In this tutorial you will learn how to add social share buttons to your posts. Share buttons include the following social networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and email sharing.
You can add these social icons at the end of the posts or on the right or left side of the posts.

Add social share buttons in WordPress without plugins

In the WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance ➡ Theme File Editor and copy the following code into the theme’s functions.php file and update it.

You must create a child theme before making any changes to functions.php file. Otherwise, the applied changes will be lost after each update.
Create child theme in WordPress step by step [without plugin]

As an alternative method, you can use the Code Snippets plugin to insert your codes into WordPress.

/**
* Social share buttons in wordpress by WPCookie
* https://redpishi.com/wordpress-tutorials/social-share-buttons-wordpress-no-plugin/
*/
add_filter( 'the_content', function ( $content ) { if ( is_singular( 'post' ) ) {

	/*********************
	* choose icons
	**********************/
	$facebook  = 1;
	$twitter   = 1;
	$LinkedIn  = 1;
	$pinterest = 1;
	$email     = 1;

	/*************************
	* choose locations
	*************************/
	$bottom =  1; // 0 or 1
	$side   = ''; // left or right or empty
	/************************/

	$link = get_the_permalink();
	$title = get_the_title();
	if ($facebook == 1) {
		$facebook_icon = '
	   <li class="social-link">
		  <a href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u='.$link.'" class="social-link-anchor facebook">
			 <svg width="24" height="24" viewBox="0 0 24 24" version="1.1" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" aria-hidden="true" focusable="false">
				<path d="M12 2C6.5 2 2 6.5 2 12c0 5 3.7 9.1 8.4 9.9v-7H7.9V12h2.5V9.8c0-2.5 1.5-3.9 3.8-3.9 1.1 0 2.2.2 2.2.2v2.5h-1.3c-1.2 0-1.6.8-1.6 1.6V12h2.8l-.4 2.9h-2.3v7C18.3 21.1 22 17 22 12c0-5.5-4.5-10-10-10z"></path>
			 </svg>
			 <span class="screen-reader-text">Facebook</span>
		  </a>
	   </li>
	';
	} else { $facebook_icon = '';  }
	if ( $twitter == 1 ) {
		$twitter_icon = '
	<li class="social-link">
		  <a href="https://twitter.com/share?url='.$link.'&text='.$title.'" class="social-link-anchor twitter">
			 <svg width="24" height="24" viewBox="0 0 24 24" version="1.1" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" aria-hidden="true" focusable="false">
				<path d="M22.23,5.924c-0.736,0.326-1.527,0.547-2.357,0.646c0.847-0.508,1.498-1.312,1.804-2.27 c-0.793,0.47-1.671,0.812-2.606,0.996C18.324,4.498,17.257,4,16.077,4c-2.266,0-4.103,1.837-4.103,4.103 c0,0.322,0.036,0.635,0.106,0.935C8.67,8.867,5.647,7.234,3.623,4.751C3.27,5.357,3.067,6.062,3.067,6.814 c0,1.424,0.724,2.679,1.825,3.415c-0.673-0.021-1.305-0.206-1.859-0.513c0,0.017,0,0.034,0,0.052c0,1.988,1.414,3.647,3.292,4.023 c-0.344,0.094-0.707,0.144-1.081,0.144c-0.264,0-0.521-0.026-0.772-0.074c0.522,1.63,2.038,2.816,3.833,2.85 c-1.404,1.1-3.174,1.756-5.096,1.756c-0.331,0-0.658-0.019-0.979-0.057c1.816,1.164,3.973,1.843,6.29,1.843 c7.547,0,11.675-6.252,11.675-11.675c0-0.178-0.004-0.355-0.012-0.531C20.985,7.47,21.68,6.747,22.23,5.924z"></path>
			 </svg>
			 <span class="screen-reader-text">Twitter</span>
		  </a>
	   </li>
	';
	} else { $twitter_icon = ''; }
	if ( $LinkedIn == 1 ) {
		$LinkedIn_icon = '
	  <li class="social-link">
		  <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/sharing/share-offsite/?url='.$link.'" class="social-link-anchor linkedin">
			 <svg width="24" height="24" viewBox="0 0 24 24" version="1.1" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" aria-hidden="true" focusable="false">
				<path d="M19.7,3H4.3C3.582,3,3,3.582,3,4.3v15.4C3,20.418,3.582,21,4.3,21h15.4c0.718,0,1.3-0.582,1.3-1.3V4.3 C21,3.582,20.418,3,19.7,3z M8.339,18.338H5.667v-8.59h2.672V18.338z M7.004,8.574c-0.857,0-1.549-0.694-1.549-1.548 c0-0.855,0.691-1.548,1.549-1.548c0.854,0,1.547,0.694,1.547,1.548C8.551,7.881,7.858,8.574,7.004,8.574z M18.339,18.338h-2.669 v-4.177c0-0.996-0.017-2.278-1.387-2.278c-1.389,0-1.601,1.086-1.601,2.206v4.249h-2.667v-8.59h2.559v1.174h0.037 c0.356-0.675,1.227-1.387,2.526-1.387c2.703,0,3.203,1.779,3.203,4.092V18.338z"></path>
			 </svg>
			 <span class="screen-reader-text">LinkedIn</span>
		  </a>
	   </li>
	';
	} else { $LinkedIn_icon = '';}
	if ( $pinterest == 1 ) {
		if(function_exists("the_post_thumbnail")) { $thumbnail = get_the_post_thumbnail_url(); } else { $thumbnail = ''; }
		$pinterest_icon = '
	 <li class="social-link">
		  <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url='.$link.'&media='.$thumbnail.'&description='.$title.'" class="social-link-anchor pinterest" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="beside" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28">
			 <svg width="24" height="24" viewBox="0 0 24 24" version="1.1" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" aria-hidden="true" focusable="false">
				<path d="M12.289,2C6.617,2,3.606,5.648,3.606,9.622c0,1.846,1.025,4.146,2.666,4.878c0.25,0.111,0.381,0.063,0.439-0.169 c0.044-0.175,0.267-1.029,0.365-1.428c0.032-0.128,0.017-0.237-0.091-0.362C6.445,11.911,6.01,10.75,6.01,9.668 c0-2.777,2.194-5.464,5.933-5.464c3.23,0,5.49,2.108,5.49,5.122c0,3.407-1.794,5.768-4.13,5.768c-1.291,0-2.257-1.021-1.948-2.277 c0.372-1.495,1.089-3.112,1.089-4.191c0-0.967-0.542-1.775-1.663-1.775c-1.319,0-2.379,1.309-2.379,3.059 c0,1.115,0.394,1.869,0.394,1.869s-1.302,5.279-1.54,6.261c-0.405,1.666,0.053,4.368,0.094,4.604 c0.021,0.126,0.167,0.169,0.25,0.063c0.129-0.165,1.699-2.419,2.142-4.051c0.158-0.59,0.817-2.995,0.817-2.995 c0.43,0.784,1.681,1.446,3.013,1.446c3.963,0,6.822-3.494,6.822-7.833C20.394,5.112,16.849,2,12.289,2"></path>
			 </svg>
			 <span class="screen-reader-text">Pinterest</span>
		  </a>
		  <script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script>
	   </li>
	';
	} else { $pinterest = ''; };
	if ( $email == 1 ) {
		$email_icon = '
	 <li class="social-link">
		  <a href="mailto:?subject=Please%20visit%20this%20link%20'.$link.'&body=Hello!%20I%20thought%20you%20would%20find%20this%20article%20interesting:%20'.$title.'.%20Here%20is%20the%20website%20link:%20'.$link.'.%20Thank%20you." class="social-link-anchor email">
			 <svg width="24" height="24" viewBox="0 0 24 24" version="1.1" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" aria-hidden="true" focusable="false">
				<path d="M20,4H4C2.895,4,2,4.895,2,6v12c0,1.105,0.895,2,2,2h16c1.105,0,2-0.895,2-2V6C22,4.895,21.105,4,20,4z M20,8.236l-8,4.882 L4,8.236V6h16V8.236z"></path>
			 </svg>
			 <span class="screen-reader-text">Mail</span>
		  </a>
	   </li>
	';
	} else { $email_icon = '';}
	$style = '
	<style>
	a.social-link-anchor svg {
		color: white;
		fill: white;
	}
	a.social-link-anchor.email svg {
		color: #444444;
		fill: #444444;
	}
	a.social-link-anchor.facebook {
		background-color: #1778f2;
	}
	a.social-link-anchor.twitter {
		background-color: #1da1f2;
	}
	a.social-link-anchor.linkedin {
		background-color: #0d66c2;
	}
	a.social-link-anchor.pinterest {
		background-color: #e60122;
	}
	a.social-link-anchor.email {
		background-color: #f0f0f0;
	}
	a.social-link-anchor {
		width: 36px;
		height: 36px;
		display: flex;
		align-items: center;
		justify-content: center;
		border-radius: 2px;
	}
	a.social-link-anchor:hover {
		transform: scale(1.1);
	}
	a.social-link-anchor {
		transition: all 0.15s ease;
	}
	li.social-link {
		list-style: none;
	}
	ul.end-post-layout {
		display: flex;
		gap: 15px;
		flex-direction: row;
		flex-wrap: wrap;
	}
	ul.left-post-layout {
		display: flex;
		gap: 10px;
		flex-direction: column;
		flex-wrap: wrap;
		position: fixed;
		top: 50%;
		left: 10px;
		transform: translateY(-50%);
		align-content: flex-start;
		margin: 0px!important;
		background-color: white;
		padding: 5px;
	}
	ul.right-post-layout {
		display: flex;
		gap: 10px;
		flex-direction: column;
		flex-wrap: wrap;
		position: fixed;
		top: 50%;
		right: 10px;
		transform: translateY(-50%);
		align-content: flex-start;
		margin: 0px!important;
		background-color: white;
		padding: 5px;
	}
	</style>
	';
	$social_icons = $facebook_icon . $twitter_icon . $LinkedIn_icon . $pinterest_icon . $email_icon.'</ul>';
	if ( $side == 'left' ){
		$befor = '<ul class="left-post-layout">'.$social_icons;
	} else if ( $side == 'right' ) {
		$befor = '<ul class="right-post-layout">'.$social_icons;
	} else { $befor = ''; }
	if (  $bottom == 1 ) {
		$end = '<ul class="end-post-layout">'.$social_icons;
	} else { $end = ''; }
	return $befor.$content.$end.$style;
} else return $content;  });

From now on you will see the social sharing button at the bottom of all your posts.

Customizing social sharing buttons

You can assign 0 or 1 to enable and disable each social. For example, to disable the Facebook icon, I have set it to 0 in the code below.

	/*********************
	* choose icons
	**********************/
	$facebook  = 0;
	$twitter   = 1;
	$LinkedIn  = 1;
	$pinterest = 1;
	$email     = 1;

In the following section of code, you can specify whether the social sharing buttons should appear at the bottom of posts or as floating buttons on the left or right side of posts.

	/*************************
	* choose locations
	*************************/
	$bottom =  1; // 0 or 1
	$side   = ''; // left or right or empty
	/************************/

Social share PLUS+

In the PLUS version of the code, the Twitter button has been replaced with an “X”. WhatsApp and Telegram buttons have been added, and now you can add these buttons not only to the left, right, and bottom of the articles but also at the top of the articles. 🔄

This code is for WPCookie PLUS+ members only.

Join WPCookie PLUS+

Settings added in the new code:

	/*********************
	* choose icons
	**********************/
	$facebook  = 1;
	$x         = 1;
	$LinkedIn  = 1;
	$pinterest = 1;
	$email     = 1;
	$whatsapp  = 1;
	$telegram  = 1;

	/*************************
	* choose locations
	*************************/
    $palce = "top"; //top, bottom, left, right
	/************************/

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Hi, my name is Maya and I’m a WordPress plugin developer. I created this website to share some of the helpful codes that I’ve used in my own projects.
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5 Comments

  1. This is what i was looking for, but i need some more clarifications.
    1. How do i make a short paragraph before the social share like one yours: share this post
    2. Regarding sides, to the mobile view it hiding my content on the one side. So how may i hide and tap to enable it?
    3. The last one is i cant change twitter icon in to “x”. I tried but it did not show in it and additionally how may i add whatsapp and telegram also in the social share.

    Hopefully looking forward to your response.

    • You can apply conditional tags to the code’s first line. For instance, to show the social share buttons only in posts with ID 1 and 2, you need to change is_singular( ‘post’ ) to is_single([1,2]).

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