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