Quick Response (QR) codes have a number of uses, but we want to address the use of a QR code that makes it easy to get to your web site or Facebook page from any smart phone.
The way this works, rather than typing in a URL, a user with a smartphone simply takes a picture of your QR code, and they will automatically be sent to your web site of Facebook page. No need to type in those long and weird URLs.
NOTE – You may need to install a QR SCANNER app (free from the play store) on your smart phone to do this
The following is a basic walkout on creating a QR code with the on line tools:
Go to the QR code generator web site:
When you go to the above site, the page should look like the above photo. Do the following steps to create your customs QR code image.
1) Click the URL button – This will tell the QR code generator that you are creating a URL QR code.
2) Type or, copy-paste the URL that you want to QR to point to.
You’ll see the new QR code on the right. You should be able to test the QR with your smart phone. You may need to download a QR code scanner app. If your smart phone recognizes, it should show you the URL and ask if you want to go there.
IMPORTANT NOTE – If your URL is long, say something like a Facebook address, consider using the “SHORTEN URL” option. The QR code that is created isn’t a direct link to your site, but is a shortened version that will redirect to your site.
The QR code that’s created with a short URL will be less dense (smaller) and be able to be read easier by a scanner / camera.
3) Click on the SAVE – The small SAVE dialog box will appear.
4) Enter the file name that you would like save as.
5) Make sure the PNG is selected. (This is a photo image)
6) Click SAVE.
7) Depending on your operating system, a Windows “Save File” dialog will pop up, asking if you want to save the file. If you hit OK, another folder dialog will pop up asking you to select the folder you wish to save the file in.
Remember where you put the file. The file is basically a photo, you can insert it, shrink it.
Below is a QR code that was created and inserted in this article, it will send you to the Your Name On The Ballot home page.
Below is a sample use of a QR code on a post card (click for full size, then scan the QR code):