How To Change Your Existing Facebook Fan Page Vanity or Custom URL

October 28, 2012 · 18 comments

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How To Change Your Existing Facebook Fan Page Vanity or Custom URL

How To Change A
Facebook Fan Page URL
That Was Set Up Before

If you are wanting to set up your Facebook Fan Page’s custom/vanity URL for the first time, be sure to start at this link, as the instructions are different.

However, if you set up a vanity URL and later, perhaps after changing your Facebook Fan Page name, need to change it, you’re in the right spot!

Prior to very recently, once a Fan Page vanity URL was customized, it could not (ever) be changed.

Now, in a recent Facebook change that makes them honor the same rules that apply to Facebook Profiles… the custom or vanity URL may be changed one additional time AFTER it is customized the first time.

Because the policies now match, I would not expect to ever be able to change it beyond that…. so be careful with this.

Let’s Change The Custom Vanity URL of Our Facebook Fan Page

First: Visit http://facebook.com/username for the web form we will use.

Alternatively, you can access this link from within your Page’s admin area:

Second: Use the drop-down list to locate your page name.

If the username field to the right of your page name becomes editable… you have your URL-change-token (metaphorically speaking) still available.

If, alternatively, the URL box vanishes and Facebook simply tells you that the URL has been set… you know that your URL-change-token has been used.

An important consideration:

While your original (long) page URL remains working (redirects) through all of this… once you change the URL a second time, the first vanity URL ceases to work. It becomes your (sometimes major) job to track down where you have published that URL and change it.

We want to avoid frivolously wasting this opportunity to change this URL. Often times, we find ourselves, a year or more in the future and facing an unplanned and unexpected (or legally obligated) business name change and needing this. You only get the one… so hold onto it if you can!

However, if you’ve been waiting on this opportunity, it’s now available!

~ Kim ~
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bbrian017 October 28, 2012 at 10:51 am

Hi Kim, great tutorial, it’s always great to make changes to things like this. Life changes and so do plans it’s good to know when you set your name or url you’re not stuck with it forever. One thing I wish Facebook would do better is allowing admins to control groups without having the risk or removing the owner.
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Aasma October 29, 2012 at 7:17 am

That’s certainly a good news. Earlier when I created my FB Page, mistakenly I have chosen incorrect vanity url and then I wasn’t able to change that. But now I’m seeing the option again and going to change it now.

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Aayna November 1, 2012 at 7:29 am

I so desperately wanted to change my FB fan page vanity. This is a great step by step procedure. Thanks for sharing this useful information.

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christina November 8, 2012 at 3:05 am

Its really helpful article Kim, I was looking toward to change Facebook fan page URL but unfortunately I couldn’t get success in my task but I delete some page liker’s to whom I wanted to disconnect with my Facebook page. Not on proper way but somewhere this article really helped me.
Thanks Kim,

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chanikacha November 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

This is a very helpful tips! I just customized my facebook vanity url. Thanks to you Kim!

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Anonymous November 23, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I want to shorten the URL of my fan page from “Facebook.com/pages/The-Jewelry-Lady-LLC/268246589918679″ to just “Facebook.com/The-Jewelry-Lady-LLC/” but cannot find any information on FB as how to accomplish this. I know it can be done because I did it once before for another Fan page a long time ago but now I can’t remember. Anyone have any advice?

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Kim Castleberry December 3, 2012 at 3:03 am

Here’s how to set up the custom url for your facebook page: http://just-ask-kim.com/facebook-fan-page-vanity-url/#.ULxt7YPhaqg
Kim

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Marilou January 14, 2013 at 3:37 am

Thank you very much for this very informative article. Your step-by-step procedure is easy to follow. But my problem is I already used my URL-change-token. Anyway, it’s always good to know that there are many ways to change my FB URL. More power Kim. :)

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Marc Johnson March 4, 2013 at 7:33 am

I would like to move my facebook friends http://www.facebook.com/MarcWJohnson, to my fan page, and I would like to change my fan page from http://www.facebook.com/UtahMarc to http://www.facebook.com/MarcWJ (or marcwjohnson)Is that possible. I also have a private page http://www.facebook.com/marc.johnson.188 that I don’t know what to do with…I can drop it with no problem.

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Michelle March 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

Great article, thank you! I recently took over a new position and updated the “personal” account on FB so that I could update our Page. When I assigned a username to reflect our organization, the change took place on the “personal” page and not the organization page and now it appears I can’t transfer it. I want the username, but want to connect it to the page and not the personal account. Any ideas?

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Jude March 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Great tips on how to change your vanity URL…now how can you change the icon? I’ve seen suggestions to “hover>edit” but that feature must no longer be available. I can select an icon when you create a new page but how about existing?

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Kim Castleberry March 12, 2013 at 5:29 am
matt March 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Hi Kim,

Thanks for the great article!

If I change my fanpage URL, will I lose my current fans and have to start over?

Or, is the only issue that of having the old URL no longer work as a backlink?

Thanks!

matt

:)

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Kim Castleberry March 17, 2013 at 4:41 am

Changing the URL has no negative impact on the existing fan count. It only (as you noted) breaks incoming links. This will inconvenience a small number of fans that may have a physical bookmark made for you but 99% of them won’t even realize you did it.
Kim

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matt March 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thanks Kim!!

I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question.

These are just some extra words so that wordpress will accept my comment.

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faraz April 17, 2013 at 8:26 am

Hi,

I updated the hyperlink of my fb page using the username option but the main display name of the page hasnt updated, please suggest a solution

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Kim Castleberry October 4, 2013 at 4:47 am

Changing the “username” only changes the vanity URL. It does not change the display name. That is changed in the page settings if your page is eligible for a change.
Kim

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Umm May 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

Can’t even see the content of this page beneath the un-closable full page blank white pop up AD. Seems to be from Word Press, too bad.

Just thought you would like to know.

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