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How to Add Social Media Icons to WordPress

The best way to connect your social media profiles to your WordPress website is by adding social media icons to your sidebar. In this article, I will show you how to add social media icons to WordPress.

There are hundreds of social media plugins available in the WordPress repository. We will be using the Simple Social Icons plugin. Mainly because it is simple and makes it super easy to add social icons to any widget ready area or sidebar on your WordPress site.

Simple social icons displayed in WordPress blog's sidebar

How to Add Social Media Icons to WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Simple Social Icons plugin (here is how to install a WordPress plugin).

Next, go to your widget page. This is located under Appearance in your WordPress admin menu. Simple Social Icons will be listed with your other available widgets so you just need to drag the widget to your preferred widget zone (e.g. your theme sidebar).

Adding Social Icons Widget to your sidebar

Most WordPress plugins are configured via a general settings page. Simple Social Icons handles things differently by placing all configuration options in the widget itself.

Instead of choosing from predefined icon sizes, you can define the exact size of your social media icons; whether it be 10 pixels or 150 pixels. Icons can be aligned to the left, center or right.

Simple social icons widget settings

The background and text colors can be changed. You can also change the color of the icons when a user hovers over an icon.

Social Icons Widget - setting colors

12 major social media websites are supported including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and StumbleUpon. An email and RSS icon is available too. Simply paste the URLs of your social network profiles. Leave URI field blank for social networks that you don’t want to display.

Enter profile URI for your social networks

The final output looks great. Remember you can adjust the size and colors of icon to match your sidebar’s width and colors.

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