Facebook has announced that effective August 23, there are new sizing requirements for Fan Pages (and they are removing the Boxes tab – to which I say yay!!).
The new width for custom pages is 520 pixels wide.
Facebook is offering a preview now so you can see what your page will look like (go to your Fan Page while logged into the account that “owns” the page and you will see the preview).
You have until August 23 to resize your pages. The resizing of the pages will happen automatically during the week of August 23 and if you don’t make the changes in advance – your page will truncate.
Here is a screenshot of what my page is going to look like after it truncates (I circled the truncated areas to better show you where it cuts off):
Obviously that won’t do!
Many people are not going to be happy about this change because it will mean extra work or incurring extra costs to have the pages redesigned.
Facebook says the changes are a result of feedback from developers.
I can’t imagine people will ditch their custom tabs (and they shouldn’t!!), so I imagine a lot of people are going to be scrambling to get their page redesigned.
It’ll be interesting to see the reaction. Most Facebook changes are met with initial grumbling and complaints.