There are two basic ways to connect your website to Facebook.
- Facebook Like Button
- Facebook Like Box
Facebook Like Button
The Facebook Like Button adds a like button to your web page and allows your user to ‘like’ that website page. If the user clicks the like button, this doesn’t add their number to the complete number of Facebook Fan Page likes. It does however show up on that user’s Facebook account as something that they liked. That is why you can have 24 likes on your website and only 14 likes on your Facebook Fan Page. If you use the Facebook Like Button, the likes will not add to each other.
Facebook Like Box
The Facebook Like Box connects directly with your Facebook Fan Page. If your website user clicks the like button within your Facebook Like Box, that will add to the total number of likes you have on your Facebook Fan Page. The box provides a more direct contact with your Facebook Fan Page. If you are interested in building the number of overall Likes to your Facebook Fan Page, then use the Like Box.
If you use WordPress, here are links to two great widgets that will do exactly what you need for each of these options: