How to design for the new facebook timeline

Facebook made some changes and made everyone switch over to the new timeline.  So now we have to design our pages all over again.  But don’t worry it’s pretty easy.  This post is going to be mostly instruction and short on pics.  It’s great information though.  Here is what my facebook fan page looks like.

I’ve labeled a few important things for you.

Cover Photo

This is the big one that stretches wide across your page.

The dimensions are 851 x 315 px.  Choose a pleasing image that represents you but don’t be afraid to play with it.  There are a few things facebook doesn’t allow.

You cover photo cannot include:

Price/Purchase information

Contact Information

References to Facebook features/Actions

Calls to Action

Your cover photo cannot be false deceptive or misleading and must not infringe on third parties intellectual property.

Profile Picture

Your profile picture is the small box on the left.  It is also the pic that will show up  by all your status updates and in people’s news feeds.

Choose an image that is 180 x 180 px.  Your fans want to connect with the person behind the blog so a picture of you is a very good idea.  I need to switch mine out.


Tabs show up below your cover pic.  You can change these except for photos.  Photos will stay in the first spot no matter what.  I used Short Stack to design my tabs.  If you click on contact me it will take you to a contact form.   My pinterest pins shows you the pins from some of my favorite boards on Pinterest.  Recent blog posts uses my rss feed to pull and display my blog posts.  Coupons and deals takes you to some coupons and offers to save you money.You can see them in action on my Facebook page.  Just click on the boxes and see what they do.

Short stack can be a little intimidating.  Just take it slow and read the instructions.  You should be fine.  If not, let me know and I will help you.  Facebook will automatically name your tabs with a generic name.  Custom tab 1, Custom tab 2 etc.  It will also display a generic image.  You can change this.  See the little number with an arrow by it after your tabs?  Click on that.  Then hover over the tab you want to edit.  A pencil will appear in the upper corner.  Click that then go to edit settings.

You can also change the order of your tabs.  All but the photos.  Follow the same steps as above.  When you click on the pencil in the upper corner instead of choosing edit settings, you will see swap places with:  It will list your other tabs and you can swap them.

So there you have it.  How to make your new timeline pretty.


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  1. Great post! I’ve been trying with no luck to make those tabs look the way I want. I’m definitely giving ShortStack a try. You’ll hear from me if I have issues! ;)
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  2. great tips – I hope it works for me:)
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  3. Thanks for this. I find Facebook so daunting since there are so many components to a page AND they constantly re-design them. I can’t keep up with those folks. I appreciate your helpful post.
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  4. Great helpful tips, Connie! Thanks so much for sharing!
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  5. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 2 post on Aug. 21, 2012. Thanks again.

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