Adding social media icons in WordPress involves a fair bit of coding. But for those of you who do not want to use coding, there is an easier technique. You can do it by using plugins or without them. One of the most popular plugin which can be used for adding social media icons is Social Media Icons Widget. Quick and simple, it is very to use and configure.
Social Media Icons Widget
Social media icons widget is a plugin for social media icons. It displays the icon links for your social media profile URLs. It contains 28 different freeware icon sets. The icons are all in different combinations. The drag/drop in the widget panel enables you to order icons. It also offers the facility to create custom icon sets. You can do this by adding a folder which contains all the icons you want in your sidebar. There are several icons that are included.
Some of the Popular Social Media Icons available are:
Some of the custom icon sets available are
- PC Monitor
- Ice Cubes
- Latte Art
- Puzzle Piece
- Simple Vector
- Sleek Blue
Installing the Widget:
To install it, simply extract the zip file. Take the contents and drop them in the folder- wp-content/plugins/directory of the WordPress installation. Finally go to the plugins page and activate the plugin.
Using the Social Media Icons Widget:
Drag “Social Media Icons” to the sidebar when you are at the widgets admin page. Then, you need to expand the settings. Here you can change the theme which is set by default. Drag/drop your desired icons. The next thing you need to do is to click on each of the icons you have entered and enter its URL/setting. Now check or uncheck the plural form. Save the settings of the widget after the widget configuration is complete.
Adding your Own Icons:
To add your own icons first disable the plugin. Go to the iconset:folder using FTP client. This folder exists at wp-content/plugins/smc-widget/images in the wordpress installation. Now create a new folder for your desired iconset and give it any name that you wish. To this add the icons, after which reactivate plugin. To view your newly created iconset, go to widget settings and go to themes selection.