How to Add Static FBML to a Facebook Fan Page

PLEASE NOTE: Facebook no longer supports FBML. You might want to use some of the HTML code in this post for the newer “Static HTML” application instead. FBML will not work when added to new pages, tho existing instances work – for now. 9-3-11

One of the advantages of having a Facebook Fan Page for your business vs. using your personal Profile page is the ability to customize the landing page someone reaches before connecting to you. In Fan Pages you are allowed to create pages that use HTML that will show up on your Tabs. You do this by adding an application called Static FBML. Here’s how!

Adding Static FBML to your Fan Page:

  1. Log into your Facebook account
  2. Click Applications on the lower left
  3. Click Browse More applications
  4. Type in Static FBML in the search box on the left
  5. Click on the title of the app
  6. On the Left side it will say Add to My Page
  7. Choose which Page to add it to
  8. Close the window
  9. Go to your Fan Page
  10. Click Edit Page
  11. Find the FBML section listed
  12. Click Edit
  13. Edit the “Box Name” which will change the Tab name
  14. In the main body, paste basic HTML
  15. Click Save Changes then check out your page to see!

Additional tips:

If you have more Static FBML tabs you want to add, while you are in the FBML editor that you already were working with, scroll to the bottom left to click Add another FBML box, and a new FBML section (unnamed) will appear on your Edit Page area. You can then click to Edit that one.

If you have several, drag and drop the tabs on your Fan Page to the order in which you would like them to appear.

If you have a custom FBML welcome tab, you can make that your landing page for new visitors to see before becoming your Fan. To do this, on your Fan Page, click Options, then Settings and next to Default Landing Tab for Everyone Else, select the FBML page you want them to see when they are not yet your fan.

In the next post I will show you some basic HTML tags you might want to use in your custom FBML pages!
Have fun!
Karen

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  • Karen
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    February 23, 2010, 5:47 am

    Wow here is a wealth of information on customizing FBML. This is pretty techy but if you want to do more with FBML check this out:

    http://www.hyperarts.com/blog/tutorial-facebook-pages-with-static-fbml-application/

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  • Karen
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    August 26, 2010, 7:54 pm

    Facebook has implemented some changes recently – just a heads up that the width of the custom tabs using FBML is now 520 pixels. You also cannot use the Boxes tab to move your custom content to the sidebar. Bummer.

    Reply
  • asif ali April 28, 2011, 7:41 am

    i did as you told the method above but there was no utility ADD TO MY PAGE on the static fbml page can u help me via email plz?

    Reply
  • rajeev August 31, 2011, 5:15 am

    hi i add to fbml app in my facebook fan page. but whn i search on the static fbml and clik on the logo and select the page and whn i go to the to edit the page i am not found the fbml app, so please help me.

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  • Karen
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    September 3, 2011, 11:29 am

    Asif this is because FB no longer supports FBML. Sorry. Try the Static HTML application instead.

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  • Karen
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    September 3, 2011, 11:31 am

    Rajeev – Sorry FBML is no longer supported on FB. Try the Static HTML app instead.

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    • kikootoo-cushion December 28, 2013, 7:16 am

      I can’t find Static FBmL page neither Static HTML page.
      please can you give me the exact web adress?
      Thank you

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      • Karen Clark
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        December 28, 2013, 11:23 am

        Static FBML no longer exists. Static HTML can be found here: https://apps.facebook.com/static_html_plus/

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        • kikootoo-cushion December 29, 2013, 10:42 am

          Ok I added Static HTML on my FB page but when I click on the star of Static HTML and then on the “edit tab” button the page keeps loading.
          When I click on “View tab as a visitor” it loads a blank page and I can’t do anything.
          Could you explain how it works ?
          Thank you

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          • Karen Clark
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            December 29, 2013, 1:18 pm

            Hmmmm that is interesting. Another one to try is Woobox’s Static iFrame Tab. Try http://www.woobox.com

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        • kikootoo-cushion December 29, 2013, 10:45 am

          Also, if I’d like to delete this application from my FB page, could you explain me how to do it ?

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          • Karen Clark
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            December 29, 2013, 1:19 pm

            Yes go to the Page, then Edit Page, then the More… tab and then Apps. Click the X next to the app you want to delete.

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  • fAISAL December 7, 2011, 9:02 am

    i can find browse more apps on my fan page settings pls help soon

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    • Karen Clark
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      December 29, 2013, 1:20 pm

      That has been removed. Sorry.

      Reply
  • Tanmay December 16, 2011, 2:03 pm

    Really a nice post.I just have learned it now.

    Thanks

    Reply
  • raza April 10, 2012, 9:54 pm

    Thank You so much karen.

    i appreciated your kindness in sharing this info. =) god bless u.

    Reply
  • Bob April 23, 2012, 8:14 pm

    I recommend

    Static HTML Iframe Tabs

    Not require HTML Knowledge Makes it Easy and Flexible to create powerful custom Static HTML Iframe Tabs with WYSIWYG.

    App URL : http://apps.facebook.com/html_iframe_tabs/

    Help & Support : http://www.facebook.com/pages/FaceApps/222746251163653?sk=app_377208688986227

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    • Karen
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      August 8, 2012, 4:53 pm

      THANK YOU Bob! Static FBML is no longer supported on Facebook. Static HTML works great!

      Reply
  • jam October 17, 2012, 3:28 am

    hi, for my page there is 1 static fbml, can i add another one more in the page..?

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    • Karen
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      October 19, 2012, 5:31 pm

      Yes you can have as many apps on your page as you want, though only 12 are visible.

      Reply
  • Vasid Qureshi December 8, 2015, 9:44 pm

    i followed above step but couldn’t find any option…!! suggest me some better option.
    Thanks!! 🙂

    Reply
    • Karen Clark
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      December 14, 2015, 11:19 pm

      Unfortunately the FBML coding is no longer supported on Facebook. This post is from 2008. Sorry!

      Reply

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