I’ve been looking for an easy way to add HTML based signatures to Gmail for a while now. There’s been several workarounds created using Greasemonkey scripts and the Better Gmail and Better Gmail 2 Firefox add-ons but until recently it was still quite a hassle. Yesterday, thankfully, I came across a great little gem of an add-on called Black Canvas Gmail Signatures by Jerome Dane.
Gmail Signatures permits you to automatically add HTML based signatures to your outgoing Gmail messages according to the address from which you are sending. The add-on works for both new emails and those for which your are replying or forwarding and it permits you to create as many as four unique signatures per address. You can even take this a step further and incorporate a headline animator from your Feedburner account to successfully execute a full blown dynamic RSS signature that rotates your blog titles. To do this you need only to install the Black Canvas Gmail Signatures add-on and grab the headline animator code for “Email Signatures” and drop it into to the signature placeholder.
For those of your that aren’t that familiar with Feedburner, get yourself a Google Account (they’re free) and signup for a FeedBurner account (also free) while you’re at it. If you’re using WordPress for your blogging software you’ll want to install the FeedBurner Feedsmith plugin too. FeedBurner is basically going to dress up our RSS feed and give it some extra functionality. After you’ve obtained your FeedBurner account and successfully added your default WordPress RSS feed to FeedBurner, you can install the Gmail Signatures add-on in your Firefox browser. Then restart your browser, open your Gmail account, and click on Compose and you should now see the option for adding a signature. Now go back into your FeedBurner account, click on the Publicize tab, select Headline Animator in the left hand column, and click on the “create new” link. Next, scroll down and select the “Email signature” under “Theme” and click the Activate button at the bottom of the page. Finally, at the top of the same page, select “Other (just gimme the code)” option from the drop down menu and click on the next button beside it. A window will pop up with the code that you need to copy and paste into the placeholder for your Gmail signature.
The Gmail Signatures add-on solution works with both regular Gmail and Gmail for Google Apps, or at least it did this morning when I tried it. The only limitation to this solution is the fact that you must use Firefox when sending your emails in order to have the signatures appear in your messages. If you need help troubleshooting this Firefox add-on, try contacting the Gmail Signatures creator.If you liked this article, please take this time to share it with your Facebook friends using the Facebook button (see Facebook post button to the left) or retweet it using Twitter (see retweet button to the left). You may also want to follow us or subscribe to the site to stay up-to-date with this article. If you'd rather follow us from your Facebook account, join our Facebook fan page or subscribe to our NetworkedBlogs profile.
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