How To Setup Jetpack’s Share Buttons

Posted by TotalDC

People are eager to let friends know about content they enjoy. Consistent sharing means an extra opportunity to grow your network and increase relevant traffic sources for your website.

While creating your WordPress themes, you need to make sure that it has the necessary sharing capabilities built-in so that nothing will stay in your way.

Install the Jetpack plugin

To make sure you have all the popular social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more displayed on your website, you need to follow a few easy steps:

  1. Install and activate the Jetpack plugin by going to the WordPress Dashboard  Plugins → Add New → Search for Jetpack and click on Install NowOnce it installs, click on Activate;
  2. Now go to Jetpack → Settings → Sharing → under the Sharing buttons tab activate the option “Add sharing buttons to your posts and pages.”
    • If you want to customize what social media services are displayed, click on Configure your sharing buttons or go in your WordPress Dashboard to SettingsSharing. In the new panel, drag-and-drop the services you need in the Enabled Services section. 

Please note that Email sharing is only available if you are using the Akismet spam-filtering plugin to prevent spam abuse or if you explicitly enable it by adding the following to your functions.php file:

add_filter( 'sharing_services_email', '__return_true' );

Disable Sharing On Specific Pages

If you think some of the sharing buttons are becoming irrelevant on specific pages, then you can change that. This is especially useful if you want to keep the sharing buttons only on your blog posts. 

To do that go to Settings Sharingand in the Show buttons on section uncheck the locations you don’t want the sharing option to show up. Click on Save Changesand you’re done.

Now every time you open a blog post, you should see the sharing options enabled.

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