Whether you have a regular Facebook account or you have a fan page, uploading photos to your profile and timeline can be a guessing game that ends in frustration. Facebook has rather strict guidelines for photo sizes which can leave you with blurry uploads if they’re too small, or error messages if they’re too big.
An easy way to save yourself some time and the headache of guessing how to size your uploads is to use a cheat sheet! I’ve put together an infographic for all of you visual folks out there, laying out the proper sizes needed for your header image, your profile photo, as well as a few types of uploads for your wall or page timeline.
Click on the infographic to see it full-sized.
Sizing images is easy in programs like Photoshop or Gimp, but if you don’t have either of those you can use online tools like Pic Resize. As a general rule of thumb, I always take the minimum pixel size and go up in even increments. Facebook will size your photo back down when you upload, which will leave you with a more crisp image. This will also be to your benefit if your friends or fans click the image from your timeline and open it in the photo viewer, because they’ll still see a crisp picture. If your image is longer than it is wide, Facebook will automatically put a boarder around the photo to make it fit properly, which isn’t pretty but sometimes inescapable.
You may be wondering why it’s so important to have clear, crisp, and pleasant-looking images on your timeline. If you’re a business or a community page, then you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to catch the eyes of your fans in the best possible ways. Facebook is an aesthetic sharing tool with a generally healthy mix of text and images. Imagine you’re scrolling through your feed and see a string of gorgeous nature photographs, and then one very blurry image. Are you going to stop and look at that pixelated image, or are you going to keep scrolling for more beautiful photos?
Facebook has become a very potent source of advertising for pages, and if you want to be eye-grabbing you need to follow their technical rules. Despite the extra work involved, using the sizing guide above is a great place to start because having nice images shows your readers that you care enough to put in the effort. Create visually pleasing posts and share your images, but do so in a way that caters to Facebook’s guidelines to get maximum exposure!