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How to Add Social Share Buttons in WordPress (Beginner’s Guide)

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Do you want to add social share buttons in WordPress?

People spend most of their time on different social media platforms across the internet. You can share your content on these social platforms to build user engagement and attract new visitors to your website. The simplest way to do this is by adding social sharing buttons to WordPress posts and pages.

In this article, we will show you how to easily add social share buttons and display share counts on your WordPress website.

Add Social Share Buttons in WordPress (Beginner's Guide)

Why Add Social Share Buttons in WordPress?

Social networking is one of the most popular online activities today. That’s why social media marketing is now a crucial part of any small business’s growth strategy.

If you want to reach more potential customers, then social media platforms are highly effective channels to communicate with new people.

The problem is that when you share your content on your social media profiles, it only reaches a limited number of your followers.

However, by adding social sharing buttons, you can encourage visitors to share your content on their social media handles. This allows your content to be seen by their friends and followers, who can then add comments, like, and re-share it.

In this way, social share buttons can help drive more traffic to your site, improve your social credibility, generate more leads, and boost engagement.

Having said that, let’s see how to easily add social share buttons in WordPress. You can use the quick links below to jump to different parts of our tutorial:

How to Add Social Share Buttons in WordPress Posts and Pages

First, you need to install and activate the Social Snap plugin. For detailed instructions, you can see our beginner’s guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, visit the Social Snap » Settings page from the WordPress admin sidebar and expand the ‘Social Sharing’ tab from the left column.

Expand the social sharing tab

This will open new settings in the sidebar where you must select the ‘Manage Networks’ tab.

Next, click the ‘+ Add Networks’ button to add a social media network of your choice from the prompt, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and email.

You can also configure the button visibility for different devices by hovering your mouse over the eye icon and toggling the mobile switch to ‘On’. Once you do that, the social sharing buttons will also be displayed to users who are visiting your website on mobile devices.

Click the Add Network button to choose social media platforms for social sharing buttons

After that, exit the ‘Manage Networks’ tab.

This will take you to the general settings page, where you can select if you want to add a floating bar or inline buttons for social sharing icons.

Add Social Share Inline Buttons

Social share inline buttons will be displayed at the top or bottom of your posts and pages.

To add them to your site, just click on the ‘Inline Buttons’ tab to expand it.

Choose the inline buttons tab

This will open new settings in the left column with a preview for the social share buttons on the right side of the screen.

From here, you can configure the buttons’ position. You can choose the ‘Below Content’ option to display buttons at the bottom of the content and the ‘Above Content’ option to showcase buttons at the top of the page.

You can also customize your button’s alignment and the share label, shape, and size from here.

Customize your social sharing buttons

Next, scroll down to the ‘Button Labels’ section, where you can decide if you want to display the social media platform’s name, share counts, or both.

After that, you must scroll down to the ‘Display On’ section. Here, you can check the ‘Posts’ box if you only want to display the social share buttons on your posts. You can also check the ‘Pages’ button to display social share buttons on your About Us, Contact Us, or Archives pages.

Additionally, you can check the ‘Home’ option if you only want to display the social sharing buttons on your home page.

Choose where you want to display your social sharing buttons

Once you are done, don’t forget to click the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom to store your settings.

You can now visit your WordPress website to view the social share buttons in action.

Social sharing buttons preview

Add Social Sharing Floating Bar

If you decide to add a floating bar, then your social share buttons will be displayed on the side of your WordPress posts or pages.

To do this, simply open the ‘Floating Sidebar’ tab.

Choose the floating bar option

This will open some new settings in the left column, from where you can configure the position, size, and shape of your floating bar icons.

Once you do that, scroll down to the ‘Display On’ section and select the pages where you want to display the social share buttons.

For example, if you want to display the social sharing floating bar only on your blog posts, then you can select the ‘Post’ option.

Similarly, if you want to display the floating bar on your website’s home page as well, then you can choose the ‘Home’ option.

Choose where to display your floating bar

Finally, click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

You can now visit your WordPress blog to view the social sharing floating bar in action.

Social sharing floating bar preview

How to Add Social Share Buttons in WordPress Images

If you have a photography website, then you can even add social share buttons to your images with the help of this plugin.

This will allow users to share your images on their social handles and help bring more traffic to your site.

First, you will have to visit the Social Snap » Settings page from the WordPress dashboard and click on the ‘On Media’ tab to open it.

Choose the On Media tab to expand it

Once you are there, choose your button type. You can add all your social share buttons at the top of the images or add a Pinterest button.

After that, you can also select the button’s size, shape, visibility, and position.

Choose social share buttons or Pinterest button to display on top of images

Then, you can add the minimum height and width for an image. This means that the share buttons will not be displayed in an image on your website that is under the minimum height and width limit.

Next, you must scroll down to the ‘Display On’ section and check the options for the pages or posts where you want to display social share buttons on your images.

You can then also toggle the ‘Hide on Mobile’ switch to ‘On’ if you don’t want to display share buttons for images on mobile devices.

Configure the display settings for the social share buttons in images

Finally, click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

Now, simply visit your WordPress site to view the social sharing buttons in images.

Social Share buttons in images preview

How to Display Social Share Counts in WordPress

If you also want to display the share counts next to the social share buttons, then you must visit the Social Snap » Settings page and expand the ‘Manage Networks’ tab from the left column.

After that, scroll down to the ‘Facebook Share Count Provider’ section, where you can select any of the two sources.

Choose SharedCount.com as the API for share counts

However, we recommend selecting the ‘SharedCount.com’ option. Then, the counts will be retrieved from the SharedCount service API. It allows the plugin to fetch all counts with only 2 API calls, which is best for WordPress performance.

If you choose the ‘Facebook Graph API’ option, then share counts are retrieved from the Facebook API, which can slow down your site.

You can easily get the SharedCount API by signing up for a free account on the SharedCount.com website.

To do this, you will have to provide an email address and password and then click the ‘Create Account’ button.

Create an account on SharedCount.com

The website will now send a confirmation link to your email address.

Go ahead and click on the link to verify your account.

Click account verification link

Now, you must log in to your ShareCount account again and visit the ‘Settings’ page from the dropdown menu in the top right corner of the screen.

This will take you to a new page where you will see your SharedCount API key.

Copy your SharedCount API key

You need to copy this key and go back to your plugin’s settings page on your WordPress site.

Now, go ahead and paste the API key in the ‘SharedCount API Key’ field.

After that, click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

Paste your SharedCount.com API key

You can then enter this API key again for your Twitter share count. After that, click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.

You can now visit your website to see the social sharing buttons with the share count for each blog post.

Social share buttons with share count preview

How to Add Social Share Buttons in Custom Landing Pages

If you want to build custom landing pages for your website with social sharing buttons, then you can do that using SeedProd.

It is the best WordPress page builder on the market that comes with a drag-and-drop builder, premade templates, and advanced blocks to create amazing landing pages, including social sharing buttons.

First, you need to install and activate the SeedProd plugin. For detailed instructions, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Note: SeedProd also has a free plan that you can use for this tutorial. However, upgrading to the paid plan will unlock more features.

Upon activation, visit the SeedProd » Landing Pages section from the WordPress dashboard and click the ‘Add New Landing Page’ button.

Click the Add New Landing Page button

This will take you to the ‘Choose a New Page Template’ screen, where you will see numerous premade templates to choose from.

Once you make your choice, you will be asked to enter a name for the landing page that you are about to create.

Upon entering this information, just click the ‘Save and Start Editing the Page’ button to continue.

Enter your page details

This will launch SeedProd’s drag and drop builder, where you will see a list of blocks in the left column with a page preview on the right.

You can now drag and drop different blocks to build your page. For more details, see our tutorial on how to create a landing page in WordPress.

After that, simply find and and add the Social Sharing block from the left column to your preferred place on the page.

Add the social sharing block to the landing page

Next, you need to click on the block again to open its settings in the sidebar. From here, you can choose the social media platform with the button you want to add from the dropdown menu.

You can also add a new social sharing button by clicking the ‘+ Add New Share’ button in the column.

After that, you can also configure the button’s size and alignment.

Choose a social media platform for the page

You can even switch to the ‘Advanced’ tab at the top to change the spacing, pick the device visibility, add custom CSS, and use animation effects.

Once you are done, simply click the ‘Save and ‘Publish’ button at the top to store your settings.

Publish the landing page with the social sharing block

Now, just visit the custom landing page to see the social sharing buttons in action.

This is what the page looked like on our demo website.

Landing page with the social sharing block

Bonus: Add a WhatsApp Share Button in WordPress

Apart from social media platforms, you can also add a WhatsApp share button on your WordPress site. WhatsApp is an instant messaging app that allows people all over the world to contact each other.

By adding a WhatsApp share button, you will enable users to share your site content with their contacts, including friends, family, and colleagues. This can boost user engagement, enhance content visibility, and help you expand your brand reach.

You can easily add a WhatsApp share button in WordPress with the Sassy Social Share plugin.

WhatsApp Share button

For more information, just see our tutorial on how to add a WhatsApp chatbox and share buttons in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you learn how to add social share buttons in WordPress. You may also want to learn how to add social media icons to WordPress menus and our top picks for the best WordPress social media plugins to grow your following.

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  2. Pagula Majorda says

    Hi
    Your writeup is good no doubt.
    I want to ask about the icons placed in the Top Bar, do you simply put the url, if so, what purpose does it serve? On a marketplace demos, I found the icons urls automatically changed to reflect the article I was reading. How does one do that? Any ideas will not only help your readers (I am one of them too), but it will increase the coverage of this article.
    Please keep up the good work

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Using the Shared Count plugin would not require you to add a link to the social media platform, it would generate the post with a link to the post to share for the user and they would have the option to change the content before posting.

      Admin

    • WPBeginner Support says

      We do not have a recommended plugin for that at the moment but we will be sure to share if we have a recommended one :)

      Admin

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  5. Diane Hambrick says

    Thank you for a great deal of valuable information! Sharing on social media is so important for our websites.

  6. Suzanne says

    Thanks for your awesome tutorial solving step 1 in my issue with social media share butotns. Having successfully installed on a specific blogpost (icons are visible) the specific blogpost is not shared on fB, only a generic text and image about my site… what is missing?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      At the moment we’re using the shared counts plugin from this tutorial with custom styling :)

      Admin

  7. Ikechukwu says

    Nice article but I have a little problem in displaying the share bottoms to my blog category post.

    The bottoms only show in pages instead of post how do I fix that

    Thank you.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to reach out to the support for your theme and they should be able to help with the footer display.

      Admin

  8. Daniela says

    Hi well written article thanks.. I was wondering is there a possibility to insert and have the same effect without a plugin I mean with php and jv using Facebook sharing.. Thanks for your reply.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      We do not have a beginner-friendly method to add share buttons with JS and PHP

      Admin

  9. Benjamin says

    Hi,

    What plugin are you using for your social shares?

    The share counts plugin doesn’t have an option to make it look like yours.

    Thanks

    • WPBeginner Support says

      We added custom styling for the shared counts to look like they do on our site

      Admin

      • Benjamin says

        Oh, I see

        Is there anywhere I can find this styling to make it look the same on my website? I really like the look!

        Thanks

        • WPBeginner Support says

          Not at the moment but we will look into the possibility of including it in an article :)

  10. Martin Koss says

    Which social sharing plugin do you use yourselves on your blog (and this post).
    Thanks.

  11. Valli says

    As per this, am bit confused, whether you are suggesting to add both plugin “Shared count & Sassy social share” or any one is sufficient.
    curiously awaiting for your reply.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Either one is sufficient, they just have different design options depending on what you’re wanting to do.

      Admin

  12. Aman says

    It was a fantastic blog post,
    Is there any step by step procedure for beginner in WP, like sequence of blog post or e-book

  13. Kane Martin says

    I am regular visitor of wpbeginner. Thanks for doing great job again. Information is well organized and easy to understand, will help me. Can you suggest me some plugins which can display Flickr album on website?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thank you, while we don’t have a recommendation at the moment, we will certainly keep an eye out :)

      Admin

  14. Xavier Jinan says

    Should i use them when my theme already have share buttons ? Because a blog on Hostnoc suggested that adding the buttons can slowdown your website. So why should i use it ?

  15. Chukwuezugo says

    What about AddToAny social share plugin? That’s what I use and I love it. You can tweak it to give you either the standard share icons or the floating icons.

  16. Micki says

    I rely heavily on information found on WP beginner. The site has been invaluable to me in starting my blog.

    One question on this post: The plug in, Shared Counts, is untested with my version of WordPress. Since I update each time an update is available, I am assuming that it is untested with the most updated version of WordPress.

    I use the Classic Editor plug in, if that makes a difference.

    Is it still safe to use this plug in? It sounds like it is exactly what I am looking for but I am hesitant to install it.

    Any direction would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks so much for the on-going help found on the site.

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