WordPress.com gives you the ability to set up global social sharing options that are applied as the default across your entire site. You also have the ability to modify these settings individually on posts as desired. Learn how you can automate messages sent from your social media accounts each time you publish a post.
- [Voiceover] In this movie I'd like to show you how to set up global Sharing options that apply to your entire site, and then show you how you can apply those options to individual posts. For my site I'm gonna click on Sharing under the Configuration options. On this Connections page, there's a list of services that you can connect your site to. Whenever you publish a new blog post, that will be sent to each one of these connections that you've set up, it's pretty cool. Just click Publish on a post and a Tweet goes out from your account or a post is created in your LinkedIn feed or whatever services you're connected to here.
No pressure when you click Publish or anything. Each one of these services is collapsed by default, but we can expand each one for additional information. I'll go ahead and connect my Twitter account as an example. I'll click the Connect button, enter my Twitter login info, and then click Authorize app. My Twitter login was successful, so now all I have to do is click this Connect button to complete the process. I can see the status change here. This went from Share post to Sharing post, and also the Connect button changed to a Disconnect button.
I can use that Disconnect button if I ever decided to disconnect my Twitter account. So that's it, rinse and repeat that process for each of these services you'd like to connect to. By the way I suspect that over time, additional services will be available here. Now let's click on Sharing Buttons and see what all we can do in here. This is where I can select which social sharing buttons I want to show. For example, maybe I want a Twitter button but I don't want a Facebook one. This is also where I can specify the style of a button that I like.
Here we've got a preview window and as we make adjustments on this page, we can see exactly what the sharing options will look like on a post. Let's start with this Edit label text. Clicking on that gives me the opportunity to change the text of the Sharing Buttons label. You can see your changes in real time here, which is cool. When I'm done, I can just close this window. My next option is to decide which Sharing Buttons I'd like to include, and I can configure that by clicking this Edit sharing buttons. From here I can click on buttons I want to add and see the preview update in real time.
I can also remove buttons by clicking the faint button icon in this Edit visible buttons section. I also have the option to reorder buttons by selecting Reorder. Here I can drag and drop the buttons to change the ordering and either close it when I'm done or continue adding and removing buttons. After I've decided which Sharing Buttons I want, I have the option to use a More button. Any buttons added here will show up in a drop-down menu under the More button. If you're using a lot of social share buttons, this can be a handy way to keep things looking tidy.
For instance, you could put the most popular social buttons in your main share section, and then put less popular options in the More button. Same as the main buttons, you can drag and drop and reorder these buttons in the More button as well. Once you're done, just click Close. Once you've done that it's time to choose a Button style. Right now I've got it set to show the Icon & Text. I can go Icon Only, Text Only, or use the Official social sharing Buttons for that platform.
Next we have an option on whether or not to show a Like button or a Reblog button. These options apply to the wordpress.com Reader. If you have the Like button selected, a reader could Like your post which would put in the My Likes section of their WordPress Reader. Similarly, if you have the Reblog button enabled, someone could reblog your post directly from the Reader. What is reblogging you ask? Reblogging is a quick way to share posts published by other wordpress.com users on your own blog.
When a post is reblogged, it shows up with a link back to the blog it came from, the added commentary from the reblogger, and an excerpt of the post text and images. After we get our Sharing Buttons configured, the last thing to do is to determine globally where they show up across the site. You can override the settings here on any individual post or page. I don't want comments on Pages, so I'll uncheck that. I'll leave Comment Likes checked. That's basically a way to let people give a thumb's up on a comment they like.
Lastly, I can add my Twitter username. If someone shares my content using the Twitter button, then my Twitter handle will added to the end of that Tweet. As always, if you make changes, don't forget to save them. One note before I leave this page, if your site is set to private, the Sharing options you see will be limited here. So those are my global Sharing options. Now let's look at how to add them to a post. Sharing is configured in the Post Editor screen and to get to the post I want to add sharing to, I'll go back to the list of all my posts, find the post I want, and click Edit.
Now that we're in the Post Editor, on the side of the screen there's a Sharing option. Let's go ahead and open that up, and I'll walk through each option. First I have my Twitter handle. It defaults to selected, but I could choose to not include it on a particular post. Next I have the option to connect to a new service. This just takes me back to the Connections section that we looked at earlier. Next I can customize the message that goes out when someone uses a Share Button on this post. If you leave it blank, the post title will be the message.
Here I have the options to Show Sharing Buttons and Show the Like Button. Since these were checked in my global settings, they're automatically checked here. But again I can turn it on or off on a per-post basis. Lastly, we have what's called a Short Link. Short Links make social sharing much easier and automatically redirect to the full URL of the post. WordPress automatically creates one for you for each post. You can't change this link but that's the link that's shared when someone uses one of your Share Buttons.
So that's how to set up social sharing for your site, and then customize Sharing options on a particular post. Note that you also have each of these options available for Pages.
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