Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How to Create Custom Facebook Page Tabs



Creating custom Facebook page tabs can really give your page some extra WOW. It’s not too hard, but I found there were some quirks. So here is a quick tutorial to hopefully help you make it though the process with your hair and nails in their proper place Open-mouthed smile Warning, this post is VERY long...

This most consuming part is making the tab images themselves.

Here is how I  do it, there may be other ways, but I know this way…

In Paint, make a large blank file and save it. I have one that I use all the time for tons of different stuff, it’s my master copy and always in the same spot.

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Upload to PicMonkey.com

picmonkey blank

Crop to dimensions needed…in this case 111x74

picmonkey blank crop

picmonkey blank crop done

Now you can play around with this, I’ll show you a very basic way to the buttons and you just have fun playing around with it.

You can do one solid color or your own picture.

To do a picture go to Overlays (the shapes). At the top you’ll see ‘Your Own’. I did this in order to get my blog background the background of the buttons or you can insert a picture of yourself like you’ll see me do for my ‘Meet Alex’ tab…(it just already has to be somewhere on your computer)

picmonkey blank  overlay

I won’t go in depth with that, but play around, have fun, be creative.

The other thing you can do is a solid background for this go to Effect (the beaker looking thing)

Scroll down and select ‘Warhol’

picmonkey blank effects

Edit Color 2 to the color you want and click Apply. (If this is the color you want for the rest of your buttons go ahead and save this one as another ‘master’ copy so you can skip the previous couple steps.)

picmonkey warhol effects color

Now go to the ‘P’ on the left for adding text. Add and edit whatever text you’d like. Note: it will look blurry if you’ve zoomed in but will be fine when you add it to Facebook.

picmonkey warhol effects color and text

Lastly save to your computer (make sure not to replace any ‘master’ copies you have- change the name).

And that is the PicMonkey part…hope it made sense.

Onto Facebook…

Alright, so I just made a page to be the example. Here you can see there is only the photos tab currently.

1 Custom FB app tabs

I’m going to show you how to do the tabs using Woobox. I’m sure there are other ways and other apps you could use. This is just the one I used and know how to explain. So let’s continue…

Search for Woobox in the search bar. Click the App one.

2 Custom FB app tabs search woobox

This is what will pull up, click ‘install page tab’

3 Custom FB app tabs install woobox

Select which Facebook page you wish to add it to.

4 Custom FB app tabs install woobox add page tab

5 Custom FB app tabs install woobox add page tab select page

Then you’ll get a page like this and this is your ‘Welcome’ page settings. There are lots of fun things to do here.

6 Custom FB app tabs tab settings-2

1) Next to this arrow there are three icons that mean pop out window, lock admin access (in case there are multiple admins, and preview mode. Preview mode allows you to keep the tab invisible so you can edit and play with it until you’re ready for people to see it.

2) This is where you choose what content you want in this tab.


a. URL: have this tab pull content directly from a URL (your homepage, about me page, etc.) but stay in Facebook.

b. Redirect: Enter the URL you want to redirect to and it will leave Facebook and go to this site when someone clicks on it.

c.Image: Upload and image.

d. HTML: you can enter plain text or HTML code from somewhere. Just enter in the box below.



Down towards the bottom of the page, here’s what you’ve got.

7 Custom FB app tabs change tab image

Fan-Gate: If I understand correctly you can choose to make certain content private unless the person viewing it is a fan of your page.

Form-Gate: same thing but they would (if you had it turned on) have to fill out a form to see the content. This would be a great way to capture emails/info in exchange for special content you want to offer.

Tab Name: Edit the name of the tab, we’ll keep it Welcome for this tab, but will change it later.

Tab Icon: This is a basic image upload. Upload the image you’ve designed now.

Be sure to save settings after making any changes Open-mouthed smile



This will pop up when you press save settings the first time. Click Grant permission…and then ‘allow’ on the next screen. After that you won’t see this when editing an existing page.

8 Custom FB app tabs grant permission

Ok, let’s add another tab. Again, this is my own little way I found to add the tab. I don’t know why I didn’t find any other way, but feel free to follow these instructions.

At the bottom of your page, once you’ve edited and saved, you’ll see ‘Install Another Tab’. Hover the mouse over the spot light looking icon and this will appear. I recommend going in order, click the farthest to the left (or vise versa) because you can only have so many and you’ll get an error if you try to add ‘HTML Page Tab 2’ more than once…

9 Custom FB app tabs add another tab

Again select the page you want to add it to…

10 Custom FB app tabs add another tab select page

Tab Settings Page. Edit the Tab Name and Upload a tab image. Edit any other settings you’d like. For my ‘About Alex’ page I had it redirect to my blog page with the same name…more below. Save settings.

11 Custom FB app tabs edit next tab

So far so good…

12 Custom FB app tabs so far so good

ok new tab. To get to a new tab (again a quirk I couldn’t figure out an easier way.) I clicked on ‘Welcome’ (or any tab that doesn’t redirect)–> Settings in the upper right –>

Custom FB app tabs welcome settings

scroll to the bottom to the spot light image and hover, click the next consecutive image as mentioned above.

9 Custom FB app tabs add another tab

For this next page I decided to do a redirect. This will take anyone who clicks on the ‘Blog’ tab is taken straight to my Blog. You can see here, I inserted the URL I want it to take guests to…Edit anything else you’d like, upload an image and save!

13 Custom FB app tabs blog tab redirect

Now, how about a Pinterest tab so people can follow you on Pinterest? You could do it two ways…add a tab like we’ve been doing and just do a URL redirect with the link to your Pinterest page (leaving Facebook). OR when you click on ‘Welcome’ tab you’ll see there’s a little Pinterest icon.

14 Custom FB app tabs add pinterest-2

Add to your page

14 Custom FB app tabs add pinterest select page

It takes a while to load so be patient. Enter your Pinterest user name and decide which settings you’d like. Do you want to show all your board or only select boards here?

And FanGate off or on? SAVE! don’t forget to save! Open-mouthed smile

14 Custom FB app tabs add pinterest tab settings

Ok now we’re back to the main page. Maybe you want to rearrange the order of the tabs?

Click the down arrow next to the tabs (you have to do that before you edit) Then hover over the tab you want to move. The pencil appears in the upper right. Click the pencil and you’ll see the drop down menu of ‘Swap Position with’ and choices. Choose which where you want to move it.

14 Custom FB app tabs switch tab positions

And there you go…

14 Custom FB app tabs TADA

I really hope that made sense and was able to help you out…Let me know if I need to clarify anything or if you have any questions.


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70 comments:

  1. Thanks so much! The tutorial was perfect and my tabs are now up. xoxo, Claire

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  2. I've been DYING to know how people do this! PINNED and will be 'attempting' it tomorrow ~ your tutorial looks so easy & I love all the screen shots to help! Found ya on TaterTots & Jello's Party =)

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    1. I hope you're able to do this without any problems. I tried to be REALLY detailed. haha Let me know if you have any questions.

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    2. YOU. ARE. AWESOME. I just added 4 Tabs ~ Blog, Pinterest, Google + and Twitter. I LOVE YOU! =D Thanks again for posting this great tutorial!

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  3. This is the best and clearest tutorial I've seen! If you want to tackle another one- I'd love to see a follow up with fan-gating. I'd love to add that to my fb page- and have some links with free printables for my fans. I'm not sure how to add download links that immediately download (w/o opening in a new window and where to upload my printables to) Not sure how to go about that one :) But a huge thank you for this! It is great!

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    1. Awesome, so glad it helped! I will look into the fan-gating...thanks for the comment and the idea. I'll keep you posted!

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  4. What a great tutorial - thanks for sharing! (I saw it over at Shauna's Weekend re-Treat)

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    1. Thanks for coming by Kim. Hope it helped you! Have a great weekend

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  5. What a brilliant tutorial - pinning this since my FB page definitely needs some work!

    Found you via the Give me the Goods party and looking forward to following on Pinterest.

    Kate x
    Kate at Home

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    1. Thanks Kate! I'm glad it could help you. Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for following on Pinterest!

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  6. Great tutorial! I pinned it so I can try it later! I popped over from A Bowl Full of Lemons--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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    1. Thanks for coming by Abby, so glad I could help!

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  7. What a great trick! The custom tab looks way better :) Pinning it to my blogging board. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!!

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    1. Yes, the custom tabs are so much nicer looking. Thanks for coming by!

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  8. Wow what a great tutorial! Pinning so I can come back to it :)

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    1. Glad you liked it Julie. Have an awesome day!

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  9. Dropped by from the Wow Us Wednesday party. I enjoyed your tutorial...lots of good info! I would like to invite you to share it at
    The Shady Porch Rock N Share party! Blessings, D

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    1. Glad you liked it. I will stop by and share it on your party, thanks for the invite!

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  10. Thanks for sharing a great tutorial,I might give it a try.

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    1. Awesome, I hope it helps Biba. Have a great day!

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  11. So helpful! I just got a Facebook account (I'm way behind the times, I know) and this will be so great! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great day!

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    1. Behind the time, nah, just waiting for the perfect moment to make your entrance! :D Thanks for dropping by!

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  12. This is awesome! I'm doing a series on Growing your blog, and if it's alright with you (though it's not to do with blogging) can I share a link to this on the last post in the series where I have a lot of links?
    I also have a link party going on, it would be awesome if you could link up.
    Cheers,
    Abbi at Seasons on Sunday

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    1. Hey Abigail,

      That would be fine to link to this tutorial. I will be back tomorrow to link up to your party.

      Thanks for the invite!

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    1. Thanks, glad you liked the tutorial! Have an awesome weekend!

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  14. I wish you would have done this post a long time ago. It took me hours of being frustrated figuring this out one night LOL!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Marcie

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    1. Oh, sorry to hear that, it frustrated me to figure it out the first time. I wish I would have done this a long time ago too!

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  15. This is brilliant and comes just as I started my Pampered Chef facebook page and wondered how people get those tabs!! www.facebook.com/joannaspamperedchefpage

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    1. Glad I could help! Good luck with your business, I love the slap chopper I got from Pampered Chef! Have a great weekend!

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  16. What a great tutorial! I was JUST trying to figure this out earlier today and didn't get very far. I'm totally following your guide. Thanks so much for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Hope to see you again this coming Monday ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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    1. So glad I could help! Have a fantastic day!

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  17. I have been wondering how to do this! THANK YOU! Just pinned and am featuring later today.
    XO
    Kristin

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    1. Thank you for the feature, that's awesome!! So glad I could help out too. It was pretty frustrating to get through the first time.

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing this...I really needed this:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. So glad I could help! Thanks for coming by, have a fabulous rest of the week!

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  19. Hi Alexandra! Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia shared your tutorial with me. I got through the Pic Monkey part with flying colors, but I can't seem to find the WooBox Application. Do you happen to know if it's gone, or maybe I'm missing it? Thank you for your help!!

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  20. lol! Scratch that! I was putting it in the the wrong search box ;) Here i go again :)

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  21. Thanks so much for the instructions! I can't wait to give it a try. I love the custom look it gives.
    :)
    Kelly

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    1. No problem, I'm glad I could help. It really makes a huge difference when you get the custom look. So much more professional I think. Let me know if you have any questions when you get to it.

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  22. We just wanted to let you know that we featured this post at this weeks Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

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    1. Awesome, thank you and thank you for hosting the party each week!

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  23. Great tutorial, but I have a question...

    My text always comes out "pixeled." I think I'm doing everything right, but it's just not as clear as I would like. Can you help??

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    1. Is it pixelated in picmonkey or when you upload it to facebook? Mine were always pixelated in picmonkey but once tehey got uploaded they were fine. Let me know so I can help you figure it out!

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  24. Just popping over to let you know I've featured you at this week's Empty Your Archive party, Alice x

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    1. Oh awesome, thank you Alice! I sure enjoy your party each week. A great way to bring back old content!

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  25. You see its June already and I was still able to be helped by this little tutorial of yours
    thanks

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    1. Awesome! That's so great to hear

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  26. I am curious about the permission WoodBox requires to access all of my Page's friends and their information -- how does this affect their privacy?

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    1. That's a great question, I'm not completely sure and couldn't find much on their website. Only their privacy policy here: http://woobox.com/privacy

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  27. Hi Alex, I just wanted to say thank you so much for this! I've been trying to work out how to get my website linked up to Facebook for ages and your post here was so helpful!

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    1. Awesome! I'm so glad it helped you. I made the post for a friend who was struggling and had no idea how many people it would help. Makes my day!

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  28. Alex, just stumbled on this tutorial. I've gone through the whole process you outlined above for a redirect, but for some reason I get a popup alert that asks me to confirm that I want to redirect to the other page. I visited your Facebook site, and everything behaves the same for you, but I dont get the alert box when I click your Blog link, it just takes me there. Any ideas what I might be doing wrong?

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    1. If I understand correctly, you're not doing anything wrong. It asks you, the admin, if you want to redirect, if you click cancel there is a settings and stats link for you. If someone else clicks the same button they will be redirected without the popup. When I click my own Blog link, I get the pop up. Hope that helps :)

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  29. Your blog has been the best by far in helping me make my custom tabs! After spending half the night trying to make one with confusing instructions, I made one using your instructions is less that half the time it took to do the other one. Very clear and easy to follow. Have you got any instructions somewhere on how to make a new background for my blogger page?! Thank you so much :)

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    1. Glad it helped! I don't have a tutorial on changing the blogger background...maybe I'll work on that one next. I'll let you know if I do :)

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  30. Alex - after considerable hair pulling trying to create tabs via other tutorials - I accidentally tripped over your site. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! You made it all so simple! I am now the proud owner of three new, fully functional tabs!

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    1. Awesome! So glad it helped. I know I was very frustrated the first time through as well. I originally made the tutorial to help a friend and I'm so glad you were able to find it as well!

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  31. Hi Alex - about a year ago I made a custom tab/app for a friend of mine. It seems now, since Facebook introduced the "Timeline" concept, this tab has disappeared from his page. Do you know how to "revive" the tab (or where its setting is hiding), or do I need to rebuild it from scratch using your steps above?

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    1. I'm not sure. I haven't had a tab disappear. Try going to Edit Page -> Edit Settings ->More -> Apps...see if the app is still listed. If it is go to the Edit Settings and see if there is a way to 'revive' it. Otherwise you may have to start over. I wish I could be of more help. Hope you are able to figure it out.

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  32. THANK YOU for making this post!! I've tried in SO long time to make this work in 10000 diffriend ways, and I didn't know about Woobox before I found your page! Thanks SO MUCH again!! :)

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  33. Thank you. It took me less than 10 mins.
    Very helpful tutorial.

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  34. Wow! You are terrific! This really helped. So many others have complex methods and leave out important steps. Again, nicely done. Thanks.

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  35. Thanks so much!! Just was able to easily do on my page : )

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