How to Jazz Up the Row of Pictures Above Your Facebook Profile

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:

  1. Go to “Account” in the top right corner of your Facebook profile.
  2. Click “Privacy Settings.”
  3. Click “Customize Settings.”
  4. Find “Photos and videos I’m tagged in” and click “Edit Settings.”
  5. 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:

  1. From your Facebook profile, click “Photos” (in the lefthand sidebar, below your profile picture).
  2. Select the www.fbanners.com Album.
  3. In the lower lefthand corner of your screen, click “Edit Album Info.”
  4. 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

  1. If you want to hide individual pictures in the banner, click the “Profile” tab and hover your mouse over one of the banner images.
  2. Click the “x” in the top right of corner of the image you do not want to display.
  3. 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:

  1. Click the “Profile” tab.
  2. Click “Photos” on the left hand sidebar, under your main profile picture.
  3. Click “www.fbanners Album.”
  4. Click “Edit Album Info” (on the left, near the bottom of your screen).
  5. 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).

Your turn!

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:

  1. How to customize the photo ribbon on your Facebook Business/Fan Page
  2. Your Facebook profile picture: What NOT to do (Video)
  3. How to get to your Facebook Page from your Profile
  4. How to share Facebook profile updates to a Business Page
  5. How to convert your Facebook profile to a Business Page
  6. How to link to your Facebook Page from the ‘Employers’ area of your profile
  7. How to delete a Facebook Page
  8. Facebook Ads: Why they make sense as part of your marketing campaign
  9. How to deactivate and permanently delete your Facebook account
  10. How to remove yourself from a Facebook Group
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  • Joan Stewart

    You’ve provided a really valuable service for your readers and for MY readers, many of whom (including me) couldn’t figure out how to crop photos for our business/fan page photo ribbon.

    Thanks for a clear, concise, content-rich post that will make lots of us on Facebook sleep better at night. Yes, I DO sometimes lose sleep over this stuff.

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Thanks, Joan (and Christine). Always happy to help. I’m especially happy to help you sleep better at night!

  • http://www.keystoneclick.com Lori Highby

    Great post. Thanks for sharing. I’m excited to see how creative everyone gets with their new “Jazzed Up” FB pages.

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Lori – If you add this to your profile, please share a link so we can take a look.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerhard-Krämer/1052534003 Gerhard Krämer

    Laura, I tried to do this for myself, and then add to our Business page.
    My photos were the words of my business and looked really cool…. http://www.psalm23jewelry.com
    BUT the RANDOM feature on my business profile… not so much.
    Please let us know when we can do this for our biz profiles too!

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Yes, the random order does mess thing up on Pages, doesn’t it? I’ll be posting a tutorial about how to tweak the photo ribbon for Pages on Monday, but that still won’t solve the random order issue. I’m not sure why Facebook would allow the banner to be static on profiles but not on Pages. But that’s just Facebook quirkiness, I guess.

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    P.S. I do like your Psalm 23 jewelry photo ribbon. Pretty! http://www.facebook.com/Psalm23Jewelry

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  • http://brandyousocial.com Karl Sly

    Thanks Laura! Awesome how to post. I just stumbled upon your blog (no pun intended) and I think it’s a great social media resource.

    A quick question only if you don’t mind sharing, are you using an advanced CMS plugin? I can’t seem to get wordpress to do anything cool with my blog.

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Thanks, Karl. What are you trying to do with your blog? I use lots of plugins, but nothing in particular for “advanced CMS” except for Excerpt Editor, which allows me to post an excerpt & featured image from a blog post (or page) of my choice on my Home page.

  • Mihwach

    Thank you so much for providing me with some much needed answers. You’re the best!

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Glad to help!

  • Anonymous

    Nice!

  • Shartmann5

    AWESOME!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m going to share it with other authors so we can showcase our book(s) on our FB profile.
    Suzanne :O) 

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    You’re welcome, Suzanne. If you think of it, please post links to your profile so we can take a look at how you’re showcasing your books in the photo ribbon.

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  • Bryan

    Awesome info. I have a question; I have a personal page and a fan page. If I delete my personal page, can I keep my fan page up and running? If so how? Thanks.

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Thanks, Bryan. You can convert a personal profile to a Business/Fan page, but it’s a bit tricky and there are some very specific rules and things you must be aware of before beginning the conversion. Here’s a tutorial: http://www.bloggingbistro.com/how-to-convert-your-facebook-profile-to-a-business-page/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000957098851 Koizume Reeza NcLj

    hi. :) my friends told me that they can’t see my facebook banner above my profile. how can i fix this problem?. i can’t find where to fix this problem in my “Privacy Settings” and on “Account Settings” because of the new facebook privacy preferences. please help me. thank you very much. :) you can message me on my facebook profile. here is the link. :) http://www.facebook.com/koizume.reeza.nclj

  • Kate Lloyd

    Great info I’ll use, Laura. PS: Love those 18-year-old sons!

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    First you want to see how your profile displays to the public. In the upper right corner, click on your profile link. Then Click “Edit Profile” and “View as,” to switch to the public view.

    If your photo strip doesn’t display, click “Edit Profile” and select the “Profile Picture” link. Near the bottom of the boxed-off screen you’ll see, “Row of photos at top of profile.” Click “Unhide All.” Hopefully, that will work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000957098851 Koizume Reeza NcLj

    i already did but no “Row of photos at top of profile” appeared. this is what came out.

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  • Eme Michael

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=745878076 Lucas I. Abeledo Vilariño

    Hello Laura. I have put a banner, which I only can see. I have tried everything (customised settings to everyone), but still, my friends cant see the banner. Some help please?

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheUnknownProtectors Forgotten Promises

    I tried doing this with a banner I found but I can’t get the photos to show in the rite order. I’ve renamed them to 1-5, I’ve tried deleting them and then re-showing them in the rite order….I have no clue what I’m doing wrong?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    You are adding the banner to your PERSONAL Facebook profile and not your Business/fan page, right? It won’t work on a fan page because those types of pages automatically re-order the 5 pics every time the screen is refreshed.

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    What is your Facebook profile URL so I can check it out?

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    That is strange. I’m not sure what’s going on. Perhaps the people who created the app have made some changes to it. I need to investigate this. All I know is that my profile banner is still working fine. I’m almost afraid to mess with it!

  • Nadamoshref

    it is agood idea

  • http://bloggingbistro.com/ Laura Christianson

    Now that Facebook is requiring the Timeline on personal profiles, this tutorial will no longer apply.

  • Unsenzeredmind

     how did you find the generator for this website?

  • Pklover8

    Hiiiiii friends help me Please   

    have a Facebook Group    Anyone can change the 
    banner Plz tell me how lock My facebook Group banner
    My skype id   (okok1190)

  • Mrraghu6

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