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.

Updated on November 30, 2017

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