Today I am going to share my favorite social media icon plugin with you! It is really simple to install and the icons will look clean and beautiful on your site! This tutorial is for self-hosted wordpress blogs. If you don’t have a blog, or want to switch to wordpress you can read this pots, How to Start a Blog.
I think it is a pretty safe bet to say that almost all bloggers use social media networks to engage with their readers, which is why it is good to have a set of social media icons on your blog.
Typically, social media icons are near the very top of a site either in the header or at the top of the sidebar. Alright, Let’s dive in!
I am going to use my blog as the example. See those social media icons? If you hover over them they change colors. Fun!
The plugin used is called Simple Social Icons by Studiopress. It is totally free!
To install, login to your WordPress dashboard.
Look on the left hand side for ‘Plugins’ and select it.
Now you should see a search box. Inside the search box type ‘Simple Social Icons.’
This is the one you want …
Click ‘Install’ and the ‘Activate.’
Now on the lefthand side of your dashboard to go to ‘Appearance’ and then ‘Widgets.’ You should see a new widget option.
Drag the widget to the location you would like it on your sidebar. I have mine almost at the very top.
Open the widget and you will see the following options. Input your information and save!
Click save and you have beautiful customized social media icons!
A few quick notes >>>
- The colors are done with a HEX CODE. A hex code is a number sign and then a mixture of 6 numbers and letters. You can find hex codes for any color at Color Picker.
- At the top of the widget you can choose to have your social media pages open in a new window. I like this option!
- This tutorial is for Worpress.org blogs. If you are using Blogger you can read this post on how to add social media icons to your sidebar.
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