Are you wondering how to add social media icons to your WordPress sidebar?
Adding social icons to your website is an easy way to let your audience know about your social media presence. That way, they can easily visit your social profiles and follow you online.
In this article, we will show you how to add social media icons to your WordPress sidebar.
A WordPress sidebar is an area on your website that is not a part of your main content. It’s where you can display additional information that readers may be interested in, such as your most recent blog posts and links to your social profiles.
Adding social links to your WordPress sidebar is a good idea because it tells users about your social media accounts. As a result, they can check them out, follow you, and help you grow your social media following.
What’s more, displaying your social media accounts can build a sense of credibility and serve as social proof. When visitors see that you have an active social media presence, this shows that your business is responsive and trustworthy.
Many popular WordPress blogs display social media icons in their sidebars, like WPBeginner:
Note: Social media icons are different from social share buttons on WordPress posts. If you are looking to add share buttons, then you can see our beginner’s guide on how to add social sharing icons in WordPress.
With that being said, let’s take a look at how to add social media follow icons to your WordPress sidebar. The method you should use depends on the WordPress theme and editor you are using. If you want to skip to a certain section, then you can use these quick links:
Method 1: Adding Social Icons With Full Site Editor (Block Themes)
If you are a block theme user, then you can add social media buttons to your WordPress sidebar using the Social Icons block.
Note that the process varies by the theme you use. Some block themes may include a sidebar by default, which you can then add the Social Icons block to. Some might also have a header pattern that functions like a sidebar, and some may not have a sidebar at all.
In this example, we will use a default WordPress block theme and show you how to create a sidebar for all your pages or posts where you can add the Social Icons block.
First, go to Appearance » Editor in your WordPress admin panel.
Next, you need to select ‘Templates.’
This will bring you to a page where you can edit the template of your pages and posts.
Here, you can choose one of the page templates. It may be either ‘Pages’ or ‘Single Posts,’ depending on where you want the sidebar to be.
If you want the sidebar to show on both your static pages and posts, then you can edit both of them later. You can also customize the homepage template in case you need the sidebar to appear there, too.
In this case, we will select ‘Pages.’
After that, click the pencil button in the left panel next to the three-dot button.
This will open up the WordPress editor.
As you can see, the default theme doesn’t have a sidebar in the Pages template yet, so we need to create one for it.
To do this, you can hover over where you want to add the sidebar and click the add block ‘+’ button when it appears. Then, find and select ‘Columns.’
There will be some variations to choose from.
In this example, we will use the ‘66 / 33’ option to imitate the standard look of a right sidebar.
Once done, you can drag and drop the Post Content block to the left of the Columns block.
Your Pages template should look something like the image below, with the right column empty.
Now, click on the right column and select the add block ‘+’ button.
Then, search for the Social Icons block.
You can now start adding your social media platforms to the block. Simply click the ‘+’ button again and add your social media buttons one by one.
Feel free to use the search feature to browse all of the social network options.
Once you’ve added all of the buttons, you can start adding links to your social profiles.
All you need to do is click on a social icon and enter your profile URL.
At this stage, you can customize how the icons look.
If the size of the buttons isn’t big or small enough, then you can use the ‘Size’ option in the block toolbar.
In the Block Settings on the left, you can customize the icons’ justification, orientation, link settings, and labels.
We recommend making the links open in a new tab so that users won’t need to leave your website to visit your social profiles.
If you switch to the Block Styles tab, then you can change the icons’ styles and colors to suit your WordPress website design.
Depending on your preference, you can make all the icons have different colors or the same one, like below.
Scrolling down the same tab, you’ll find the Dimensions settings to customize the block margin and spacing.
These settings can be helpful if you want to adjust the spacing between the Social Icons block and other blocks in the sidebar.
It’s also a good idea to add a call-to-action text on top of the Social Icons block to highlight where the buttons are and draw website visitors’ attention.
To do this, go ahead and add a Paragraph block using the ‘+’ button. Make sure it’s above the social icons.
Some call-to-action examples you might use are ‘Follow Us, ‘Join Over X Readers,’ or ‘Get the Latest Updates.’
Now, simply click the ‘Save’ button in the top right corner of the page.
And that’s it!
When you go to your WordPress website, you should now see a sidebar with some social links.
If you want to create unique sidebars for different pages or posts, all of which include a Social Icons block, then we recommend creating a WordPress pattern or reusable block for your sidebar.
Method 2: Adding Social Media Icons With WordPress Widgets (Classic Themes)
This next method is for people using a classic WordPress theme with widget-ready sidebar areas.
To add social media buttons to your sidebar, simply head to Appearance » Widgets from your WordPress dashboard.
Then, navigate to the WordPress widget area where you want to add the Social Icons widget. In our example, we will select ‘Sidebar,’ but the name may be different depending on the theme you are using.
Now, click the add block ‘+’ button at the top left, next to ‘Widgets.’
Here, you can look for the Social Icons block.
After that, you need to click on this sidebar widget or drag and drop it anywhere in the editing area.
In general, it’s best to add your social network icons close to the top of the widget area. This way, they can catch your visitors’ attention right from the moment they land on the page.
Then, similar to the previous method, you can click the ‘+’ button to add new social media buttons one by one to the widget.
In the example below, we have placed the Social Icons block below the Search block. We are also adding a WhatsApp icon.
At this point, you can start adding your social links.
For WhatsApp, you can type ‘wa.me/’ and write your WhatsApp number next to it. There is no need to use the + symbol, but make sure to add your country calling code, like in this screenshot.
You also have access to the Block Settings and Styles options in the right panel.
To open these options, you can click the ‘Settings’ icon in the top right corner.
Additionally, feel free to add a Paragraph block on top of the social media widget for your call-to-action text.
We recommend making the Paragraph and Social Icons blocks a Group so that they don’t look separated in the sidebar.
To do this, just select the Paragraph and Social Icons together. After that, click the ‘Transform’ icon in the block toolbar and select ‘Group.’
Once finished, go ahead and click the ‘Update’ button to make the changes official on all of your sidebars.
Here’s what the end result should look like:
Method 3: Adding Custom Social Media Icons With SeedProd (Custom Themes)
If you use SeedProd, then you will have more control over how your social media buttons look in your sidebar. For example, if you use a social media platform that WordPress doesn’t have an icon for, then you can create a button for it yourself.
Additionally, you can adjust the icon spacing specifically for mobile devices.
If you are new to SeedProd and want to use it, then you need to install and activate the plugin first. You will need the Pro version to be able to access the Social Profiles feature.
For more information on how to install a plugin, check out our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Then, you can follow this tutorial to set up your theme with SeedProd.
Now, to add the social icons to the sidebar, you will need to go to SeedProd » Theme Builder. Then, hover over the ‘Sidebar’ template and click ‘Edit Design.’
You are now inside the SeedProd page builder. The Social Profiles block should have been added by default to the theme template.
If it hasn’t, however, you can use the search bar in the left panel and type in ‘Social Profiles.’ After that, simply drag and drop the block to wherever is suitable for you.
Don’t forget to add a Text block on top of the buttons and write some call-to-action text.
This way, you are directing visitors’ attention to the social media buttons in the sidebar.
To customize how the social media profile icons look, just click on the ‘Social Profiles’ element. Here, you will see different tabs to customize the buttons.
In the ‘Content’ tab, you can add more icons and change the icon style, icon size, and alignment.
Besides the standard options like Instagram and Facebook, SeedProd also has buttons for Slack, Telegram, Github, and more.
To add a new social media icon that SeedProd doesn’t have by default, you need to click the ‘+ Add New Share’ button.
After that, select ‘Custom’ from the dropdown menu.
To edit the button, go ahead and click the gear settings symbol next to the arrow button.
Once you’ve done that, just select ‘Choose Icon.’
Now, you will be redirected to the Icon Library, where there are hundreds of brand icons to choose from, courtesy of Font Awesome icons.
In this example, we will use Airbnb.
Once you have selected an icon, you can adjust the color and add the link to the social media page.
Here, we’ve decided to stick with Airbnb’s brand color. When inserting the social account link, make sure to include the ‘https://’ as well.
Next is the ‘Templates’ tab.
If you switch to this tab, you can adjust the design of the icon. You can make it more square, circular, and/or monochromatic, depending on your preferences.
Lastly, the ‘Advanced’ tab offers more ways to customize your social media buttons.
The Styles section is where you can change the icons’ style, color, size, space in between, and shadow effect.
In Spacing, you can edit the block’s margin and padding. What’s great about SeedProd is it allows you to make the margin and padding different for desktop and mobile devices.
To edit the margin and padding, just choose one of the device icons and insert your margin and padding measurements like so:
Scrolling down, you will find Device Visibility and Animation Effects.
In the first setting, you can opt to hide the block on desktop or mobile. This may be necessary if you have chosen to use the Social Profiles block in another part of your website and don’t want duplicate social profile icons.
With Animation Effects, you can select an animation style for the block when the icons are loaded on the web page. This effect is not necessary if you don’t want to distract the visitor too much from the main content.
Once you have configured the Social Profiles block to your liking, simply click the ‘Save’ button in the top right corner.
Or, click the ‘Preview’ button to see how the sidebar looks first.
And that’s it! You have successfully added the social profiles block using SeedProd.
Here’s what the end result may look like:
We hope this step-by-step guide has helped you learn how to add social media icons to your WordPress sidebar. You may also want to check out how to display different sidebars for each post and page in WordPress and our list of the must-have WordPress plugins for business sites.