Do you wish to make your Facebook page private? This might sound impossible, seeing as Facebook offers no apparent means of getting that done. I’ll have you know that it can be done. Read on to find out how to make your Facebook page private.
A Facebook page, no matter the type, should be thought of as an extension to your home page, which is very open to the public. However if there are photos, comments, posts and other aspects of your page that you want to keep private, there are settings on Facebook that allow you to maintain control of your page at all times. This guide goes through how to access these settings and explains how these privacy settings affect your page’s visibility.
Making Your Facebook Page Private
Getting your page to be private isn’t just done in one click as opposed to getting most other things done on Facebook. A clear and concise break down of the procedure is given below.
A. Step One
- Login to your Facebook account.
- Click on Pages on the left hand side of your screen.
- Select the page name which you wish to make private.
- Click Edit Page on the top right corner.
- Select Edit Settings from the drop down menu.
B. Step Two
On completing the last instruction of Step One, you’ll see different ways to restrict groups of people from seeing your page or posts and limit posting to your page.
(i) Adjusting Page Visibility
At the top, the page visibility function controls whether your entire Facebook page is public or private. When your Facebook page is public, anyone can view it. If you click on “Page published” or “Page unpublished”, a check box will come up.
- Click the check box next to Unpublish Page. This will allow only yourself and the other admins who control the page to see your page.
NOTE: This should only be checked if you are taking down your Facebook business page for a temporary period of time or you want to completely disable views for your business on Facebook. Generally you should never unpublish your Facebook page even if you are making significant changes.
(ii) Posting Ability and Visibility
This feature controls who can post to your page’s timeline. If you want to be the only one posting on your timeline, then;
- Click to uncheck the box beside “Everyone can post to (your business page’s name)’s timeline“
- Also uncheck the box beside “Everyone can add photos and videos to (your business page’s name)’s timeline“
You can also set allowances for posts under “Post Visibility”. You can choose to allow posts from others on your page timeline or hide posts. You can decide to make more recent posts visible. People like to know their voices are heard. To do this;
- Check the box beside “Highlight recent posts by others in a box at the top of my Page timeline”
C. Step Three
Once you publish a page, it’s as open as the homepage of your business until you change these settings. You can control who can message you under “Messages,” but you can also be more selective about what visitors are allowed to view your page with “Country Restrictions” and “Age Restrictions”.
If you are getting a lot of spam or don’t have support for a certain country, it may be beneficial to block certain countries. With age restriction, you can limit underage viewers from viewing adult content. Even if you plan on keeping your Facebook page clean, if you have an adult business, it may be best to limit certain age groups.
D. Step Four
There is a feature called “Page Moderation“. This feature allows you to pick how to block comments or posts that contain certain phrases or keywords. For instance, if someone is constantly harassing your page, you can choose a frequently used key word to help you moderate comments. These posts will now be blocked automatically. You can also set a filter on adult language using “Profanity Filter” settings underneath Page Moderation.
E. Step Five
You can decide to allow or disallow comment replies on your page. It’s best if you do allow replies to comments on your page. This gets people talking about your content and sharing different media.
Once you set up your privacy settings, you can always go back and make changes later. The best option for getting the most views and likes is to keep your page completely open. However if your business is targeted by malicious commentators, then you have these settings to fix the problem.