How to Create a Blog Button with a Grab Box



Hello Everyone,
Today I am going to show you how to create a Blog button with a grab box below. This tutorial should work on most blog platforms that allow you to add custom HTML widgets. You can place your widget either on your blog sidebar or footer. Personally, I like to have my blog button on my sidebar. I feel that it is easier to find that way. However, do what works best for you.

STEP 1: First off you are going to need an image with a size under 200x200px. You can have a larger one if you choose, however most people are more likely to use your button if it is on the smaller size. Ideally, the size of your button should be either 125x125px or 150x150px. I find that these sizes are the most commonly used. My blog button is 150x150px. Now you can create a blog button image using Photoshop, however personally I use PicMonkey. Once you have created your image, you are ready for the next step.

STEP 2: Next you will need to upload your image to a image hosting service like Picasa or Photobucket. Once you have successfully uploaded your image, you must get the image URL to use in the widget code.

Here is an example of what a Blog Button with a Grab Box Looks Like


I Heart Crafting


This is what it will look like when you select the text in the box and add the HTML code to your blog.

I Heart Crafting


STEP 3: Grab the button code below.
Here's the button code:

<!--grab button header --><div class="grab-button" style="width: 150px; margin: 0 auto;"><img src="http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg483/jasurprenant/For%20My%20Blog/6286bca2-3dd2-403f-9a9f-754884e13965_zps14b0ec36.jpg" alt="I Heart Crafting" width="150" height="150" /><!--end grab button header --><!-- button code box --><div style="margin: 0;padding: 0; border: 1px solid gray; width: 150px; height: 150px;overflow: scroll;">&lt;div class="I Heart Crafting" style="width: 150px; margin: 0 auto;">
&lt;a href="http://iheartcraftingblog.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow">&lt;img src="http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg483/jasurprenant/For%20My%20Blog/6286bca2-3dd2-403f-9a9f-754884e13965_zps14b0ec36.jpg" alt="I Heart Crafting" width="150" height="150" />
&lt;/a>&lt;/div></div> <!--end grab-button --></div>

STEP 4
URL of your button image: Replace my image URL with yours.
Name of your Blog: Replace my blog name with yours.
Blog address: Replace my blog web address with yours.
Size: If you did not use a 150x150px image, then you need to change the height and the width to the size of your image.

STEP5
Next select the entire code (with your information) and place it where you would like the button to appear. If you are using Blogger you would go to layout, press "add gadget", scroll down to HTML/Javascript and paste the code.

Finally, you may want to do a button test to make sure that it is working properly. That's it! Now other bloggers can "grab" your button and display it on their blog.

Hope you have found this tutorial helpful.


Jenn

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