Build Buttons for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, GitHub and More!

Recently I’ve been working on a small project called Build Buttons. Build Buttons is a website that let’s you quickly create buttons for sharing and promoting content. You can use Build Buttons to create Facebook ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ buttons, LinkedIn ‘Share’ buttons, Google +1 buttons, GitHub Star, Fork and Follow buttons and more. Here’s how it works.

First, go to www.buildbuttons.com:

Build Buttons

Now choose the kind of buttons you want, in this example we’ll select ‘Social Media’ from the top menu:

Social Media Buttons

On each category page, there’s a list of the different types of buttons that can be built. Social Media includes the ‘Share’ button set. Click ‘Build It!’:

Social Media Button Settings

Now just fill in the details to customise your buttons, enter a URL and select the sort of buttons you want to include. When you’re ready to see how your buttons look, choose ‘Build it!’:

Build Buttons Results

You get a working preview of how your buttons look, and a text box that includes the HTML you need to drop into your webpage or blog, easy!

Build Buttons has quite a few different types of buttons you can create. You can:

  • Create a set of social media buttons
  • Create Facebook Like and Follow buttons
  • Create Google +1 buttons
  • Create LinkedIn Share buttons
  • Create GitHub Star, Follow and Fork buttons

XPath Studio – First Cut

I have just uploaded the first cut of my mini-project ‘XPath Studio’. This project is a small site that lets you choose a URL to a source webpage, and run any XPath query against it – showing the data that is returned from the query.

At the moment this blog has an issue with images so I cannot upload screenshots, but in the next few days they’ll be there. Until then, you can try out XPath Studio by visiting:


The project is ASP .NET MVC 4, with Razor. I’ve stripped out the bulk of the styling that’s provided by default, and layed it out with Twitter Bootstrap.

This is the first time that I’ve used Bootstrap and already have decided that it’ll be my first choice for web applications, at least those in the proof of concept phase. The library is lightweight, easy to use, clean and simple.

More updates on XPath Studio will come over the next few days, as I tweak the core functionality based on feedback.