Custom Facebook Design

This article has being updated to reflect the new pages available after timeline has being applied, since timeline has hit pages there have being a number of changes to how a custom facebook design looks, especially with the amount you can now show on the page! Currently as of writing timeline is optional but soon it will be mandatory. In order to stay up to date I have created a new article, you can read the updated version by clicking here.

This may come as a surprise to a lot of people but it is possible to customise your Facebook Tab Design! At first it was very limited but it kept improving as time went on. Although there are limits on the width of the page everything else is just like a website. The method I am talking about is essentially a website on your Facebook Profile or rather an extension of your website. This is done using something called iFrames.

What are iFrames?

An iFrame is something used in web development. It has several uses but for the sake of this article I will tell you what it can do for your Facebook. Let's say you want a custom design with your own text and photos on your Facebook page, well now you can. What an iFrame allows you to do is place content on your Facebook Page Design from another website. For instance I could store the single page file on a web host and then create a customised Facebook page and simply insert the iFrames code and it would then make it look like it's actually a part of the Facebook page. To someone viewing the page they won't know how this is done but to programmers it's obvious.

Web Host, Begging your pardon?!

Well this is a question often asked when someone requests details on a website. This article mentions websites due to how Facebook pages are created so I will explain this for you as best I can. Please think of a house, thinking of a house? Ok good! Now think of what a house is on top of…the land!

No Land = No House! Remember this, and remember that you can have land without a house although it's not very useful without unless you are a farmer or using it for some other purpose and even then you will still likely have a house/stable etcetera on the land.

Now think of a website…not as obvious if you are not a programmer but just like a house you need to store the website somewhere! This is were web hosting comes into it. It's like the virtual land for your virtual home! Exactly like a real house you need somewhere to put it!

No Host (Virtual Land) = No Website (Virtual Home). I hope this helped explain this, and remember you can have a web host without a website…but again this is not very useful, in fact it's pointless!

Facebook + iFrames = Custom Facebook Design!

Due to iFrames being stored on another host it is possible to included styles, photos, videos. You can even use scripts and flash! Basically anything you see on a normal website can now be applied to your custom Facebook page! The only restraint is the width of the custom area Facebook provides. You can usually get around 500 pixels of width, this will give some good padding and keep things looking nice and neat however I like to try and keep the actual text around 450 pixels wide as it just feels nicer.

Author: Kevin Kinnersley - http://www.skywebstudios.co.uk

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