With the whirlwind of stories this week surrounding Facebook Usernames, I figured I would add my 2 cents to the discussions taking place. Of course, I will still login tonight at 11pm Central to reserve my username, if it’s still available. If anything so that I have it. However, after reading @anildash’s post chronicling the the future of Facebook Usernames, I thought I would offer some insight.
First, I’m not a web programmer. I just shared this with a few folks and some thought it was helpful. If not, no need to retweet this. Note Retweet button up to your right if you would like to share though.
8 Steps to Create Your Own Facebook Username on Your Own Domain
- Login in to your favorite FTP client where you would normally upload files to the root directory of your domain. I use FileZilla which is free.
- Create a new directory in the root directory named “facebook”.
- Open Notepad on your desktop
- Paste the following code into notepad:
header(“HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently”);
- Change the highlighted url to the long facebook URL from your own profile.
* Note you could also do the same for your Facebook Fan Page here.
- Save the file as index.php.
- Upload saved index.php file to the “facebook” directory via filezilla of your root directory.
- Test it out: www.mikemerrill.com/facebook
Again, this worked in WordPress. Sure there are 8 different ways to do this.
Hopefully you found this helpful. I also figure using your own domain would help with Google juice as well, but I’m also not an SEO god either. Just a man sharing his thoughts on a Friday afternoon.
Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)
Mike Merrill is Director of Marketing at ReachLocal and Chief Bacon Maker and Marketing Strategist of Bacon Marketing. He is also Chairman of the Social Media Club of Dallas and co-organizer of Ignite Dallas.