How Do I create a Facebook Page Using iFrames? a Splash-Screen Example
We will step through the stages in making an image map for iFrames, stage-by-stage. This isn’t an in-depth tutorial, but it is will give you a true flavour of the process.
Step 1. Become a Facebook Developer
Don’t panic, you don’t have to go back to college or write a big cheque, it’s free and simple. It will take your five minutes to enrol as developer, just follow the instructions and you’ll be done in no time.
Step 2. Create Your Image
Again, this doesn’t have to be hard, you can outsource this for very little, or do it yourself by altering an existing photo, or even a by using a royalty-free image if cash is tight. You don’t have to buy Photoshop either, quality online tools such as Picnik allow you to do what you need to do, free-of-charge.
Step 3. Upload your Image to your Web Host
Unfortunately it is best to have your own domain for this, with its own hosting. You may also need to configure an FTP client also, but creating and managing your own website is much more simple than it was.
At a stretch, you could sign up for a free account at WordPress which offers enough free web space to get the job done.
Step 4. Turn Your Image into an Image Map
If you’re lost, don’t worry, this is just a primer to make you familiar with the distinct steps involved. Again, you don’t need to worry about buying your own copy of Photoshop, this step can be completed free-of-charge using the “image-maps” web application.
This stage will generate some HTML code that will make the image click-able on your Facebook page. Only one technical step is left in the procedure, we need to…
Step 5. Edit the HTML code
This can be done in a regular text-editor and is a matter of copying and pasting the top and bottom of a standard web page, the opening and closing “body” tags, again, there are many useful online tutorials if you’re stuck.
Step 6. Upload The Edited Code to Your Server
Again, as in step three you’re best having your own server and will most likely have to configure and FTP client.
Step 7. Configure and Install Your Facebook App
Yes, after you have completed these steps you will have your own FB app! It is a relatively simple matter of filling in a few forms with the correct values, and will only take a few minutes.
If you’re already a web developer that probably sounds really easy. If, like me, you’re not this may well sound impossible. Granted, it is difficult, but there are step-by-step tutorials out there with screenshots that will guide you. I will admit, it is quite daunting, but, if you have the time and are wiling to invest some effort you may save yourself some money and, more importantly, have the feeling of satisfaction of accomplishing something worthwhile for your business, charity or fanbase. It’s a pity that it wasn’t easier though…