right now, you’ll notice this checkbox whenever you create a web form (or edit one) in your AWeber account. Simply check the box, then continue as normal. Nothing to it.

When you place the form on your website or send people to the AWeber hosted version, the Facebook registration will be available.

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  1. Some people have expressed to me that they have privacy concerns about Facebook and would not register this way. Can you add a very clear and explicit “Register without using Facebook” option to the form? That little tiny “x” in the corner doesn’t suffice. Thanks!

    11/15/2011 10:49 am
  2. Curtis,

    Unfortunately Facebook controls most of the look and feel of the integration, the X in the corner is one such element so that’s not possible for us to change. If FB registration isn’t something that interests your visitors then I would recommend not using this particular feature.

    11/15/2011 10:54 am | Follow me on Twitter
  3. Great News! I’m sure it will help with subscription rate.

    11/15/2011 11:03 am
  4. This is by far one the best features ever! Thanks a lot!!

    11/15/2011 12:33 pm
  5. The option to use Facebook to sign up just mess my form up when the visitor is not loged in to Facebook.

    You can see what I meen if you click the link: http://www.webmastern.se/2011/11/7990/

    11/15/2011 3:19 pm
  6. Adam

    This is awesome! I just tried it and have a question. Since we only collect email addresses, is there a way to have the Facebook integration tab be set the same way? I also noticed it made my current option form super long. I know it said 300px wide is needed, but it made my form like 3x a long, any ideas of what to do?

    Thanks so much!

    11/15/2011 4:32 pm
  7. Great idea, but 300 px wide is huge for those of use with forms in our right hand column. Is this controlled by Facebook too or can this be changed?

    Annie D :)

    11/15/2011 4:32 pm
  8. Annie, the 300px wide requirement is controlled by Facebook. It’s not something that we can change.

    11/15/2011 4:49 pm | Follow me on Twitter
  9. This is a great idea, but will the user still have to double optin in this case?

    11/15/2011 6:54 pm
  10. That is certainly something to test out. Another great feature to have at a welcome tab

    11/16/2011 12:51 am
  11. I love this feature of Aweber.. awesome integration! Big thanks!

    I have noticed that if a user is already logged in to their Facebook account, the form seems to cut off at the bottom and hides the border at the bottom.

    I assume this is a FB issue that is beyond your control, but thought it is worth mentioning.

    11/16/2011 1:26 am
  12. this is very cool, Facebook is undoubtedly THE internet for so many people, as much as many people feel it is the world’s worst time waster, and some people have privacy concerns, you are right – if you are not there, you do not exist.

    I think I have alternative answers to some of the questions/comments I’ve seen here:

    1. I think Curtis wondered if people will be able to sign up withOUT Facebook. I haven’t seen the implementation yet, but I expect so. Those FB concerners Curtis refers to might not like that your AWeber form mentions FB, but as I’ve noticed and so have you, more and more apps, sites and forms are offering a facebook signup option, so if you don’t want to use it, you don’t have to; but if you don’t want to associate with someone who MENtions facebook, you soon will not be able to do anything on the web anymore.
    BTW, the little x in the corner is on the AWeber form builder interface, not on the form itself (right Tom?)

    2. Annie’s concern about the 300 px is a concern of mine too, but I have a very easy solution: Create 2 forms – one small for your website margin; the other wide, hosted on its own page on your site, with the FB option*. Perhaps, you could use a graphic (it should be a very standard one, really the same one you see all over) that says “Sign in with Facebook” or “Register with Facebook” which hyperlinks to the FB enabled form (here’s exactly what I mean – http://fancyapint.com/images/sign_in_with_facebook.png) and if someone clicks that, they go to the FB enabled form and sign in there. One extra click, but does the trick:-)

    *See how I implement this (without the FB app, I haven’t implemented it yet of course!:-) on my site:
    (see the thin form on the right column – notice also how I implemented a “promo” tiny graphic on top that jumps to that thin form)

    11/16/2011 1:54 am
  13. Well, I clicked “send” too soon, before I saw the demo:-)
    My comment on the demo:
    1. REALLY cool!
    2. I logged out of FB via the form (as per the form’s offered option). I got an error message:-( When i refreshed, I saw the form with no hint of a possibility to sign up via fb. This is not what I expected.. See this for example:
    3. I guess the other comments I have about how FB sign in is VERY much the default here is FB’s requirements… I would make it less “forced” in a few ways, but we’ll see what we can do.

    Great in any case – I look forward to implementing!

    11/16/2011 2:08 am
  14. This the perfect fit for me as an Affiliate Entrepreneur in generating Income on my own clickbank acccount that i set up yesterday to gring more traffic and leads to Downline on FB. Thanks Aweber. I looking forward to implementing my new found status.

    11/16/2011 10:59 am
  15. Clif Bridegum

    Wow! This looks pretty powerful. The customers picture is staring them in the face and begging for the click.

    I have changed the majority of my web forms over to this FB format, left it out of my sidebar forms though as it is too wide. I can’t wait to see if conversions increase or not?

    Thanks so much!

    11/16/2011 11:58 am
  16. I too am concerned about privacy and Im wondering what exactly happens here …
    Are all of my contacts being contacted by Aweber? Are they added to some list? That to me says my whole FB account and friends are now open to aweber and linking.

    Let me know.

    11/16/2011 12:15 pm
  17. Gil

    Yes, it’s a cool feature however, what about visitors that don’t have a facebook account (many still don’t) and what about those that DO NOT want to have their “facebook personal email” registered on any list because of past abuses?

    It would be better to give choice to visitors.(in my opinion)
    Facebook registration AND normal web form registration .

    Let’s say we give a free blueprint PDF guide… we could have a form such as :

    Instant Safe delivery Access by connecting with Facebook
    Enter your name and email below and we’ll send it to your inbox…

    11/16/2011 1:39 pm
  18. Great addition! Quick question though. I activated the FB optin, but when I do I lose my custom form on my site that tells people about my free checklist. Is it supposed to do this or is it suppose to add this to the bottom of my already customized web form?

    If the latter, do you know what’s I’m doing wrong?


    11/16/2011 1:43 pm
  19. Gil

    sorry, submit my comment too fast….
    If you are already logged on to your Facebook account you will not see the normal web form. If you are logged out you will see the normal web form instead.

    However, it still could be a problem for those ALREADY logged on on their Facebook account as they won’t see the normal web form as a second option and as I mentioned earlier many Facebook users now DO NOT want to have their “facebook personal email” registered on any list because of past abuses.

    11/16/2011 1:56 pm
  20. Dave:
    Just as with any other new subscriber that signs up via an AWeber form on your site, AWeber is never contacting your subscribers. They are your subscribers.

    A web form has limited space and the more text you put on something the more complicated it becomes which means people are less likely to interact with it. The Facebook integration is an option, if you feel it’s not appropriate for your audience, leave it turned off.

    As with any change to your website I would recommend split testing it to see if one type of form converts better than another. You can read and watch a video about split testing web forms here: http://www.aweber.com/faq/questions/197/How+Do+I+Split+Test+My+Web+Forms%3F If you have some interesting split test results please certainly share them here so others can learn.

    11/16/2011 3:03 pm | Follow me on Twitter
  21. Wow looks awesome on my website :))

    11/16/2011 3:31 pm
  22. Is it possible to customize this new feature to include branded images?

    11/16/2011 5:54 pm
  23. Have the same questions as: David and Adam above.
    1) The regular form is too long. The one that shows when they are not logged into FB. Any Fixes? It looks very awkward.
    2) The FB form is cut off at the bottom and looks unfinished. Any Fixes?

    11/16/2011 7:25 pm
  24. John

    I am not seeing the check box on any of my lists…..

    11/16/2011 9:39 pm
  25. John

    Found it…Never mind…Was looking under list name…To excited I guess haha

    11/16/2011 9:41 pm
  26. John

    I don’t see it showing under my forms yet. Is it completely rolled out to all users?

    11/16/2011 11:49 pm
  27. If a visitor is not logged in, they see the standard Aweber form. As they submit the form, the thankyou URL is loaded into the iframe, not the parent. This is obviously not the intended behavior.

    Could you technical Aweber wizzards please add a line to the javascript to open the thankyou page in the parent (parent.window.location).


    11/18/2011 1:51 pm
  28. I must say, it took me a while to find this option. It is in the “settings” (step 2) of the web form editing… then “save web form”. But once you find it, it is simple. I’m going to try it and see what happens to my opt-in ratio.

    11/20/2011 7:16 am
  29. Dillon,

    Facebook automatically formats the form fields, but you can customize your form’s header area. (Note that the header will be the same for all visitors, whether or not they are logged into Facebook.)


    Facebook determines the size and formatting of the registration form. We cannot edit it. You can however add a header and footer to your form while creating it in AWeber, and these will appear above and below the Facebook-formatted registration form.

    11/28/2011 1:37 pm | Follow me on Twitter
  30. Uli,

    I wasn’t able to reproduce what you describe. If you find this happening again (or still), please contact us with details so we can investigate the specific form that is causing that for you. Thanks!

    11/28/2011 1:47 pm | Follow me on Twitter
  31. Would be great if it worked.

    If I want to put an opt-in in my sidebar, it cannot be 300 px wide. So I left the original and created another form for the same list. Cannot get it to work in a blog post on the default Twenty Ten wordpress.org theme.

    I am using the aweber plugin to put the opt-in form in sidebar. Perhaps that is what is disallowing a differently formated web form in the blog post.

    12/4/2011 2:09 am
  32. Hi Sandra,

    If the sidebar in your theme is not sufficiently wide, then you’ll need to either modify your theme to widen the sidebar, select a new theme or avoid using the Facebook registration option for your signup form/s.

    12/5/2011 3:27 pm | Follow me on Twitter
  33. I guess that means I cannot have two separate web forms for the same list.

    12/5/2011 4:13 pm
  34. Sandra,
    You can have as many web forms as you would like for the same list.

    You can have multiple web forms and then split test several of these at once to see which one performs better for your site.

    12/5/2011 4:48 pm
  35. Sandra & others,
    In addition to what I said above you can have different forms on different pages of your site. For example, I may have a standard form in my sidebar and then have different forms on different pages and in different locations across my site.

    At the same time, I have several variations of these forms being split-tested in various locations. I am testing things like different text on the submit button, different color submit buttons, as well as testing the new FB forms.

    I hope this helps.

    12/5/2011 4:51 pm
  36. Hi Sandra,

    It sounds like you and I might be talking about different issues. If you contact us with details, we’ll be better able to help you. Thanks!

    12/5/2011 5:03 pm | Follow me on Twitter
  37. My original complaint said that I tried to put two different web forms on one page. One in the sidebar without facebook and one in the main section with the facebook integration.

    The reply from Justin that said I needed to get a new theme with a wider side bar to accommodate 300px facebook width, seemed to imply that it a given page can only have one web form.

    Since the sidebar appears on all pages, Clif’s comment about putting one form in side bar and another form on another page, doesn’t make sense to me.

    by the way: I also tried the two web form scenario where neither had the facebook option. The only difference was the width of the forms. That did not work either. It only works if I have the same exact web form, with the same width in two places on my page.

    Guess I will have to try the http://www.aweber.com/contact-us.htm support link.

    12/5/2011 6:07 pm
  38. finally got the FB web form working.
    Had to clear my cache first.
    And then use the javascript instead of the raw html code.

    12/6/2011 11:36 am
  39. Justin’s comment shouldn’t be taken to mean you can only have one web form on a site. He is simply trying to convey that if your current sidebar width is not 300px or larger it will NOT work with the Facebook form. If you want to use the Facebook form you will need another website template that does have a 300+px sidebar.

    Here is my logic for putting one form in the sidebar and more forms on the page. The primary purpose of my sidebar form is to hopefully get people to signup when they first hit my site. It won’t matter what page they enter through they will see this form. I then may put another form at the bottom of specific content pages. In many cases, depending on how long your article or content area is the sidebar form will disappear off the page. If someone takes the time to read the whole article or content they are obviously interested in what you have to say. So, I present them a final opt-in form on many of the bottoms of the pages.

    If you are having problems with the regular web forms fitting on your site you can easily adjust the width from within the web forms builder.

    I hope that makes sense and clears up your confusion.

    12/6/2011 3:19 pm
  40. finally got the FB form working. Thank you jesus!! just had to clear my cache first. and then use the javascript instead of the raw HTML code or PHP. thanks and god bless

    12/6/2011 8:58 pm
  41. Dennis Marshall

    I was wondering what was taking so long… Thank you guys. This is amazing news. I was trying to find plugins that would do it but once again aweber comes through.

    Can’t wait to integrate this into my web forms

    12/7/2011 5:15 pm
  42. I LOVE IT! I have added this new feature to my page and it’s sooo awesome!! :)

    12/23/2011 9:21 am
  43. Adding a small footer solved my problem! Thanks Justin

    12/23/2011 2:57 pm
  44. Austin

    Does this collect their Firstname and Lastname as well? Or, just email address?

    We want to personalize our followups with Firstname (not full name).

    1/28/2012 1:52 pm
  45. Justin & the Crew thanks to all of you & your help aloha to all

    1/29/2012 4:17 am
  46. This is great stuff… We are all lazy and it gotten so bad that we find it an effort to enter an email now. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

    Anthony Greentree

    3/9/2012 7:10 pm
  47. I don’t care for the look of the facebook option 300 wide. Can I undo it or do I have to start over with a new list?

    6/25/2012 9:17 pm
  48. Andrew

    Is there any way to post to the users wall once they sign up through this FB opt-in form on my site? So they are logged into FB, they see the form, the fields are pre-populated and they click register. Once registered they will get a status message on their wall which is created by me.

    7/3/2012 6:57 am
  49. Josue

    Hi, is there any way to make it appears using spanish language?


    2/21/2013 11:24 am
  50. Joel

    We are interested to use Aweber and would like to clarify this feature.
    Can’t we have just a normal Facebook connect button? When the FB connect button is clicked, a dynamic popup opens? it will ask the user to login to FB if they are not logged in. We want to have both the option to signup via entering their email and using the Facebook connect button both visible in the form.

    Automatically switching the signup form to a Facebook signup if they are logged in to Facebook won’t work for us because if the user doesn’t want to use FB they can’t in that case.

    We are deciding whether to use a WordPress plugin that allows the FB Connect signup or to use Aweber instead if this is possible by default. I personally prefer Aweber since it will save us time from having to do custom coding if the above function is possible. Please let me know.

    10/17/2013 8:32 pm
  51. Here is my logic for putting one form in the sidebar and more forms on the page. The primary purpose of my sidebar form is to hopefully get people to signup when they first hit my site. It won?t matter what page they enter through they will see this form. I then may put another form at the bottom of specific content pages. In many cases, depending on how long your article or content area is the sidebar form will disappear off the page. If someone takes the time to read the whole article or content they are obviously interested in what you have to say. So, I present them a final opt-in form on many of the bottoms of the pages.

    12/27/2013 5:25 am
  52. I, like others have mentioned in this thread, have a concern that the form is now very long.

    Is it possible to reduce the space between fields and/or even embed the field titles inside the actual fields, so that there is very minimal amounts of vertical space between each field?

    Thanks very much.


    1/6/2014 9:53 pm
  53. Rachel Acquaviva

    Hello Eran,

    Facebook controls the body of the form once it’s integrated, so there’s no way to adjust it.

    1/7/2014 8:29 am
  54. Feb. 20, 2014
    I have a problem with the Facebook integration. When a website visitor is signed into Facebook, he doesn’t see the normal Aweber form at all?just his Facebook profile photo. If he hovers over the photo, words appear that say he can sign up with his FB profile.

    My problem is that the signed-in FB user sees no other option, and this is an absolute DEAL BREAKER for me.

    I?m a FB user and NEVER sign in with my profile on other sites. So I don?t want our website to appear to offer only this option to FB users.

    Despite the instructions in the Aweber article on this page, I see no option for turning off the Facebook integration while creating and editing forms.

    How can I turn off this feature?

    2/20/2014 11:50 am
  55. To clarify my previous note: I?d like to have sign-in options, but I want the Aweber form displayed on the page ALONG with other options. I don?t want the form to be replaced unless the visitor CHOOSES another sign-in option.

    2/20/2014 11:53 am
  56. Sorry to send 3 notes about FB integration, but after a bit more searching, I found the FB integration option on the ?Basic Settings? page. That option is NOT checked; yet the feature works anyway.

    So, I still want to know how to turn off this feature.

    Thank you.

    2/20/2014 12:12 pm
  57. Hi Nick,

    This is awesome! I just tried it. I also noticed it made my current option form very long. But I do like it. Good work!


    7/31/2014 9:27 am