Displaying Social Icons

We live in a world where shar­ing has become a nat­ur­al way of act­ing and react­ing. We’re eager to let peo­ple know about amaz­ing places, tasty food, or bold expe­ri­ences. That’s why social icons are much more than a wit­ty approach to spread­ing mes­sages. In fact, they are a sol­id gate­way to encour­age your audi­ence to fol­low and con­nect with you by hav­ing a cor­dial and wel­com­ing atti­tude. More­over, it is a pow­er­ful strat­e­gy to cre­ate and con­sol­i­date a com­mu­ni­ty which is rel­e­vant to your web­site.

The fol­low­ing steps give you a help­ing hand to get the social media icons. Just stick to the plan and you are going to suc­ceed. Before start­ing, please make sure that you installed,  acti­vat­ed and con­nect­ed Jet­Pack plu­g­in to your WordPress.com account. You can read more about this here.

Step 1 — Create the Menu

The very first move is to go to Appear­ance → Cus­tomize → Menus and click on Add Menu but­ton to cre­ate a new menu, then give it a name like “Social Menu”, for instance.

All you have to do now is to add menu items that link to your social pro­files by using the Cus­tom Links option. You find it on the left side of the pan­el. If it is eas­i­er, just check this screen­shot.

Step 3 — Place the Menu

You are almost there! Now go to Appear­ance → Cus­tomize → Menus → Man­age Loca­tions → “Social Menu” and set the menu that you just cre­at­ed.

If there is no “Social Menu” loca­tion then you can add the social icons in the foot­er area, by going to Appear­ance → Cus­tomize → Wid­gets → Foot­er Area and add a new “Cus­tom Menu” Wid­get with the above-cre­at­ed menu select­ed.

Which social icons are supported?

We sup­port a bunch of social ser­vices, but we encour­age you to be aware that not all of them brings real val­ue. Also, don’t abuse of these chan­nels because noth­ing good will hap­pen. Depend­ing on your web­site and your goals search for the right social ser­vices. Start by find­ing out where your audi­ence likes to spend time and try to cre­ate wit­ty liaisons.

How­ev­er, here’s the com­plete list: Email, RSS Feeds (links with “feed” or “RSS”), Behance, Deli­cious, DeviantArt, Digg, Dribb­ble, Face­book, Flickr, FourSquare, GitHub, Google+, Insta­gram, LinkedIn, Pin­ter­est, Red­dit, Skype, Sound­Cloud, Spo­ti­fy, Stum­ble­Upon, Tum­blr, Twit­ter, Vimeo, Vine, Vkon­tak­te, Sina Wei­bo, Xing, Yahoo, Angel­List, Yelp, LastFM, SlideShare, and Twitch.

This article applies to Border, Bucket, Fargo, Felt, Gema, Heap, Hive, Julia, Lens, Listable, Mies, Noah, Noah Lite, Osteria, Patch, Pile, Rosa, Silk, Timber, and Vasco as they share the same underlying structure.

Updated on May 28, 2018

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