How to Add Skype Links to WordPress

Did you know that Skype has its own link format? Take this link, for instance:

skype:echo123?call

That is a direct link to call a Skype user. More specifically, a user called “echo123”.

Here’s a clickable version of that link: Skype call link. It will open up Skype on your computer and initiate a call when clicked (“echo123” is a test account, not a real person).

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to implement these links in WordPress to let people call, chat, and add you on Skype right from your site.

Skype Link Reference

Before we move on, you should know all the different types of links you can create. Here are all the different actions you can let people take with Skype links:

  • Call: skype:echo123?call
  • Add: skype:echo123?add
  • Chat: skype:echo123?chat
  • View profile: skype:echo123?userinfo
  • Leave voicemail: skype:echo123?voicemail
  • Send file: skype:echo123?sendfile

You can use the corresponding link format to let visitors perform each of the actions above. If you’re still not sure how to use these links, keep reading.

How to Add a Skype Link

To add a Skype link to a page, first open up the edit screen for that page in your dashboard.

Now, to add a link, you first need to add the text you want people to click on (anchor text). In this example, I’ll use the text, “call me on Skype”, as the anchor text.

text to be used as anchor text for Skype link

Next, highlight the anchor text and click the link icon in the toolbar. In the URL field of the popup, enter the Skype call link with your username in place of “echo123”:

adding the Skype URL

Click the Add Link button in the bottom-right corner to close the popup and insert the link. Now if you update or preview the page, you’ll see a clickable link that will take you straight to a call in Skype.

This may seem a bit odd since you’re used to creating links with “http://”. However, Skype links can be added just the same as any other link in your posts and pages.

Bonus for Compete Themes Users

If you’re a Compete Themes user, we just updated the social icons in all of our themes to work with Skype links.

For instance, in Apex, you can enter the Skype URL right into the Skype input in the social media icons section, and the clickable icon will be added to the site instantly:

Skype link being added to social icons with Apex WordPress theme

Conclusion

You’re probably used to links starting with “http://”, so this might have been a bit weird. Nevertheless, now that you know all about Skype links and how to use them, you can implement them on your site ASAP.

If you have any questions or feedback about this post, leave a comment below.

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18 Comments
  1. It seems WordPress automatically deletes the “skype:” from the link, which makes the link dead. How can we fix this ?

    • It depends on where the link is added. In the post editor this shouldn’t be an issue, but widgets and other places it could be a problem.

      As a security practice, links are always “sanitized” which removes links that don’t fit an accepted protocol. Since Skype link doesn’t fit the accepted “http://” protocol, the link is removed. Whether or not the Skype link protocol is accepted depends on the theme/plugin/widget being used.

  2. Tameer Tameer

    Hi. I’m trying to implement this. Initially firefox asked me to link an application to the skype link which I did. The result is that the links including the one on your page now open skype. However they dont initiate the call.

    Any ideas why this should be?

    It isnt to do with my code because the links on your site and others give the same result. I guess it could be to do with the browser or skype options – i havnt found one which appears relevant.

    • Hi Tameer,

      Thanks for sharing your experience here. I would try updating to a newer version of Firefox, or test in a different browser.

  3. I have tried
    Call: skype:echo123?call
    Chat: skype:echo123?chat to add skpe button on menu but it looks like link is gone.
    Any other way to make it work?

    • Hi Anil,

      Skype links work in post/page content, but they get filtered out of menu items. I did some searching and this plugin seems to work well for enabling Skype links for custom URL menu items.

  4. David David

    Ben, it appears that the “skype:” is filtered from blog posts as well.

  5. I tried at its working on Mozilla Firefox but it was “Skype Link Enabler Plugin”.

  6. ( ・᷄ ︵・᷅ )
    And if my theme doesn’t allow it, is there any other way to link to my skype contact without saying “Search for my name, my avatar is the one that has….” which looks very unprofessional ?

  7. Sorry, I didn’t mention that I’m on wordpress.com, not org.

    • Okay I see. I would contact the developer of your theme then. They may be able to add the necessary code to enable Skype links on the site.

  8. It works fine in edit mode using a right click, I hit update view page then try the link and I get this message, Oops! That page can’t be found , below it “It looks like nothing was found at that location. Maybe try a search?

    • On the public page, hover over the link and check if the URL is still the same. The Skype link may be getting stripped out by a security filter. In which case, some other readers have had success with the Skype Link Enabler plugin which helps bypass these filters, so Skype links aren’t removed.

  9. Hi Ben, This is the best article with example for integration of Skype on WordPress and I have used this technique and got success. Thanks

  10. JM JM

    Hi! This worked for me using Guardian wordpress theme.

  11. Very useful. Thanks!

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