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Social Sharing Buttons in WordPress

Visitors to your site can share information from your site with their friends and followers in the social media sites.

Thus way your site wins new visitors and very likely new customers.

Social media sharing is no longer just an available option, but an important necessity.

WordPress as the most used publishing application gives a great freedom to designers and developers to offer a wide range of plugins including social media sharing plugins.

The official WordPress plugin directory currently returns over 1,500 results for social share search keyword.

In this article, we'll show you how to add Social sharing buttons to your posts using AddToAny Share Buttons plugin.

We based our choice on the following plugin's features:

  • Easy to manage settings
  • Significant number of important settings
  • Wide choice of social networks
  • Easy to manage buttons

Install AddToAny Share Buttons Plugin

Open Administration > Plugins > Add New and paste in the search field AddToAny

Click Install Now, wait few seconds then click Activate.

wordpress social sharing buttons

Enter configuration screen click Settings > AddToAny:

wordpress social sharing buttons

Click on Add/Remove Services to select social media sites:

wordpress social sharing buttons

Clicking on icon will add it to the selection, clicking on already selected link will remove it from the selection.

wordpress social sharing buttons

Further you are provided with options where to place icons – we'll place ours only after single posts and at the bottom of pages.

wordpress social sharing buttons

Here is how the icons look like:

wordpress social sharing buttons

Sharing to Twitter:

wordpress social sharing buttons

Sharing to Facebook:

wordpress social sharing buttons

But what will happen if we click on the blue button with plus sign? Additional menu will open with more social media sites:

wordpress social sharing buttons

Clicking on More link will display the whole list of media sites that we were presented in the plugin settings screen:

wordpress social sharing buttons

You can use very convenient search bar to find easily your favorite social media site:

wordpress social sharing buttons

Now go back to plugin settings screen at Settings > AddToAny and click Floating tab:

wordpress social sharing buttons

Here you are provided with options to fix your icons on certain position on the screen. Even more by combining the settings for vertical and horizontal floating you can achieve responsive effect – on wilder screens (desktop in the example) icons are fixed vertically while on smaller screens (tablet) the icons are fixed horizontally at the bottom of the screen.

wordpress social sharing buttons

These floating icons does not cancel the single posts icons, but if clicked here they share the site URL instead of certain post, which is a great option for sharing one page sites (for example).

wordpress social sharing buttons

wordpress social sharing buttons

Example of horizontal floating buttons:

wordpress social sharing buttons

wordpress social sharing buttons

Summary

While content sharing is important keep in mind that providing too many sharing options with attention grabbing buttons may redirect substantial part of your visitors back to the social media sites which is not the result you are looking for.

So select the sharing setting wisely to get only positive results from sharing your content in the social media sites.

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