Facebook displays the five most recently tagged pictures of you across the top of your personal profile.
I wasn’t pleased with the unattractive up-the-nose shots of me that appeared in that space, but I didn’t have time to do anything other than hide them (you hide photos by rolling over them and clicking the “x” in the top righthand corner of each image).
My 18-year-old son unwittingly provided me with the perfect solution. I was snooping around at his profile (which all moms should do if their kids have social accounts), and I noticed he had a cool collage banner featuring basketball player, Kevin Durant, across the top of his profile.
Being the proactive (and snoopy!) mom that I am, I immediately clicked the photo and was taken to his album, where I discovered that he’d found the banner at http://www.fbanners.com/.
I zipped over there, wondering whether they’d have a banner I could use. Oh, happy day! They have thousands of pre-designed banners, categorized by topic (Animals, Flowers, Scenery… or banners that help you promote your favorite singer, athlete, TV show, etc.).
And they’re free.
And they only take two minutes to upload to your Facebook profile.
Even better, you can create your own custom banner (also free) using their nifty Banner Generator.
How to Create a Custom Banner
I uploaded a sunset picture I took during our trip to Maui, moved it around a bit so it would display the part of the picture I like best, and then uploaded it to my Facebook profile.
If you want, you can overlay text on top of a background image, or you can create an “Arrow Banner” that displays a large arrow that points to your profile picture. Kind of cheesy, if you ask me, but if you’re a graphic artist you could probably do something creative with the arrows.
The best part about fbanners.com is that it automatically uploads the banner images to your Facebook profile in the exact size they should be (98 x 68px) and tags them with your profile name. You do have to give fbanners.com access to your profile, but they promise not to store, collect, sell your information, or hack your Facebook account or computer.
Workaround for Adding a Banner to Your Business Page
Unfortunately, you can only use these banners on your personal profile (not on a business/fan page). But I came up with a workaround for that. I double clicked on the first image in the banner (after uploading it to my profile), which opens the album all 5 images are stored in.
At the bottom lefthand corner of my screen, I clicked “Download,” which opens the image in my photo-editing software. I then saved the correctly-sized image to my hard drive, and repeated this download/save process for each of the five images.
I then went to my Facebook Business Page, added the “Photos” app, and uploaded to my FB Page the photos I had just saved to my hard drive.
If you have photo-editing chops, you can bypass the above instructions and resize your own images to 98 x 68 px and upload them to your business page.
Facebook Pages display the photo banner in random order across the top of the page (as opposed to personal profiles, which display a static banner), but you could have fun with this by uploading a series of images that represent your brand.
How to Make Sure Your Friends See Your Banner
If you install a fbanners.com banner to your profile, but your FB friends tell you they can’t see it, you’ll need to edit the privacy settings for your photo albums. Here’s how:
- Go to “Account” in the top right corner of your Facebook profile.
- Click “Privacy Settings.”
- Click “Customize Settings.”
- Find “Photos and videos I’m tagged in” and click “Edit Settings.”
- Choose the setting you want: Everyone, Friends of Friends, or Friends Only.
**Note: If you choose the “Everyone” privacy setting, that means that anyone on the Internet will be able to see your banner. This includes people who are not your friends on Facebook. You can (and should) customize the privacy settings for each element on your profile.
How to Edit Banner Privacy Settings From Within a Photo Album
You can also edit the banner privacy settings directly from within your photo album:
- From your Facebook profile, click “Photos” (in the lefthand sidebar, below your profile picture).
- Select the www.fbanners.com Album.
- In the lower lefthand corner of your screen, click “Edit Album Info.”
- On the “Edit Info” tab, select the “Privacy” drop-down menu to customize the privacy settings for your album.
*Note that if a photo of you resides in an album you do not own, only the owner of the album can adjust the album privacy. This may affect the visibility of photos you are tagged in when your friends look at them.
*If you share a high resolution photo or album with someone, that user will be able to download those photos.
How to Change the Banner that Displays
If you decide to upload a different fbanners.com banner, go right ahead. It will automatically replace your current banner with the new one.
How to Prevent Pictures from Showing in the Banner
- If you want to hide individual pictures in the banner, click the “Profile” tab and hover your mouse over one of the banner images.
- Click the “x” in the top right of corner of the image you do not want to display.
- This does not delete the image from the album; it just hides it from displaying.
How to delete a Fbanners.com Album
If you get tired of using your banner and want to delete it altogether, here’s how:
- Click the “Profile” tab.
- Click “Photos” on the left hand sidebar, under your main profile picture.
- Click “www.fbanners Album.”
- Click “Edit Album Info” (on the left, near the bottom of your screen).
- One of the three tabs that displays is “Delete.” Click “Delete” to delete the album (you can also edit and rearrange individual pictures in the album here).
Create your own banner and comment with a link to your profile so we can check it out.
10 More Fabulous Facebook Tutorials
You’ll want to read and print my other Facebook tutorials:
- How to customize the photo ribbon on your Facebook Business/Fan Page
- Your Facebook profile picture: What NOT to do (Video)
- How to get to your Facebook Page from your Profile
- How to share Facebook profile updates to a Business Page
- How to convert your Facebook profile to a Business Page
- How to link to your Facebook Page from the ‘Employers’ area of your profile
- How to delete a Facebook Page
- Facebook Ads: Why they make sense as part of your marketing campaign
- How to deactivate and permanently delete your Facebook account
- How to remove yourself from a Facebook Group