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

The next step to make the most out of the social shar­ing is to dis­play it in the right spot. Peo­ple need to eas­i­ly find them in order to engage and dri­ve results.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Go to Appear­ance → Lay­out → Con­tent, scroll down till Share Links, and click Show Share Links.
  • Under this, you have a drop-down named Choose where to dis­play the share links and click on the option that fits you best (Top, Bot­tom, Top and Bot­tom).
  • Click on Save & Pub­lish and that’s it.

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 April 18, 2017

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