Adding Apps on Facebook

A few months ago, I wrote Design Tips for Facebook Pages, stating that customizing app icons are a must! This tip lead to some confusion since many people had trouble finding and installing an app in the first place… not good. So today, I’m going to show you how to find and install some of the same apps that I use on Ciera Design’s Facebook page! Finding and installing apps on Facebook is not as easy as it sounds. The Facebook search feature is not very good and since apps are developed by third parties, steps to install them vary.

How To Add Apps To Your Facebook Page

 

BLOG

I use NetworkedBlogs for my blog tab but it seems that they now charges for this service so I recommend using Social RSS.

- Find the app here.
- Select your page from the drop down menu.
- Enter your RSS feed url. This will usually be http://yoururl.com/feed OR your Feedburner url if you use Feedburner.
- Check 
Publish to wall if you want this app to automatically post to your wall.
- Choose your preference for the additional options.
- Click Save and you are done!

 

ETSY

Etsy Showcase is great for an Etsy shop tab. This app can also show your shops about information, policies and feedback.

- Find the app here.
- Click the Add To My Page (FREE) button.
- Select your page and click Add Etsy Showcase.
- Click the app now on your Facebook page and add your Shop Name or ID and click Update.
- Now your Etsy Showcase will be one of your app tabs when you visit your page!

 

TWITTER

I use Woobox for my Twitter tab. This app can also publish tweets to your page automatically.

- Find the app here.
- Select your page from the drop down menu and click Add Page Tab.
- Enter your Twitter username and fill in your preferences. I like to “Hide Tweets that start with @” and “Hide background image from Twitter profile”

 

PINTEREST

I use Pinterest Page App for my Pinterest tab. This app can show pins from selected pin boards.

- Find the app here.
- Select your page and click Add Page Tab.
-
Fill in your setting and hit Save Settings.
- Now Pinterest will be one of your app tabs when you visit your page!

 

INSTAGRAM

I use Instagram Feed for my Instagram tab.

- Find the app here.

- Select the page on which your Instagram feed will be added and click Add Instagram feed Tab.

- Sign in to your Instagram account.
- Now Instagram Feed will be one of your app tabs when you visit your page!

 

To add other apps not listed here, use the Facebook search bar and select an option that shows up under the APPS header. That will bring you to the apps profile page. Remember, that besides the stock Facebook apps (Photos, Videos, Links, Events and Notes) any other app you install will be a third-party app, which means that it is not necessarily reputable or may not work at all. Each app works differently, so it can be a bit confusing. Now that you have your apps installed, highlight what’s important and customize your app icons!

Check out my Etsy shop if you are interested in purchasing a Facebook Cover Design, Facebook App Icons or check out Ciera Design on Facebook for inspiration!

Note: This was published October 19, 2012 and updated on February 2, 2013 and August 6, 2013. Facebook tends to update things frequently so if you see that anything is out of date, or you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll update this post!


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Comments

  1. Hello Ciera,

    Thank you for your tutorial. I didn’t have any problem install the apps except for blog. How do I get like yours, when you click on “explore the blog” and it brings to your blog automatically without showing RSS bar on the top?

    Thanks,
    B

  2. Great Post! Thanks SO Much For SHARING!

  3. This was MOST helpful. You rock and I shall follow you (found you via Pinterest!)

  4. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve been trying for months to get these apps on my blog FB page but no other tutorial worked. Again, thank you so much!

  5. I do hope you are not getting this twice. Something went wrong w/the first one. I purchased some FB icon apps fr you the other day and am having trouble installing them. When I click on the little boxes the little edit pencil does not come up,it has thing like events,etc. I’m sorry to bother you. But help please. thanks, S

    • Hi Sue, thanks for purchasing! First of all, do you have your apps installed? If so, click on the arrow box to expand all of your apps (so you see them all) then the arrow should show up when you roll over. Installation is not included in the purchase, so if you need further help I can set up a custom listing for you.

  6. This is just the info I was looking for! Thanks!

  7. I love you for this. I’m also a blogger, so these items are important to me and I’ve been trying to figure it out for a long time. Thanks so much!

  8. Hi…

    I discover your site today and I really appreciate all the tips you give.

    Thank you for sharing this!

    Sorry I’m a french speaker, I can read in english, but to write it’s another story.

  9. This is the best tutorial yet! thanks so much!

    http://www.facebook.com/kheartstudio

  10. THANKS SO MUCH, I was finally able to link Instagram and Pinterest. I still would like to co a
    Contact Me link and a link to my website. Any idea on those?

  11. when i went to add Tweets to pages it said “Involver, now part of Oracle, has been integrated into Oracle Social Relationship Management (SRM) Suite. Due to Involver products being integrated into Oracle SRM, Involver products will no longer be available as standalone applications as of 7/1/13. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions regarding these applications.” and then next to Authorize with Twitter it says “You are not currently authorized.” I’m not sure I understand…

  12. thank you so much for sharing this – so helpful!!

  13. This post was so helpful!! Thank you!

  14. I have a business page added to my personal FB page. They kind of operate together. I was wondering if my business page has to be set up separately from my personal fb site as I cannot seem to add RSS on to my business page following your instructions. It wont recognise my URL. Thanks so much very helpful reading. Adding Pinterest to my business page worked easily.

  15. Thanks so much for your super clear instructions. I find Facebook is hard work! But I want to get my jewelry business out to the masses. People have great apps on their pages and I want the same thing. Finding your blog is a huge relief. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  16. Hi Ciera, I love your blog and will be back for more of your great tutorials I am sure. I just wanted to let you know that I redid my Facebook based off of this post and I greatly appreciated your step by step help, so much so in fact I did a blog post on my own little blog linking to this post to hopefully help out a few others; hope you don’t mind! It is here if you would like to see it:
    http://angeloriantradition.blogspot.com/2013/02/adding-facebook-tabs.html
    Thanks again for all your fabulous help!

  17. Thanks again! The update worked great. xo

  18. Hi Ciera,
    Thank you for all the great tips! Question for you, networked blogs charges, and I can’t seem to find RSS for Pages by Involver. Any other suggestions for app to publish/promote my blog on my fb fan page?
    Thanks!

  19. Bummer, I just went to add the networked blog app but they are now charging $10 a month for it ???

  20. I just used your instructions and it made it so much easier! Thank you so much!

  21. THANK YOU! Thank you so much for posting this! I had no idea how to add these apps until I read your article! Fabulous job <3

  22. Thanks so much! I just redid all of my apps on fb. However, I have one question. How do you create an app that allows you to give fans free downloads? My fb page is already fan blocked. I’ve been using Notes App, but I can’t change the image on that.

  23. Thank you for posting! Some great tips on customization that I didn’t even know was available for Facebook business pages. Now if we can just get all our fans to see our posts :-/

  24. The first post that was able to help me with this. Thanks a mil.

  25. Thank you so much for this post! Very, very helpful!

  26. Wish I could do this! It seems I can only do this with my personal page and not my business page. If you figure out a way I can customize my business page let me know. BTW wonderful designs!!

  27. Thank you for this post – I’d had a look for a Pinterest app but never found anything I liked!

  28. Good tips, I shared it on FB.

  29. You’re right, not the easiest, but I’m slowly getting a feel for this. The only thing I don’t like about Networked Blogs is that I just signed up, so naturally I don’t have any followers yet, but I don’t want that to appear front and center on my blog, ya know? I have a feeling it’ll take me some time to get accustomed to everything.

    Found you via BBN! Thanks for these great tips!

    • Hey Charlotte! I only use Networked Blogs for the tab on my Facebook, you can delete the widget on your blog once you get confirmed as the author…

  30. These are great tips – thanks!

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