Monday, March 5, 2012

creating a facebook page {timeline}

Just when I think I'm keeping up with technology and I learn how to make a banner-like view for Facebook brand page using this quick tutorial from Just Lovely Things, Facebook rolls out Timeline for Facebook Pages. And by the end of the month, all pages will be switched over to this format. The layout is visually more appealing in many ways. It looks a bit more like websites we're used to seeing, by offering a space for a cover photo.

At first, I was bummed to have to adapt to the layout...again. It really only means choosing a cover image and then ensuring the page looks appealing (i.e. the image is centered). At first, I just uploaded my blog banner as the cover photo, but quickly realized it wasn't the same size and I could not re-size within Facebook, though they allow you move the image up or down (my issue was about width).

Here are some tips for transitioning your Facebook page to Timeline:
  • When creating a cover image, use the dimensions that are already there so your entire image shows up. I first created the banner to be 680 (wide) x 250 (high). As I said before, you can adjust your image up or down, just not side to side.
  • I added the word "blog" to my cover photo (see above) to make it obvious that the page was for a blog. You could add other words like "shop" as well. 
  • In the description box, I used to have my blog's description, but that doesn't direct people to your blog or shop itself unless you include the URL. I do like this new feature because you can direct people right to your URL (it's hyperlinked). I have mine reading BLOG: http://www.bbgoad.com TWITTER: http://twitter.com/dotinthecity but you can add your shop, or other places people can connect with you online (i.e. Pinterest, Google+).
  • I then moved my blog description from the about box to the description box. No one can see it from the main page, but if they click on the about link, they'll be able to read whatever you write in the description box.

What do you think? Have you transitioned your Facebook Page to Timeline? Do you like it? I hope this is helpful and if you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section, email or tweet me.

10 comments:

  1. I haven't transitioned yet but I am so pinning this for when I have to. Thanks for the tips!!

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  2. I accidentally changed mine the other day when trying to send a friend request. I'm not quite sure how it happened, but I really don't like it! I've heard they'll be forcing everyone to make the transition sooner or later.

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  3. Good to know! Love your blog. Newest reader!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this! such a help!

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  5. So funny! Every time I think "Oh man, I have to figure that out!" - I go to your blog and you have a post explaining what I was concerned about. Awesome! =)

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