If your current Facebook page or profile URL looks long and ugly, then let’s check out in this post how to customize their web address by selecting a unique username for them?
Changing your Page URL
Go to https://www.facebook.com/username and login there with your administrator/manager account that you are using for managing a page on Facebook. Content creators, moderators, advertisers and insight analysts can’t set or change a page URL.
When you land on the Username page, select the name of the page from the drop-down menu whose URL you’d like to change:
Enter the Username after the trailing slash which you want to use with your page in the Facebook web address field and click on check availability button. Facebook will show you whether that particular username is available or not. If it’s available then you will see following message in your browser along with some warnings:
- You can only change the username for your page once after you set it for the first time. This means that you can change the username of your page one more time after the current change.
- You cannot transfer the ownership of a username to another party.
- You cannot violate anyone else’s trademark rights. E.g. Suppose Google hasn’t created an official Facebook page for itself and you start a page whose name as well as username is Google, then you are clearly violating Google’s trademark rights. Facebook can snatch that page away from you and can hand the ownership to Google any time.
- If you are acquiring a username so that you can sell it in future and make huge bucks, then you will lose it. Facebook may even ban your whole account for squatting.
- If you’re using a username for any type of unauthorised purpose, then Facebook reserves full right to reclaim those pages.
Click on confirm button and Facebook will instantly set your desired username:
Important note: Once you have set your username, all your old page’s links will automatically start 301 redirecting to new ones for both users and search engines. For example, the old Facebook page address for DTT was: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Daily-Tech-Tutorials/680513571981560, which now gets redirected to this page: https://www.facebook.com/DailyTechTuts after username change. The old URLs for your page’s status updates (text, photos, videos etc.) may also start redirecting to new ones.
Changing your Profile URL
Login to your Facebook account using this link and once you are successfully logged in, click on the small arrow present at the top right corner of the screen:
When the drop down menu opens, click on Settings and you will land on the General Settings page of your account:
Here you will see your current Facebook web address set for your account under Username. Click on Edit button and enter your desired web address in the Username field:
When you change your username, your Facebook email address will also change. For example, if your previous email address was email@example.com and you change your username to abc, then your email will also change to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to save these settings, you are required to enter your current Facebook password in the password field and click on save changes button. Your old web address for your profile page and status updates will start automatically 301 redirecting to new ones.
Note: Your profile username can be changed only once. Try to include your real name or nickname in it.