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Facebook Cover Photo Guidelines

Friday, July 05, 2013 by Reni Florentina
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Let's face it. We live in a century where it is now so common to check Facebook in every chance we get. The Social Media giant has become such a big part of our daily life. Adding to this, you may or may not have a Business Page on Facebook that you look after too. Providing that you do, how much do you really know about the Facebook Page guidelines, let alone the restrictions of a timeline cover photo? How can a cover photo jeopardize your company page?

The cover photo is an image chosen to reflect your company that visitors will see first when they visit your Facebook business page. It is crucial to have an image that represents your company well, but at the same time does not conflict with the Facebook cover photo rules. 

For example, if you are a restaurant you could be using a popular menu item. If you are an artist, it could be an album artwork. 

See the example below for Tiffany & Co. They are a well known company providing stunning jewellery for their classy, simplistic and gorgeous designs. 

As you can see, their Facebook cover photo reflects what they do professionaly. 

Now this is the big Facebook cover photo rule. Your cover photo may not include images with more than 20% text. Facebook clearly stated that "Using images with minimal text makes your content engaging and ensures that people only see high quality content in News Feed. Although we limit the amount of text in images, you're able to use the text field to get your message across". 

We have been using the Facebook Cover Photo Compliance Tool. This site checks if your cover photo contains more or less than 20% text. We have included a smaller version of the Compliance Tool below. 

Keep in mind that cover photos are for public views. Facebook stated that "Cover photos can't be deceptive, misleading, infringe on anyone else's copyright or be in violation of the Pages Terms."

We would love to hear your thoughts on this one. Would you risk your cover photo with more than 20% text or would you stick with solely images for the safety of your business page? Let us know! 


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