Having a website simply means, without any argument, that you have to become involved in social networking. Of course we all want to do everything we can to get traffic to our WordPress websites, and installing a few tiny buttons can really help.
The most popular social networks you can get involved with are Facebook and Twitter. These are gods in the world of social networking.
Why do you need a share button on your WordPress website?
You definitely, without question, need to give your visitors the opportunity to share your content. Hey it doesn’t cost you anything! All they have to do is press on a simple share button to show appreciation for your post. How easy is that? It doesn’t cost them anything but a few seconds of their time.
Why would you miss out on this opportunity? You would have to have rocks in your head. Once they press on a button, a Facebook button for example, the url to your post will be published on their Facebook account. All their friends will see it and if they comment or like the link it will then be on their Facebook account page.
How many social networks should you display?
I have displayed all the social network icons and have found that you only need the ones that apply to you. I have built reasonably large profiles on Facebook and Twitter and that is why I choose to use these buttons for my visitors to share my content. However if I have built a profile on DIG or Stumbleupon I would include these buttons also. You need to show your popularity any way you can. This is why I use a counter with my buttons so people can see how many others have shared my content.
What Social network WordPress plugins are available to use?
I have tried a few WordPress plugins to help me display the social networking buttons I need for my website, and for each website it might require a different plugin. they all do a great job, however sometimes they are not exactly what I need and I have to install the buttons manually.
Is it better to install these share and follow buttons manually?
Once you have figured out what social media buttons you need it is easy to get the HTML code to embed the buttons into your website. Plugins do great things but adding the code into your website is also sometimes necessary. When installing button code manually you do not have to worry if a plugin is not compatible and you do not have to update the code. The unfortunate thing is that although the code is easy to dump into the code of your website, it is not always easy to line it all up. Trying to get different icons and buttons to line up can become a nightmare for the newbie. This is where the plugin is useful.
Where can I find the link code for a Facebook share button?
Where can I find the link code for a Twitter follow button?
Watch this video tutorial if you need to see how to install a Facebook button into your WordPress website manually. You will also see how to add a “Digg Digg” plugin and configure it.