8 Low Cost Facebook Tab Creator Tools

by Lisa Peyton on Jul 06, 2011

Facebook iFrame AppThere have been a bevy of instant Facebook tab creators to hit the market lately. After wasting quite a bit of time fumbling around with some that weren’t effective, I thought I might as well document my findings to save others from making the same mistakes.

The tools I have outlined below are the best ones I have found that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Frankly, many of the new tools that have been created since the addition of iFrames to Facebook are on a ‘Freemium’ model and rival other tools that had cost thousands of dollars per month.

If you are among those looking for more comprehensive options, Social Fresh has started a shared spreadsheet that anyone can contribute to. There are also other options listed there.

Here are my top pics listed in order of how much I like them.

1. Lujure

I LOVE Lujure!

Lujure

Pricing: Free: $195 monthly
Video: YES
Fan gating: YES
Non-branded version: YES
Custom tab icon: NO
Supports SSL/Secured content: YES
Visitor analytics: YES

Lujure is tab creator tool that allows you to add dozens of tab features by using a simple drag and drop widget system. The tool comes with a few pre-made templates that include video, lead capture capabilities, ‘buy now’ buttons, email opt-in and even live chat!

Their suite of social page add-ons is the most comprehensive I have seen including:

  • Facebook share button
  • Google maps
  • Paypal
  • Slideshow
  • Contact form
  • Twitter
  • Image hotspotting
  • Flickr
  • Flash

I quickly and easily created a custom tab that included a video, hotspotted logo, Facebook share button and even an iFrame displaying my companies services page. Resizing anything on the page is a snap, as it’s all just mouse-based editing. You can easily resize and add YouTube videos, HTML image hotspots, HTML iFrames, etc.

The dashboard houses all of your custom tabs, displaying the date they were created and last modified. Advanced options include custom background settings, non-fan image and the ability to easily install Google Analytics tracking code.

The Business plan costs $195 monthly and includes unlimited tabs and pages free of the Lujure brand. Agencies can easily add their own brand to tabs by using the simple image widget. Another benefit of hosting pages via Lujure, is that they have to worry about those pesky Facebook updates. Their websites claims that ‘Whenever Facebook makes updates, we will make sure to keep everything up to date on our end so you won’t have to worry.’

The only drawback that I can find with this tool is no option for a custom icon in the sidebar. I contacted customer support on this issue and got a response within MINUTES! And I only signed up for the free account. They assured me that their team is working on a solution for a custom icon and I could stay updated on additional features via their newsletter.

2. SplashLab

I REALLY like Splashlab!

SplashLab

Pricing: Starts at $29 monthly, Free trial
Video: YES
Fan gating: YES
Non-branded version: YES
Custom tab icon: YES ($200, $50 for each additional)
Supports SSL/Secured content: YES
Visitor analytics: NO

I REALLY like Splashlab’s Facebook tab creator tools. They offer an account landing page that houses all the tabs that you are currently managing. This comes in handy if you are managing multiple pages with multiple tabs. The drag and drop tab creator offers several templated page lay-outs along with pre-designed header and footer artwork. It’s a simple as choosing the header, footer and adding a custom image or text.

The tool will allow you to easily add modules to your pages for video, RSS feeds, Twitter feeds, images and body text. Adding ANY YouTube video to your tab is as easy copying the link into the editor and voila, the video plays on your tab. Sweet!

All of the created content is served on secure servers, so even Facebook users with the tightest security controls can view your content. They can set-up custom sidebar icons if you’re willing to spend $200 bucks. The icon can only be used once per page. Each additional icon only costs $50. I don’t believe this feature is available through the application, you’ll need to contact customer support.

The pricing is based upon individual Facebook pages and costs $39 for the first page and $19 bucks for all additional pages per month. Your monthly fee gets you the following features:

  • Manage MULTIPLE pages with ease using our Dashboard
  • Unlimited Tabs per Facebook Page
  • No Coding Necessary, drag and drop editor
  • Unlimited Draft Tabs & Editing Capabilities
  • Multiple Tab Features (RSS, Video, Twitter, etc.)
  • Customizable Blank & Designer Templates
  • Unbranded (no SplashLab link at the bottom of tabs)
  • Advanced Support (email) & Tutorials

3. Shortstack

I LIKE ShortStack

Shortstack

Pricing: Free – $300 monthly
Video: YES
Fan gating: YES
Non-branded version: YES
Custom tab icon: YES
Supports SSL/Secured content: YES
Visitor analytics: Google Analytics integration

Shortstack is the full-meal deal when it comes to creating Facebook tabs. The platform has a tab designer feature along with a tab manager, media manager, templates and forms and promos. The free version allows for simple installation and is branded with the ‘ShortStack’ logo. The ‘pay-to-play’ version includes a custom publish feature that allows for customization of the tab name, icon and NO ShortStack brand.

The Tab Designer offers many page widgets that are easy enough to install. The include basic tools like text boxes, images, links, products and an image gallery. They also offer a whole slew of more advanced widgets like custom forms, email sign-up, SoundCloud, Google Analytics, Google Maps, virtual gifts , polls, and even a countdown widget. (I could have used that months ago!) The tool also allows for the addition of HTML code, so if you need to do something really crazy, you’ll be ready to roll.

There are about a dozen pre-built templates that you can simply copy and start customizing. They include features like fan-gating, product pages and sub-tabs with a topline navigation system similar to Tabsite.

My complaints would include not the most user-friendly interface and scrollbars appearing on all published tabs. I searched support to try and determine who to get rid of them, but no luck.

4. Tabsite

Not as impressed

Tabsite

Pricing: Free – $15 monthly
Video: YES
Fan gating: YES (Gold level only)
Non-branded version: YES
Custom tab icon: YES (Gold level only)
Supports SSL/Secured content: YES
Visitor analytics: Google Analytics integration

Tabsite offers up a template for those of us still mourning over the fact we lost our topline Facebook tab navigation. They claim you can build topline nav on your Facebook page in minutes. I’m skeptical.

The interface is powered by DragnBuild and to be honest the drag and drop image feature (no typical ‘browse’ for image option) through me a bit. The available tab widgets included the basics and a custom code feature if you need anything additional. The free version allows you to implement one standard tab on your Facebook page, with additional tabs including the topline nav sub-pages available with the paid version.

Tabsite HAS managed to make it easy to add your own custom icon to the sidebar. A feat none of the other tab creator tools have been able to master. This feature is offered in the most expensive monthly package priced at only $15 bucks per month. Quite a deal. The Gold package also allows for fan-only content, unlimited fans, Google maps, No footer ads and Google Analytics integration. For a full list of all the features and pricing options, visit their website.

5. Pagemodo.com

Eh…

Pagemodo.com

Pricing: Free – $33 monthly
Video: YES
Fan gating: YES
Non-branded version: YES
Custom tab icon: NO
Supports SSL/Secured content: YES
Visitor analytics: NO

Pagemodo has just undergone a MAJOR rehaul, releasing the 2.0 version of their tab creator tool. It’s a good thing, as many reported major bugs with the older version. The new features include easier editor interface, additional templates and photo size editing.

Creating pages with this tool is indeed easy. You can choose from a wide variety of templates that will allow you to add the following features to your Facebook tabs:

  • Fan coupon tab
  • Twitter feed and RSS feed tabs
  • Map and location tabs
  • Contact form tab
  • Video tab
  • ‘Like’ gating
  • Comment boxes

The tool is also cheap at only $33 bucks monthly for an agency account. The Pro version is free of Pagemodo branding and offers additional templates. The drawbacks include NO option to add your own HTML. So buttons, widgets, hotspotted images – are all a no go. Also, they don’t offer the ability to add a custom icon for the sidebar.

6. Woobox

My fave of the simple iFrame tools

Woobox

Pricing: FREE
Video: Kinda
Fan gating: YES
Non-branded version: YES
Custom tab icon: YES
Supports SSL/Secured content: YES
Visitor analytics: YES

Woobox’s custom tab solution isn’t as robust as some of the others. It doesn’t offer page templates or lay-outs. What it can do is host images and secured content within Facebook so that tab creators won’t need an SSL certificate.

The tool allows for dropping in HTML, images, a URL or a redirect, which takes the user out of Facebook. This is an easy solution for creating a simple tab with just a comped image. Be warned, the tool only allows for images that are 520px wide by 650px tall.

You can customize the name of your tab and there are several icons available including a red bookmark, blue arrow and thumb tack. The tool claims you can customize this icon but that requires creating your own iFrame app, which I feel defeats the purpose of using in iFrame tab creator tool.

All in all, I feel this tool is valuable for developers and designers that were accustomed to using FBML. You can simply drop in the code and go.

7. Wildfire (Free Version)

Functional with no bells and whistles

Wildfire

Pricing:FREE
Video: NO
Fan gating: YES
Non-branded version: NO
Custom tab icon: NO
Supports SSL/Secured content: YES
Visitor analytics: NO

This app is very similar to iFrame app from Woobox. It’s a simple editor that will allow you to host an image or custom HTML code on a tab. The tool also allows the user to easily upload separate content for non-likers. Wildfire hosts the content on a secured server so Facebook users with the tightest security settings will be able to view the page.

The good news is the tools is completely free. The bad news is that it carries the Wildfire brand in the page footer and the sidebar icon can’t be customized.

8. Involver

Same Deal

Involver

Pricing: FREE
Video: NO
Fan gating: YES
Non-branded version: YES
Custom tab icon: NO
Supports SSL/Secured content: YES
Visitor analytics: NO

Yet another static HTML iFrame creator that allows users to add a custom image, HTML or SML (Social Markup Language) to a Facebook tab. The tool requires you input your company name and phone number. Argh. After I input my information and set-up my tab, I had difficult adding it to my Facebook page.

If you’re looking for a simple tool to add custom images or HTML to a Facebook tab I would recommend Woobox or Wildfire.

Other Resources/Articles

Practical Ecommerce: 3 Tools to Create Facebook iFrame Pages
Techcrunch: Wildfire Launches Facebook Page Builder, Analytics and More

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/omgfriends Noël

    This is very timely info for me, Lisa, as I’m looking to customize a page for a fledgling biz (www.facebook.com/omgfriends)! Thx for all the tab super-sleuthingm really appreciate the in-depth evaluations.

  • http://twitter.com/daniellesmyname Danielle Hohmeier

    Would love to see your review of North Social. That’s what I use now and am wondering how it stacks up…

  • Luther Frost

    Have you heard of MediaFeedia? 

  • Lisa Peyton

    Hi All, thanks for the comments.

    I haven’t heard of MediaFeedia. Do they have a Facebook tab solution? I would love more info.

    As for North Social, I have used a few of their apps and they proved to be VERY buggy. That was several months ago, so hopefully they have gotten their act together. They were also a bit expensive as I recall.

    If anyone else has recommendations for customizing Facebook tabs, please post for the group.

    Cheers,
    Lisa

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=31205709 Lee Bradshaw

    Good luck to anyone competing in the space with Lujure. Amazing product and it speaks for itself. 

  • http://twitter.com/RyoatCision Ryo Yamaguchi

    Thanks Lisa, this is a super helpful roundup! I agree, this is a pretty tough market, though the top services you have highlighted here seem to be doing the right things. So few brands I see really take full advantage of customization in their fan pages–very interested to see what tools become available as this gets further adopted. 

  • Anonymous

    Hi Lisa – Ben from ShortStack here.  Thanks for the writeup! We’re not sure why you were seeing scrollbars on the published page, but they shouldn’t have been there.  

  • Anonymous

    Ryo, any friendly suggestions of innovative new things youd like to see?

    Cheers,

    Nathan
    Co-Founder, Lujure

  • Anonymous

    That’s a cute little creature you’re building your page around! Viral potential there :)

  • Anonymous

    Thanks to Lisa, Ben (ShortStack), and everyone else in the space. We all have unique value adds and are in turn giving more value to the community.

    Cheers,

    Nathan
    Co-Founder, Lujure

  • Noël

    Thanks, Nathan! I’m trying to convince my biz partner he doesn’t need to learn all the programming/iFrames stuff, and that we should just try out Lujure instead. We’re esp keen to get fancy with our page for our Kickstarter campaign (Launching Aug 1!). 

    Mr Owly in our profile pic is just one of a bunch of critters we’re bringing to life…check out the photo albums if you like The Cute! :]

  • Noël

    Thanks, Nathan! I’m trying to convince my biz partner he doesn’t need to learn all the programming/iFrames stuff, and that we should just try out Lujure instead. We’re esp keen to get fancy with our page for our Kickstarter campaign (Launching Aug 1!). 

    Mr Owly in our profile pic is just one of a bunch of critters we’re bringing to life…check out the photo albums if you like The Cute! :]

  • http://twitter.com/mike_gingerich Mike Gingerich

    Hi Lisa.  I’m with TabSite.  We appreciate being listed with the others in this space!  Thanks for including us.  It always smarts a bit to have “Not as impressed” as the headline next to your name but we understand each has their own opinion based on their use/experience.  We are thrilled to continually be making “top 10′s” of different reviews amidst the many options out there! 

    - Mike, Community Manager for TabSite

  • http://twitter.com/mike_gingerich Mike Gingerich

    Hi Lisa.  I’m with TabSite.  We appreciate being listed with the others in this space!  Thanks for including us.  It always smarts a bit to have “Not as impressed” as the headline next to your name but we understand each has their own opinion based on their use/experience.  We are thrilled to continually be making “top 10′s” of different reviews amidst the many options out there! 

    - Mike, Community Manager for TabSite

  • http://twitter.com/CPollittIU Chad H. Pollitt

    Lisa:

    This is a good list you made – I’ve been creating custom tabs for nearly two years and my top pic by far is TabSite.  It is the most robust easy-to-use system I’ve seen, even compared to the others above.  Not to mention, the cost is very affordable.  I recommend that everyone give TabSite a whirl before making any final decisions. . . :)

    Here’s my latest TabSite design:  http://www.facebook.com/kunocreative?sk=app_201375463225442

    Hope you like it :)

    @CPollittIU:twitter 

  • Brockrose

    I am a resller of social media and I have the most success with TABSITE. It is the most robust easy-to-use system I’ve seen, even compared to the
    others above.  Not to mention, the cost is very affordable.  I
    recommend that everyone try the free version and get a taste for it before making a decision. Its a great product.

  • http://www.butterknife-marketing.com Avi Kaye

    An excellent review of the tools out there that help build custom Facebook tabs – I must admit I’ve never heard of Lujure, but I’m headed over there right now to check it out :)

    If you’re looking for a completely different tack, by the way, take a look at MyWebees (http://bit.ly/mywebees_app). They don’t simply build a custom Facebook tab – they import your entire site, as is, directly into your Facebook page, which is a pretty neat trick :)

  • http://www.butterknife-marketing.com Avi Kaye

    An excellent review of the tools out there that help build custom Facebook tabs – I must admit I’ve never heard of Lujure, but I’m headed over there right now to check it out :)

    If you’re looking for a completely different tack, by the way, take a look at MyWebees (http://bit.ly/mywebees_app). They don’t simply build a custom Facebook tab – they import your entire site, as is, directly into your Facebook page, which is a pretty neat trick :)

  • http://www.butterknife-marketing.com Avi Kaye

    An excellent review of the tools out there that help build custom Facebook tabs – I must admit I’ve never heard of Lujure, but I’m headed over there right now to check it out :)

    If you’re looking for a completely different tack, by the way, take a look at MyWebees (http://bit.ly/mywebees_app). They don’t simply build a custom Facebook tab – they import your entire site, as is, directly into your Facebook page, which is a pretty neat trick :)

  • http://www.butterknife-marketing.com Avi Kaye

    An excellent review of the tools out there that help build custom Facebook tabs – I must admit I’ve never heard of Lujure, but I’m headed over there right now to check it out :)

    If you’re looking for a completely different tack, by the way, take a look at MyWebees (http://bit.ly/mywebees_app). They don’t simply build a custom Facebook tab – they import your entire site, as is, directly into your Facebook page, which is a pretty neat trick :)

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  • Jillian

    Tabsite is my absolute favorite. I love it’s simplicity and flexibility. No matter what your design skill level they have a package to fit your needs. Super easy to work with and flexible. I use it all for all of my clients’ Facebook pages. 

  • http://twitter.com/faceitpages Facebook Pages

    You should also check out FaceItPages at http://www.faceitpages.com

  • http://twitter.com/faceitpages Facebook Pages

    You should also check out FaceItPages at http://www.faceitpages.com

  • Sallie

    I’m glad you did’t include FPE. Those who don’t know what it is from that say, “good for me”. I like Lujure the best too!

  • Sdoris

    Lisa, Thanks for post. Awesome info.  This might be very naive, but I get really squeamish about the “allow” message –
    sounds like I am giving up all my contacts info, etc… should I be worried about that with all these apps? Especially with client FB pages?  Thanks,

    SusanD

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  • http://twitter.com/sharmasunny Sunny Sharma

    Hi Lisa, Take a look at SocialAppsHQ (https://www.socialappshq.com/products). With 19 Facebook fan page apps we power over half a million pages –  including that of Paul Walker, Cadbury Bournville, Vin Diesel, RedBus, AARP, and WebMediaBrands

  • John Skelton

    Lisa,

    Here goes… never used one of these before.

    So… thank you for all the insightful information and I am going to start out with #6 Woobox

  • Angel Branding

    If anyone’s not so code literate. We design Facebook  page tabs for just £25 ($40USD) per tab. No subscriptions, just a one-off payment. Go to http://angelbranding.co.uk or email angelbranding@live.com for more information

  • http://twitter.com/sharmasunny Sunny Sharma

    Hi Lisa,

    Check out SocialAppsHQ. We offer 19 apps starting at just $0.99/m

  • arm

    You might also want to try SocialMediaFunk – http://socialmediafunk.com

  • Marcovan82

    Hi shortstack is great, but you can only pay by credit card

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Nathan! I’m trying to convince my biz partner he doesn’t need to learn all the programming/iFrames stuff, and that we should just try out Lujure instead. britto

  • Tom Story – IFrameTab

    We just got a great compliment today. ”
    I just have to say I have tested out a dozen different apps to customize our Facebook page and IFameTab was by far the easiest to use and had the most capabilities. – Kim.”  Here is there IframeTab 
    http://www.facebook.com/acts18ministry.org?sk=app_236082153104487  It always make us feel good when people find what they are looking for. http://iframetab.com – If you are a page that is looking navigation and unlimited subnavigation, as well as unlimited pages and lots of other functional features, please check us out with our free trial.

    Cordially,
    Tom  

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  • Nate

     Tabbed.co is a custom tab creator for facebook that is little more straight forward than north social, allows for custom designs, and is very easy to use:

    http://tabbed.co/main.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001472413059 Untitled Mgmt

    our site http://Tabbed.co is a little different then these services because we provide facebook marketing training. As well our tabs are created by professionals for you, instead of you trying to learn a new platform we do the work for you.

    Dan McGaw
    CEO – Tabbed.co

  • zeefu de king

    hey this outdated yeah i mean before the facebook timeline was introduced yeah ?

  • http://socialfreshacademy.com/ Jason Keath

    All of these services still work fine. 

  • http://2asuccessdreamblog.com/ Alecia Stringer

    Yes, I enjoy most of your favorites too.  Lujure I use regularly, and the others as specifics are needed.  Thanks for sharing all the different options for people looking at how to customize their Facebook experience with their audience. 

  • http://twitter.com/jelledebruin Jelle de Bruin

    If you want to see which facebook tab design apps are popular check this list ranked by popularity http://www.appappeal.com/apps/facebook-page-design/

  • kmccarthy123

    you could also ad coolmojito.com to the list.!

  • wboder

    The
    service WIldfire is no longer available. I have tried with these
    apps https://apps.facebook.com/iframe-apps/?fb_source=search&ref=ts&fref=ts.

  • http://www.pequenoguru.com.br Sylvio Ribeiro

    I don’t know your definition of ‘low cost’. But for the majority of people, $100~$300/Mo doesn’t fit.

  • RomeSuiteRome

    Dear Avi, i’ll try yours too..i was looking for a “website” importer let’s say…
    thanks i’ll let u know how is it

  • RomeSuiteRome

    the link it’s a dead one…could u please give a working one :) thanks

  • RomeSuiteRome

    Hi Lisa,

    so finally what would you suggest for not more than 15€ per month?
    cause some of the listed here are new to me (and i’m new in general) and instead i often heard of northsocial.

    I need a custom page, a contest/deal page to bring traffic to my page.

    thanks for your help