How to Add Share Buttons to WordPress Posts

Want your posts to get shared more?


Add social sharing buttons to your posts. Some visitors will use them and for others, it will remind them to share your content however they prefer to do that.

Adding social sharing buttons to WordPress is actually pretty easy. You just need to pick the right plugin.

How to add share buttons to your posts

There are tons of free WordPress plugins for adding social media sharing buttons to your site.

I recommend using the Simple Share Buttons Adder plugin above all others. Here’s why:

  • You get control over where the buttons display
  • There are lots of style options
  • It won’t slow down your site
Simple Share Buttons Adder

The first step is to search for “Simple Share Buttons Adder” in your Plugins menu. Then, install and activate the plugin.

Once activated, you’ll find a new Share Buttons submenu under Settings in your dashboard.

Share Buttons Settings

Choose your networks

At the top of the settings page, you’ll see there are three tabs. The Classic buttons are really just there for backward compatibility. You should use the Modern share buttons since these ones load faster.

Once in the Modern Share Buttons tab, drag-and-drop any networks you want to display into the box below.

Choose Social Networks

You can add and remove networks any time to customize which buttons display on your site.

This next step is the most important one.

Choose where to display the buttons

Now that you’ve selected which networks you want to use, you can use this setting to decide where to display the buttons.

Social Button Locations

There’s a nice variety of options for fine-tuning where the buttons show up. Also, don’t miss the Placement drop-down option. With that setting, you can choose to display the social buttons before, after, or before and after the content.

Further customize the buttons

That pretty much covers how to add social sharing buttons to your WordPress posts and pages.

I won’t cover the rest of this plugin’s settings in detail, but I do want to point out that there are some cool styling options available.

Share Button Settings

The Styling section lets you choose from 11 different pre-defined styles, plus you can change the color and size of the buttons too.

The Counters section lets you turn on/off the counter next to each network that tells visitors how many times the page has been shared.

There are some neat options in the Advanced section as well and for any developers reading this, you’ll appreciate the simple CSS section for adding a bit of your own code to customize the design of the buttons.


Adding social sharing buttons is easy with the right tools.

While there are a lot of plugins available for this sort of customization, a lot of them are buggy and bloated. The last thing you want to do is slow down your whole site because you added a few social sharing buttons.

If you have any questions or comments about how to add social buttons, please leave a comment below.

Ben Sibley
Ben Sibley is a WordPress theme designer & developer, and founder of Compete Themes.

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  1. Ryan Redd Ryan Redd

    I use this plugin in my websites… is awesome!

  2. Bruna Campos Bruna Campos

    Thank you! Help me a lot! 🙂

  3. Bryan Bryan

    It looks great

  4. Samuel Ruey Samuel Ruey


    I wanted to add the Share button on the excerpts on my website blog page, how can I add? I have turned ON the Excerpts on the Simple Social Share setting but the button does not appear.

    Please advise, thank you.

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hi Samuel,

      Try clearing your browser cache and your site’s cache if you’re using a caching plugin. If it still doesn’t show, try switching themes to see if it is an issue with the current theme.

  5. Basit Basit

    It is a great guide to add sharing plugin and thanks for sharing great post.

  6. mindy mindy

    I just installed the plug in. How do I add the share button to blog posts I’ve already posted?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      The sharing buttons will automatically be added to existing posts.

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