How to Create a Quick & Easy Facebook Cover

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Create a Word Cloud to Use as a Facebook Cover

Wordle I created for my About Small Business Canada website.
The Wordle I created for my About Small Business Canada website. Susan Ward

When Facebook first converted to the Timeline format with the huge Facebook cover photo space at the top of the page, I was stumped.What could I possibly put into that yawning empty space that would be visually appealing and suitable to my business?

After all, except for my parents, no one is much interested in looking repeatedly at a photo of me sitting at a desk.

This is the solution I came up with. It's fast, easy and free. Here's how to create an attractive word cloud using Wordle and use it as a Facebook cover in just four steps.

Step 1: Create a word cloud using Wordle.

Note that Wordle allows you to create a word cloud by pasting or typing text in the text box or by entering the URL of any blog, blog feed, or any other web page that has an Atom or RSS feed or by entering a del.icio.us user name to see their tags.

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Using Wordle to Create a Word Cloud

Wordle I created for my About Small Business Canada website.
The Wordle I created for my About Small Business Canada website. Susan Ward

The great thing about Wordle is that it lets you play with the results.

The Language menu lets you eliminate common words, remove numbers and change the case so you can use all upper or lower case words if you like.

The Font menu has a good selection of different fonts for you to choose from.

The Layout menu makes it easy for you to switch to different vertical and horizontal layouts, set rounder or straighter edges, or set alphabetical order or a maximum number of words.

And while the Color menu has a limited number of palettes to choose from, you are able to customize a palette if you prefer.

Step 2: Choose the Open in Window button at the bottom left of the Wordle window to open your chosen Wordle in a separate window.

Then use your Printscreen function on your keyboard to create a screenshot of your Wordle. (On my keyboard, this is +Alt+PrtScn to create a screenshot of the selected window.)

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Edit Your Wordle for the Facebook Cover

A cropped Wordle in a photo editor about to be resized to fit a Facebook cover.
A cropped Wordle in a photo editor about to be resized to fit a Facebook cover. (c) Susan Ward

Step 3: Open your favorite photo editor and paste in your Wordle screenshot as a new image.

Then you can crop and resize your image to fit the requirements of the Facebook cover.

The actual size of the Facebook cover is 851 x 315 pixels but it will stretch to size when you upload an image as long as your image is a minimum of 720 pixels wide.

In this example, I am using the Microsoft Editor 2010 Photo Editor but any photo editing software will do as long as you can crop and resize.

Save your image when you are done. (I called this one bizmontage1.)

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Uploading Your Wordle Word Cloud as a Facebook Cover

The Wordle word cloud I created used as a Facebook cover for my About Small Business Canada page.
The Wordle word cloud I created used as a Facebook cover for my About Small Business Canada page. (c) Susan Ward

Step 4: Add a cover to your Facebook page.

Open your Facebook page in Timeline view.

If your Admin Panel is open, scroll down to find the space where it says ‘Add a Cover’ on your Facebook page. (If you already have a cover, you will have to mouse over the Cover image to get the 'Change Cover' control to show.)

Then choose 'upload a new photo' and upload the Wordle image you saved. Once you've positioned it the way you would like, click 'Save'.

And voila! You have a new Facebook cover for your page!