As of the 1st October Facebook was going to make it obligatory that users browse their site in secure mode. Meaning instead of seeing http:// at the beginning of the url you will by default see https://. This is why SSL certificates for Facebook Page tabs are now required for Welcome and any other tabs to be seen.
The changes didn’t occur on the 1st but they have now, which gave those who saw this reminder to get organised quick smart.
So what does this mean to us as Facebook users?
Not a lot if you are just a profile user. It means you probably won’t even notice the change until you come across a Facebook Page that has a non secure landing page message hit you in the face instead of a teasing offer to like the page.
As for Facebook Page Owners that have Welcome Landing tabs though it means the difference between whether a visitor sees what you are about or not. If you are still using the old FBML tabs you have nothing to worry about as the content of your welcome page is actually hosted on Facebook, hence recognised as secure.
But if you are using an iFrame tab (which is what most are using now) this means your custom tabs will require an SSL certificate in order for Facebook to display your content to viewers. If you don’t have an SSL certificate listed then Facebook can’t trust where the content is being hosted (as it is not stored in Facebook) & you will see this:
So now would be a good time to check all your custom tabs. If your tab displays normally then yah! This means whoever you host your content with has registered an SSL certificate with Facebook when they created the tab – or added now before the change.
But if you get the above image appear then I suggest you go back to your ‘Social Media Expert’ and get it fixed. There are plenty of hosting companies offering hosting with SSL certificates but it should be expected that if you have recently paid a social media business to design you a welcome page OR they are charging you a monthly hosting cost already – then the SSL certificate should be included.
All the Facebook Page designs and services we do at CustomFanPages.com.au have always been built with an SSL certificate, with no ongoing extra hosting charges like other agency systems and apps do. Which is why over the long term our prices are so competitive – it’s professionally designed for you with regular marketing consults through out the process, to not only create a credible appearance for your business but achieve results as well when it is complete. All up front with no ongoing fees.
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