Designing for Facebook


If you are a small business or nonprofit, you probably already have a graphic designer you adore. This person created enticing print materials and a gorgeous very successful web site. But if you ask him or her about designing a Facebook page and they look bit confused or even fearful, help is on the way.

There are a number of excellent graphic design tools and guides for Facebook, including ones for the upcoming major Facebook changes scheduled for March 29. Since Facebook experts have already done the heavy lifting, your graphic designer can get busy designing that knockout Facebook page for you.

The Facebook Cheat Sheet: Sizes and Dimensions is a detailed geography of the Facebook page. Now your designer can calculate the exact sizes of your graphics and test them out. You can also find out how much text is allowed in ads, titles and status updates. What is the maximum size and length of uploaded videos? The answer is available. Since Facebook is always changing things, this page is updated frequently.

If you want a custom Facebook landing page, that’s a bit trickier. However there are services and tools that can help make it easier. These come in both paid and free versions. A good place to get started is 4 Free Facebook Landing Page Creation Tools. Author Priit Kallas of Dreamgrow  recommends Pagemodo and Wildfire iFrames.

Finally, if you and your designer need some visual  inspiration you can browse 22 Inspiring Examples of Facebook Page Designs chosen by Priit Kallas.