How to Use Tabfoundry to Add a Custom Tab to Your Facebook Page - dummies

How to Use Tabfoundry to Add a Custom Tab to Your Facebook Page

By Janine Warner, David LaFontaine

For the purpose of understanding how Facebook tab apps work, take a look at the free tools available from Tabfoundry. To get started, select Get Started to begin the free level of service. You will be asked to authorize Tabfoundry’s management of your Facebook Page, and you must accept in order to use this tool to place a new tab on your Facebook Page.

Tabfoundry displays your account dashboard, which you’ll see looks much like your Facebook Page.

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  1. On your Tabfoundry Facebook Page dashboard, click the Create New Tab icon to begin the creation process. Select from the following options:

    • Custom tab

    • Quiz contest

    • Photo contest

  2. Select the Custom Tab option. Then click the Edit Tab button.

    The tab creation screen opens.

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  3. Drag and drop widgets onto the screen — or canvas, as Tabfoundry calls it.

    Widgets include the following:

    • Basic: Text, picture, photo gallery

    • Multimedia: YouTube, YouTube channel, Vimeo, SoundCloud, LiveStream, UStream

    • Social: Instagram, Like button, Share button, Facebook Like box, Facebook comments, Tweet button, Follow button, Twitter stream, Twitter search, Google +1 button, Google+ badge, LinkedIn share button

    • Tools: iFrame, HTML box, Google Maps, Button, Countdown, Time reveal, Custom form, MailChimp, Aweber

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    You’ll also have the opportunity at this time to select to “Like-gate” your tab. This means that a visitor has to Like your page before receiving access to the content on your tab.

    For the purpose of these steps, we’re assuming you’re interested in adding a social media tab to your Facebook Page.

  4. Sign in to your account and customize the look of your tab.

    You can make a number of changes, including the number of images shown and the outline of the widget.

  5. When finished, click Publish in the upper right of the screen.

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    The Tabfoundry tab creation screen offers a tutorial option on the left side of the screen. For more help, turn to the tutorial.

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Don’t miss the simple details during app creation that may go overlooked. For example, be sure to upload a cover image for your tab and give your tab a descriptive name.