Non-HTTPS & Facebook Tabs: A Workaround For Programs That Only Make One Custom Tab Per Page
I love GetResponse. It’s a great program for creating mailing lists and autoresponders. It also has a beautiful Landing Page Creator that you can use to create a custom tab for your Facebook business page. There’s just one problem. You can only create *one* Facebook tab per business page.
My problem is that I wanted to use GetResponse to create two tabs for Wired For PR’s Facebook page: one for ministries and one for attorneys. It’s just not possible. If you activate a new Facebook landing page, it overrides the original one.
Getting around this problem is a little more complicated than just embedding a static HTML into a tab. Facebook will only allow HTTPS pages to be embedded, and GetResponse’s landing pages are all just HTTP.
So what’s the fix? Cutting & pasting the source code directly into the custom tab.
When you go to the link above, click on “Install Tab Page.” You’ll be taken to an “Add Page Tab” box, where you choose which of your Facebook business pages will host your newest tab. Next, you’ll end up on a Tab Settings page like I am showing below. This is taken from our WatchMeChanging Facebook page for a web series my husband and I filmed:
The rest is pretty easy. Use all the options I chose above and pick whatever name you want for the Tab. (The default is “Welcome,” but you probably won’t want that.) Be sure to edit your “Share Description” to match your new landing page.
Next, go to the GetResponse landing page that you previously created (or whatever program you used) and view the source code. Just choose “HTML” under Page Source and copy & paste the source code into the box! That’s it; you’re done!
I suggest that you also change the Tab Image. It’s easy. Create a 111 px wide by 74 px tall image and click on “Change Tab Image” to upload it. If you don’t have picture editing software, Pixlr will do just fine for this job.
Now click “Save Settings” and you’re done! You may also have to authorize the app and grant it permissions to make the changes.
The tab I created is Wired For PR: Ministry Services. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’ll get you by until you find something better!
If you have some ideas on how to improve on this or if you know of a different workaround, please let me know in the comments.