Monday, September 12, 2011

How to change Facebook theme

The days of MySpace are over, and with it goes the customization of one’s profile. It’s not a surprise why Facebook does not allow users to customize their profile with themes, graphics, gif’s and other visual effects. The horror stories of MySpace profiles gone wrong reach to the sky and I’m sure that the last thing Facebook wants to happen is someone getting an epileptic shock when they visit someone’s profile.
That said, there are some hacks to get around this “annoyance.” Just like the unofficial Dislike button (Firefox plugin), there are unofficial themes available. However, there is a catch to these themes. Since Facebook does not allow you to modify the CSS or HTML of your profile page, it means that whatever customization’s you make to your profile with these  skins will only be visible to you and no one else.
Probably not the answer you wanted to hear, but it is better than nothing at all. In order to get the themes to work, you will have to use a browser plugin. Most skin websites support Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. That being said, the vast majority of the themes follow the idea of MySpace themes. I have listed a few of the sites below.
fbSKins: One of the premier Facebook skin websites, this site carries over 50,000 skins. Best of all, unlike other skin websites which require that you install crapware such as toolbars and the likes, all you have to do is install the plugin and the skins will work.
pageRage: Another website offering free Facebook skins, Page Rage also allows you to create your own skins. They offer premium memberships as well, though I highly doubt that such an option would be of interest to most individuals.
Just remember that whatever theme or skin you decide to use, will only be visible by you. So in the end, it defeats the purpose but for those who are still stuck in the MySpace era, this is for you like chips are to a recovering smoker. Enjoy.


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