As many of you will know, in March this year Facebook announced that it will be changing the layout of its page timelines, making improvements in the display of images. These updates will be rolled out across all pages by 6 June and here is a list of 4 things we think you should know about the latest update so you can stay ahead of the game.
Before the changes
After the changes
#1 – Cover photo tweaks
Firstly, you will need to adjust your cover photo. The profile photo isn’t changing, but has changed position slightly, with the title of the page and category placed in the lower half of your cover photo, so be sure to adjust any text or important content that may be under the profile photo.
The Like button and Share button will now also appear in the bottom portion of your cover photo. Remember, now the space at the bottom of your cover photo is occupied by the title of the page and category; remove any writing in the lower 65 pixels of your cover photo (we suggest you create a border above that space as well.)
Tip: If you wanted to, you could completely remove your company name if it appears in the cover photo as it will always appear there with the overlay.
#2 – Make sure your category is correct
If you haven’t done so already, make sure the category of your page reflects exactly what you do, because the category is a lot more noticeable in the new Facebook Timeline. To do this, go to Edit Page, then Update Page Info to check your Page Category. This will also benefit your page results for Graph Search.
And while you’re at it, this is also a good time to review your Short Description and Long Description and see if those need updates as well – keep these current!
#3 –Pick your top 3 apps
The apps section of a page now appears in two places – once under the More button which is directly below the cover photo and also on the left sidebar.
Your most valued app should be first then your next 2 best apps should be listed next. This is similar to the current layout where you have 3 available apps, which includes the Photos, that appear on the first line of your apps area. The app cover photo remains the same size at 111 x 74 px.
#4 – Fix you app graphics display
If you have an arrow on any app graphic which points towards the Like button, this has now moved from the right corner to 580 pixels from the left side, meaning you’ll have to adjust the position of that arrow.
You may also notice that the Cover Photo is always showing so that any app you select displays lower than it used to. There aren’t any adjustments needed, this is just something to bear in mind.
The other major change is the single column Timeline. This makes the Timeline easier to read, just like it used to be!
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