How to Manage Permissions for Your Facebook Page - dummies

How to Manage Permissions for Your Facebook Page

By Carolyn Abram

The Manage Permissions section controls who can see your Facebook Page and how they can interact with it. This is an important tool to create an active and safe environment so your business can flourish.

  • Page Visibility: This check box allows you to unpublish your Page, which hides it from everyone except admins. Doing so is useful if the Page is under construction because you’re adding some new stuff to it.

    Don’t accidentally leave it in this state when you’re done making updates or your fans won’t be able to find you.

  • Country Restrictions: Leaving this box empty means everyone everywhere can see your Page. Entering specific countries lets you decide if your Page will be available or hidden for the people in those countries.

  • Age Restrictions: By default, anyone on Facebook can see your Page. If your Page deals with adult products or themes, you may want to consider age restrictions. There’s a specific Alcohol-Related option in the drop-down menu if your Page is related to alcohol products.

  • Posting Ability: Select these two check boxes to allow fans to post to your Page as well as add photos and videos.

    Select at least the first check box because without interaction, your Page won’t feel as Facebook-y. (And yes, Facebook-y is a word — Google it.)

  • Post Visibility: Select this check box to choose whether posts from your fans appear in a special Recent Posts by Others section at the top of your Page’s Timeline.

    If you want these posts to appear, but prefer to first review and approve them, use the drop-down menu to change the default visibility setting to Hidden from Page. If you choose to review posts, they appear in your Admin Panel for you to approve.

  • Tagging Ability: Selecting this check box allows your fans to tag themselves or others in photos that you post from your Page.

  • Messages: Selecting this box adds a Message button to your Page and allows fans to send you private messages.

    If you feel like you have the time to respond to these messages, it’s probably a good idea to leave this check box selected because it’s the sort of thing that builds rapport between you and your fans.

  • Moderation Blocklist: If your Page is seeing a lot of debate, and some of it is simply offensive or not productive, you can create a moderation blocklist. If words added to the blocklist are found in a post, the post is automatically marked as spam.

  • Profanity Blocklist: You shouldn’t need to come up with your own blocklist for the most commonly offensive terms. If you want at least a little sanitization of your Timeline, choose Medium from the drop-down menu. If you want it to be as PG as possible, choose Strong.

    Even with your blocklists on, you should still be diligent about checking your posts, comments, and fan-uploaded photos and videos for the types of offensive language and images that can’t necessarily be caught by these automated systems.

  • Post Privacy Gating: Select this check box for the capability to choose your audience for each post you make.

  • Replies: Selecting this check box turns on replies for future posts from your Page. Comments now display an option to Reply. Other fans click Reply to direct their responses to a specific comment or fan. Replies are displayed below comments to help clarify who is responding to what.

  • Delete Page: If at some point you decide you don’t want your Page anymore, you can delete it here.