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Create an account or log into Facebook. Connect with friends, family and other people you know. Share photos and videos, send messages and get updates.

how to create facebook account

To create a Facebook account:
  1. Go to www.facebook.com/r.php.
  2. Enter your name, email or mobile phone number, password, date of birth and gender.
  3. Click Sign Up.
  4. To finish creating your account, you need to confirm your email or mobile phone number.

how to create facebook page

Step 1: Sign up

Go to facebook.com/business and click Create a Page in the top right hand corner. You’ll be greeted with several business type options including local business or place, brand or product, and cause or community. Select the type of business you’re creating the Facebook Page for. If your business type falls into more than one of the category options, choose the one your customers are most likely to think of when they think about your business.

Facebook page categories

When you click on a business type, a box will open asking for a few further details, like the name of your business, your address, and your Page category. Categories are basically sub-types within the larger business category you’ve already chosen. When you start typing in the category field, you’ll see a list of potential category options to choose from.

Facebook page categories

When you’re ready, click Get Started. Note that doing so indicates your acceptance of Facebook’s terms and conditions for Business Pages, so you might want to check those out before you proceed.

Step 2. Add Pictures

Next, you’ll upload profile and cover images for your Facebook Page. It’s important to create a good visual first impression, so choose wisely here. Make sure the photos you choose align with your brand and are easily identifiable with your business.

You’ll upload your profile image first. This image accompanies your business name in search results and when you interact with users, and also appears on the top left of your Facebook Page.

If you’re a big brand, using your logo is probably a safe way to go. If you’re a celebrity or public figure, a picture of your face will work like a charm. And if you’re a local business, maybe a well-shot image of your signature offering is what will allow a potential follower or customer to make the connection immediately.

Your profile picture will appear as a square on your Facebook Page, but will be cropped to a circle in ads and posts, so don’t put any critical details in the corners. Once you’ve chosen a great one, click Upload Profile Picture.

Now it’s time to choose your cover image, the most prominent image on your Facebook Business Page. This image should capture the essence of your brand and convey your brand personality. It will display at 820 x 312 pixels on desktop or 640 x 360 pixels on mobile. The image must be at least 400 pixels wide and 150 tall.

Once you’ve selected an appropriate image, click Upload a Cover Photo.

how to add a cover photo to your Facebook page

Step 3: Explore your new Page

Ta-da! Your page is alive, albeit it extremely sparse. At this point, you’ll be prompted to take a quick walk-through of a few features. Unless you’re already well aware of how Facebook Business Pages operate, we recommend clicking through the prompts, just so you know where everything is. It only takes a few seconds.

Explore your new Facebook Page

Of course, while the skeleton of the Facebook Page for your business is now in place, you’ve still got some work to do before you share it with your audience.

Step 4: Add a short description

This is your opportunity to tell people about your business. It should be just a couple of sentences (maximum 155 characters), so there’s no need to get too elaborate here. Click Add a Short Description, then just share what your customers need to know as clearly and concisely as possible. You can add a longer description later on.

Add a description to your Facebook page

Click Save when you’re done.

Step 5: Create your username

Your username, also called your vanity URL, is how you’ll tell people where to find you on Facebook. Your username can be up to 50 characters long, but don’t use extra characters just because you can. You want it to be easy to type and easy to remember. Your business name or some obvious variation of it is a safe bet.

Click Create a Username for Your Page to set up your vanity URL.

create your username on your Facebook Page

Click Create Username when you’re done. A box will pop up showing you the links people can use to connect with your business on Facebook and Facebook Messenger.

confirmation of your Facebook Page's username

Click OK to continue filling in your Facebook for business Page details.

Step 6: Complete your about section

While you might be tempted to leave the details for later, it’s important to fill out all of the fields in your Facebook Page’s About section right from the start. As Facebook is often the very first place a customer goes to get information about you, having it all there is extremely important. If someone is looking for a business that’s open till 9 and can’t find this information on your Page, they’ll surely keep looking until they find another place that’s more forthcoming.

 

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It’s also a good idea to list information about your Facebook Messenger protocol, such as your customer service reps’ online hours and estimated response time.

To get started, click About in the left-hand menu of your Facebook Page.

From this screen, you can add or edit your specific business details, like your start date, contact information, and other social accounts. Depending on your type of business, you may be able to add specific details like a menu or information about your price range and whether you offer valet parking.

This is also the screen where you can add a longer description of your business. Click Edit Story on the right side of the Page to provide a detailed description of what your business offers customers and why they should Like or Follow your Page. This is a great place to set expectations about how you’ll interact with fans through your Facebook Page for business purposes and to offer a compelling reason for them to engage with you online.

Where to add a longer description of your business on your Facebook Page

To specify your business location and hours, click Edit Page Info on the top right of the screen.

Where to specify your business location and hours on your Facebook page

When you’re finished, click Save Changes.

Step 7. Create your first post

Before you start inviting people to like the Facebook Page for your business, you’ll want to make sure you share some valuable content. You can create some of your own posts, or share relevant content from thought leaders in your industry.

You could also create a more specific type of post, like an event or product offer—just click through the tabs at the top of the status box to bring up all the options.

Post type options on your Facebook page

Make sure that whatever you post offers value for your visitors when they arrive at your Facebook Page, so they’ll be inclined to stick around.

Your Facebook Business Page now represents a robust online presence that will make potential customers and fans feel comfortable interacting with you.

example of valuable posts on a Facebook Business Page

Step 8: Start engaging

Now you’re ready to give your Facebook Business Page a bit of a nudge. Invite family and friends to like the Page. Use your other channels, like your website and Twitter, to promote it. Add “follow us” logos on your promotional materials and/or email signature. If you’re comfortable with it, you can even ask your customers review you on Facebook, too.

how to create facebook group

1. Find “Add Group”

From your “home page” on Facebook go to the Explore – Groups section on the left side menu and click on, “Groups.”

Once you get there, it will look like this:

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2. Click “Create Group”

You’ll be taken to a page that displays the option to create a group as well as showing you some:

  • Pending Invites
  • Favorites
  • Your Groups
  • Groups You Manage

To begin the process of creating a group, click “Create Group” in the upper right hand corner.

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>> Facebook also offers an alternate way to create a new group

Right of your name and the notifications bell in the right hand corner, click on the drop down and choose, “Create Group.”

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Once you choose that option, a lightbox will open where you can begin to add your Facebook group details.

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3. Name Your Group

The first thing you need to do is give your group a name — I’m naming my group “Scott Secret Group”.

This name can be whatever you want and you can change it later. But try to make the group name memorable and searchable — so people can find it.

create-a-facebook-group-how-to-set-up

4. Add Members

Facebook does something odd here — and out of order, in my opinion.

You’re actually required to add at least 1 friend to the group before you can create it. If you don’t you get the error message below:

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So in order to create your group, you’ll need to add at least 1 friend to the group.

5. Choose Privacy Setting

You’ll now need to decide what privacy setting you want your group to have.

This is probably the most important choice you’ll make while creating your group — as there are some limits to changing down the road.

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If you have fewer than 5000 members you’ll be able to change the settings as you see fit.

But as soon as your groups grows to over 5000 members, you can only change an Open group to Closed or Secret — and a Closed group to Secret.

You won’t be able to change the privacy again after this.

There can be confusion about what privacy setting a group should have — Open, Closed or Secret.

It’s fairly self explanatory as seen above — but here’s another great graphic from Facebook to break it down:

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6. Click Create

After you choose your privacy setting, click the “Create” button as you’ve seen in previous images:

create-a-facebook-group-how-to-set-up-new-group

7. Add Your Cover Image

Facebook will now give you the option to add your creative graphic for your header or cover image.

This is completely up to you and should be aligned with your current brand or the theme of your group.

But if you’ve created many groups or have multiple groups in your favorites, you’ll want to choose an image that differentiates each of them.

create-a-facebook-group-how-to-create-new-group

Keep in mind: the dimensions for this cover photo are different from those on your personal Timeline or business Page.

You want to use 1640 x 856 pixels for your group cover image.

8. Complete “About” Section

Your about section is important for 2 reasons:

  • Gives prospective members an idea what your group is about
  • Can display any “rules” you may have about the group

So fill it out as you see fit — seeing as this is YOUR group.

10. Edit Group Settings

Next you’ll want to edit the group settings.

You do this by clicking on the “More” tab and then clicking “Edit Group Settings”:

create-a-facebook-group-how-to-set-up-and-create

Once on the edit page, you’ll have many options to change:

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Items you can change:

  • Group Name
  • Group Type
  • Description
  • Tags
  • Locations
  • Linked Pages
  • Privacy Settings
  • Membership Approval — Do you want to let anyone add members or should only you be able to?
  • Set a Group Address — Here you’ll have a chance to give the group a custom url as well as an email address where people could email the group directly.
  • Change your Description
  • Change Posting Permissions — Here you can decide if only admins can post or if members can as well
  • Post Approval — You can require that all posts be approved by an admin before going live

Once you’re done and happy with the settings, click “Save”.

Your Group is Ready to Go!

How do I find and add friends on Facebook?

To find and add a friend by name on a computer:
  1. Click the search bar at the top of any Facebook page.
  2. Type your friend’s name into the search bar and click .
  3. To send someone a friend request, click Add Friend next to their profile picture. Some people might not have Add Friend next to their profile picture, depending on their privacy settings.
To find and add friends from your mobile phone or email accounts:
To find more friends to add, you can upload your contacts from your mobile phone or email accounts.
To get suggested friends:
You can use People You May Know to find friends on Facebook. People You May Know suggestions come from things like having friends in common with someone, being in the same Facebook group or your networks.
If you’re having trouble adding a friend:
Learn more about why you can’t add someone as a friend.

How do I finish creating my Facebook account and confirm my email or mobile phone number?

To finish creating an account, you need to confirm that you own the email or mobile phone number that you used to create the account:
  • To confirm your mobile number, enter the code you get via text message (SMS) in the Confirm box that shows up when you log in. Learn what to do if you didn’t get the SMS.
  • To confirm your email, click or tap the link in the email you got when you created the account. Learn what to do if you can’t find the email.
Confirming your email or mobile number helps us know that we’re sending your account info to the right place.
Note: Please confirm your email or mobile number as soon as possible. You may not be able to use your account until you confirm your email or mobile number.

How do I unfriend or remove a friend on Facebook?

To unfriend someone:
  1. Go to that person’s profile by typing their name into the search bar at the top.
  2. Hover over Friends at the top of their profile.
  3. Select Unfriend.
Note: If you can’t find the person you want to unfriend, their account may be deactivated.

To unfriend someone who has deactivated their Facebook account:
  1. Go to your profile by clicking your name in the top left of your News Feed.
  2. Click Friends.
  3. Search for the person’s name.
  4. Click Unfriend.

The person you unfriended won’t be notified.
If you don’t want someone to see your profile, add you as a friend or send you a message, you can block them.
Note: If you unfriend someone, you’ll also be removed from that person’s friends list. If you want to be friends with this person again, you’ll need to add them as a friend again.

How do I create or edit a Facebook event?

To create a private Facebook event on your computer:
  1. From your News Feed, click Events in the left menu.
  2. Click + Create Event on the left side.
  3. Click Create Private Event. Only invited guests will see your event. Once you’ve created a private event, you won’t be able to change it to public later.
  4. Fill in the event name, location, date, time and description.
  5. Click Create. You’ll be taken to your event where you can invite guests, upload photos, add a cover photo or video, share posts and edit event details.
Note: Only Pages, not personal profiles, can create recurring events. Learn more about the difference between a Page and a profile.

To create a public Facebook event on your computer:
  1. From your News Feed, click Events in the left menu.
  2. Click + Create Event on the left side.
  3. Click Create Public Event. Anyone will be able to see your event and search for it, even if you aren’t friends. Once you’ve created a public event, you won’t be able to change it to private later.
  4. Fill in the event name, location, date, time and description.
  5. Type and select keywords about your public event so it can be better recommended to people who are interested in that topic (example: Food festival).
  6. Choose who can edit and post in your event and then click Create. You’ll be taken to your event where you can invite guests, upload photos, add a cover photo or video, share posts and edit event details.

To edit an existing event on your computer:
  1. From your News Feed, click Events in the left menu.
  2. Click Edit in the top right.
  3. Change the event name, location, time, description or co-hosts.
  4. Click Save.
Note: Public event creators can change the date and time after creation, but may not be able to if the event is within a couple of days.

To delete an event on your computer:
Learn how to delete an event you created.

social media

Social media are interactive computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.

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