Free Simple Social Media Icons for Your WordPress Blog

Simple Social Icons by StudioPress

Simple Social Icons by StudioPress

StudioPress has just released an awesome WordPress plugin that allows you to easily link your social media profiles to simply styled icons that you can add to your blog’s sidebar, the right side of your header, and even your footer.

Simple Social Icons is a free plugin that lets you tailor the social icons so that they will look great with just about any WordPress theme. And because this plugin isn’t limited to the Genesis Framework, it’ll work with any WordPress theme, too.

Currently the plugin offers icons for seven social media platforms (Dribble, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, and Twitter), as well as icons for email and RSS feeds. Because the icons are designed in-house by StudioPress, they’ve been adding new ones as users request them. A YouTube icon will probably be added next.

I don’t have any social media profiles yet, but I’ve already installed the plugin and played around with it on my development site. What’s so nice about the plugin is—using a simple form—you can add and customize the icons right from the WordPress Dashboard’s Widgets page with just a few clicks.

Here’s exactly what you can customize:

  • Simple Social Icons Admin WidgetIcon size – Choose from sizes of 24, 32 and 48 pixels.
  • Icon Border Radius – Change how sharp the corners are. If you want circles, set the radius to half the icon size.
  • Icon Color – Standard hexadecimal notation for the main color of the icon.
  • Hover Color – The color of the icon when the cursor is above it.
  • Alignment – Set whether the icons are flush with the left or right side of the widget area.

To add an icon to your widget, all you have to do is enter URI (Uniform Resource Identifier, aka the address) of the profile in the appropriate box.

The great thing about this is you can add icons on the fly as you build up your social media presence without have to mess around with any CSS code.

One suggestion I’d make is not to check the “Open links in new window?” box. While advertisers might like to keep readers from leaving your site, the option annoys some of your readers by altering they way they expect their browser to behave. If readers want to open the link in a new window, they can do so by right clicking or holding the control key down when they click. Let them decide.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of StudioPress. My blog uses their Prose theme, and I’m also one of their affiliates. Part of the reason why, though, is that they are the only major WordPress theme developer I’m aware of that gives away plugins and other small freebies to the WordPress community that are useable outside of the Genesis Framework.

So if you’re considering a new look for your blog, check out their themes and see if there’s anything you like.

One final note that the plugin is still in beta. There may be a kink or two still left to be worked out, but they’re rapidly updating it.

Article by Bryan Kerr

I love breaking down the techie side of blogging into easy-to-understand tutorials. That's mostly what you'll find here on The Hobby Blogger.

Comments

  1. Hi Bryan,
    I am using Jet Pack to add social media icons to my site. It works for me and it is a free plugin too.

    • That’s great, especially since you’re probably using the rest of Jetpack’s other features. Simple Social is good for bloggers that might not want Jetpack’s additional overhead.

  2. Hi Bryan

    Nice Research on the “Social Plugins”. It looks simple and elegant. Can it be adjusted? Let’s say most of my social sharing only focused on several sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Google + so .. can I just put that 4 buttons in Social Icons by StudioPress? I have experienced that way will make my content easily goes viral.

    Thanks for the post

    • That’s right, Okto. You can choose which icons you want displayed. All you have to do is input the URI of the profile to which you want to link and the icon will display.

  3. I am looking for a theme that works out great with adsense. Can you recommend me one please?

    • Bryan Kerr says:

      Thanks for stopping by Karina. I admit I haven’t played with AdSense yet in my Genesis theme. But StudioPress makes it pretty easy no matter which of their themes you use. All you have to do is paste your Adsense code into a text widget which you can place in the sidebar, header, footer sections.

  4. I am using Jet pack too and indeed it has all the necessary elements….Interesting list

    • Bryan Kerr says:

      Hi Shitji. Do you use many of Jetpack’s other features? I’ve tried to stay away from “do it all” plugins, but I’m curious whether Jetpack’s features are useful and bug free enough to consider installing it.

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