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Social Media Icons Widget

Now adding social media icons to your sidebar is simple and seamless.

Now available in a widget dashboard near you, we present the Social Media Icons Widget! No longer do you have to fiddle around with complicated HTML code to add beautiful social media icons to your blog or website.

With this new widget, you can add icons for the most popular social networks in no time. The icons are linked to your social media profiles, making it easy for your readers to follow your latest status updates.

The Old Way

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The New Way

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Currently, we support adding social media icons for the most popular social networks, including:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • GitHub
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo

If you want to add an icon for a different service, you can do so with a bit of HTML.

After you save your widget, check out your blog to see how the snazzy new icons look. Then grab yourself a cup of tea, and watch your follower count skyrocket!🙂

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  1. 1writersdevotion

    Is there a widget for adding Paypal?

    Liked by 6 people

  2. Justin

    Is this for wordpress.com sites only?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Chris

      At the moment, it’s only available for WordPress.com sites. If you’d like to add social media icons to your self-hosted site now, I encourage you have a look at the Plugin Directory. There are a lot of great options.

      Liked by 4 people

  3. Charlotte Ortega

    Thanks Chris and all the hardworking automaticians at wordpress but I can barely make out the information you sent out because the font size is so so small. FYI

    Liked by 4 people

    • Chris

      You’re very welcome. You might find our support guide here useful.

      The long and short of it is, if you’d like to add social media icons to your site, you can do so by heading over to your widgets page, and by entering the usernames for your social networks.

      Liked by 3 people

  4. Anna

    Well I’ll keep using the old way since I not only can choose the color and style of my widgets but also add a Bloglovin widget (since you don’t provide me with that option).

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Paul Bowler

    This looks good, will have to try it out.

    Liked by 5 people

  6. Pavel Ciorici

    @Justin,

    We have a similar plugin for WordPress.org:
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/social-icons-widget-by-wpzoom/

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Stef

    Great improvement! Especially for less “technical” folks. Thanks!

    Liked by 5 people

  8. Jay E.

    Going to check this out! If if works as advertised, it’s a godsend!

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Richard Holmes

    Needs Google+.

    Liked by 12 people

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  11. thekyleinator

    Can you please add one for Google+. Thanks for the easier way to add social media icons!

    Liked by 10 people

  12. sdumais

    This is great but I can’t get the YouTube link to work. You have “channel” as part of the automatic url but my YouTube channel does not have that word as part of the url. My username is UNHCOLA (what I put into your field in WordPress) and the full url is https://www.youtube.com/user/UNHCOLA. No “channel”.

    Thanks!

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Dena

    Thanks. This is great. I’ve been wanting this Widget for a long time. I’ll add my name to the list of those who want to add Google+ in the future. Flikr would be great, too. But thanks for getting this started. D

    Liked by 7 people

  14. Tails Around the Ranch

    Is there a Follow Me on Bloglovin widget?

    Liked by 5 people

  15. Tara R.

    A very nice addition, thanks! Makes the place look stylish.

    (I’d be down with Google+ an Flickr too if that’s planned for additional icons.)

    Liked by 6 people

  16. Alex Hurst

    Awesome, but I’ll need a couple more supported before I switch over.🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  17. ravenousbiblioworm

    FINALLY! And thanks! 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  18. ...the Island Girl!

    Awesome! I’m currently learning HTML and CSS….Getting familiar with the different Social Media Networks is next…..Thank you!

    Liked by 4 people

  19. PostcardZ from Victoria

    Only for WordPress.com or does it work for .org as well?

    Liked by 2 people

  20. Mormon Soprano

    Chris, This is a much-appreciated widget! But, I think there’s a bug you need to fix. The YouTube link is not working correctly. It’s displaying the error message “this channel does not exist” when I click my widget YouTube icon. But, it does exist. So… I’m noticing it is trying to route to “youtube.com/channel/mormonsoprano1” but it SHOULD be routing to “youtube.com/c/mormonsoprano1” (YouTube uses just “c”, not “channel” in its URL).
    Let me know if/when this can be fixed. Thanks!

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Darshan Gajara

    You just made our work easy & quick.Thanks Chris🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  22. Paro

    Yesss! Thank you! This is good update.

    Liked by 5 people

  23. nicolemolders

    I was looking for something like this for ages! Thank you, thank you!

    Liked by 3 people

  24. dhenztm

    This is just so cool! It took me so long just to do this on my blog! This is a really useful update. Thank you very much!😀

    Liked by 5 people

  25. victorworang

    This is a truly worthy widget!

    Liked by 4 people

  26. Sue Brewton

    This widget has a lot of room for improvement. The icons are too small, and they turn the same color as your links. 😦

    Liked by 2 people

    • Chris

      You can style the icons to your liking with a little CSS! For example:


      .widget_wpcom_social_media_icons_widget ul li a {
      color: red;
      font-size:200%;
      }

      Liked by 4 people

  27. Angeline M

    I successfully added my Instagram to my blog! Can’t believe I could do it! I’m tech challenged. Thanks so much for this!!!

    Liked by 3 people

  28. 8centpublishing

    Wow this is great, it’ll really help all of us who aren’t too caught up in HTML, or slept in the programming course in college….

    Liked by 3 people

  29. mythoughtlane

    Chris , thats soooo cool ! I just tried and am loving it , specially the Instagram layout. WordPress rocks !

    Liked by 3 people

  30. lmcdevitt

    How do you change the size of the icons? Thanks!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Chris

      You can style the icons with a little bit of CSS. Something like the following should do the trick!

      .widget_wpcom_social_media_icons_widget ul li a {
      font-size:200%;
      }

      Liked by 5 people

  31. jimvajda

    Awesome! I’d love to see an RSS icon as an option as well.

    Liked by 2 people

  32. oils4u

    Super.

    Liked by 3 people

  33. Peggy

    This is a very cool widget, thanks! Another who would like to see Soundcloud added🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  34. dilmilgaya.com

    Thank you so much. Have added the widgets & the blog looks super cool!

    Liked by 4 people

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