AddThis Plugin is probably the most widely used social sharing Plugin for WordPress at the present, one reason for such huge user base is the age of the network. This plugin was founded in 2004 which currently supports more than three hundred social media sites. Like many of the other plugins, this one also offers customizable options to perfectly match the look and feel of your site.Get more of your website’s content shared on social media by installing the AddThis Share Buttons plugin for WordPress. With AddThis, your users can easily share your content on some of the most popular social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and more. The more your content gets shared, the more traffic you’ll drive back to your site. You can also choose whether to display these share buttons on your homepage, category page, archive page, and other specific WordPress pages and posts.
Features of AddThis Plugin
- Responsive sharing buttons
- Sharing sidebar counters
- Jumbo share counter
- Mobile sharing toolbar
- Custom sharing buttons
- Supports almost all the browsers
Add Social Sharing Buttons with AddThis Plugin in WordPress
Step 1. Install and Activate Plugin
In the first step, install the “AddThis Plugin” by searching for “AddThis” keyword via “WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New” as shown below.
Step 2. AddThis Plugin Settings
After installing the plugin, go to Dashboard > Settings > Share Buttons by AddThis and click on the Share Buttons by AddThis tab. You will see it’s Settings in your screen as shown below.
Under the Sharing Tools settings you have various setting option for styling your Sharing Buttons. Firstly you have to Enable the Red Buttons that is at the Right side of the setting page to make the changes in the default settings of the plugin.
Sharing Buttons Above and Below Content
The settings option for both Sharing Buttons Above Content and Sharing Buttons Below Content are same. As per your requirements and adjustments you can make the changes.
The Style option provides the share buttons Themes to select from. There are 4 different types of Themes for the buttons and you can select one of them that matches your look and feel of your website. Moreover you can Select Your Own or Auto option in order to boost the sharing services.
In this Options section, you can select the page templates where you want your Social Sharing Buttons to appear. You can select all the templates or few of them, it’s up to you.
Sharing Sidebar option is for Sidebar settings. The Style option helps you to set the sidebar position either to Left or Right hand side in your website.
The Option settings are same like the setting we have done for Sharing Buttons Above & Below Content, but we have some added option here. We can assign the value to display the number of buttons in the Sidebar along with the Theme option for hiding the Sidebar.
Mobile Sharing Toolbar
Mobile Sharing Toolbar section helps you to set the settings for displaying the sharing buttons for mobile users. The Style helps you to allocate the position of sharing toolbar either to Top or Bottom of your site.
In the options we can assign the number of buttons for the sharing toolbar and allow the share counts to appear or dis-appear in the mobile devices.
You have the full control over AddThis Plugin. To manage the plugin, either it can be done by your WordPress Admin Panel or by AddThis plugin website.
After completing all the setting, now click on Save Changes button to save all your settings for the plugin.
Step 3. Viewing AddThis Social Share Buttons
After the complete configuration of plugin setting, you will see AddThis Social Share Buttons being displayed just above & below and a floating sidebar at the right side of your post in your WordPress website like the image shown below.
AddThis Plugin is designed with a view to increase user engagement and social impact. Effective use of this plugin can make your entire WordPress site stand out. This plugin can play a huge role in making your social media profiles a real success. We hope with the help of this article now you add social sharing buttons with AddThis Plugin in WordPress.