In many ways, Facebook has become bigger and more powerful than Google. And one of the best ways for you to take advantage of all that traffic is to make your own Facebook applications. If you’re wondering how to make a Facebook app, this article will guide you on your way.
Warning: There’s not enough space in this article to cover the whole process, but you should get an idea about what to do and how to do it.
First of all, you should get a Facebook account and at least five friends. You can make your app without it, but you cannot submit it to the application directory, before you have at least that amount of friends.
With that out of the way, you’re ready to create your first application. You need to host the script files yourself on a webserver. And you can create it using PHP, ASP, or any scripting language you’re used to.
You need to download and install the Facebook application libraries to your webserver. At the moment, you can find the package here as well as some example files, which will make it easier for you to create your own app: http://github.com/facebook/php-sdk/
When you’ve finished the script for your app, you should log into Facebook and create it there. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and find Developers.
You’ll need to fill in the forms with the name and description of your app as well as the URL to the folder, where you’ve put the script. You should also upload some pictures to use for the app’s icon and logo.
You’ll get a piece of code to insert in your script that leads to the Facebook libraries, which you should also upload to your server.
Choose the app URL for your application. Just like any other Internet address, you cannot use spaces, but use an abbreviation of your app name instead.
Test your app, and when it’s working like you want it to, you can submit it and make it possible for everybody to get the app. Who knows, you might have the next hot app like Farmville or Texas Hold’Em Poker.