Social FB preview works but not posting to FB

  • I’ve just used the social option for the first time. Altered the title and description and uploaded an image in the correct size. After the description field there is a ‘add icon overlay to thumbnail’ I ignored this option as per recommendations. Where do I go to publish or update so that this posts to my FB page? I’ve chosen ‘update’ at the bottom of the post dashboard page but nothing changes?

    I feel like I am missing a vital step but I just can’t work out what it is.


    • This topic was modified 2 weeks, 3 days ago by Karen Wardle.
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  • Hello,

    Thank you for getting in touch with us.

    First of all, the link you share with us doesn’t open. It shows the image doesn’t exist.

    There are a few reasons for the Facebook (or any other social network like WhatsApp) not picking your images and other social tags. We will list them below so you can check which one applies in your case:

    0. You have added the social meta using the Rank Math plugin. Please check this screencast:

    1. First and foremost, you must check the page source of the URL in question. Search for the og:image tag like in this Video:

    If the og:image tag is not found, that means Rank Math is either disabled or not able to print your social tags. Once done checking if Rank Math is enabled, you must check why it isn’t able to print social content by following this troubleshooting guide:

    Make sure to follow all the instructions carefully.

    2. Assuming the og:image tag was found in step 1, we can proceed to find the issue.

    Scenario 1: You are using minification on your website and your cache plugin is inputting too much inline CSS into your page source that your OpenGraph tags are pushed way too down your page’s source:

    If this is the cache, you must move your inline CSS to a file because Facebook and other social networks will only look for OpenGraph tags in the first 60kbs of your page’s source. If they don’t find it, they will assume you haven’t added them. They don’t want to waste their resources crawling huge pages looking for OpenGraph tags.

    Scenario 2: The gain browser cache option in most cache plugins like W3 Total Cache is known to not play well with Facebook’s OpenGraph detection. If you have it enabled, disable it. The option for W3 Total Cache is at WP > Performance > Browser Cache > HTTP (gzip) compression

    Then, clear your website and server cache (including Cloudflare – if enabled)

    Once you are done, you might want to test again here:

    Click the Scrape Again button:

    You should now see the OpenGraph tags update including the image.

    Hope that helps and please do not hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance with anything else.

    Thank you.

    This is what I was actually asking…..

    Where do I go to publish or update so that this posts to my FB page?

    Apparently Rank Math doesn’t actually post to Facebook at all. My mistake.


    Yes, we do not automatically post to your page/twitter on your behalf. You can use 3rd party tools for that.

    If you need help with anything else, please open a new support ticket here so we can help:

    We are always here for assistance.

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