Testing on Facebook

Posted by Graham Henry | Posted in Advice, Facebook | Posted on Aug 07, 2013

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Have you every published a Post or App, only to be frustrated when it gets cut off, crunched, or removed? It happens to everybody at first but, luckily, there’s a free, discreet, and easy way around it!

Test Pages are used by large companies to check that content is working before being published. They’re a snap to set up, can’t be seen except by Page Admins, and can be invaluable for starting large, important campaigns. To get your own, all you need is a Facebook Profile.

To start, log in to Facebook and go to your Pages Menu. From there, select, “+ Create a Page”.

Facebook Create a Page

Next, you’ll want to fill out the Page information. Be sure to use a real address, phone number, and website. Don’t worry, no one will be able to see it!

Facebook Page Information

Facebook Page Information

Once the Page is set up, it’s time to make it private so that only Admins can see it (If you have more than one Admin, you’ll want to have them set up their Admin Profiles before completing this next step). Go to the Admin Panel above your new Page and select “Edit Page” then “Edit Settings” from the drop-down menu.

Facebook Page Settings

From the following menu, select “Page Visibility” and check the box labeled “Unpublish Page” before saving your changes.

How to Unpublish a Facebook Page

Congratulations! Your Page is now what we call a “Sandbox” Page! While in your Sandbox, you can Post Statuses and Photos, add Apps, and change Profile and Cover Photos without anyone outside of your Admins seeing anything. You’ll never have to wonder how a Post will turn out again!

For more tips on setting up your Facebook Pages, check out some of our other Articles!

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