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.

Additional Readings:

This article applies to Border, Lens, Pile, Rosa, and Timber as they share the same underlying structure.

Updated on June 14, 2017

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