I’m often asked how to set up your own Facebook welcome tab. If you don’t have the budget to hire a designer or someone like me to create your landing page is it possible to do it yourself? The answer is of course yes.
I’ve spoken about landing pages a lot. I think they give us a wonderful opportunity to tell people who visit our page a bit more about what we do and encourage them to click that ‘Like’ button.
Creating your own customised page from scratch can be complicated and requires some tech knowledge and skills. The good news is that there are lots of free applications out there that can assist you. Here’s my top three:
For me these are the original user friendly landing tabs. They’ve recently launched new designs that are even prettier. It’s easy to slot in images and texts to make them your own. You can choose from a variety of free templates and there are some more feature rich options in their premium packages.
The one disadvantage is that you have to edit the page on their website and then send it to Facebook. If you want to change your page you can only do this through the website.
I really like the whole suite of applications that WooBox offers. Their custom page creation tool is great, you can input text and images through a very simple interface, no HTML knowledge is required but if you prefer to enter your own markup you can switch to the HTML editor. You don’t need to go off Facebook to edit either, when you access your page you can click into the editor directly from here.
You can even create Fangates (content only people who like the page can see). The biggest advantage of Woobox is that it comes with free stats showing you pageviews and conversions to likes.
If you know your HTML Static HTML is a great app. You can simply cut and paste your markup into a box and you have your page. For people like me who often make HTML errors it handily marks errors in red making them easy to spot and correct. You can easily create fangates and as with Woobox you edit directly from your Facebook page. This gives you complete control over the content you upload. However you will need to host your images elsewhere as this isn’t supported in application.
If you’d like a professionally designed Welcome or custom Facebook page we’re still running a contest on Twitter. We’ve one more prize of a free customised page to give away. Enter the competition here. We’ll draw the winner when we reach 700 Likes.