Facebook have just made a change where you need to create your custom page tabs and attach them to your Facebook pages in a slightly different way.
It is actually very straight forward and we are in the process of integrating this directly into my Easy FanPage design plugin, however until this is done you will need to do the following:
For every new page tab you will need to visit this URL: http://www.facebook.com/dialog/pagetab?app_id=YOUR_APP_ID&next=YOUR_URL where YOUR_APP_ID is the app id of your app, and Your URL is the app where your custom page tab html code is stored. In the case of Easy FanPage Design it will be something like this: http://justinwheeler.net/fanpage/Hello-Tab.
To make this simpler you can go to http://www.easyfanpagedesign.com/add-pagetab-to-fanpage.html or you can read on below:
Once you have done that a dialog box will pop up that looks like this:
You should then choose the page you wish to add the tab to and it is done.
If you are confused by any part of this process you may find the below video useful:
TROUBLESHOOTING THE API 191 ERROR
Sometimes you may encounter an API 191 error when adding a tab to a page. This is invariably because you have got the syntax wrong.
It is very important that your URL is the exact same URL as you have on your Page Tab in Facebook Developers and also that this URL is the same URL as you have as your Direct Link to the Custom Tab template.
If they do not match ie one is http://www and the other is http:// then you will get this error.
Do let me know how you get on.
sorry not sure that I understand where you actually put the URL: http://www.facebook.com/dialog/pagetab?app_id=YOUR_APP_ID&next=YOUR_URL where YOUR_APP_ID . I watched the video but did not get it yet.
Hi thee you need to paste that url into your browser replacing YOUR_APP_ID with your APP id and replacing your URL with the URL of your custom content on your wordpress blog.
Hope that makes it clearer?
Really interested in your Easy Fanpage Design plugin and was wondering just how this thing works on FB. Does it post on FB as an IFrame or is it like static FBML? Reason I need to know is because I am working on building fan pages that actually get ranked in the search engines and it seems Google does not like ranking IFrames. Thanks for your response…..your plugin looks awesome!
Hi Barry, Yes it posts it as an iframe. Unfortunately Static FBML is no more and will be discontinued completely shortly,
To be honest I believe Fanpages get ranked in the search engines from the content on Facebook such as the info and the contents of the wall rather than from the contents of the custom tabs which in my view are more for those who are either using your page or for those who find the page for the first time and should be used to encourage the like.
Hope that makes sense.
Thank your this update Justin. I just purchased a WSO and couldn't for the life of me figure out what was going on. I did some research and found this out. This info should have been mentioned in the WSO, Dec 15. Glad I am on your list
No problem at all. Your comment reminded me that I should add in some trouble shooting tips! Thanks… I am going back to revise the post right now! 🙂
Hi, this is a Public Shout Out for Justin!!
Thank you so much for your all of your help to get my fb App operating correctly.
The time and encouragement that you gave is very much appreciated.
Thanks Henry, Glad everything is working well now. 😉