How To: Add a Mashable Style Social Sharing Box to WordPress
The Mashable blog is king of all things social media, every post they make gets thousands of tweets, facebook likes, google +s and linkedin shares – they have it down to a fine art. In addition to the sharing buttons (like we have on WPLift to the left) they have a box in their right bar which lists all their social media accounts so people can easily follow them, like them etc, this grows their audience outside the blog and encourages even more shares of their content.
If you’d like to add a box like this to your blog, a new free plugin called Easy Mashable Social Bar makes this possible, here is how it looks :
In this post I’ll take a look at how to install and configure it.
Install The Plugin
Download the plugin and then in your WordPress admin, visit “Plugins” > “Add New” > “Upload” and upload the file.
Activate the plugin and then visit “Appearance” > “Widgets” to begin configuring it.
Configure The Plugin
In your widgets section you will see the plugin has added a new one called “Easy Mashable Social Bar” – drag the to a position in your theme where you want it to appear. You will see lots of config options for you to put your twitter username, facebook page, Google + profile, linkedin profile :
Enter in all the relevent details and then you can start configuring the look of the box. You have options for width and height and you can also change the colors of the widget to match your site more.
Here is how the widget looks with my info setup with it :
I like this plugin with this customisation options you should be able to match it in with your blog and I think it will definately drive people to your social media accounts. A small pet peeve of mine is the enforced link “Get this plugin” – there should be an option to remove this.