Are you looking to add social media icons in your WordPress sidebar?
Displaying social media icons on your website helps you increase your social media followers because it encourages your visitors to follow you on different social media networks.
In this article, we’ll show you how to add social media icons in your WordPress sidebar.
Why Add Social Media Icons in Your WordPress Sidebar?
Displaying social media icons will give your visitors an opportunity to follow you on various social channels, and is a simple and effective way to grow your social media following.
Many popular WordPress blogs and websites display social media icons in their sidebar, header, or footer area.
Here you can see social media icons displayed in the sidebar of the WPBeginner website.
It’s important to remember that social media follow icons are different than adding social share buttons to your WordPress posts. If you’re looking to add share buttons, then see our beginner’s guide on how to add social share buttons in WordPress.
With that being said, let’s take a look at how to add social media follow icons in your WordPress sidebar.
How to Add Social Media Icons in Your WordPress Sidebar
The Simple Social Icons plugin is developed by StudioPress, the creator of the Genesis theme framework, and it is now part of WP Engine, the most popular managed WordPress hosting company. This plugin’s underlying code is used in some of their best selling themes.
After activating the plugin, you need to navigate to Appearance » Widgets. Next, click the blue ‘+ Toggle block inserter’ button and scroll down to the ‘Simple Social Icons’ widget and drag it onto your sidebar.
Now you can start to configure how your social media icons will look. You should start by adding a title for the widget. After that, we recommend that you check the box to open links in a new tab or window. This will keep your visitors on your website.
We suggest that you play with the colors to try different backgrounds and hover combinations to match your website’s color scheme. You can also make the icons flat by setting the border radius to 0 and increasing the icon size.
Now you can enter URLs for your social media profiles. The plugin supports Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linkedin, Pinterest, Instagram, and some other popular social media websites. You can also add icons for your RSS feed and email newsletter.
The only downside to this plugin is that it does not allow you to rearrange the order of the icons.
Once you’re finished, make sure you click the ‘Update’ button at the top of the page.
Now you can visit your website to view your social icons.
We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to add social media icons in your WordPress sidebar. You may also want to learn how to create a contact form in WordPress, or check out our list of the best Facebook plugins to grow your blog.