We’ve discussed many times on our website how important it is to engage your followers on WordPress and to make your website as accessible as possible. There are many ways for you to be able to do this, but in this article, we will be discussing how you can add social media buttons to your WordPress site very quickly and easily and why it’s important for you to do so.
Importance of Having Social Media Buttons on WordPress
Virtually everyone nowadays uses social media, which is why it is important to make your sites as accessible as possible using all social media platforms. Most businesses nowadays incorporate social media marketing as part of their business strategy because it’s a proven way to gain revenue and traffic.
However, not everyone who views your WordPress site is following you on social media. Or maybe they do, but they want an easier way to be able to view everything that you have on your site and share it on their own pages. This is where the importance of adding social media buttons to your WordPress site comes in.
Not only does adding social media buttons make your website more accessible for everyone, but they also allow people to share their favorite content from your site on their social media pages. This means that your content has now been exposed to a wider audience- their friends, family, coworkers, and acquaintances, who may not have known about your site in another way. This will eventually lead to you having a larger following and, in turn, more revenue, sales, and traffic.
There are many social media websites out there that you can choose from when adding buttons to your WordPress site, but it’s best that you focus on some of the most popular ones first to make your posts shareable to a wider audience of people. According to recent studies, some of the most popular sites include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.
So now that you’re probably hooked on to the idea of making sure that people can share your posts on their social media page, you want to know how to add these buttons to your site. Now we will get into the simple instructions on how to do so.
Finding good themes for your site is important in making sure that your site looks exactly as you want it to. This also applies to adding a social media button on your site. There are some themes that allow you to do so right from the theme itself. There should be a button in these themes that says ‘Customize Screen’ or something along those lines that would allow you to simply add the URLs for different social media sites.
Social Media Plugins
The next way that you can add social media buttons is through using social media plugins. These are necessary in order for you to gain access to these buttons. However, the problem that some people encounter is that these plugins cause their websites to perform slower because of all the programming that the plugins add to their sites. This means that it’s generally recommended you choose something that offers fewer features than normal and that you only choose to offer a few social media options to ensure that your site continues to run as smoothly as possible.
Shared Counts does not offer as many options, but it does allow you to create buttons for the most popular sites on the Internet, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Yummly, and LinkedIn, and it also allows you to have the option to add buttons for sharing via email or for printing. People liked its performance and gave it five-star ratings.
Sassy Social Share, on the other hand, gives you more than 100 options for what social media sites you want to include on your WordPress site. You can customize the icons in any way you like, customize their performance as you see fit, and best of all, it’s free.
Of course, there are plenty of other social media plugins for you to choose from, so you don’t have to feel as though you are limited to just these two.
Now, let’s get into how to use these plugins to install social media buttons on your site.
Installing Social Media Buttons
If you choose to go the plugin route, the first thing that you will need to do is install the plugin of your choice. When you install the plugin, go to the settings tab and click on Shared Counts (if that’s the plugin you chose). There should be a section titled ‘Display,’ which will allow you to choose the social media sites that you want to have buttons for. Once you’ve done that, you can now customize the way that you want the buttons to appear on your page, including the location where it should appear. And the last step that you need to take is to choose what types of posts you want these buttons to appear on- pages or posts. Click on ‘Save Changes’ and you’re done! You can now check out your page to see how these buttons appear and work.
There are plenty of reasons why you should consider adding social media plugins to your WordPress site. They will help you to gain more followers and revenue, make your site accessible across a variety of platforms, and they allow people to share your posts on their social media, which makes your site visible to a wider audience of people. You have a lot of different plugins to choose from when adding social media buttons to your site, and the best part is, most of them are free and easy to navigate.