Social Media Widget Tutorial

in this video I'm going to be showing you how to use the awesome social media widget plugin It's a free plug in you can install from within your dashboard and it's excellent for linking to your social profiles

Every blog, and really every WordPress site needs to use social buttons in two different ways You need buttons inside of your content so people can easily share it, and you need buttons that link directly to your social profiles so people can like them and follow you Social media widget makes it simple to link to your social profiles in your sidebar After installing and activating social media widget, it it doesn't show up under settings or tools, but rather just as an available widget in your widgets page under appearance To use social media widget, just drop it into your sidebar to get started

Now the title will appear above the buttons and follow us is fine for our purposes I would avoid using any widget text as I can't imagine what else you might need to say here The al and title tags are fine, and under icon size, you have a few different preset sizes one of which should fit your site nicely Social Media Widget comes with four different styles for all the buttons I'll choose the sketch icons to switch things up

There's also an option here to choose custom but that requires making all the button images yourself It would be cool if you wanted all the buttons branded to match your site, but it's likely not something you'll need to do I don't like the use of an animation, but fade-in is subtle so I'll use that, and the opacity only refers to that animation No follow is turned on by default, but I like to turn that off

No follow basically says I'm linking to these pages, but I don't trust them and I won't vouch for their credibility In other words, it's unnecessary when linking to your own social profiles Whether you want the profiles to open up in a new tab is up to you, but general best practices for user experience is to not open up new tabs since it can be jarring and disorienting for users The alignment and icons per row are stylistic choices that you can make I'm going to click on the general settings link here to collapse them now

At this point, you can see a ton of different sections and each one of those is simply a category for a social site For instance, if I click on social networking, I'll find Facebook, Google+, and Twitter You can find flickr under images and video, and SlideShare and Etsy under business reviewing sharing Also, if you can't find a site you use or if you wanna add a new icon to another site you use, you can click on custom services and here you can add the name of the service, URL of the image location for the butoon, and URL of the profile it should lead to I'm gonna just throw in links to some of Amazons profiles to show you what the buttons look like when live

Now that I've added the links, you'll see that I can give a title tag and alt text to each individual icon and a different target if I'd like The default would be whatever you selected earlier up here Here's what they look like on a post on my super plain blog Here's the "Follow Us" text we decided earlier and the three icons linking to the appropriate pages They look a bit small here, so I'm going to head back to the general settings and increase them to sixty four pixels

Yeah that looks great Social Media Widget is the easiest, and frankly one of the best ways to add attractive links to your social profiles While its functionality is quite simple it offers a tremendous amount of flexibility and configuration which is why I recommend that

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