Pesky Facebook!

Making it super difficult for all the non-techy musicians to make it do what they want with this new iFrame thingy!

And it’s TODAY that they switch off new FBML tabs – existing FBML tabs will work but they aren’t going to support it, so, eventually, you’re going to need to deal with iFrames.

@cbracco has a great post if you want to see how to build an iFrame Facebook Canvas app for yourself.

But, if you want to keep it simple, Involver have just released the ‘Static HTML for Pages’ app which is free to use and pretty clever.

It’ll let you do pretty much anything you want in HTML, including a reveal tab, and just slot it straight in to Facebook using their app.

You still need to deal with the HTML coding of what you want your tabs to look like and do (time to unleash your inner geek, or find one to do it for you), but the app/iFrame end of the issue is dealt with for you.

If you just want to upload a static image (520px wide) as a welcome tab, it is beyond easy.

The only downside that I can see is that you have a small orange ‘edit page’ tab at the top of the page when it’s been installed – at least I did on mine when I tried it, whether I was logged in to Facebook or not.

Nonetheless it’s a great quick solution and I recommend that you check it out.

This is what they have to say about it:

The Static HTML app from Involver is the simplest way to customize your Page, and it’s free to use!

If you’re using FBML now, or just want to add new content in the new Facebook iFrame environment, Involver’s Static HTML app is a great way to incorporate your HTML images and designs to Facebook without any hosting or investment. Here are some great ways to use this new application:

• Add a customized image on your Facebook fan page

• Render static HTML code, within the framework of Facebook’s current guidelines

• Customize your tab name

• “Fan gate” your page, requiring users to Like your page in order to see other content

Check it out here.