Yesterday I shared 9 FREE Social Media Icon Sets and today I am sharing how to create the HTML code to go along with them. It might seem hard but I am going to break it down to make it as easy as possible. Once you have your social media icon images picked out you will need to upload them to a place on the web such as Photo Bucket or Picasa and plug the image code and URL links in. Ready?
Please remember that if you have any questions along the way I am more than happy to answer them for you! You can leave them in the comments section at the bottom of this post or hop on over to the Blog School Facebook Group and ask there! As a side note I am doing this tutorial based on a user with a Blogger blog and this isn’t very hard but when you do it for the first time it can be a bit time consuming.
If you want to follow along then open up notepad. (Start>Accessories>Notepad) Use notepad rather than Word because it doesn’t auto correct to mess up your code. There are three things you need to create your customized code – direct image links to the icons you want to use, the URLs to your social media accounts and the basic code I am giving you.
In the gray box below is the example code for your social media links – you need to change http://www.facebook.com/YourPageHere to your own facebook page URL and the direct image link where it says directimagelinkhere.jpg to the facebook icon image link. You will do the same thing for your twitter, google+, pinterest, instagram and blog lovin’ accounts. Go ahead and copy and paste the line below into Notepad.
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/YourPageHere"><img src="directimagelinkhere.jpg" /></a>
Now that you have the base code we need to find out what your image links and social media URLs are so we can plug them in.
Step #1: Save the images you want to use to your computer if you haven’t already done so. If you are using my FREE icons then you can pick the images you need for each platform. For this tutorial I am going to use the aqua watercolor icons to create buttons for my Facebook and email. Below is a screenshot from my icons in Google Docs. At the end of the file name it shows which social media platform the image is for. To the right of the file name there is a little arrow you click and then pick download. You will get a message asking if you want to open or save – click on save.
2. When you save the image(s) PLEASE for the love of Christmas save it somewhere you will remember! I don’t know how many times I have had people who can’t seem to figure this out because they don’t remember where they saved their images. Take note of where you are saving and press ‘save’
3. Now you want to upload your images to the web. I am going to use Photo Bucket for this but if you have a place of preference then please use what you are familiar with! (Please tell me you still remember where you saved them!)
4. Once you upload your image(s) you need to get the direct link to your uploaded image. In Photo Bucket if you click on the image four links come up on the right sidebar. Copy the code in the direct box (where the arrow is pointing). Now I have my direct image link for facebook so I can plug that in on Notepad where it says directimagelinkhere.jpg .
5. Okay now that we know where to find your image codes you also need to know all of the URLs for the platforms you want to link to. You can see my facebook page URL below. (I like to open a new tab for all of my social media accounts when I am writing this code so I can quickly copy/paste everything.) Plug your URL into notepad where it says http://www.facebook.com/YourPageHere
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for all of the social media platforms you want buttons for EXCEPT for your email. For your email copy and paste the code in the gray box below. Instead of adding a URL you want to put your email address, so for me mailto:email@example.com would be mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org . (However adding the direct image link to your email icon will still be the same.)
<a href="mailto:email@example.com"><img src="directimagelinkhere.jpg" /></a>
8. This window will pop up and you want to copy all of the code from Notepad and paste it into the content section and press save. You might want to arrange your new gadget to a different place on your sidebar but now is the moment of truth when you go to your blog homepage and see if everything looks right!
My final code looks like this when I plug in my URLs and direct image codes -
<a href="http://www.facebook.com/PoofyCheeksBlog"><img src="http://i1328.photobucket.com/albums/w533/lifeinour20s/aqua_paint_facebook_zpsa2f1ba7a.png" /></a>
<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"><img src="http://i1328.photobucket.com/albums/w533/lifeinour20s/aqua_paint_email_zps88300b22.png" /></a>
If your buttons don’t look right or work correctly and you are not sure why then please do not hesitate to ask me! I would be more than happy to look over your code! If you are still like WHA!? this is not in English then stop by the Blog School Facebook roup and see if myself or another member of the group can work with you to figure it out! ot tnaw uoy fIEnjoy,
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