QR codes have taken the marketing world by storm. All you have to do is point your camera and wait a second to scan the black and white background and boom! It will open the code-encoded website URL in your smartphone’s default browser. You do not need to type the URL. But how do you create a QR code for your website or web page?
QR code use cases
There are many ways to use QR codes. Here are a few in no particular order:
- Receive or send payments
- Open website or web page URL
- Download PDF, MP3 or some other file in any format
- Check expiration of products
- Call a number
- Send a message to a number
As you can see, there are many interesting ways to use and apply QR codes in everyday life. It’s no wonder they’ve taken off as of late. People print QR codes on their t-shirts, post on websites and forums, use stickers that are placed on the back of a car or office door, and more.
Scanning QR codes is easy too, as popular smartphone manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, and Google include a QR code scanner right in their camera app.
Read also: How to scan a QR code from an image
Create QR code for website / web page
There are a few ways to create a QR code and the route you choose will depend on what you want to achieve. Looking to create quick code to share a website you just discovered with friends? Do you want to share the code in messaging applications? Maybe you are marketing or promoting your personal or professional site and need something more robust, something with more features like tracking?
We are going to cover all the possible ways to create a QR code for a website here with possible use cases and scenarios that best suit them.
1. Create a QR code for the website in the Edge browser
Yes, Microsoft has created a built-in QR code generator within the Edge browser that is now based on the Chromium engine, just like the Chrome browser.
There are two ways to create a QR code in the Edge browser.
The first is where you land on a page, right-click on an empty area (not an image or link) and select Create a QR code for this site option.
This will generate a QR code on the fly that you can scan to open on your smartphone or download to share via messaging app. You can also upload it to sites like Reddit or Twitter, for example. Another good use case is when your friend wants to open this site on their phone and can quickly scan it.
See, the Edge browser has a feature where a user can send site from desktop to mobile if the accounts are synced, but your friend will not be able to do so because they do not have access to your Microsoft account. So he / she can use the QR code instead.
Another way is to use the QR code creator button in the far corner of the address bar. Same result, different way of applying.
2. Create and scan the QR code for the website in the Chrome browser
Now Chrome is the world’s most widely used browser, but it still falls short when it comes to generating a QR code on the go. However, just like there is an extension for everything, there is also one for creating QR codes.
one. Install the QR code generator extension in your Chromium browser, which could be Chrome, Edge, or Brave.
two. Visit any website or web page and click the extension icon to generate a QR code on the go. You can also do it in an empty browser tab, but then you will have to enter the URL manually.
3. You can download the generated QR code immediately or click on the Settings button below to customize the appearance of the QR code.
Four. You can change the foreground and background color here or keep it transparent. Play until you are satisfied with the look of the QR codes. Then click the download button on the above screen to save the image.
5. Did you notice the Advanced button at the bottom right? Click on that to give the extension permissions to add QR code generator buttons and shortcuts in Chrome’s context menu and the ability to scan QR codes on screen as well.
3. Create a QR code with the shortcut to the Google URL
Google has a hidden QR code generator in its URL. Yep, you read that right. Copy paste the following url and replace url techwiser.com at the end with your own website to generate a QR code on the fly, in real time.
The code is generated using Google API keys. Great, huh?
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4. Create a QR code for a website using a web application
There is a web application from the same team that developed the QR code extension that we discussed in the previous method. The difference is that you can use this on any computer and any browser, regardless of whether you are logged into your account or not. Extensions are device-locked, but web apps are not.
Visit the QR Code Generator website and start.
Most of the options are the same as we discussed in the previous heading. However, a unique option is the ability to Upload logo. This is particularly useful if you are trying to build brand awareness or promote something. The logo will be placed right in the center of the QR code, but it will not interfere with the scanning process. Try it now.
5. Create a QR code and share it from the Android Share menu
Imagine if you could generate a QR code and share directly using the share button in your favorite browser directly. Now you can do it using a Chrome flag.
one. Open Chrome and type chrome: // flags and press Go.
two. Look for Chrome Sharing Center flag and tap it once to select Activated option.
3. Now restart the Chrome browser and open any web page. Click the Share button and you should find the QR code generator icon in the Share menu.
6. Create a QR code for the website on Android and iOS
Finally, like everything else, there is an application to create QR codes on both Android and iOS. The Android application is called QR code generator (generic name) and the one for iOS is called My QRCode generator.
Like the web app, you can easily create QR codes with the Android app in different colors, backgrounds, and logos for different purposes like site url, call, message, file download, etc. Simply enter the details and a code will be generated for you to download and share.
The iOS app works in a similar way. Both are free to use, but come with in-app purchases to remove ads. The only thing they lack is the ability to track downloads and other data.
Bonus: create a QR code for BTC, number or batch
There is much more you can do with QR codes. You can pay or receive money in Bitcoin, create tons of QR codes in batch, hide a phone number in the QR code so potential customers can call you or send you a messageand even more.
Another web application worth mentioning is QR code monkey. This QR code generator will also allow you to keep track of useful statistics like the number of downloads and it will also allow you to download QR codes in different formats like PDF, PNG and SVG. It also offers more control over the pixel layout of the QR code. So much fun to play.
Note: You will need to create an account with them before using the statistics functions. It’s free at the time of writing this guide.
Conclusion: create QR for the website
These were some of the best ways to create a QR code for your website or any other and share it with the world in new and interesting ways. You can create QR codes in a web browser on a desktop or mobile device and share them quickly using the Share menu as well. It all depends on what your ultimate goal is.