Authors, are you struggling with the appearance of your Facebook page in the new layout? Here are some quick tips to help you get a great look.
As you’ve noticed, this has to be a horizontal rectangle. For my personal profile, this was easy. I just grabbed a snapshot from my iPhoto library of a flowerbed in my backyard. A landscape or sunset would also work well. Anything that has a horizontal section that looks good. You don’t even have to resize it if you don’t want to take the time. Once you upload it, you can adjust the photo up and down, but NOT side to side.
Start with 11.806 inches wide x 4.375 tall, 300 dpi. Get your image how you like it, then reduce to 72 dpi.
Final size: 850 pixels wide x 315 pixels tall
NOTE: When a visitor (including you) lands on your page, you frequently see only the bottom portion. Keep this in mind when designing your graphic. You want the image to make sense when full and when only the bottom portion is visible. Also, leave room for your avatar.
Here’s how my banner looked before I uploaded it.
Here’s how it looks when you land on my page and only the bottom of the graphic shows. The full image is there, but you have to scroll up to see it.
If you have tabs (multiple pages within your FB Page) you may want to create custom tab graphics. My tabs are:
- Newsletter Sign Up
- Welcome Page (this is my “landing page” the first time someone visits my page)
- My Books
To create tab graphics, start with 1.53 inches wide x 1.027 inches tall, 300 dpi. Get your image how you like it, then reduce to 72 dpi.
Final size: 111 pixels side x 74 pixels tall, 72 dpi
Uploading the Custom Tabs
I created my graphics, but had virtual assistant Jessica Lewis at authorslifesaver.com upload them. Here’s what she said: “How to upload the tab depends on which app you are using. Some of them you just click on the app from your admin panel. Others you have to go to the edit page tab, click on apps in the sidebar, select the app and click go to app. The app I used for the My Books tab is Static iframe tab by Woodbox.”
Let me know if this helps, or you have any questions!