How to Add Social Media Icons in Your WordPress Sidebar


Displaying social media buttons on your site encourages users to follow you on different social media networks. Previously, we have covered how to add Facebook fan box and twitter follow button on your WordPress site. Recently, one of our users asked for the easiest way to add social media icons in your WordPress sidebar. Something somewhat similar to what we have in our sidebar. In this article, we will show you how to add social media icons in your WordPress sidebar.

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Adding simple social icons in WordPress sidebar

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Simple Social Icons plugin. After activating the plugin, go to Appearance » Widgets to drag and drop the simple social icons widget to your sidebar. Next, you can configure the size, colors, alignment and various other options of these social icons.

Setting up simple social icons widget

Simply enter URLs to your social media profiles in the widget. It supports Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Linkedin, Pinterest, Instagram, and some other popular social media websites. You can also add icon for your RSS feed and email newsletter.

After entering URLs, save changes and preview it on your website. We suggest that you play with the colors to try different background and hover combinations to see what looks best on your site. You can also make these social icons flat by setting the border radius to 0 and increasing the icon size. The only thing we wish this plugin did was allow users the ability to change the order of the icons. Currently, you cannot reorder the icons.

We hope that this article helped you add social media icons in your WordPress sidebar. For feedback and questions you can find us on Twitter and Facebook. You can also leave a comment below.

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