From what I can tell, there are only a few ways to download images from Facebook and upload them to your WordPress website.
Everyone knows this process:
1. Right click, “save image as”, and save your hard drive.
2. Go to WordPress, then to your media manager, and upload image from hard drive.
This method works fine but it’s slow.
One of my clients regularly uploads 100+ photo’s to Facebook and then requests that I pull those images from Facebook and put them on their business website. I created their site in the (aff link) Genesis Framework and manage the site monthly. Despite the awesome framework, there are some things Genesis just can’t do.
Trust me when I tell you this takes a long time to do manually with the method listed above. I know thanks to first-hand experience.
How to Bulk Download Pictures from Facebook
There are actually three interesting ways to do this. I’m sure there are more, but I’m going to share the 3 that I personally know of.
This is a desktop style app you download and install. I downloaded it with ease but required the .net framework too and made me download it from microsoft before being able to run the app. It’s ok to download your own pics and pics you are tagged in. However I did not find it useful for my goals of going to client facebook pages and associated friends pages to download their facebook photo albums. You can download it at http://fbdownloader.com/
This is a Firefox or Chrome browser addon. I loved it and found it to be a life saver for mass downloading of facebook pictures. Basically, in Facebook you are able to right click the album name (which is a hyperlink to the album contents) and when the Fluschipranie addon is installed in your browser, your right click shows an option called “Fluschipranie download”. When you select this option you get a prompt for where to save it. Then this addon runs a process in the background that cycles through all images in the album one-by-one saving them as a jpg in your destination folder on the hard drive. Super cool. At least it was. Apparently something’s changed recently and the developer hasn’t updated the addon just yet to account for the change Facebook made. Trust me though, when it works, it’s very good so check it out – maybe it’ll be updated when you read this. The Firefox addon is here https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/fluschipranie/
This is a web app that you use by logging into the app with your facebook login. Once you do this, the app detects the images and albums of all your Facebook Friends, Facebook Groups, and Facebook Pages. You simply browse within the apps dashboard and choose individual images or albums and you can download it as jpg or .zip file. Yep – you can download as a zip file, which is exactly what I need. Although you have to share FB credentials to use the app, I found it was easy to use and met my needs perfectly. You can try it yourself here http://www.picknzip.com.
How to Upload Pictures from Facebook into WordPress
After you have used one of the methods listed above, you now have images on your hard drive that you want to upload into WordPress.
1. Upload Media by Zip – WordPress Plugin
This handy dandy plugin works like you would expect. Just install the plugin and you can upload your zip files directly to the media manager. This is good for getting a lot of images (and other file types) into your WordPress Media Manager. Check out the plugin here http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/upload-media-by-zip/
2. NextGEN Gallery – WordPress Plugin
This plugin uploads images via a zip file and automatically creates albums and galleries via the zip file. This is primarily a photogallery plugin and I have used it for this particular client because of how easy it is to use. You can add images one-by-one or via zip files and give title and description text and use shortcodes to display the images as thumbnails or the gallery itself. Very easy to use for a wordpress photo gallery plugin. You can get the plugin here http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nextgen-gallery/.
Hope this helps you get those images from facebook into wordpress.