Making my Facebook Page pretty has been on my to-do list for about a year. Yet, I took no action until a month ago while I was procrastinating website work. I had the brilliant idea to tackle my “Facebook Page” Makeover project. I had a $0 budget for this project. I allocated about 2 hours to get it all done!
I underestimated the amount of time it would take for me to do this makeover. I thought a couple of hours max. The reality it took me about 10+ hours in the span of a couple of weeks to complete this project. Yes I admitted I took “extended” breaks to check on other people statuses, and do the facebook thing.
My goal here is to save you at least 9 hours of work in this makeover process. This should take about 1 to 2 hours max depending on your graphic design skills (I considered myself a somewhat beginner). All of the resources shared are FREE to use.
1. I used Pinterest to find tutorials on “How to make my Facebook Page” pretty. Here is my board. There are 3 sites tutorials that I used to guide me in this project.
2. For the Cover Picture, I learned the hard way on this one by trying to do it my way. TIMESAVER Tip: Use PicMonkey. Go to the Free Make your Own Collage feature. Click on Facebook Cover Page. You can upload your pictures, add a background color, etc.
FYI: The dimensions for Facebook Cover Page are 851 x 315
3. Facebook Tabs Pretty. For this area I did use Photoshop. I was looking to use the same fonts as my website. I used this 10 minute tutorial on photoshop to learn the following things:
- Make the gradient background
- How to include the line in between text
- Using different fonts.
FYI: The dimensions for Facebook Tabs are 111 x 74
HERE IS THE FUN PART
How to add the New Pretty Tab?
- Login into your Facebook Page as Admin
- On the App Section, you will see the Pen hovering each tab
- Click on the Pen-> Drop Down Menu Edit
- Click Custom Tab “Change”
- Picture: You can upload your fancy new graphic
- Text: You can change the text to say whatever you want to say. NOTE: Keep it to a one word
Facebook Tabs- What to add, delete or hide?
1. Photos - This is a static tab that cannot be moved/change or make a fancy tab. Make peace that it will show the last picture you uploaded (timeline, cover page, profile, album). Pray for the FB peeps to see if they make an adjustment to add an album cover. Just sayin’
2. Newsletter Sign Up – I use MailChimp as my email manager therefore I kept it simple with the MailChimp Facebook Integration. Once it is installed then follow the instructions in terms of adding the pretty tab pictures
3. Pinterest. I chose Pinterest because I am really active on it and most importantly, it will give you an idea of who I am, what I like, what inspires, etc.
I would suggest in your case it may mean another SM media channel which you are active. There are super easy integrations with Twitter, You Tube and Instagram. What I found that using WooBox was the easiest way to install the integration and it’s free!
4. Link to my blog. This is where I spent hours trying to figure out how to include a link to my blog as a Facebook page tab.
- I tried to create Facebook App but that was too complicated for a simple 1 hour max project. (FAIL)
- Other bloggers shared NetworkedBlogs but this intergration is now a paid feature. (EPIC FAIL)
- Finally, I asked my fellow entrepreneur group Thrive Hive for suggestions and the consensus was WooBox.
The process was fairly simple of plug and play. Just click on HTML Fangate and add your link.
RECAP/List of Resources Used:
- My pinterest board- “Website Blog Projects“
- FB Cover Page – PicMonkey (Create Collage)
- Pretty Tabs: Photoshop (Great Tutorial)
- Newsleeter – go to Apps and search your Email List Manager
- SM and your Website – WooBox
I want to hear from you, what DIY projects have you picked up that you wish you could delegate if you had a budget?