Monday, September 1, 2008

How to Make and Grab a Button

I am not an expert by any means. What I can do here is tell you how I have learned to do things. I'm sure there are other ways and even better ways, and if so, please feel free to share by leaving a comment. My experience is with blogger, although I imagine the other blogging sites are similar. These directions are meant for blogger.  


To grab a button:

  • copy the html code from the button you want
  • open your blogger account and choose "layout"
  • click "add a gadget"
  • choose "html" and you'll get a blank box
  • paste the code you have copied in the box
  • click save
That's it! The new button should be on your blog. Go ahead, give it a try with ours. :-) To make your own button:
  • to actually make your own button, you'll need a photo program like Adobe
  • a standard square button size is 125 x 125, so when you open a new document, set the canvas size to 125 x 125 pixels
  • put your images and text on the button
  • save as a gif (jpeg is generally used for photos, but will work & some sites will ask for it specifically)
  • save your image on a website like www.photobucket.com
To put a "grab our button" on your blog:
  • go to this “Grab My Button” code generator and copy the code (It makes it so easy!)
  • open your blogger account and choose "layout"
  • click "add a gadget"
  • choose "html" and you'll get a blank box
  • paste the code you have copied in the box
  • click save
Good luck! (Note- I used to give the code here, but the code generator makes it much easier.)




This is from Eryn on how to adjust for Wordpress . . .  (Thanks!)



For wordpress users, just go to your widget page (under design), and select a "text" widget, click edit, paste it in (with your own info), save, voila!

**If you have a question, please e-mail me at info[at]mommysidea[dot]com.  I didn’t even realize there were so many wonderful comments until I checked back recently!  Sorry to those I missed!

161 comments:

samsmom said...

That's great to know! Thanks for sharing :)

Lilith Silvermane said...

I was wondering if you could help! I need to know how to post my button for people to grab! I have a great one made for me and I can't figure out how to put it on my page for someone to grab the information :(

Thanks!

MomIz said...

Hi

Momiz here. I want to make my own button too - thanks for the tip - but could you tell me how to get the nice mommy pics like the ones on your buttons?

Thanks
MomIz
http://momstoupdate.blogspot.com/

Erin Tales said...

Awesome! I've been wanting to do this! It's fate I came upon your blog. I added your button. And... visit me to see how I did!

http://mybrutesquad.blogspot.com/

Erin Tales said...

Awww- thanks for visiting me! I also made one fo rmy other blog. And i told my sister and husband I'd make one for each of them. I'm addicted. My next project is to make my own header and template. LOL. One thing at a time!

Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby said...

Thanks, Dee! It worked like a charm!!

Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby said...

Thanks, Dee! Worked like a charm!!
Jen

Lilith Silvermane said...

THANK YOU so much! I've been fighting with that one for months!

You are a life saver!!!

"Cents"able Momma said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I was wondering how to do it, since I saw it on lots of other blogs. You made it really easy. I couldn't figure it out on other sites.

Christina said...

Just wanted to thank you for this post! I just created my own "grab my button". I'm excited. Thanks again!
Christina
The Nifty Thrifty Homemaker

Whimsical Creations said...

I just wanted to say thank you for this info!

zoe hunter said...

Thanks so much for posting this. I just made my first button!!! Thanks again..Zoe

Ms. E said...

Thanks a million for showing me how to make a grabbable button for my blog. I searched high and low....even went to the help group....and either things were explained in a very complicated way (like I'm a computer genius) or there was no information whatsoever. I love my new button.....thank you!

Eryn at HomeSchooledYear.com said...

Thanks for this! You've made it super easy.

For wordpress users, just go to your widget page (under design), and select a "text" widget, click edit, paste it in (with your own info), save, voila!

fidget said...

THANK YOU!! Ive been tearing my hair out trying to do this and you made it easy peasy. I add your button to my links page in appreciation

ARCHITECT said...

thank you this is easy.. finally i understood how to do it.!
sweet..pretty..naughty
Memory Filled
Sweety tots

Tonya said...

Thank you so much for posting this info!! I have been trying to figure out how to do this forever!

Krisi and Adam said...

Thanks so much. You can check out my blog and my new button!

http://krisis-kards.blogspot.com

Julia said...

AWESOME!!! Thanks for your code.

janetfaye said...

Thank you very much!

I just did this and it worked for me.

gahome2mom said...

Thanks for the tip about Photobucket. :) Grammy Janet told us about your tip.

Nicole said...

Thank you! That worked great!

Nicole said...

I blogged about this on my site.
http://momsavesmoney.blogspot.com/2009/01/grab-my-new-button.html

Emilee Grace Co. said...

Oh my goodness - thank you SO MUCH for this!!!!!!!! I have been looking for this tut for awhile. It worked perfectly. :)

:) said...

Thanks a billion blisterring bernacles!!

I needed this info and was searching like a Police Dog ... at last I found it ... thanks for it ...

Love You loads!

Jessica said...

Thanks for posting this!!! I tried three other sites and your code was the only one that actually worked. Yay!!!!!!!

The Queen said...

OMG...THE QUEEN tips her crown to you. I have been trying to figure this out like for EVAH! I kept missing the step of putting the image in because no other code showed that..

THANK YOU.. THANK YOU.. THANK YOU..

you will be getting credit on my blog.. and you will make the

TWISTED BLOGGIE NEWS..

Tart Deco said...

I was racking my brain to figure this out and now it works like a charm! You're the best!

lsheldon5 said...

Thanks so much for sharing. I made my own button, but couldn't figure out how to share it. It's at http://lisasfreestuff.blogspot.com/

I put your button on my sidebar. I couldn't have done it without you.

Clenece said...

sweet. Thanks for the tips!!

Whitney Child0fGod said...

ya know i never knew how to get the little html box below my button!!!! thank you so much! i'm glad i stumbled upon your blog!

http://howdeeplyineedyou.blogspot.com
http://grabmybutton.blogspot.com

whitney

julie said...

Thank you SO much for this info! The other sites I found when searching for it were not nearly as easy to understand as this. Thank you, thank you! Now I just need to grow a brain with better design ideas... ;)

The Hip Hippo said...

thank you so much for your tutorial on grab buttons! i finally made my own! yay!

Faith said...
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Faith said...

I'm still confused as to changing the URL etc for my own button
Please take a look at http://informative1.blogspot.com/
The button that I have there I want to add the picture that I have of the baby praying in a man's hands that are also praying. Once I have done that, how do I make the box that has the code for my followers to grab under my button like yours?
Thanks,
Faith

Lori E said...

I'm sorry but I must be a complete moron. I cannot figure this one out. I have done tons of stuff on my blog but when I try this it doesn't come out correctly. I am using Picasa for the photo link. I have replace the urls with my own. I have inserted the photo link info where I thought it should go but it comes out as html on my page with two symbols where the button should be. The bottom part where you get the html code looks okay. Any ideas?

Jo Brielyn said...

Thanks for the great and easy-to-follow instructions. I've been trying to figure out how to add a button other people could grab. This worked perfectly!

Where did you find the high quality pictures used in your buttons? I'd like to make mine look more professional.

Thanks!
Jo
http://creativeparentingtips.blogspot.com/

Coupon Clippin' Mommy said...

Thanks so much I was going to try and figure this out on my own.

chrissred said...

thanks for this! I'll be working on that now, this is great help!

I found your link on google, btw, when I keyed in " how to create a grab my button"... and there you were, on # 1!

Way to go,and thanks for the simple instructions too! ^_^

BeachILike said...

Thanks a bunch for doing this, I love it. I do my own blog telling people about grab a button with your teaching.

Give you credit :) Hope you like it.

My Grab a Button

T. said...

I think I actually managed to make a really basic button...although when I reformatted it to a gif it went all yucky and pixelated...so I left it as a jpeg...any thoughts on how to fix this maybe? And ty for the great ideas on this blog! I am gonna add myself as a follower which will post your site on mine so others can check out how to make them too! Thanks and happy blogging!
http://mypersonalcafe.blogspot.com/
T.

kasandria said...

I just wanted to tell you THANK YOU for this. I have been looking for the code. :) Enjoyed looking at your blog and clicked some links for you.
Kas
http://southernbellaswaystosave.blogspot.com/

TheOldPostRoad said...

I did it! I did it! I feel so very computer savvy! Thank you for the easy steps!!!

Little Ladybugs said...

Thanks for the tips.. btw I grabbed your buttons and signed up for your feed. Looking forward to more great tips:) Have a wonderful day!!

Naddez said...

Thanks for sharing the information on how to make a button. I'm in the process of making one for my site. I placed both of your buttons on my blog!

Naddez said...

My teen daughter just helped me posted my button, and I'm elated!! When you have a chance come take a look @ http://naddezsgoodycorner.blogspot.com/

Jessica said...

thank you so much. Your tutorial is quick and easy.

Jessica
www.southeasttexasdealseeker.blogspot.com

bluecottonmemory said...

When I do this I get 2 pictures, not html to grab for the reader to return to their site with. Any suggestions? I'm with wordpress, but that shouldn't be the issues, should it?
Thanks for the info. to get me started:)

WackyMummy said...

I followed your advice (Thanks!!!) and got far enough to post a link button, but I can't get the image to come through. Your info was the best so far, though. Thanks. =)

Connie said...

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this post!

{ Mom of 3 Dolls } said...

Thank you for sharing your grab button. It's easy to understand but...When I post it the pix is enormous but the grab area is okay! I don't know what I'm doing wrong?

AshKuku said...

Thank You!!!!
I had done this once before & forgot. All I had to do was just review this post. It was such a help. I succeeded in creating my own & PROUD of it tooooo.
God Bless..........
Ash.......

SavingsWithSadie said...

Thank You for the button information. I have been wanting to do this for months. I did have a little trouble getting started but it was all me. I use blogger and Picasa. Picasa gives you two choices of links and I was not sure which one to use. I also selected image only so it would not link me back to Picasa.

You mentioned creating a template and header. If I can do it any one can. I did not know a thing and it has taken me months to figure it out but it is coming along decently. Thanks again for the tip.

I'm a full-time mummy... said...

Thanks a lot for the instructions! :)

(http://imafulltimemummy.blogspot.com)

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

I did it! Hurrah! Thanks so much for the awesome instructions!

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Thank you for these instructions!

Buttons and Bows said...

I searched and searched for a way to make a button!

I then asked Lynn from Midday Escapades and she referred me to you.

Thank you for the instructions that were so easy to follow.

You are the BOMB!
Please stop by and see my very unprofessional button that is place on my blog, thanks to you and Lynn.

Rebecca

All Things Beartiful said...

Thank you it worked beautifully! http://gingerstockwell.blogspot.com

Miss Eve said...

A big juicy kiss for you for this "grab my button tutorial"...:-)

Frugalistic Mama said...

Thanx so much for your help on this I have been wanting one for so long just never knew for sure how to get it.

MissLita said...

thank you so much for this code! check out my buttons at:
RootsMamas.blospot.com
"An urban mama's guide to natural pregnancy, childbirth, child care & assistance programs."

Elle said...

I had to join StumbleUpon finally just so I could thumb this post up. Really helpful information and super easy to follow the steps. I have my own grabby button now! So excited!

http://ellesbeads.blogspot.com

jan ~ tomatobaby said...

Thank you for very clear and concise directions! I'll be giving you the kudos in my "update post" relating to revamping/renewing ... giving my blog a shot of botox :oD Thanks again ~j.

"grab a tomato...baby" button looks great!

tomatobabyblog.com

Andrea said...

Thanks for sharing!!

Prairiemaid said...

Mrs.4444 (Half Past Kissing Time) sent me. It took a couple of tries, but I did it.

If you want to take a look, just stop by.

Thanks for the great information.

MelissaAggie98 said...

You totally ROCK!!! Thanks so much for your VERY easy guide...it worked on the very first try!

Cupcake said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Myrle Photography said...

I cannot thank you enough!!! You saved my head from exploding!!! I have been searching through crappy tutorial after crappy tutorial and YOU were the ONLY one who showed how to make the text part!!! THANKYOU THANK YOU!!!!!

Amber said...

Thank you so much!!! I've been trying to get this to work right for weeks. Now I can! :)

MageeMommy said...

yahooo!!! I've been trying to find code to be able to do this for a couple months. Thank you so much! It's actually working! thankyou!

PS~Erin said...

Just did a google search for how to add a "grab my button" button and came across your lovely blog. Thanks so much!

Teresa said...

Thank you so much! I have added a link to this site, Society of Socialpreneurs Message Board

Kerri said...

Thanks!!! I've tried this before from other sites and was never successful!! Thanks for helping me finally do it!

~Katey~ said...

Thank you, I've been trying to do this for 2 days!

Amanda Stephan said...

What a marvelous blog! Thank you for your fantastic tutorial ~ very kind of you!
Amanda
http://www.thepriceoftrust.com

Phiphi said...

Thank you so much for sharing this..I just did mine and it's working:)

Foxxfire said...

Thank you so much! I've been wondering how to do this for quite some time now. All I did was put my button up on my blog. Now, thanks to you, I can have other people grab my button!

I'm putting yours up on my "blogs I love page!" Come take a look and see how well I did with your instructions! :)

Hugs,

Erica

Ann said...

Thanks SO much! Worked like a charm!

Katie P said...

Worked great, thanks so much!

Katie P
http://foodwineandmodpodge.blogspot.com/

Bethani said...

everything works great but i cant get the picture to show up? there is a link with an image icon but not the actual picture...tips? thanks SOOO much for posting this!

http://journeytolaughcrylearn.blogspot.com/

Bethani said...

wooooo got it =D thank you!!

K.G. said...

Thank you so much. I tried so many other directions and failed horribly. Yours were wonderful. I am brand new at this blogging stuff and you really helped me.

Check it out here:
http://readingreadingandlife.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

After hours of searching I found this page. Thank You!

cynowlin said...

Thank you so much for this information. You directions made it so easy Check it out

http://you2cansave.blogspot.com/

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi. I just found your blog the other day and am thrilled that I did. You've got so many great things going on. I also want to thank you because of your tutorial I finally made my very first blog button.
You can see it here: http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com/

I also posted about your tutorial. Thank you so much. After one whole year of blogging I now can make a blog button too. Admittedly, this is not my best yet as I didn't have time to come up with a better picture.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Dearheart Designs said...

Thanks so much for giving these directions! You helped me out so much!

Kimberly
http://dearheartdesigns.blogspot.com

Janina said...

I have search, and attempted to add a button on my page for a while now. Finally "Mommy's Idea" worked! Thank you so much!!

Doreen said...
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Doreen said...

Thanks for your help! Yah, I did it! :) I had googled how to have people grab a button and viola, found you! :)http://treasuredreviews.blogspot.com/

Navy_Frugalista said...

THANK U!!! I was sitting here getting frustrauted from other sites on how to do this and wah lah...you had all the info here!! THANKS for that!!

Ewa said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! At last thanks to your tutorial how to make Grab Button -I made mine: www.blueberrycraftandhobbytime.blogspot.com ;Every other tutorials I tried didn't work,I added your button to my page and I will be following your blog, thanks for sharing :)

Cheryl Gaffney said...

I figured it out!! Thanks for the info!! - Cheryl

Hiedra said...

It work!!!
Thousans of thank you!!! I did it!!!
Big, big hugs from Barcelona!!!

Nancy Dee said...

Thank you so much. It worked perfectly and now I have my own grab button on my discount finding blog

www.bestsellinggifts.net

I actually spent 4 hours last night trying to follow another person's directions which didn't work - then I found your site and I did it quickly. Thanks.

Heather Pranitis said...

Thank you so very much! How do you make your button smaller or rather make the "grab me" smaller (with the slide bar)...???! Anyone's assistance would be greatly appreciated.
www.heatherpranitis.blogspot.com

Abbey said...

Thank you!!!!!!

Dave said...

Thanks for this. I am a total Muppet when it comes to anything remotely technical. Cool stuff.

Vivian said...

thanks so much for the help! it worked like a charm! great blog btw!

Multi Blogging said...

Very interesting... I will do this on my blog... thank you for sharing

dj56v said...

THANKS so much for a great tutorial for grabbing a button and how to get it onto blogger. I didn't think it would work, but your directions were right on the nose, and now my button with the code is on my Christmas page. YEA!!

Thanks again!
Dorothy

Nicey Mommy said...

great help! thanks for posting this.

Seedplanter Designs said...

Thank you so much. I tried and couldn't get it right and found your instructions through Google. Perfect! Now my fine art photography button is sitting on my blog. You're the best!

Erica G said...

Thank you sooo much! I found a couple different websites with instructions about how to put a button in, but yours was by far the easiest to follow!

whatsanitasdeal said...

thank you so much for the tutorial on how to make a button. i am a newbie blogger, come by and say hi! need some comment love

whatsanitasdeal said...

thank you so much for the tutorial on how to make a button. i am a newbie blogger, come by and say hi! need some comment love

Dena said...

Thanks for this. Great post, finally after spending time searching how to do this I found your easy example!

Cash Is Chaos said...

Thank you so much, I spent quite awhile trying to figure this out, I try to keep up technologically, but for some reason I could not figure this out. I appreciate your simple instructions. Thank you.

Cute and Sassy Designs by Bonnie said...

Thank you so much!! It worked! Yay ... I tried so many times .. and now it works.. yay. I will share in my blog cutesassy.com

BeaderBubbe said...

Thanks for the tutorial...think I got it...

Branson said...

Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

Kandy said...

Thank you so very much for sharing this info!!!!

Manda said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'd been trying ti find this info for ages! :)

Svea ~Muse in the Fog said...

Thank you sooooo much! I have been having trouble with this for so long. Have a great day :)

The Hockey Wife said...

Thanks for the help with the blog button grab tutorial! So easy to follow your clear directions. Thank you!! GReat site!!!

Stephanie said...

OMG, thank you soo very much. I finally put my first bloggy button on my blog, thanks!!!!

lovinangels said...

You are totally amazing. Thanks for posting this.

Amazing

families are forever said...

Thank-you! Many blogs told how to create a button, but I just needed to grab one! Thanks!

Katie said...

Thanks! It worked!

Lisa @ One Prim Chick said...

Thanks so much for your easy instructions! Worked like a charm! Lisa @ One Prim Chick
http://oneprimchick.blogspot.com/

MrsGsines said...

can u help me please how do u grab abtton that dont have a code??
email me
ginger.miller77@yahoo.com

Melissa_Loves_Broccoli said...

life saver! thanks so much

Peekadot said...

This is the most simply explained way of making and grabbing a button for my blog to me...so thanks a lot for this. I wonder how easy it would be for one to do a header design for a blog.

Thanks

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Mindy said...

THANK YOU!!!!

My anxious life said...

Thank you! This is a big help and easy steps!

kris10na ☮♥☺ said...

Thanks so much. This is the easiest way I've found in the web.

More power :)

Jessica said...

Thanks for taking the time and explaining how to add a button. You made it extremely easy to follow as I'm new to blogging and I have just started my page... Please follow http://mylittlelearningcenter.blogspot.com/

Sandra's Fiberworks said...

THANK YOU for this step by step instruction. I did my button! I also just tried to explain it as well as you did on my own blog, but couldn't, so instead pasted your Url -- which means you'll hopefully be getting some new traffic! Hope that's ok!

THanks so much again,

Sandra

my crafting creations said...

This is a great informational post. I have posted this link to my blog. Thanks for sharing.

Kim
http://mycraftingcreations.com

Janet said...

Wow awesome tip thanks for the info I need to tey this. Thanks for passing it along fo us not too savy computer folks.

@AMotherhoodBlog said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial! I finally figured it out :) I grabbed your button for my blog too :)

Mutuelle sante said...

Thanks a ton it is a great guide, now to make and grab a button is easy by using your guidance. Thanks

Adalita said...

thanks for this it was a great help!

Janice said...

Thank you!!!

nuniek said...

I thought you're talking about the real button ha..ha ^^

StyleMeClassy said...

Yay! that was easy. Found u by googling "how to grab a button" and u are on the top list.
I also grab your button and saved it on my blog www.stylemeclassy.blogspot.com

~Lesley @ Australia~

Ashley Sloan said...

Thanks so much! This was very helpful and much appreciated! :)

Ashley Sloan

Gina said...

I've been trying to add a blog button to my page for a couple days. Your web site is the only correct advice I found, and now I have my own button! Thank you so much!

Diane M said...

Thank you for explaining the button thing, but My other question is
How do you get your logo on your pictures. I see a lot of people doing it and don't now how.Any help would be greatly appreciated.

http://candoitmom.blogspot.com/

Bethany said...

Worked perfectly! Thanks for the easy code!

-Bethany
Learning is a Journey
live. laugh. love.

Marissa Gadsden said...

Thank You!!!!!!

Him and Her said...

I've been fighting this forever, I couldn't find any that worked! This did though, thank you!

bmoyers said...

Thank you..thank you..thank you! I've been trying various tutorials without any luck for almost a week now. A few minutes on your site and I finall made my own button for the first time! I gave you a shout out on my blog!

BlogWithMom said...

Thanks so much for this post! I finally figured it out!! Check out my "grab my button" at www.BlogWithMom.com.

Bobbie Anne

MissL said...

Thank you so much for the help! Yours was the 3rd set of instructions that I read before I actually got it to work right.
http://preschoolteacher81.blogspot.com

GilbertandGomez said...

Thanks so much Mommy! I was all excited when it worked! You are the best Mommy ever!
Please stop by our blog so you can see our new knowledge working!
http://gilbertandgomez.blogspot.com/
Thanks again :)

Angela said...

Thank you so much! I have been trying to figure out how to make the "Grab my button" copy/paste box! This helped greatly!

Mrs. Lopac Teaches...

Danielle said...

Thanks so much for this! I've been going crazy trying to figure it out, lol

~Rachel~ said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I now have a button on my blog: realitycouponinginrochester.blogspot.com

Tricia said...

Thanks for this! I had to adjust the width of the textbox for my sidebar but I figured that out pretty easily.

Beth said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! It worked great!
www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com

seny said...

Thank you! really helpful..I just grab your button :-) http://trendy-mommy.blogspot.com/

Lesley said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU~!!!!!!!!!! I have made several attempts to make a blog button in the past and given up. Found you this morning and OMG!!! OMG!!! Was able to launch my button!!!! So grateful. Really really grateful for your help!!! :) :) :) Can you tell I am excited??? LOL

Laura Cavanaugh said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I'm new to blogging and am trying to figure out this technical stuff and this how-to was written in a language I could understand finally! I put your button on my blog!

Mom Blogger said...

Thanks for the easy to understand and easy to do instructions!

Leah at YourDimeYourTime.com said...

This is awesome-thank you SO much!! Never thought I would be able to figure it out, but I DID!! I used a flickr image, and it worked like a charm. :)

Tiffany@Fizzy Party! said...

Great tutorial. Thank you soo much. I just did and it worked great. You've had other great tutorials that I've followed. New fan!

Gussie Schmitz said...

thank you for making that so easy to follow!!

Gina said...

Thanks so much for the instructions! So easy to follow!

Stacey Hatton said...

I LOVE YOU!! I have been trying for a day to fix my little bugger and with one click to the generator, it is up and gorgeous!! Thanks so much!!

Giveaway Junkie said...

Thank you so much for the simple guide. It was very easy to follow.