Yesterday evening Facebook announced an update to their Developer App. As yet, it looks like those who’ve already registered a developer account and created apps will see the old interface. But for those who are looking to set up their first app, or those (like me) who need to explain to someone how to set up their first app whilst looking at a different interface, this is what it looks like:
The “About” section is the same as before, but instead of clicking “Facebook Integration” to enter your canvas settings, you’ll now need to navigate to “On Facebook”. For more details of what information to enter where, see my previous post on creating iframes for you Facebook page.
Changes to the Facebook Developer Interface
The major changes are:
The updated interface allows the addition of administrators, developers, testers and insights users from the Roles interface. You do not need to be “friends” with people to add them (a big bonus for those who create apps for their business through their personal profiles). The varying degrees of access to the app are:
- Administrator: has complete access to the application and all its settings
- Developer: can modify all technical settings and access Insights but cannot reset secret key, delete application, or add additional users
- Tester: can access the application in Sandbox mode but cannot modify the application
- Insights User: can access Insights but cannot modify the application
The new Developer App is built with a quicker load time, so editing and saving changes should happen more efficiently.
All sounds good – so hopefully existing developer accounts will be updated to the new interface soon so that I can try it out.