In my opinion, the best Facebook Timeline for Business designs will integrate all the customizable features into a comprehensive and unified design.
The largest part of this design will be your COVER IMAGE
The official image specifications for a Facebook Timeline for Brands cover image is:
851px x 315px
You can design with a larger image if you like as one can move the cover image around a bit to get the positioning you desire. But, I prefer to use the exact dimensions in case I want to integrate the profile image into the Cover image seamlessly.
Caution: Restrictions on content in Facebook Cover Images
Facebook has made specific restrictions on what is contained in a cover image:
"Cover images must be at least 399 pixels wide and may not contain:
Price or purchase information, such as "40% off" or "Download it at our website"
Contact information, such as web address, email, mailing address or other information intended for your Page's About section
References to user interface elements, such as Like or Share, or any other Facebook site features
- Calls to action, such as "Get it now" or "Tell your friends""
With that in mind, have fun and create an image that is eye catching and informative about your Brand or Service.
At the conclusion of this tutorial I have included a .jpeg that you can download and use as your template in a basic photo editor such as Paint and a more advanced Photoshop .psd that has all the parts of the cover image broken into editable layers with a mockup layer that shows where the profile image will appear.
@Moneymind - at this point it would be quite a foolish decision to ignore the market dominance held by Facebook. The correct answer, is actually, one should ALSO create a Google+ page for your business (and Twitter, and LinkedIn, and GooglePlaces etc)
In fact. I began a similar article for designing Google+ business pages under the new design options (which I don't even think existed when you originally commented) , I will finish it up shortly and link to it here.
The facebook timeline is messy and buggy. Considering to move to google+.
This has been incredibly useful. I appreciate the effort that you went through to clairify the changes of the facebook timeline. I have so many apps installed and I was dreading the process but you explained it all perfectly. Thanks again!
Yeah, the example site is, well a site, so I consider the .com to be part of the actual brand name. So, I translated the cover requirement of "no web address" to mean a URL and using just a domain name to be acceptable.
This is still untested waters and FB doesnt have much of a track record of policing pages for trivial issues such as this one. So I took the route that fit my needs. If I was working on a client project, I would probably suggest to play it a bit safer and just take out the TLD.
So in short, I have no idea if its ok with FB, which is why I posted the exact FB language of the requirements rather than try to create my own (possibly flawed) translation.
Hi there! Thanks so much for this walk-through. It is a life saver.
I have a quick question though...I am confused about the rule that you can't use a web address in the cover photo. My company name includes .com (ExhibitSticker.com). I see that yours does too and that you have used it in your cover photo. Is that o.k. with FB? I sure hope so!
Excellent information here.
This was valuable to me as I had no idea how to convert my FB page. Hopefully I can follow your directions, but sure wish they had just left well enough alone!
Finding the time to integrate Social Media into your presence is highly suggestible. It may not be much more than a frill for many who are just aff marketers flogging other peoples products, but when you create your own products, have a true fan base and create original quality niche content such as you do , I think it is a high priority and proper promotion tool for one such as yourself
Across the various types of Facebook Layouts, FB has made interface changes that make the site more uniform.
First Personal Timelines, then new apps and a dev option to use the timeline style with web pages (ala Pinterest,Spotify, Social readers) .. now the Business/Fan page change, you might have noticed that even groups now have the option for a "Cover Image"
I saw today that there is an option for a desktop Facebook Messenger plus FB gave us all email addresses on the last change , the FB app is one of the, if not THE most used phone app for iOs and android - they def are following the google model of infiltrating every platform and aspect of your online, mobile and computing life!
I also like these changes, I hate that I have to redesign around 40 pages of my own and much of my customizations are out the window, but you know, "Adapt or Die!"
I meant a lot of sites are following the old facebook setup, now facebooks changes :) good!