Adding Share Buttons with AddThis

Encour­age your vis­i­tors to spread your con­tent across a large range of social net­works and dri­ve more traf­fic to your site. Con­fig­ure the shar­ing but­tons so they can eas­i­ly share your projects and blog posts to their social pro­files.

Step 1 -Configure AddThis Social Sharing

AddThis offers quite a large num­ber of sup­port­ed ser­vices, each iden­ti­fied by a spe­cif­ic, low­er­case name that you can find on this par­tic­u­lar list. Next, we will walk you through the process of adding these share but­tons on your web­site. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Log into Word­Press Dash­board
  • Go to Appear­ance → Cus­tomize → Theme Options → Shar­ing and fill in the Share Ser­vices’ field (under it there are instruc­tions on how you can eas­i­ly add your favorite social chan­nels). For instance, the + icon opens up a pop­up where peo­ple can search for their par­tic­u­lar ser­vice. On the oth­er hand, a pre­ferred but­ton type will try and dis­play your visitor’s favorite social ser­vices, sav­ing him the time of find­ing them.
  • Click on Save & Pub­lish and you’re done for now.

Step 2 — Display the AddThis Social Sharing

You can eas­i­ly enable or dis­able the Share Links on projects from Appear­ance → Cus­tomize → Lay­out → Sin­gle Project and on blog posts from Appear­ance → Cus­tomize, click on Blog, and check or uncheck the Show Share But­tons box.

Now you are ready to share your sto­ries with the world and change it for the bet­ter. Bare in mind that you don’t need to make use of all of them since too much dis­trac­tion can make peo­ple feel con­fused. Stick to what works for you and your website’s per­son­al­i­ty.

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Updated on June 14, 2017

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