99q.eu – QR codes made easy

This posts explains the usage of my website 99q.eu, a site to build very minimalistic websites such as this one and use them for various scenarios.

Underlying idea

The main idea behind this site was: I needed a quick way to create a QR code which contains some basic information, e.g. my contact data or a link to a manual etc. Yes, there are tons of “Create a QR code” sites on the web, but these typically require that you have a website elsewhere already which you can then link in the code.

The approach behind 99q.eu is different: Build the site yourself (within seconds), download the QR code and use it right away. It’s quick, easy, totally free and does not contains advertisements or similar. Just try it!

Creating a site

There are two ways of creating a site when you visit 99q.eu:

  • State your email address: You will receive a unique link which allows you to go into “edit” mode of your website. Whenever you want to edit your site later, just visit it, scroll down to the “manage” section, enter your email address again and receive a new link to edit it.
    Use this option if you want to create a site for yourself.
  • Choose the “create a site without email” option (underneath the button): Then you can create a site and will receive a one time password (“OTP”) which you need in order to edit the site for the first time. In the first edit you still need to state an email address, so the next edits work as in the first option.
    Use this option if you want to create a site for someone else (to whom you then give the link and the one time password), e.g. if you want to give away (or sell) pre-fabricated QR code stickers or similar.

Updating the site

Once you are in “edit/update” mode of the site (either with the link received via email, or with the one time password), state simple data such as a title and a detail text. Optionally add contact data (which will be downloadable as a vcf-file to add to an address book) or a date/time/location (which will be downloadable as a vcalendar-file to add to a calendar).

Additionally, you can add an internal reference which is not displayed on your website, just in edit/update mode to yourself – so you know why (or for what) you created this site. For example, here you could state that this site points to the instruction manual for an electronic device which you own, and on to which you sticked the QR code which points to this site.

Usage scenarios

The straightforward case for such website is an address sticker, such as this one. Put it on a device/thing/whatever; your website should then contain e.g. your name and email address.

There are other cases, such as promoting an event, creating a flyer or similar. You could also e.g. stick a QR code next to a painting which points to a site with more information, or next to some goods you sell in a shop etc

You might even think about adding such a QR code not as printout, but sewn into a piece of clothing, or as a water-proof sticker outside etc.

Printing the QR code

When you create your site on 99q.eu, it will display the QR code pointing to it, and also generate a PDF file with QR codes in different sizes. Print these and attach them anywhere.

More sophisticated, you could use a small printer: I use the Qutie printer which is quite cheap. Once you installed the provided Sorticker App on your phone, choose the paper type, choose “Barcode” in the editor, “Scan” and just scan the QR code from your website. One sticker is actually large enough to hold two QR codes.

Then print it and stick it anywhere. The stickers are quite small, but still large enough to be detected by a smartphone camera.

Referencing to files

99q.eu does not allow to upload a file directly, but you can add a link to the text field which will automatically be converted into a clickable link on the displayed website.

If you want to upload a file yourself (an image, PDF, instruction manual, video, …), the easiest way to do so is: Share it on your preferred Cloud provider.

  • In Google Drive, you have to upload your file and then share it to anyone who has a unique link, such as this one.
  • In Microsoft OneDrive, click on the Cloud-icon on your computer, “Show online” and then upload a file there.

If your link to this file is too long, you can use a link shortener such as Bit.ly.

Other options

If you need more sophisticated options, check my sites 9blox.com or 5clicks.net, which allow the easy creation of powerful websites. You may also check my chat system c99.chat.

This article was written by Frank

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