PHP-SDK - SmartLink
To setup a SmartLink, which is responsible for all your redirects, copy the smartlink.template.php file to your root
folder and rename it to smartlink.template.php. As you can see in the file you can customize Meta-Data for sharing
by calling setMetaData(..). Additional Parameters which will be passed to your app as GET-Parameters can be add via
addParams(..) or by just adding your parameters as GET parameter to the “Smart-Link”-Url you will get, when calling
The users device will be detected, when the user is being redirected to your app target. So mobile and tablet devices
will never be redirected to a facebook page tab, as it is not possible for them to display them (No Support from Facebook).
The Smart-Link technology manages redirects for app users depending on their device, language and environment settings.
The Smart-Link should be used for all sharing functionality in your app. It offers an easy way to generate sharing
links and some GET-Parameters to modify the Redirect-Behaviour.
You can add all of the listed parameters to the SmartLink Url to modify the Redirect behaviour.
||To simulate a different device type (mobile, tablet or desktop),
just add a device-GET Parameter to your URL. The SmartLink
will automatically use this device type then and respond with it.
Allowed values are mobile, tablet and desktop.
||Simulate the mobile view of an app:
||If your app is being embedded in a website via iframe, you
should add a GET-Parameter called website containing the URL
the app is embedded in to your smartlink.php Url.
Your users will then be redirected the Website Url and not
directly to your app.
This will keep traffic up on your website. :-)
||Redirect the user to a certain website the
iframe with your app is embedded in e.g.
The SmartLink is:
||Submit this parameter to redirect to this Facebook fanpage Tab
your app is embedded in. You can use this to have the same app
installed on several fanpages and to control the redirects
||Set this parameter to fb to force the redirection to the
facebook fanpage the app is installed on.
||The language parameter controls the used language of the app
||Show your app in french:
||Add the debug parameter to disable redirects and show Debug info
on the smartlink.php page
||Show the Debug-Page for the SmartLink:
Embed an App via iframe ($_GET[‘website’])
Safari is blocking third-party cookies within iframes! You need to assure that users visiting your app
will be redirected via SmartLink to your application, so the SmartLink can set a cookie as first-party.
Within the iframe cookies from this domain will be allowed then. DO NOT link directly to the page,
your app is embedded in. Always link to the SmartLink redirecting to the page your app is embedded in.
If your app is being embedded in a website via iframe, you should add a GET-Parameter called website containing the URL
the app is embedded in to your smartlink.php Url. Your users will then be redirected the Website Url and not directly to
your app. This will keep traffic up on your website. :-)
Use the website-GET Parameter for your iframe-Source is the easiest way to keep your visitors on the website. The
App-Manager SDK automatically detects website-GET Parameters and set them to a cookie.
Here is an example to embed a photocontest-app to the website https://www.app-arena.com/fotowettbewerb.html
width="100%" height="1200" frameBorder="0"></iframe>
Easy parameter passthrough
The SmartLink Technology makes it easy to pass parameters to your application no matter if the application is embedded
via iframe or into a Facebook Page-Tab.
All GET Parameters passed to your smartlink.php file will be written to a cookie (Cookie-key aa_1234_smartlink, 1234
is the instance id of your application). When you initialize the app manager object in your application again, then all
parameters will be deleted from the cookie and written to the GET parameter again.
So you don’t have to care about that... Pass GET parameters to your smartlink.php file and expect them in your app
target file. :-)