Author’s Note: This article has been updated to correspond with the new Facebook design layout and setup steps of business profile pages. [1/17/2014]
Changing a Facebook web address to a short memorable name that matches your business is an important step for professionalizing your social media presence. Having a custom URL such as www.facebook.com/ForCPR will allow you to easily direct visitors to your Facebook page. A custom Facebook URL will also increase your businesses visibility in search engines adding to your SEO efforts.
I recently had the opportunity to create a custom URL for a new CPR instructor website directory that provides free listings for CPR instructors and training organizations, ForCPR.com, and used the opportunity to create these step by step visual instructions.
In order for the vanity URL option to be activated in Facebook a page will first need to have 25 fans/friends who like the page.
Step 1: As a Facebook Page Admin, visit the home page of the page you wish to customize.
Step2: At the top of the page click the “Edit Page” button and then select “Edit Settings” from the drop down menu.
Step 3: On the next page click the “Page Info” tab at the top and then find the row named “Facebook Web Address.” The ability to edit the address will only happen once 25 fans have liked the page. Click on the link that says, “Enter a Facebook web address”
and then click the link that says “Create a web address for this page?”
Step 4: On the next page the instructions mention that you will not be able to edit or transfer the username you select once you set it so choose wisely! Choose a name and thpe it in the text field and click the “Check Availability” button. If the name you select is already taken a text message below the box will indicate it is not available
Step 5: Once you find an available Facebook web page name a pop up will appear and give you several warnings about the name you are about to select:
- You can only change the username once after you set it.
- You can’t transfer the ownership of a username to another party.
- You can’t violate anyone elses trademark rights.
- If you are acquiring a username to sell it in the future (squatting), you will lose it.
- Usernames may be reclaimed for other unauthorized usages.
If you are sure of the name you are selecting click “Confirm.”
Step 6: Success! A new popup will appear letting you know the custom Facebook username has been set for the site.
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