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How To: Add Social Slide out Buttons to WordPress – Free Plugin

Last Updated on January 28th, 2020

Published on January 13th, 2012

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Displaying social media icons on your blog is essential if you want to build your followings and get more people to share your content. There are many plugins that can do this for you, but what if space in your theme is at a premium and you cant afford to give up any space to them? That’s where this new plugin called KN Social Slide comes in. It places buttons at the side of your blog, flush to the browse window that when hovered over, slide out to display information. The plugin includes facebook, Twitter, Google+.

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 you will see it adds a new menu called “KN Social Slide”. Click that and you can begin configuring the plugin.

Configure The Plugin

On the plugin settings screen you will see a number of icons along the top – you have to click these to enter the settings for each one. The plugin didnt make this very clear and I was clicking on the text links which dont do anything making me think there was an error with the plugin :

Click each one and enter your details, you can choose the position and the order in which the buttons are shown for Twitter, Facebook and Google+ – the last icon I disabled as it just shows random blog posts from the plugin authors site. I dont understand why you would want to do that – making it show random posts from your own site would be more useful!


Apart from the confusion with having to click on the icons to enter the settings this is pretty good plugin for showing your social accounts in a compact way. I would have liked the ability to show random posts from my own site rather than the plugin author’s but this is just version 1.0 of the plugin so maybe that will be included in future. Check it out if you want to show Sliding social buttons on your WordPress site.

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift in 2010.