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.
Step 2 — Add Custom Links to your Social Profiles
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.