Social Media Widget
One of the most common things you see on blogs and websites now are social media plugins. Such as the Follows Us links which have icons for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and many more social media sites. This is so that in addition to looking at the website, you can follow them. I know for myself I follow a lot of these sites and blogs on Facebook and Twitter, as it makes a great way to stay current with them and what they are posting. But if you are doing your own WordPress site, this may be a little trick to setup. I know in the past I used pictures and wrote the HTML code in a text widget to get them to work, but that is a lot of extra work. Especially when there are awesome plugins for WordPress, such as the Social Media Widget, that will do the job for you without having to know any HTML code.
Once you’ve installed the Social Media Widget to your WordPress site, you can go into the Widgets section and put it where you want it. Within the widget they list several social media sites that you can put in the URL that links to the appropriate social media site. The ones that you fill in are the ones that will show up on your site. And they have most of them there, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, YouTube, Email, and many many more. And if you are using a site they do not have, they even allow you to put in Custom sites and icons into the widget as well.
The Social Media Widget even has four icon themes that it comes with, such as Web 2.0, Cutout, Hearts, and Sketch. If you do not like any of those, the widget allows for you to upload and configure your own set of icons. I however found the Web 2.0 pretty standard and it worked great for my purposes.
So if you would like people to follow your site on it’s Facebook or Twitter pages, with a quick install the Social Media Widget will put all those icons in your sidebar for you. Sites that I hard coded before I am moving over to this widget as it is much easier to use, and it comes with all its own icons too.