With Facebook’s recent changes to the layout of fan pages (aka business pages, aka brand pages), has come the opportunity for those with creativity to design a much more compelling and fully branded page.
Much More Screen Real Estate!
In the old Page layout there was really only the Profile Picture and custom tabs where design could be applied.
The new layout, rolled out to all Pages on March 10, 2011, gives over a full two-thirds of Page real estate to the Page owner:
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- How to Build the Perfect Facebook Fan Page, 2011 Edition (e1evation.com)
- Facebook Skin Download : Customize Facebook Profile Pages with Background Layout using Facefetti (madrasgeek.com)
- Create Facebook Pages in 3 Easy Steps With FaceItPages (appreaders.com)
- Real Estate: It’s Time to Buy Again (losaltosrealtor.wordpress.com)
- New Pages Rules and Changes! Facebook Pages Update (digitalvegetarian.com)
Bonus How to Create a Facebook Landing Page (HTML / iFrame Edition)
There is yet another Facebook change around the corner, which is forcing me to create yet another Facebook landing page tutorial.
On March 11th (that’s tomorrow!) Facebook will no longer allow users to add new FBML applications to their Facebook page, which means the old way of creating a landing page (using the Static FBML application) will be extinct.
If you have an existing landing page using any FBML type application, don’t worry. Your existing page will not be affected. This change only affects those who do not have a landing page yet and want to create one after March 11th, 2011.
That said, even if you have a landing page setup for Facebook already, I recommend you check out how it’s done in the video below just in case Facebook changes their mind and decides to get rid of FBML all together, and because this new way of creating a landing page allows you to easily add HTML, so you can get pretty slick as far as what you can do and the things you can add onto your landing page.
I’m thinkin’ videos, opt-in forms, maps, and other dynamic things that were much harder to code in FBML before.
This is a good change, and even though this means a little extra work for me, I don’t mind as long as my work helps a few of you.
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