Here's how you can get started with QR codes in the Beaconstac dashboard. After you sign up, you will be able to start creating QR codes.
How to create dynamic QR codes
Step 1: Head over to the QR Code creation menu
Head over to the Beaconstac dashboard and select 'QR Codes' in the left panel.
Next, select 'Create QR Code' on the screen that appears.
Step 2: Choose the type of QR code you wish to create
With Beaconstac, you can create several different types of QR codes.
For the purpose of this tutorial, we will create a Website QR Code.
Step 3: Enter the relevant details
For a Website QR code, you must enter the URL.
If you have multiple language/locale versions of your website, you can enable Multi-language support. When enabled, this tool allows the QR code to detect the locale of the user's device, directing them to the corresponding website that you've set in the platform. If the user has a language/locale on their device that you have not created a link for, it will send them to the Default website that you've selected (in this case, English is the default language).
To learn more about multi-lingual QR Codes, click here.
You can also use Parameters to add URL query parameters or query strings to your website's link.
Simply add the parameters and their respective values to specify, sort, and track visitors to your website through your QR code.
Step 4: Customize your QR Code
Once you've set up the website URL for your QR Code, you will be taken to the customization page.
Here, you can customize several parts of the QR code, including the color and shape of the eyes, pattern, frame, and logo. You can further customize the background by picking a color or uploading an image.
To learn more about customizing QR Codes on Beaconstac, click here.
Alternatively, you can also create a template for your QR Code by navigating to the templates page from the dashboard.
The templates you create will appear in the 'Templates' option on the customization screen.
To learn more about creating custom QR Code templates, click here.
The QR code creator will inform you of how scannable the code is along the way. However, we still recommend using your smartphone to test the QR code to make sure the colorful QR code is scannable as well, particularly if you are using a background image. Learn how to scan your QR code on iOS and Android here.
Once you've finished customizing the QR Code, select 'Next'.
Note - Beaconstac also offers password protection for QR Codes with sensitive information.
To secure sensitive information linked to your QR Code using a password, click on 'Show advanced settings' at the bottom of the customization page.
Find the switch under 'Password protection' and turn it on. Next, enter the password you wish to use for the QR Code. Keep in mind that the password must be at least 6 characters in length. Users will then need to enter the password every time they scan your QR Code to access the information it contains.
You can also set the timezone and start-to-end dates to control the visibility of your QR code.
Step 5: Download your QR Code
Once you've finished creating the QR Code, you will be taken to the 'Finish' page of the QR creation journey.
Here, you can name your QR Code and label it for better organization, save your design for future use or download it in PNG, JPEG, SVG, PDF, or EPS format.
How to edit your dynamic QR Code
Dynamic QR codes are editable. Even if you've printed out the QR code, you can still go back and change the URL.
Click on 'QR Codes' in the left-hand panel, and you will see a list of all the QR codes you've created.
Click on 'Edit' and follow steps 2 through 4 to customize your QR code.
How to create a static QR code
Creating static QR Codes on Beaconstac is similar to creating dynamic QR Codes. However, you can neither edit nor track it after you've created it.
Step 1: Head over to the static QR Code section
Once you've selected the 'Create QR Code' button on the 'QR Code' page, scroll down to the bottom of the page to choose from various static QR Codes you can create. We will be creating a static website QR Code for this tutorial.
Step 2: Enter the relevant details
Enter the website URL on the second page. Note that, unlike dynamic QR Codes, you cannot create multi-lingual QR Codes or set query parameters here.
Step 3: Customize the QR Code
You can customize your static QR Code in a similar fashion to dynamic QR Codes. Refer to Step 4 in the creation of dynamic QR codes.
Note - You cannot apply passwords to static QR Codes. When dealing with sensitive content, we recommend using dynamic QR Codes.
Step 4: Download your QR Code
Just as in dynamic QR Codes, you can name your QR Code, assign labels, save the design and download your QR Code in 5 different formats.
However, remember that any change you make to this QR Code is final, and alterations cannot be made further. You will also notice that you cannot edit a static QR Code from the QR Code menu.
Read Next: Learn how to create multiple QR Codes at once with the Bulk upload feature.