What will happen to our Facebook Pages after Oct 1st ?

by zoro
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I've heard that from Oct 1st Facebook will require that all Facebook Pages are using SSL ... HTTPS for hosting of our pages.

My own hosting account dose not have SSL, so what can I do? I don't really want to go through all the setup hassels associated with getting and setting up a new hosting provider.

What will happen to our exsisting Facebook Pages.?

Does anyone have info from Facebook re this?
#1st #facebook #happen #oct #pages
  • Profile picture of the author dancorkill
    It will display a security error or facebook will not display the content if you are framing another webpage (is my understanding).

    Good opportunity for someone to jump on re providing hosted facebook pages.
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    • Profile picture of the author zoro
      Originally Posted by dancorkill View Post

      It will display a security error or facebook will not display the content if you are framing another webpage (is my understanding).

      Good opportunity for someone to jump on re providing hosted facebook pages.
      dancorkill
      So all mine and my clients Facebook Pages will no longer display, are you sure this is correct? If so this is a big pain in the A...

      And Yes, I agree there would be an opportunity here with assist for facebook pages hosting.
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      • Profile picture of the author Visin
        Sorry this is incorrect! I have been a Facebook developer for over 2 years now and what they are changing to is SSL canvas and page tab apps. Your Facebook 'fan pages' should not require SSL as they are hosted on Facebook.

        I hope I clarified that well enough, but if you think I am not understanding the issue, just let me know. Thanks!
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        • Profile picture of the author zoro
          Originally Posted by Visin View Post

          Sorry this is incorrect! I have been a Facebook developer for over 2 years now and what they are changing to is SSL canvas and page tab apps. Your Facebook 'fan pages' should not require SSL as they are hosted on Facebook.

          I hope I clarified that well enough, but if you think I am not understanding the issue, just let me know. Thanks!
          Thanks Visin:
          Perhaps I should have may my comment a bit clearer. What I was refering to is my hosted html and Wordpress pages as iframe on a Facebook page.
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          • Profile picture of the author Visin
            Oh, I see! Yeah that most likely will require SSL for iframed based page apps. If you were using the Static FBML it should not require it, but I could be wrong!

            Sorry for the confusion, just trying to help!
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            • Profile picture of the author mint24
              It surprise me that facebook going to change this coming october and thanks for those reply that giving a relief that it wouldn't affect the fan pages! Thanks!
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            • Profile picture of the author DrPaul
              Originally Posted by Visin View Post

              Oh, I see! Yeah that most likely will require SSL for iframed based page apps. If you were using the Static FBML it should not require it, but I could be wrong!

              Sorry for the confusion, just trying to help!
              If you are using one of the most common apps 'Static HTML iFrame' or 'Static HTML Express' app tabs, you should be fine... the APP that creates those pages is hosted on an SSL platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author lisadan1
    Oh No! This news is really shocking to me since i am a great fb addictor.
    Please let me know what would happen after 1st October and how to overcome with the issue.Would it make changes to my fan club?
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  • Profile picture of the author LakiPolitis
    That's a terrible decision on Facebook's part, but then again.. it's Facebook. That's a nuisance.
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    • Profile picture of the author zoro
      Originally Posted by LakiPolitis View Post

      That's a terrible decision on Facebook's part, but then again.. it's Facebook. That's a nuisance.
      Yes, it's a pain in the Butt. I've only recently setup several pages for myself and my clients using a Wordpress FB Theme (Warrior WSO) and now I'm not sure what to do.
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      • Profile picture of the author qu4rk
        Originally Posted by zoro View Post

        Yes, it's a pain in the Butt. I've only recently setup several pages for myself and my clients using a Wordpress FB Theme (Warrior WSO) and now I'm not sure what to do.
        Which WSO is that?
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  • Profile picture of the author zoro
    This is really statring to freak me out. I have done a little research on buying SSL certificate and the prices are all over the place. Some ssl certs start at $10 and go right up tp $700 per year.
    On top of all that, one has to learn how to install all this crap on the sever, or ask my host provider to do it for a price.
    I have been using Wordpress for all mine and my clients Facebook pages. I have them all placed on one dedicated Domain with a Sub-Domain for each different business page.
    Somewhere I read that I need a "Wildcard SSL" so I checked out the pricing and found that they're much more expensive.
    Then I found an article that said that Shared SSL does not work good with Wordpress.
    HELP!!
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    • Profile picture of the author LakiPolitis
      Originally Posted by zoro View Post

      Somewhere I read that I need a "Wildcard SSL" so I checked out the pricing and found that they're much more expensive.
      Then I found an article that said that Shared SSL does not work good with Wordpress.
      HELP!!
      Realistically, you can get 1 domain with 1 ip address mapped to your SSL certificates. So that includes all the subdomains you want, and because they're on Facebook, you can easily stick all your stuff onto client1.myfbhosting.co*m, client2.myfbhosting, client3.myfbhosting, etc. applied innovations has some good pricing on SSLs. And they're really helpful: Windows Hosting, Windows VPS Hosting and Dedicated Servers
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    • Profile picture of the author SirThomas
      Originally Posted by zoro View Post

      I have been using Wordpress for all mine and my clients Facebook pages. I have them all placed on one dedicated Domain with a Sub-Domain for each different business page.

      HELP!!
      You might have to create separate page for each business instead of creating subdomains for everyone of them. in this case, all you need is ONE SSL cert for that domain where your fan pages are located.

      Thomas
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  • Profile picture of the author xTrav
    Banned
    Is this true???
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  • Profile picture of the author dancorkill
    There is going to be a ton of business owners/marketing people who don't know SSL needing help come October 1st! I think we pay $200 for our SSL from godaddy.

    Good opportunity to say hello to owners of pages and offer some help.
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  • Profile picture of the author kcfried
    If you guys are running any fan pages using WordPress - either with a theme or plugins, I recently wrote a free plugin to help you test your pages to make sure that they're completely secured.

    Basically, it'll check all the content on the page to make sure your css, scripts, images and forms are sourced via SSL. You can find it here:
    wordpress[dot]org/extend/plugins/wordpress-https-test/

    I'd also suggest loading up a great plugin, WordPress HTTPS - it works extremely well for using WordPress on shared SSL (yes, you CAN do it!) and for enforcing SSL for all your content on either shared or dedicated SSL. I've tested this on several dedicated and shared sites and it works beautifully.

    I also wrote a pretty extensive blog post on securing your site here:
    fanpageconnect[dot]com/2011/09/facebook-and-secure-fan-pages-what-you-need-to-know

    Hope that'll provide some good info for you!
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    • Profile picture of the author zoro
      Originally Posted by kcfried View Post

      If you guys are running any fan pages using WordPress - either with a theme or plugins, I recently wrote a free plugin to help you test your pages to make sure that they're completely secured.

      Basically, it'll check all the content on the page to make sure your css, scripts, images and forms are sourced via SSL. You can find it here:
      wordpress[dot]org/extend/plugins/wordpress-https-test/

      I'd also suggest loading up a great plugin, WordPress HTTPS - it works extremely well for using WordPress on shared SSL (yes, you CAN do it!) and for enforcing SSL for all your content on either shared or dedicated SSL. I've tested this on several dedicated and shared sites and it works beautifully.

      I also wrote a pretty extensive blog post on securing your site here:
      fanpageconnect[dot]com/2011/09/facebook-and-secure-fan-pages-what-you-need-to-know

      Hope that'll provide some good info for you!
      Thanks for the Tips. I liked your Fanpage and found some very good info there too. Keep up the great work.
      Looks like I might need to change my hosting co so I can get a shared SSL account. But, I'm **** scared of moving all my files and databases accross in case something goes wrong.
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      • Profile picture of the author kcfried
        Zoro, it's actually not hard to migrate a WordPress site, it just takes some caution and a little planning .

        I've done it a few times, so here's a real quick primer:
        1. First, you'd need to download your database from your phpMyAdmin console and save that on your system.
        2. FTP into your account and download the entire site.
        3. On your new host, create your site without using the instant site scripts. Also create a new mySQL database.
        4. In your backup files, edit the wp-config.php file and insert the new database address, user and password.
        5. In your new phpMyAdmin panel, import the database backup you downloaded from the old site.
        6. FTP in, upload your backed up site.
        7. Switch the DNS pointers on your domain name and hold your breath.
        In about 24-48 hours, you'll see if your site is set up correctly, and in most cases it will be. The only caveat is that if you have plugins that use file paths in the options, chances are you'll have to reconfigure those because they'll be using the old account's info.

        The important thing is to not cancel the old account until the new one is migrated. If you have problems, you can always point back to the old account.
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  • Profile picture of the author SirThomas
    or if you want to copy and move your wp site, you can use a WP plugin created by a fellow warrior Chad Wyatt. I won't placing a link to his WSO, but you can find him through the search feature.


    Thomas
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  • Profile picture of the author Jerry Williamson
    I just attended a webinar and bought a WSO by Shelle-K. Just search for her name and she is #1. she has a great step by step program that helps you understand SSL and how to avoid all of the confusion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Alexander
    I just came across these discussions on facebook: SSL Certificates - Oct 1st | Facebook

    Anyone else try his method? The guy Timothy Mensing seems to offer a free solution.
    I'm giving it a shot, but we'll see...
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  • Profile picture of the author sadiecopywriter
    Namecheap has a wildcard ssl for around $100 a year.
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    • Profile picture of the author ImmediateAction
      I secure my own WordPress Theme's Facebook page content using a very simple but Free service, and it took literally 5 to 10 minutes to set up.

      This method involves a Free service provided at Social-Server.com

      It is very easy to use - I wrote some instructions on how to use it in another thread here on the WF - just do a search on here on the WF for "Facebook Emergency Action" and you'll find it...

      I'm not affiliated with the free service, but I can say it really worked for me, and I'm sure for those that need to convert lots of Fanpage tab apps to secure, then this is going to be the quickest, easiest, and most cost effective way to do it.
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      • Profile picture of the author zoro
        Originally Posted by ImmediateAction View Post

        I secure my own WordPress Theme's Facebook page content using a very simple but Free service, and it took literally 5 to 10 minutes to set up.

        This method involves a Free service provided at Social-Server.com

        It is very easy to use - I wrote some instructions on how to use it in another thread here on the WF - just do a search on here on the WF for "Facebook Emergency Action" and you'll find it...

        I'm not affiliated with the free service, but I can say it really worked for me, and I'm sure for those that need to convert lots of Fanpage tab apps to secure, then this is going to be the quickest, easiest, and most cost effective way to do it.
        Hey! .. thanks for the great info. I'll give it a try.
        BTW ... I bought your WP Plugin awhile back and absolutly love it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ghrkhan
    This is october 1st, A bit change in facebook. But Its fine in the first look.
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  • Profile picture of the author Carl Fridsjö
    It's here, can someone confirm the exact changes? You can not have apps from websites that are not secure but linking images and stuff is still ok.. right?
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    • Profile picture of the author Heidi White
      All of my fan pages are still fine...

      Where exactly is the problem supposed to be again?
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      • Profile picture of the author zoro
        Originally Posted by Heidi White View Post

        All of my fan pages are still fine...

        Where exactly is the problem supposed to be again?
        Problem will be with any CUSTOM built HTML or WP pages on you fanpage. A popup will appear asking the user if they want to look at your Unsecured Pages.
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        • Profile picture of the author Richard Goldie
          Originally Posted by zoro View Post

          Problem will be with any CUSTOM built HTML or WP pages on you fanpage. A popup will appear asking the user if they want to look at your Unsecured Pages.
          Your sure?

          I don't think that is right. As far as I'm concered nothing has changed.

          I have changed a few pages over to secure webspace.

          But the ones I haven't are still working totally fine without secure webspace.
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          • Profile picture of the author zoro
            Originally Posted by Richard Goldie View Post

            Your sure?

            I don't think that is right. As far as I'm concered nothing has changed.

            I have changed a few pages over to secure webspace.

            But the ones I haven't are still working totally fine without secure webspace.
            Yes, you are quite right ... so far nothing has happend to my exsisting unsecured pages either, they're all working fine. But what I said ealier is what I read over on the Facebooks App Developers page.
            Who knows what's going on with Facebook. With all the changes lately it's becoming a real pain in the @!!#%$?.
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  • Profile picture of the author trafficguide
    I wonder if the "Anonymous" threat has anything to do with this?
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