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How to Create A Custom Facebook Page


One way to make your business Facebook page really stand out is to have a customized page with unique tabs. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make the most out of your page.

Add the FBML application

Facebook pages incorporate CSS and elements of HTML. FBML (Facebook Markup Language) is the coding that Facebook recognizes. A basic understanding of HTML is required.

The first thing you’ll need to do is add the Static FBML application.

Search for “Static FMBL” and click on add to my page

Next you’ll need to click on edit page (underneath your company profile pic) and then click on Go To Application.

Customize Your Tab

From here you’ll have the ability to name your tab and insert your code.

Some points to keep in mind:

  • All images must be 520 pixels or less in length
  • Images need to be hosted on an outside website
  • iFrames are not supported in FBML (but sometime early 2011 they will be)
  • <html>, <body>, <head> and meta tags aren’t necessary
  • Add additional FBML boxes via a link in the lower left that says “Add another FBML box”
  • You can have up to 6 tabs viewable on your main page

Thoughts on Page Design

It’s not a bad idea remind users to “like” the page.

Here are some examples:

Problogger
Socialogy Media
1-800 Flowers

Add a YouTube video

Copy this highlighted portion of your YouTube URL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuSrajkuLlc

and place it into this code:

<fb:swf
swfbgcolor="000000"
imgstyle="border-width:3px;
border-color:white;"
swfsrc='http://www.youtube.com/v/IuSrajkuLlc'
imgsrc='http://img.youtube.com/vi/IuSrajkuLlc/2.jpg'
width='300' height='235' />

(You’ll need to save a screenshot image of the video if you want it to show up before the video is clicked on)

Make Your Tab the Default Landing Page

Once your custom tab is complete, you’ll want to make sure it’s the first place visitors land when they visit your page.

1. Go to your pages Wall
2. Click on options in the upper right hand corner
3. Click on settings
4. Select your default landing tab of choice

Congrats! You’re all set. With a custom Facebook tab, your page will be head and shoulders above most other pages.

If you have any questions about Facebook design, reach out via email, Twitter, or Facebook and I’ll be happy to help you get started.

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