As of 1st October 2011, we need secure hosting for Facebook Pages. Why?…you might ask! Facebook is basically switching all its users over to secure browsing…which means we will be browsing with https://… instead of http://…. , with no option to switch back to non-secure browsing. This in turn means that any Facebook Page that is not hosted on a secure server, will simply vanish!
What does all this mean?
Earlier this year Facebook migrated from FBML to iFrames, although existing FBML pages continue to be supported by Facebook…..for the time being! FBML pages were/are hosted within Facebook itself, however, iFrames allow you to create your page outside of Facebook and then ‘import’ it by setting up an Application within Facebook. The iFrames page needs to be hosted outside of Facebook and this is where the problem lies. Many people have been exicitedly setting up their custome pages with iFrames, but hosting them on a non-secure site.
Until now, this has not been an issue, but as of 1st October 2011, because Facebook is switching all its’ users over to secure browsing, any site not hosted securely, will no longer be visible.
Who Needs Secure Hosting For Facebook Pages?
If you have created a self-hosted custom landing page with iFrames and set up a Facebook application to install the custom page on your Facebook Page, then your server needs to be secure, if you want you page to still be visible after 1st October.
If you have used a wordpress theme, such as WPFanPro to create your Facebook page, then you will also need to make sure your hosting is secure.
If however you are using a hosted application, such as ‘Static html: iFrames tabs‘ or ‘Static iFrame Tab’, my two favourite hosted apps, then you do not need worry about any of this. Both these apps are securely hosted. If you are using any other hosted application, then I suggest you check with the providert that their servers are secure.
The Options For Secure Hosting For Facebook Pages
In theory, there are three options to setting up your secure hosting…
1. You can purchase a Dedicated IP Address and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate for your hosting.
2. You could use your hosting company’s shared SSL Certificate – most hosting companies include a shared SSL Certificate option without additional charge. These do come with some limitations, especially regarding file sizes.
3. You could use a third party to provide your https://… URL, such as Social Server.
Why Purchasing A SSL Certificate Is The Only Option….
The following is an excerpt from Wilson Mattos and Jason Fladlien’s brand new 30 page guide “How To Secure Your Fan Pages”, and explains the risks you are running by using a Shared SSL Certificate provided by either your hosting company or other third party.
In order to set up your secure hosting with your existing hosting company, you will need to purchase a dedicated IP address and SSL Certificate. These can be organised through your hosting company. But if the cost proves prohibitive, then Wilson and Jason’s report is well worth considerting. It walks you step by step through how to set up your Dedicated IP Address and SSL Certificate for under $30 a year and how to add it to your Facebook App!
I hope you have found this post on secure hosting for Facebook Pages helpful. As always I welcome your comments and please remember to share
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