One of the basic essentials for any young professional is an email signature. I was looking into other people’s email signatures trying to find what I could do for my own when I came across this HTMLSig website. It looked great and was just what I was looking for except for one thing: with the free version you can’t edit your signature after 30 days but you could have 50 editable signatures for $5/month.
I don’t really need 50 signatures and like many people my age, I already pay for a bunch of subscription services (Netflix, Amazon, Funimation, TeamTreehouse, etc.) and I really do feel like I get my money’s worth from them. But I’m not willing to pay a similar price for a website to host my headshot.
Instead I made my own signature in a similar style and decided to open source my code for other people on a budget.
The way it works is simple:
Fork the repo
Edit the HTML replacing the links to your headshot and social media. Change the icons as you like as well as your name and job information.
Open the HTML file locally in a browser.
Copy the HTML.
Paste it into the signature box in your Gmail settings.
Save your settings.
Gmail may not be able to copy some of the text formatting so try sending yourself a test email and see what happens. If the color, font-weight or style is wrong then simply go back into the email signature and change it with the built-in font tools.
And that’s it! I just saved you $60/year.
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