We all need a button from time to time

Way back in 1817 Benjamin Franklin said:

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

There isn't much I'd disagree with Benjamin over, but if you build websites there will undoubtedly come a time when you need a button - that's a certainty. It might be a simple download button, a subscribe now button, or a whole heap of buttons for a menu - but it is as certain as death and taxes.

If your time for needing a button hasn’t come yet, trust me, it will. It is just a matter of time :-)

If you’re a dab hand at Photoshop, or some other graphic software, then you’ll probably be able to throw out a half decent button or two, but if you’re anything like me you’ve got better things to do than spend half an hour in photoshop making a button.

I needed a button recently and so did a quick Google to see if there was something around that could produce a nice clean-looking button for me. Here was my criteria for choosing a tool:

It had to be quick
It had to be easy
It had to be free

I’m not averse to paying for things - far from it - but I was hoping that I could get the one button I needed without having to open my wallet, or waste half-an-hour loading up Photoshop.

One of the first sites I stumbled across met my needs perfectly, so I wanted to share it with you as I figured if it was useful for me, it might be useful for you too. Hope so!

It’s called Da Button Factory.


If you’re after something that designs all-singing-all-dancing buttons then this is NOT the place, but if you want a nice and clean button that does the trick perfectly then this site is worthy of a bookmark.

I’ve put together a little video to show you how quick and easy it is to get an attractive button in a very short period of time. After watching it I’m sure you’ll agree it is as simple and straight forward as it could possibly be.


I figured for the sake of completeness it might be a good idea to give you a list of other button-making tools, so I did a bit more Googling and now I’ve got buttons all over the place.

Here's a list. The quality ranges from excellent to pretty terrible, but I figured what might be to my taste might not be to yours, and equally the buttons created by some of these sites might not be to my liking, but you may love them. It's all down to personal preferences, isn't it?

http://www.grsites.com/generate/group/2000/

http://www.buttongenerator.com/

http://www.lucazappa.com/brilliantMaker/buttonImag...

http://cooltext.com/Buttons

http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/button/#.UmknvJTk9Yg

http://kalsey.com/tools/buttonmaker/

http://www.bestcssbuttongenerator.com/ << This one looks pretty good

https://buttons.verticalresponse.com/

http://www.glassybuttons.com/glassy.php

If you’re after a quick button then I’m sure one of these tools will be just perfect for you, and if you know of any other ones do let me know below, as I’ll give them a try next time I need a button.

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