The fact that the world has been going social media crazy over the past decade or so is something that you, as a Website owner, are going to want to fully exploit. If you have a WordPress website, the good news is that you can take advantage of the social revolution by adding social buttons to your site. What this then does is allow people to share your posts with their friends, thus enabling you to reach out to an even wider audience. So, how do you add social sharing icons to WordPress posts?
Steps to add social sharing icons to a WordPress website
To add social sharing icons to a WordPress website, all that you need to do is the following;
- Login to the backend of your WordPress website.
- Go to Plugins and install and activate the Jetpack plugin.
- Move your cursor to “Settings,” and then click on “Sharing.”
- Choose the social networks to which you wish to publicize your articles.
- Enable sharing by signing into your account.
- Scroll down to Sharing Buttons.
- Drag and drop the services that you wish to have appear in your posts.
Which Social Buttons should I choose?
You will notice that there are probably hundreds of Social sharing plugins on WordPress. So, which one should you opt for? Well, we are not going to prescribe one plugin or the other in this post. A good rule of thumb is to go for plugins that have the most active installations. That way you know that the one that you are getting has already been tried out by thousands of people. You will also want to go for a plugin that jells with the layout of your website.
Once you have decided on the best social sharing plugin for your website, the next thing that you will have to do is make the installation. This is a simple enough task. Once you are done with the installation, click on “Activate,” to begin using your newly installed plugin.
Now when people click on the Facebook button on your website, as an example, they will immediately be sharing that post with their peers.
Have people follow your site on Social Media
Another type of Social Button allows people to follow you on social media. This is opposed to social sharing buttons, which are used for publicizing posts. With Social follow buttons, you need to consider the plugin with your social media accounts once you are done installing it.