Facebook has been rolling out the new Pages Experience for a while now. If your page has been recently converted or you want to convert it into the new Page experience, you might be wondering how the old or classic pages differ from the new Page experience. Let’s find out the answer in the post where we compare the new Page experience and classic Facebook pages.
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What Is New Pages Experience on Facebook
The new Page experience on Facebook, as the name suggests, is a new experience for Facebook pages. Basically, with this update, you will get a new layout for your page, a separate newsfeed just for the page, the ability to switch between page and profile, and some changes to admin roles.
This update essentially affects the backend, and it will only be visible to the admins and other people who manage the page. It doesn’t have any major impact on the users who follow your page.
In the new Page experience, the major change is that pages now look and feel like Facebook profiles. For instance, you can follow other pages and even profiles. You have to switch to a page before you can manage it. Similarly, the notifications and messages show up at the top.
Let’s check in detail how the classic page differs from the new Page experience on Facebook.
Differences Between Classic and New Pages Experience on Facebook
For starters, the new Page experience offers a redesigned page layout and experience that’s cleaner and much more intuitive. All important features get utmost respect as opposed to the classic view where everything appeared muddled up.
The new layout is similar to personal profiles. So, you will easily know where to find something related to your page. For instance, notifications and messages are at the top.
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Manage Profile and Page Separately
One of the major differences between the classic and new Page experience is the ability to manage profiles and pages separately. Earlier, all you had to do was open the page from your account and you could manage it. Now, you will need to switch to the page if you want to manage it. Simply opening the page will not give you admin or any other rights.
To switch to the page from your profile, click or tap on your profile picture in the top-right corner. Then, select the page that you want to use. Once logged in as a page, you will see your page feed (more on that below) and be able to manage the page. That is, change the page settings, post something on your page, interact with other pages, and much more.
Note: If you created a group using your page, you must switch to the page in order to manage the group.
Page feed is another major difference between the old and new pages. Up until now, only personal profiles had the feed. Now, even pages get a dedicated feed that is separate from your personal feed. And each page that you manage has its own separate feed. This wasn’t available in the classic or the old version of pages.
If you are wondering what will show up in the feed, the answer is quite simple. Basically, Facebook lets you follow other pages or even user profiles as a page. So, posts from the pages or profiles that you follow will show up in your feed. Any page that you followed as a classic page will also show up in the feed.
It’s similar to how you follow a person or a page from your profile. The only difference is that you will be doing this as a page or with your page’s name instead of your own personal profile.
You can like or comment on other pages or profiles as a page. Please note that the feed will be visible to other admins who manage the page.
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Facebook Page Roles
Now, in the new Page experience, you get two main roles: People with Facebook access and People with task access.
Users whom you grant Facebook access have almost all the rights as that of an admin. You can give them partial or full control. They have to manage the page from Facebook.
On the contrary, people with task access have to manage the Facebook Page from other Facebook management tools, such as Meta Business Suite, Ads Manager, Creator Studio, or Business Manager.
Likes and Followers
In the classic pages, people could like or follow your page. Anyone who liked the page would automatically follow it. But a user could unfollow the page without unliking it if they didn’t want its posts to show up on their feed.
With the new Page experience, users can only follow the page. The like button has been removed. Moreover, if a user only liked your page but didn’t follow it, these likes would not transition to the new Page experience. Only the users who liked and followed your page would be considered in the follower count of your page.
In the new Page experience, a lot of importance is given to the Following list of a page, which consists of pages or profiles that a page follows. The Following list of a page is public. Anyone who visits the page will see the Following count right next to the Followers count at the top of the page.
Furthermore, as mentioned earlier, you can basically comment and like on other pages or profile if you follow them. This offers an advantage that your reach will increase as others will see your comments published from the page.
In the new Page experience, you will receive notifications when you are using the page as a page and even within your personal profile provided you allowed Facebook to send notifications to your profile.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What happens when you switch to the new Page Experience on Facebook?
When you switch to the new Page experience, all of your page’s content like posts, photos, videos, groups, etc., will automatically show up in the new Page experience. You will also get a dedicated feed.
2. Can you switch back to the classic view?
Yes, you can switch back to the classic page from the new Page experience. However, any post that you have made on the new Page experience will not show up on the classic page.
3. How to know if a page is having a new Page experience?
As a user, look for the like button. If you find the Like button on a page, it’s still in the classic mode. As an admin, check the profile picture. If the page’s picture shows in the top-right or bottom-left corner (iPhone), then you are using the new Page experience.
Experience Facebook in a New Way
That was all about the differences between the classic and new Page experience on Facebook. Apart from that, if you want to experience Facebook in a new way, you can try a couple of things. For instance, learn how to create a QR code for Facebook page. Also, know how to change Facebook profile name.