March 19, 2011

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How to Add a “Share” Button to You Blog Posts

The “share/save” button has become an expected part of any good blog. Not only does it allow readers to share your posts via social channels like Facebook and Twitter, your audience can also use it email your posts and bookmark them with just a few clicks. We’ve just added the button here at, so we thought we’d show our readers who blog with WordPress just how easy it is to set up.

1. Log in to your WordPress blog’s admin area and click on “plugins” in the left-hand side menu.

2. Now you should be looking at a page that shows all the plugins that are installed on your blog. At the top of this page, click on “add new”.

3. Search for the plugin name “add to any”.

4. Scroll down the list of results until you find “AddToAny: Share/Bookmark/Email Button.” This should have been created by AddToAny.

5. Click on “install now.”

6. A confirmation message will appear. Click “ok.”

7. The plugin will then be downloaded to your blog for you. Next, click “activate plugin.”

8. The button should now be appearing at the bottom of your posts. If you like, you can click “settings” under the plugin title to change the appearance of the button, and of course you can hit “deactivate” should you ever want to take the button away for any reason.

That’s all it takes to add a permanent call to action to your posts, so log in to WordPress now and give your blog a social boost!


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  1. Kylie Emans says:

    Thanks, that is a great tip. I love wordpress!

  2. Ariel Levin says:

    Works well - just used is to share this post to Facebook & LinkedIn. Unfortunately I can’t use it on my platform ( so am using which is very labor intensive.

  3. Hi

    As not all WordPress templates include ‘Plugins’ in the dashboard you might want to explain that for the benefit of your readers. You might want to differentiate between .com and .org

    Kind regards


  4. Alice Allan says:

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! Great to hear from you.

    Jenny - that’s a great point about the plugins menu. Sure enough, there are plenty of posts in various forums from people who can’t find it. The reason is that they’ve created their blog at, rather than through

    As you point out, is separate from blogs are free, but if you use them you can’t customise your blog’s theme or install any plugins. ( is actually a blog hosting site, just like or, whereas doesn’t host blogs, it just lets you download the WordPress software for you to host yourself.)

    Here’s what has to say about plugins:

    “Plugins are tools used to extend the functionality of the WordPress platform. However, they are only applicable to privately-hosted blogs and web sites using the software. Plugins are not permitted on for various security reasons.”

    On the other hand, if you use the blogging software available at and have your blog hosted at your own domain, you will be able to customise it and install plugins. So, for example, we use software to blog here at, but we host our site externally.

    I hope that clears things up a bit - just let me know if you have any other questions.

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