Social media buttons can be added to your wordpress blog in a variety of ways. I’m going to show you the easiest, because we all like easy and who has 5 hours spare to figure all this social media button stuff out anyway? It’s far better to spend the time being social 😉
The picture you see above shows 3 social media buttons. There’s a Google+ button, a twitter button and a facebook like button. I’ve chosen these as they are the most important to me. You may want to add extra buttons like stumble upon for example. You can easily do this once we’ve installed the plugin.
So to get started, log in to your wordpress account.
We need to head on over to your wordpress dashboard. Find the Plugins area and click “Add new”.
I use a plugin called “digg digg”. Type this into the search box and click the search plugins button.
When the digg digg plugin shows up in the search results click install.
A message will show, asking you if you’re sure you want to install it. Click yes.
Then click “activate plugin”
We now need to configure your new plugin, which is just a fancy way for saying – we have to tell it what to do.
Once you have activated the plugin, a new “Digg Digg” section will appear on your dashboard.
Click “floating display”.
We want to check the “Enable floating display” and then save changes. This tells the plugin that you want the buttons to float. When you scroll down the page, the buttons will not scroll down, they will keep their position at the top of the post.
Check the “post” box and then save changes.
Here’s the part where you select which social media buttons you want to add. I only added 3 but you can add as many as you like. Then click save changes.
Just check the boxes next to the ones you want and click save changes. The lazy loading column allows your page to load first and then the plug in appears last, however, it doesn’t seem to affect the page load time that much so I haven’t used this section.
There’s another cool option you can add here. If you want to enable your readers to print your post or email it, then all you need to do is check these boxes. A printer button will be added and an envelope button for the email.
Now don’t worry when you reach this section. The code is all there for you and you don’t need to do anything with it at this stage. There are default figures in the code that tell the plugin where to display the buttons on your screen. This section below tells the plugin to display -120 pixels from the left hand margin.
For most themes it will display perfectly. If for some reason it doesn’t align well on your page, there are only two figures you’ll need to adjust.
Don’t adjust anything at this stage.
This next part tells the plugin where to display the buttons in relation to the top of your screen. The default figure is 16 pixels from the top of your screen. You can also adjust this figure if you would like the buttons to appear further down the page. Try it out first and then adjust if you want to.
Check this box if you wish to remove the tiny digg digg text link that displays at the bottom of the plugin.
And finally, check out your site. This is how your plugin should appear on your posts. If it doesn’t then you can go back in and adjust the default figures until it displays exactly where you want it.
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