If you are a graphic or web designer like me chances are you customize Facebook pages using the powerful Thunderpenny Static HTML app. If you've been using this app to embed web pages in tabs, also like me, you've suddenly got a very big problem on your hands. See Figure 1 below:
As the notice above states, this app now requires (thanks to Facebook) the websites you are embedding to be certified secure, or start with https:// rather than the basic http://.
After scouring the internet to figure out how to make a website secure with https:// I discovered that you need to certify your domain with SSL. No idea what that means, but my registrar GoDaddy does a pretty good job explaining what the certification includes and how to add it to your website. But this is an added cost and bunch of coding that is totally unnecessary for the majority of websites.
Additional problems: if you don't actually own or manage the website you are trying to embed, and it is not secure or https:// by default, there's not really much you can do since it is the website owner's responsibility to add this type of certification if they so choose. For the record, I've tried other apps as well and the same problem persists with embedding on Facebook, so I'm assuming this is a Facebook-wide issue as a result of policy updates and not at all Thunderpenny's fault.
WHAT TO DO?
While this issue is just beginning to surface on Facebook apps' customer feedback pages, and there is no current solution offered by any Facebook app creators, I figured it would be great if I could link Facebook tabs to external websites rather than trying to embed them. My reasoning for this was: much better to have a customer actually see the content you are referring to in the tab title rather than have them stare at a blank or broken page.
So as it turns out, Facebook does allow some apps the ability to link to an external website. One such app (and the one I've chosen to use) is Static IFrame Tab by Woobox.
Just like Thunderpenny, it allows website embedding (experiencing the same https issues) but with one important feature that makes it better for users right now: it allows you to link externally to websites. See Figure 2 below:
Note that under the "Page Source" area of the settings panel, you can select "Redirect". This app also has fan-gating options (for a fee) and the ability to add multiple tabs (free) so it stands up pretty good to the almighty Thunderpenny if you ask me. To find the multiple tabs option: click cancel on the initial page authorization screen, you will be directed to a page offering 2nd, 3rd, 4th(...) tabs for the pages you've already added the 1st tab to.
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