As you might know or not know, too many Plugins can cause harm to your WordPress blog if they are not properly used moreover, most problems encountered on WordPress blogs like slow page loading time as caused mostly by plugins and its of essence to minimize the number of plugins installed on your blog to improve readership experience and more and that’s why adding some features like social sharing buttons manually without the use of plugins could be a great step to take.
I recently observed that ShareThis Plugin when installed, makes money from your blog via some intext ads in some certain keywords and guess what? They are not making money from them ready they make money from your site via there installed plugin and am very sure loads of people do not know about this but the ads seem more like infolinks but it isn’t infolinks and i can’t recall the name of the ad company because i immediately unistalled the plugin before i might get penalized by search engines.
Well, without much talks lets just head over to learning how we can add sharethis sharing buttons to our blog manually without the use of the sharethis plugin.
Are you with me?
In other to achieve this, we need to follow some few steps, i would recommend you have your personal computer connected to the internet so we could do this together.
Now, visit sharethis website here and Click on the middle button which is the Get It Now option
choose Website, the Font Website will be highlighted and after that click NEXT: Step 2. Pick a Style as illustrated in the screenshot below
Next, you choose the kind of sharing style you would want to be display in your blog as illustrated in the screenshot below
When you are done with deciding your share button styles, click on Next: Step 3. Customize
That page shows your default share buttons, on that page, you can also add more social sharing button of your choice by dragging from the box on the left to that at the right.
See the screenshot below:
Do you get that?
When done with your social sharing buttons customization, click on FINISH: Get the Code
A share widget style option pops up, i recommend you choose MultiPost Option
Scroll down and find your codes.
If you look properly, you are left with two codes to use which could be confusing but don’t worry, open your note pad and copy paste the two codes there starting from the first.
Acording to the instruction on the page, the first code is to be pasted where you want the share buttons to displayed while the second is to be posted in your blog head tag and without this the share buttons will not be displayed.
Personally for me, i wouldn’t want to touch my blog’s head tag so what i do is i copy the both codes to my post layout plugin section where i want the share buttons to be displayed.
Do that and when done, click save on your post layout plugin page.
Now view your blog post and you should see the share buttons in action.
Don’t wanna go through the stress of generating your own code? Then you can simply use this:
<span class=’st_sharethis_hcount’ displayText=’ShareThis’></span>
<span class=’st_facebook_hcount’ displayText=’Facebook‘></span>
<span class=’st_twitter_hcount’ displayText=’Tweet’></span>
<span class=’st_linkedin_hcount’ displayText=’LinkedIn’></span>
<span class=’st_twitterfollow_hcount’ displayText=’Twitter Follow’ st_username=’trueinternet’></span>
<span class=’st_email_hcount’ displayText=’Email’></span>
<span class=’st_fbsub_hcount’ displayText=’Facebook Subscribe’ st_username=’samuelyoko’></span>
Remember to add all the above code in your post layout plugin position just the way they are there then save.
Hope this works for you? Questions and contributions are welcomed.