Facebook has announced that all Pages will be upgraded to the new Timeline layout on March 30th. And everything you know about using and administrating your Facebook Page will change.
Highlights and Features of the new Page Layout
You can opt into a preview of your Page here to see all of the upcoming changes to Pages. These include:
Cover Photo – Pages include the ability to upload a Cover photo that is similar to what many profiles have (the dimensions for the image should be 850px by 315px).
When choosing a cover image, Facebook displays a message (see below) that you are not supposed to use the cover for promotions which is strange because Facebook Pages are a marketing tool for businesses.
New Profile Pic Dimensions – Your Page avatar (profile pic) will now be 180 pixels square.
Tabs with Photos – Facebook Page tabs will now be across the top, just below your cover image. You can have a maximum of 12 tabs and they can be rearranged so that the four most important ones will be visible to people who visit your Page.
Pinning – You can also “pin” (hello Pinterest!) a posts to the top of your Page, giving you more control over what’s displayed above the fold.
When you hover over an update and click on the pencil icon, you can pin it to the top of your Page. You can also hide or delete it the update entirely.
Page Messages – Pages will also include a messaging feature, which gives visitors the ability to send you private messages (this is optional and can be turned off).
New access to the Admin Area – The backend of your Facebook Page has the same administration area. The only thing that will change is how you access the admin panel (see below).
More Space For Custom Tabs – Custom Tabs that are 520 pixels wide will be centered within your Page (as shown below). You can also create custom tabs that are up to 810 pixels wide.
Preview your Facebook Page and Stay Tuned
Again, you can opt into a preview of your Page here to see all of the upcoming changes to Pages. When you opt into a preview of your Page, only you see the preview – not your fans. However, you can choose to push your Page live before March 30th so that all users see your new Page.