One of the first things a potential new member will see on your site is the top right Sign-Up Box. You only see this box if you're signed out, or not a member. Below are two images: (1) An example of a default Sign Up Box and, (2) The same box with a special image button and padding.
Sign Up BoxSign Up Button


A great way to grab attention to the Sign Up Box is with a custom Sign Up Button, as shown in example above - Sign Up.


Steps To Add Special Sign Up Button:

  1. Create your button. The button does not need to be wider than 150 pixels. A great size is approximately: 142 pixels wide by 38 pixels in height
  2. Upload your image via a Blog, with Insert Image (picture or camera icon).
  3. Click on the HTML tab to grab your image path.
  4. Copy the image path/URL (Ctrl + C), starting with http//api.ning and ending with .jpg, or whatever the file extension is of the image you uploaded. The example uses a .png file.
  5. Edit the code below, by replacing the word "yourimage", with your image URL.
  6. WARNING: IF YOU USE A BUTTON MUCH LARGER THAN EXAMPLE, YOU WILL SEE 2 BUTTONS, AND A BIG MESS. If this happens, remove the custom code and try again.
  7. /*** Custom Sign Up Button ***/
    div.xg_signup big strong a {
    background:url(yourimage) no-repeat scroll center top transparent;
    display:block;
    height:38px;
    margin-left:auto;
    margin-right:auto;
    text-indent:-9999em;
    width:159px;
    }
  8. Add the code to your custom CSS via My Network/Settings/Appearance/Advanced.
  9. Save your CSS.
  10. Done.
  11. Sign out of your Network, to see the new button. Check it in several browsers to make sure it is displayed correctly, and that the link works properly.
Here are some buttons I created just for our members and visitors of JenSocial. Feel free to use any. Please use them, but don't distribute. Share the link. ;-)

Custom color and font for same button - $20. Custom button, color and font, request quote. Contact Jen for Custom Order.


Enjoy!


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Great, happy to hear it!

=)

Seems I'm on a roll this week, I made my own flashing sign up button, in conjunction with this tip. =)

Sa-weet!!!!! Great job, you are on a roll. That is just plain cool!

Thanks! =)

Once again, Jen, 

Thank you for a tip that is working well.

Our site has benefited greatly from your tips; we're so glad we invested in your Premium Tips for the year!

Holly 

[http://englishworldwide.ning.com]

Hi Holly,

Thanks for the awesome feedback, really appreciate it. And very happy the VIP Club tips have helped your site.

Best Regards,

Jen

Dear Jen or Debbie may I use any of these sign up buttons for my site for free?

Sure, Joshua. All public tips are for anyone to use and enjoy. Thanks for asking!

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