A vanity URL gives your Facebook page a professional look!
By default, the URL your newly created Facebook fan page has assigned to it is a rather obnoxious combination of numbers and the page name.
It’s long, unwieldy and cumbersome. Good luck trying to memorize it – you won’t!
So how do you magically turn this bugger into something whimsical and memorable like: http://facebook.com/Ask.Kim?
Let’s set up your custom Facebook fan page URL!
First: You need to get 25 likes on your page. (Exception: If this is your very first Fan Page, you may be able to skip this step. Facebook has experimented with removing this requirement for new Page owners.)
Second: Get on board http://facebook.com/username for the web form we will use.
It is important to know that a “custom URL” is known as a “username” and also as a “custom URL”. Don’t let these terms confuse you. They are all the same. They do not affect the name with which you log in to Facebook.
The third: Select your page name from the drop-down list.
Fourth: Enter your proposed URL extension in the edit box on the right. Then click on “Check availability” to see if the URL is available.
It is important to know that you CAN use a “period” (.) in the username to improve readability. However, the dot, although displayed in the address bar, is actually ignored. So the username of “Ask.Kim” is actually the same as “AskKim” and they both go to the same place. Type it how you want it to appear in the browser’s address bar when people arrive.
Fifth: Once you find one that is available, you will get a pop-up box with more details. When you’re absolutely sure this is the URL you want, click Confirm and you’re done!
It’s important to understand that just because a URL doesn’t appear to exist on Facebook doesn’t mean it is – or will become – available. It’s possible that the page using it was deleted months ago and MAY eventually come back into the system. Usually this is the case. However, Facebook now claims that it doesn’t publish URLs, so there’s no promise that the URL you want will ever be released.
You have finished!
Now you have a brand new sexy URL to use on your sites and beyond!
The original long URL will actually continue to work because it referenced your page by the page ID number.
You are ready ! Congratulations on your new vanity URL!