Facebook Quietly Loosens Restrictions On Cover Images For Pages

By David Cohen 

Facebook quietly lifted almost all of its restrictions on cover images for pages, keeping in place the rule that text can only occupy 20 percent.

Social media expert Mari Smith reported the changes to Facebook’s page guidelines in a post on her Facebook page, crediting Hugh Briss of Social Identities and Andrea Vahl of Grandma Mary — Social Media Edutainer for bringing them to her attention.

According to Smith, although both the older and revised versions of Facebook’s page guidelines state that they were last revised Dec. 17, 2012, rules that are no longer being listed include:

Covers may not include:

  • Price or purchase information, such as “40 percent off,” or, “Download it on socialmusic.com.”
  • Contact information such as a website address, email, mailing address, or information that should go in your page’s “about” section.
  • References to Facebook features or actions, such as like or share, or an arrow pointing from the cover photo to any of these features.
  • Calls to action, such as “get it now” or “tell your friends.”

Readers: Do you think brands will drastically change their cover images upon learning of the changes to Facebook’s page guidelines?

Screenshots of Facebook page guidelines courtesy of Mari Smith. Unlocked image courtesy of Shutterstock.