Facebook Pages Required Secure Canvas URL since October 2011

Attention Facebook Page Owners

Facebook Pages SSL Update October 01 2011

Facebook Pages SSL Update October 01 2011

As I mentioned earlier in my page about how to create a Facebook page, Facebook requires all apps to have a secure URL! What that means for you, is first of all, that it will cost you money and it requires some work as well. Now the good news is that it won’t be very expensive and it isn’t going to be impossible to do. Another point is; it’s well worth the while. With 750.000.000 active users on one single marketplace you simply can’t miss out on all the new possibilities that Facebook pages offer for your business. With the newly implemented iframe instead of the until now used fbml (Facebook Markup Language), Facebook pages allow you to pull content from your own website right into Facebook. This allows you to ad contact forms and squeeze pages right on to your Facebook Page. Facebook Pages are also great to collect leads since everybody who likes your page automatically becomes a lead. You can then send messages to your leads by creating an update on your Facebook Page or by sending an Event to all your Facebook ‘likers’. This way you can inform everybody about updates on your website or about special events and discounts on your products or services.

Secure Canvas URL on Facebook

The downside now, is that Facebook requires all applications (you need to create an application for each iframe page that you create), to be available on a Secure Canvas URL. Basically what that means is that you will have to purchase a SSL Certificate for your domain. This can best be done directly by your web hosting provider, e.g. Bluehost or Hostgator etc. I was writing to all of my web hosting providers to ask them about the costs and what we need to do. The answers was different everywhere. Hostgator charges 50$/year for the SSL certificate plus 24$/year for the dedicated IP address, needed to set it up. Bluehost charges 45$/year for the SSL certificate and 30$/year for the dedicated IP address. As for now, only Hostgator offers a wild-card URL which can be used throughout a web hosting account on different domains. Other web hosting companies offer only SSL certificates for the primary domain on one’s account.

Update May 2016

Web Hosting

SiteGround has setup a nice package including SSL certificate and dedicated IP and a free domain! The SSL certificate and the dedicated IP are valid for one domain on your hosting account. There is also a free domain involved, but unfortunately not anymore for life, but only for the first year now. We here at ONE Internet Marketing think that this is the best web hosting package of 2016, but whatever you do, just don’t host your site(s) on an EIG owned web hosting account!

To get out of the snow and not pay SSL certificates for each and every website you run and/or, what is worst, pay for a separate web hosting account for each website, you can use a Free WordPress Plugin, called Facebook Tab Manager and it is a truly great tool to create Facebook pages right out of a WordPress blog! It’s just like writing content for a page or a post in your WordPress blog. If you don’t have a WordPress Blog installed on your account, it’s easy to do so with a few clicks on any webhosting account today. After you’ve setup your WordPress blog and installed the Facebook Tab Manager plugin, you can create all content for all you Facebook pages from here! This way you will only need one single SSL certificate on one domain to add content to as many Facebook Pages as you wish; the sky is the limit!

IWIPA Disabled by Facebook!

As of today IWIPA was disabled on Facebook

Here is what I found on Twitter coming from IWIPA: @facebook We have no idea why you disabled our application #106878476015645 it serves 80K users. This happened 3 hours ago, please help.

IWIPA Disabled - 29. November 2011In the meantime 80.000 users who have created countless great looking facebook pages over the past few month, are back to zero! All our IWIPA Facebook pages have lost their content and the many hours of work, invested into them, almost overnight. IWIPA’s Facebook pages and profile is gone and has also been disabled. Their link to the Facebook app www.facebook.com/iwipa?v=app_106878476015645 will bring you right back to your facebook wall, so I guess they have not only disabled it but redirected the url already to user.php page for good. It would be great to get a statement from Facebook.  And what’s next? What can we use next? And does this mean that applications like IWIPA will no longer be tolerated from Facebook? Then we are back to the nice WordPress plugin but we are doomed to pay for SSL certifications and dedicated domains.

UPDATE! This is a response from IWIPA – “Our application was removed from facebook and we are currently working with facebook to add it back.
For now, you can easily add all your content back to how it was by simply doing the following go here to Fix your IWIPA Page
Click on “add to page” on the left column, add it to our page then go back and it should load all your previous content automatically.
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IWIPA – Trouble with Facebook Pages

IWIPA App Disabled by FacebookI hate say it but these Facebook business pages are becoming a major pain! You can’t notify anyone who liked your page anymore about updates, events can only be sent to personal friends and not the fans, who actually expressed that they like the page and wouldn’t mind to get notified about updates, by clicking the like button! We can assume so much, I guess, being in an environment like Facebook and given the fact that everyone with a brain should know AND expect by now, the with clicking this Like button, he/she would at least get notified about updates and changes. It was this way when Facebook pages started to become attractive to businesses in the beginning of this year. Likes or Fans could be notified about updates, which did quickly make sense to everybody using it. Facebook user count had a boost out of this and facebook ads started to be interesting for internet marketing too now… but that was then! Now all the great features have been dismantled and Facebook just took down a major application and destroyed the work of 80.000 people by a push of a button.

Has your IWIPA Application Disappeared?

Check out the Fix for IWIPA Pages for now. Until we know more, let’s hope that they can get it back up and cut a deal with Facebook. Otherwise several hundred thousand IWi[pa application based Facebook pages will remain with not much more than their wall posts.

I will keep you informed about the newest development of IWIPA on Facebook here on this site.

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