Customize Your Facebook Fan Page With A Welcome Tab

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0 welcometab intro   Customize Your Facebook Fan Page With A Welcome TabHaving a Facebook fan page is a good way to promote your blog, your business, or anything else you do in the online world. As Facebook’s user base increasingly grows larger (it just hit 500 million), so do the benefits of having a fan page to market your content.

If you’re a frequent visitor of other peoples’ fan pages you may have noticed that some of them customize the Facebook fan page with a nice Welcome tab to greet new users of the site. Some even default to that tab every time you visit. But, how do they do that?

In this article I am going to show you how to customize your Facebook page with a Welcome tab. I’ll walk you through the steps you need to take to get the tab on your page, as well as cite examples of how can you use this utility to your benefit.

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While I have you here, I should probably mention that MUO has a Facebook fan page. If you like what we offer on our site, head over to the Facebook page and join in the conversation that goes on there. We list the most popular articles, hold polls and giveaways, and offer sneak peaks of new articles and features there.

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While you’re there, check out our Welcome tab. On it, we give you 10 very good reasons why you should ‘Like’ Make Use Of, as seen here:

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See the call-to-action at the bottom there? That’s just one of the ways you can utilize the Welcome tab.

What Else Can I Do?

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Some calls-to-action are a little more blatant, like the patented arrow to the Like button. Like I said, the Welcome tab can be used for many creative reasons, one being to get users to ‘Like’ your page so you can begin serving them content on their news feeds.

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The last example I’ll give is that of the informational welcome message. Some companies use their Welcome tab to describe their services or background story. This can help keep visitors on your page, especially if it isn’t blatantly obvious what you do.

How Do I Get This On My Page?

Now that you see some of the benefits of using a Welcome tab, I can show you where to get this app. The first thing you have to do is navigate to the applications page.

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Once you’re there, just type ‘welcome tab‘ into the search field and hit Enter on your keyboard. Welcome Tab for pages should be the first result that comes up, so click on that to go to the app’s page. You can feel free to try any of the other apps if you like.

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Click on Add to my Page to add the application to your fan page (Clicking Go to Application should work too).

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Clicking that option should open a pop-up that looks similar to this one. If you manage any fan pages they should be listed there. Select the page you would like to add the tab to and hit Close.

Now What?

Now head over to your fan page. There should already be a Welcome tab there for you to play with (If not try this). They ask for you to sign up to remove a box from the top of your tab page (which I think is pretty lame) but my advice would be to just use a service like Mailinator for that. Feel free to try the app out before doing that part if you like.

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Then, you can begin customizing your tab using text and HTML. The app will even keep analytics so you can see the number of people who have visited your fan page over the coming months.

Sweet. Anything Else?

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If you go back to your fan page’s home screen and click on Edit Page, you can set your Welcome tab as the default tab everyone who visits your page will see. Simply go under Wall Settings and change Default Landing Tab for Everyone Else to Welcome.

[Note]: If you like, another noteworthy app you should check out is Static FBML. I haven’t tried it but a lot of people have and it has received many very positive reviews.

What do you think about adding a landing page to customize your Facebook fan page? Are there any apps you like better? Leave your comments in the DISQUS section below!

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Martin

thanks for the how to, going to add a welcome tab to my page as well.

Steve Campbell

You’re welcome. It’s a nice addition to your page and something I’ve been meaning to add to mine for some time now.

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Saikat Basu

Thanks for this Steve. Reminds me that I have to deck up my Facebook page. A welcome page should be just the thing for some personal branding.

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Aibek

thanks for an excellent tutorial Steve!

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Aweirdguy

Not bad, but their servers seem to lag at times… I did get it to work fine after a few tries and it does what I need. I had some issues getting it to format anything, tags like center and table don’t work, and I couldn’t set a bgcolor because body is disabled. I ended up doing my layout in a jpg and just used that, but it does look ok: http://www.facebook.com/terrispettingzoo

Steve Campbell

Very nice! Yeah I was thinking the best way to go about it would be to make a nice image and just post it up. If you’re looking for more customization, I believe Facebook now allows for the creation of static pages/tabs for fan pages using their FBML standard. It might be worth looking into.

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Aweirdguy

Not bad, but their servers seem to lag at times… I did get it to work fine after a few tries and it does what I need. I had some issues getting it to format anything, tags like center and table don’t work, and I couldn’t set a bgcolor because body is disabled. I ended up doing my layout in a jpg and just used that, but it does look ok: http://www.facebook.com/terris

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Sean

so i am not sure it will work for me – i have a couple of different busienss and want to not connect my personal page to the fan page…so this application will not let me use it unless i link a profile to the fan page. Any suggestions?

Steve Campbell

Sean,

Are you the admin on the other business fan pages? If so, did you create them under a different facebook account?

Adding the app to one of your pages shouldn’t link or do anything to your personal page. So long as you’re logged into the account you created your business fan page on you should be able to add the app to that page.

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Steve Campbell

Sean,

Are you the admin on the other business fan pages? If so, did you create them under a different facebook account?

Adding the app to one of your pages shouldn’t link or do anything to your personal page. So long as you’re logged into the account you created your business fan page on you should be able to add the app to that page.

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ReCreando

Hi dude., this is great article… but, could you PLEASE write about friend req (FBML)?I mean, like ur facebook “welcome’s” tab…? pleasee…

Steve Campbell

You know what? Sure. Consider it done.

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ReCreando

Hi dude., this is great article… but, could you PLEASE write about friend req (FBML)?
I mean, like ur facebook “welcome’s” tab…? pleasee…

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P.F. Bruns

For some reason, I’m getting the following:
“Welcome Tab for pages
The developer of this application does not currently allow it to be added.”

Steve Campbell

Hmmm, that is strange. I’m not sure what to tell you. I suppose you’re going to have to try a different application using FBML.

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P.F. Bruns

For some reason, I’m getting the following:
“Welcome Tab for pages
The developer of this application does not currently allow it to be added.”

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CyberFlavors

It’s really nice to see this option for my facebook page. However I am still having problems in adding interactive image and content as I have less knowledge of html

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Subhantariq

I am not getting how to add a picture on the welcome tab

Steve Campbell

I believe you have to host your photo somewhere else (like Flickr) and then use html to link to it on your welcome page. It should pull the image in.

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anni

I get the following if I try to add the FBML tab:
“The developer of this application does not currently allow it to be added.”
Anybody sorted this out as to why?
Anni

Steve Campbell

Because of the constant changes Facebook has been going through lately, there are a lot of 3rd party applications not looking/working properly. Chances are it isn’t a problem on your end.

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anni

I get the following if I try to add the FBML tab:
“The developer of this application does not currently allow it to be added.”
Anybody sorted this out as to why?
Anni

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Jen

Simply go under Wall Settings and change Default Landing Tab for Everyone Else to Welcome.

This does not appear in my Wall settings, there is no Default Landing Tab, did this go away? Please advise, the default is showing the wall comments/posts. What the sense of doing this Welcome Tab if I can’t default it to show the Welcome page to our new fans that haven’t LIKEd the page?

Steve Campbell

In the settings, there should be a drop-down menu that you can set to your tab. If that isn’t there anymore, I don’t know what to tell you.

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Jen

Simply go under Wall Settings and change Default Landing Tab for Everyone Else to Welcome.

This does not appear in my Wall settings, there is no Default Landing Tab, did this go away? Please advise, the default is showing the wall comments/posts. What the sense of doing this Welcome Tab if I can’t default it to show the Welcome page to our new fans that haven’t LIKEd the page?

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MedJobs

Here’s one I created: http://www.facebook.com/statblac

Steve Campbell

haha I love that! Looks great

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MedJobs

Here’s one I created: http://www.facebook.com/statbl

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Alvi

Hi Steve…Thankx for your tutorial…But im facing a problem..Problem is after completing all the steps when i go to wall setting i dont find any “Default landing page”. But i dont think i did any mistake. i’ve checked several time. What to do now?

Steve Campbell

Thanks, Alvi. You know, someone else mentioned that too, so I’m wondering what everybody is seeing. On my Facebook page, when I go to ‘Edit page’, the ‘Default Landing Tab for Everyone Else’ option is right under the Wall settings.

I’m wondering if this is because I installed the app a while ago and those of you experiencing the problems are doing this recently.

If the option isn’t there, I don’t really know what to tell you.

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Steve Campbell

Thanks, Alvi. You know, someone else mentioned that too, so I’m wondering what everybody is seeing. On my Facebook page, when I go to ‘Edit page’, the ‘Default Landing Tab for Everyone Else’ option is right under the Wall settings.

I’m wondering if this is because I installed the app a while ago and those of you experiencing the problems are doing this recently.

If the option isn’t there, I don’t really know what to tell you.

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dancastady

Do you know how to actually link back to your own “like” button with code, or a link? I wanted my image to do that, but I can’t find out how. http://facebook.com/thefold

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dancastady

Do you know how to actually link back to your own “like” button with code, or a link? I wanted my image to do that, but I can’t find out how. http://facebook.com/thefold

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Mgridji

hi there, I am not getting how to add a picture either. I don’t have a flickr acct, so my question is, can I just upload the pic from my C drive or just from the pics already on FB? I have tried multiple times and NOTHING. I am a musician so having this welcome page is very important to me, so please reply asap. thank you

Steve Campbell

You have to have the picture hosted somewhere. I’m not sure if on Facebook would work or not, but if you had any server space–like for a personal website–that would probably be ideal. You are basically only pointing to it with code on the welcome tab page.

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