ShortStack – Ultimate Facebook Customization

ShortStack is a robust Facebook application designer that allows you to customize your pages in just about every way imaginable.


I created a simple sweepstakes form for our PlasticFreeSeattle page, starting with a pre-built template. It was very easy to change the theme, organize elements, and customize options. I was very impressed with how deep the options go, you really can build anything with this thing. One neat built in feature is fan gating, which requires someone to like your page before they can interact with the application content.

Design mode offers external service integration via simple widgets for Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, RSS, SoundCloud, Flickr, Foursquare, Mailchimp, Google Maps, and Google Analytics. Plus there seem to be a lot of options to insert your own code (Flash, CSS, Javascript, and embedded iframes), so you could certainly link up even more things if you are clever.


For a monthly fee, you can add database storage, and even more customization options. In our contest, someone enters by submitting their name and email address, and that form input is then emailed to us. This is ok for our contest since we won’t have thousands of entries and it will be easy to sort through all the responses. In a bigger campaign this would be a nightmare; having the database storage option enables all kinds of validation and aggregation functionality that you don’t get in the free version.


However, the free version has plenty of features available to pilot your project before deciding to upgrade (if you even need to).

Check out ShortStack, and then enter our contest for a chance to win your own reusable water bottle!


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