3 Ways To Customize Facebook Colors & Background Images

FacebookSearch01   3 Ways To Customize Facebook Colors & Background ImagesThe generic look of Facebook gets very boring after a while. You can search your profile and account options far and wide for a way to change the default look, but you won’t find anything. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to customize your Facebook page?

The good news is that there are fairly simple ways to customize Facebook. The bad news is that only you will see the changes, while others will continue to see the default layout. However, this may be a good thing as not everyone has the same taste.

This article will guide you through the options you have to add a custom color scheme or graphical layout to your Facebook page.

Option 1: Yontoo Layers Browser Plugin

You can use the browser plugin Yontoo Layers from PageRage to change the graphical layout of your Facebook profile. The changes can be applied to all pages or only your profile. Naturally, the changes will be visible to you only.

PageRage works with Firefox and Internet Explorer. Be careful when you initiate the plugin download, as it will close all your browser windows of any open browser without asking for your confirmation!

Once the browser addon is installed, you can browse the PageRage website and try their free layouts. When you find a style you like, decide whether it should be applied to all pages or your profile only and click > Select This Layout in the bottom right. Works magically.

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Option 2: Auto-Colorizer for Facebook Greasemonkey Script

If Firefox is your standard browser and if you already use Greasemonkey, try the Auto-Colorizer for Facebook script. You cannot add background images, but at least you can change the color scheme. Again, these changes will be visible to you only.

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This is probably the least evasive way to customize your Facebook profile and it provides beautiful results. The example image above is courtesy of Auto-Colorizer for Facebook.

Option 3: Stylish Addon For Firefox / Stylish Addon for Chrome

This is a technique that will work for Firefox and Chrome. It’s an addon that lets you apply custom skins and themes to not only Facebook, but also Google, YouTube, Orkut, and many more. Install the plugin, then browse available styles to get started.

Note that you can skip installing the addon in case you run Greasemonkey. The styles can be installed as a Greasemonkey user script.

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Be careful with templates from userstyles.org. Many are outdated and no longer fit the current layout of Facebook. Nevertheless, you may find a few that are up to date and suit your fancy.

If you know a little CSS, however, you can go ahead and use Stylish to create your own custom skin. In Firefox, add the Stylish icon to your toolbar (from the > Customize window), then click it and select > Write new style. You can check out the code of a good template at userstyles.org to get an idea what code needs to be covered.

Other Options

If you search a little, you will find at least two other ways to customize Facebook, for example Facebook Expressions and Chameleon Tom. The former was banned by Facebook and the latter triggers an adware / virus warning when trying to download the necessary plugin. Hence, I didn’t include these two. However, Chameleon Tom seems to be the only way to customize your Facebook page in a way that others can see it, given they join the respective Facebook group.

Conclusion

Taken together, customizing the look of your Facebook profile is possible and rather easy. Unfortunately, with most techniques you will be the only one to see the pretty makeover.

Would you join the Petition for Backgrounds on Facebook Profiles? Or would you prefer for Facebook to stay as simplistic as it is now in regards to page layout?  Let us know in the comments below.

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MySortOfAnonymousName

Auto-Colorizer for Facebook works great in Google Chrome, and you don’t need Greasemonkey. Just click the install button on that page.

Also, there’s a fan page here: http://facebook.com/AutoColori

David

Attention
pagerage.com has a bad reputation on WOT (http://www.mywot.com/ru/scorec
they say it tries to hack your facebook account
i think STYLISH may have the same problem too, as i have used the firefox addon and had some account issues with facebook, though i’m not sure if it’s because of the addon

Bob

Facebook has succeeded over Myspace partly because they don’t allow people to have ugly, distracting, loud backgrounds. Most of those examples above are heinous.

Tina

Bob,

I agree with you. Not having those wild and ugly pages is a plus. And apparently Facebook puts a lot of energy into keeping it this way.

The good news is that all three options covered above are private and not visible to the public. They are visible only to the person who sets them up and anyone using their computer and the same browser.

The two other options mentioned require people to join a Facebook group in order to see the changes. If you don’t want to see it, don’t join the group.

Anonymous

Auto-Colorizer for Facebook works great in Google Chrome, and you don’t need Greasemonkey. Just click the install button on that page.

Also, there’s a fan page here: http://facebook.com/AutoColorizer

Tina

Thanks for the input!

David

Attention
pagerage.com has a bad reputation on WOT (http://www.mywot.com/ru/scorecard/pagerage.com/comment#comment)
they say it tries to hack your facebook account
i think STYLISH may have the same problem too, as i have used the firefox addon and had some account issues with facebook, though i’m not sure if it’s because of the addon

Anonymous

As far as I know, stylish scripts can’t contain actual code. They are pure CSS. Granted, CSS can contain javascript, but I assume the plugin strips code.Auto-Colorizer does have alot of code by necessity as it creates a unique color scheme on demand for every page you look at. And you’re welcome to read though the code for it.

TLW

David, my WOT does the same thing. I actually ignored it, because at the time, PageRage was all the rage :) Around the same time I loaded it, I also had issues with my FB. In my case, I’m quite sure the problem was caused by PageRage. So much for my peers talking me into joining the rage party :)

Tina

Bob,

I agree with you. Not having those wild and ugly pages is a plus. And apparently Facebook puts a lot of energy into keeping it this way.

The good news is that all three options covered above are private and not visible to the public. They are visible only to the person who sets them up and anyone using their computer and the same browser.

The two other options mentioned require people to join a Facebook group in order to see the changes. If you don’t want to see it, don’t join the group.

Arjun Bajaj

i like the simple and clean facebook layout….but i wouldn’t mind to change my layout to the one i like…

TLW

Tina, your reader’s, and yourself, need to be careful with PageRage. They have a terrible rep. I learned the hard way that they load spyware every time you use Yontoo. If you’re not paying attention, they also have the tenacity to replace your Google Search bar with theirs. The best option has to be GreaseMonkey. If he loads spyware, or does redirects, at least he’s discreet :)

Tina

Thanks for the heads up!

I haven’t noticed any negative effects when using Yontoo / PageRange on Firefox. However, I only used it for a few days.

Also the McAfee SiteAdvisor considers Yontoo.com safe and Wikipedia has some more background on the ‘rumors’ about PageRage spreading adware, malware, or spyware. They do add their own ads, so PageRage is definitely adware. However, there are ads on all Facebook pages, too.

TLW

I have this little file that a friend of mine made. It works much like a FireFox Add On. I see no adds on FaceBook. Pretty cool Huh? :)

socialstacy

Great article! I really enjoy using PageRage the most because they give you the option to create your own layouts using images or color or you can select premade facebook layout. Most of the other add-ons don’t give you that option.

MySortOfAnonymousName

Auto-Colorizer for Facebook works great in Google Chrome, and you don’t need Greasemonkey. Just click the install button on that page.

Also, there’s a fan page here: http://facebook.com/AutoColori

MySortOfAnonymousName

As far as I know, stylish scripts can’t contain actual code. They are pure CSS. Granted, CSS can contain javascript, but I assume the plugin strips code.

Auto-Colorizer does have alot of code by necessity as it creates a unique color scheme on demand for every page you look at. And you’re welcome to read though the code for it.

Tina

Thanks for the heads up!

I haven’t noticed any negative effects when using Yontoo / PageRange on Firefox. However, I only used it for a few days.

Also the McAfee SiteAdvisor considers Yontoo.com safe and Wikipedia has some more background on the ‘rumors’ about PageRage spreading adware, malware, or spyware. They do add their own ads, so PageRage is definitely adware. However, there are ads on all Facebook pages, too.

Anonymous

Auto-Colorizer for Facebook works great in Google Chrome, and you don’t need Greasemonkey. Just click the install button on that page.

Also, there’s a fan page here: http://facebook.com/AutoColorizer

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Anonymous

PageRage doesn’t contain any kind of viruses/spyware/malware etc. The nice thing about their technology is that whomever doesn’t have the plugin installed, cannot see other people’s layouts who do have them installed. Its a win win app for me and many of my friends actually like it a lot.

Jacobhend

Wow, I love how these people lie about a harmless facebook plug-in. Get your information right, PageRage does not contain any viruses, malware or spyware. The app is ad-supported just as much as facebook is. MyWot is a joke for a website and only allows users to leave feedback about the product, they don’t even test the software so you can see where I’m going with that one. Overall, PageRage does a great job at allowing me to customize my own layouts. I would recommend this product to all my friends and I plan on spreading the word.