Tuesday, 28 May 2013

How To Add Buttons To Your Post Signature

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This is a question that's popped up a few times recently, so I decided it was time to create a proper tutorial for adding buttons to your signature. If you coped with my "adding social media buttons" tutorial then this should be super easy for you! 

Taking the time to add social media icons to your signature makes it simpler for people to subscribe if they've enjoyed the post they've just read - I definitely saw an increase in followers after doing this.

Step One - Get Some Social Media Buttons

You can't add social media buttons to your post signature if you don't have any buttons! I currently have two sets of free social media icons available.

After you've downloaded the images you want to use, upload them to your favourite image host. You'll need to know the image URL for the next part.

For Blogger users that have stuck with the site's default image host, Picasa, this is where you get the image URL:

Note that the 'Image only (no link)' box is checked. 

When using Picasa, always make sure that the site has not automatically re-directed you to a Google Plus album. If it has, look for the yellow banner that will take you back to Picasa - at the time of writing, you cannot get your image URL from Google Plus. 

Step Two - Create Your Code

I find it easier to edit the HTML code I need in Microsoft Word, and then paste it into the Blogger template. You could also use Notepad. 

Every button you see on a website is basically a hyperlinked image. So to add a social media icon, this is the HTML code you will need to use:

<a href="WebsiteAddressHere"><img src="ImageAddressHere" width="Width" height="Height"></a>

To create a button that will take your reader to the designated social media page, you will need to edit the information that I've put in bold.

WebsiteAddressHere - This is the webpage URL, where you want to send people to sign up to be a follower. It will look something like http://pinterest.com/AngelaATEH/.

ImageAddressHere - This is the image URL, like the one in the Picasa example I showed above.

Width - Enter a number to determine the size of your button. A number like "60" would be about average for a social media button.

Height - This is likely to be the same size as your width.

You can take out the width and height commands if you don't mind the buttons showing as their original size.

This HTML code will need to be repeated for every button you want to show. Your code will probably look a little like this when you are done:

Now all you need to do is copy and paste it into your template.

Step Three - Add The Code To Your Post Signature

To add buttons to the bottom of your blog posts go to the Blogger dashboard and navigate your way to Settings/Posts and Comments. 

Copy (CTRL and C) the HTML code you created in your Word or Notepad document, then paste (CTRL and V) the text into the 'Post Template' box. Save the changes.

This method will not automatically add social media buttons to your old posts. But whenever you create a new post from now on the buttons will be right there. You just compose the rest of your post like you normally would.

Additional Blog Tutorials You Might Like

I have lots more blog related "how to" posts in my tutorials section.

If you liked this post, other topics you might like are:

Find out how to add social media buttons to a sidebar. I also covered how to add an email button in this post, so check this tutorial out if you want to put an "email me" button in your post signature.

Want to sign off each post with your name? My "how to add a signature in Blogger" post shows you how.

If any part of the tutorial wasn't clear enough or you're having problems, leave me a comment!

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Free Glitter Social Media Icons

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I love the look of glitter social media buttons! When I've got something to celebrate I like to decorate my home, and it turns out this urge now extends to my blog. At the time of writing this post, this is what my blog looks like (in celebration of my one year blogisversary). 

As part of my celebrations I am providing my readers with some glitter social media icons too! There are 17 in each set and the following buttons are included:

Amazon, Bloglovin', email, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Instagram, Linkedin, Etsy, Pinterest, RSS, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Twitter, Vimeo, Youtube

There is a blank button for you to customise if you need to.

Download Glitter Social Media Icons

Each icon is 70px by 70px and saved in .png format, with a transparent background. 


If glitter doesn't really suit your blog theme you might want to check out my rainbow social media icons instead. 

How to Install Social Media Icons

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Printable Spice Labels

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It's been another crazy-busy week here at A Typical English Home, probably because the long weekend in the UK meant I then had to shoehorn 5 days worth of to do list into only 4 days (no complaints though, the long weekend was great!). But I did find the time to create some cute chalkboard style spice labels. Finding the time to print them out and put them to use though... well that's a different story. You'll probably have them in your kitchen before I do!

The printable includes labels for:

Basil, Sage, Ginger, Dill, Oregano, Paprika, Rosemary, Thyme, Cinnamon, Chives, Parsley, Allspice

Monday, 6 May 2013

Natural Shower Cleaner Recipe

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I love cleaning with natural products. I wish I could polish my halo and say it's because I want to live a  green life, but it is just as much to do with the fact that  homemade cleaners are cheaper and just as effective - if not more so - than than chemical products! Until recently the bathroom was the only room where I still used a purpose made, chemically cleaner but recently I've been using my Cif spray less and less because I've found this natural shower cleaner recipe works brilliantly on a lot of bathroom surfaces:

Shower Cleaner Recipe

1 Cup Water
1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup Dish Soap (Dawn if you're American, Fairy Liquid for fellow Brits)

Don't get too hung up on quantities, I tend to do "by eye" than by actual measuring. Basically each ingredient should be roughly equal. You can mix them in a bucket and use a clean rag to apply it to your shower and bath, or do what I do and pour everything into a spray bottle and give it a good shake.

Originally I tried my usual white vinegar and water spray in the bathroom but it took a little elbow grease to get off soap scum so I went back to my chemical bathroom cleaner. But the dish soap (or washing up liquid if you're English) makes the natural cleaner ten times more effective.

Here is what my shower screen looked like before. It didn't look terrible as I wipe it down often but it was  a little worse than it looks in the photo:

I spray on my homemade cleaner and then wipe it down almost immediately with a damp cloth. The spray only needs a few seconds to do its thing.

Here is what my shower looked like after - good as new!

You can use the diy bathroom cleaner on the tub and the sink as well, but my favourite thing to use it for (after the shower) is the taps. I seem to wipe these down all the time, but 5 minutes later one of my grubby boys wipes soapy hands all over my shiny tap and it goes back to looking like this:

But a quick spray and wipe and seconds later it goes back to gleaming:

As brilliant and effective as this diy bathroom cleaner is, it won't prevent limescale build up. So if you live in a hard water area then you may want to check out this post to find out my super easy way of removing limescale.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Best Free Chalkboard Fonts

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I'm very into chalkboards at the moment, so today's font collection is a reflection of that! Here are the links for where to download each font (in alphabetical order):

All fonts are free for personal use. Some can also be used for commercial work but check the T&C first!