Social media is a critical component of growth in 2020, and the Simple Share Buttons Adder plugin can help you succeed. The plugin adds social media links in the form of their respective icons. Not only does it help get visitors to your social media profiles, but it also looks great.
Luckily, the plugin’s name does not lie, it really is simple to use. Today, I will demonstrate how to use the Simple Share Buttons Adder in WordPress.
Why Display Social Icons?
Social icons have one use, getting visitors to your social media profiles. Thus, to understand the importance of social icons, one must understand the importance of social media.
Social media is an amazing marketing tool. It allows small businesses to have a global reach for no extra cost. This is important because, before social media, advertising space was quickly bought up by larger companies.
Thus, social media evened the playing field in this regard, at least to a certain extent.
Of course, it is widely known that you can connect with friends and family on these platforms, but it also allows your business to connect with other businesses and form unique collaborations. This can help you grow much faster, while also making friends in the same field.
And lastly, it is impossible to talk about social media without mentioning how popular they are. Facebook alone has over 1.6 billion daily users. Being able to tap into any fraction of a percentage of that is sure to make your traffic skyrocket.
Installing Simple Share Buttons Adder
Simple Share Buttons Adder is a social share WordPress plugin that makes adding social media icons a cinch. You will find social icons for 17 major social media platforms. Due to how easy this plugin is to use, it is a terrific choice for beginners.
To begin, click on Plugins and select the Add New option on the left-hand admin panel.
Search for Simple Share Buttons Adder in the available search box. This will pull up additional plugins that you may find helpful.
Scroll down until you find the Simple Share Buttons Adder plugin and click on the «Install Now» button and activate the plugin for use.
Adding Social Icons in WordPress
On the left-hand admin panel, click on the Simple Share Buttons option.
At the top, you will see an icon for every social media platform the plugin supports. By default, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and LinkedIn, will be selected. However, as you might expect, you can change this.
The plugin utilizes a drag and drop interface. Simply add or remove the social icons in the Networks section.
Underneath this, you can select where the social icons will appear. You can select the homepage, pages, posts, excerpts, or categories/tags. Simply enable the icons in the locations that work best for you.
You can then select the placement of the social icons on those pages or posts. Pick the option that best suits your website.
Next, you can enter any pages you do not want the social icons to appear on. This is ideal for pages that are not content-rich.
Just make sure to separate each page with a comma.
Save your changes by clicking on the save button on the right-hand side.
Doing so will update your preview to reflect the changes so far. This is important because the last settings are all appearance altering. And as such, I strongly recommend spending some time to test all of the settings
But with that said, the default appearance will be sufficient for any website.
Save any additional changes again and visit your website to see the social icons in action.
Congratulations on successfully adding social icons with this WordPress social media plugin.
Make Sharing Easy
One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is not integrating social media platforms with their website. As the most popular CMS available, WordPress has loads of integration options available for every major social media platform.
Search through the vast catalog of WordPress social media plugins and I am sure you will find plenty of interesting ones.
Which social media icons are you displaying? What other steps do you take to integrate social media in WordPress?
Author: Robert Giaquinto
Robert has been writing tutorials about WordPress and other CMS for over 3 years since joining the GreenGeeks marketing team. Thanks to this, he has had the opportunity to research and master several areas of WordPress including plugin usage, SEO, website design, and social media integration. When he is not creating content for WordPress, Robert is digging up new content ideas for environmental pieces. These range from the pollution in our air to the danger’s wildlife face. And with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, he is always eager to discuss the way our technologies are affecting the environment, especially when it comes to solar energy.