How to Add Social Media Icons to WordPress

In this post, I’ll show you how to add social media icons to WordPress.

These are the buttons that link to your own brand’s social media accounts.

Note: Check out this tutorial, if you want to add social share buttons to WordPress instead of Icons.

Let’s get started.

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How to Add Social Media Icons to WordPress

When you add social media icons to your website, you’ll have a link to your social network accounts so your visitors will be able to follow you.

Here are the steps for you to add them to your WordPress site.

Step 1: Install the Lightweight Social Icons plugin

Go to your plugins inside WordPress and search for “Lightweight Social Icons” and install and activate the plugin:

lightweight social icons plugin
Install and activate Lightweight Social Icons

Step 2: Add the widget to your sidebar or footer

The go to your widgets area and add the Social Icons widget to the sidebar you them to appear on:

add icons widget to sidebar
Add the Social Icons widget to the sidebar

Step 3: Customize the social icon settings

When you expand the widget, you’ll see the options to customize the settings.

Here are my settings:

lightweight social icons settings

Give the title something like Follow Me or Find Me On and choose the icon size and boder radius.

If you choose 10px for the border radius, you’ll get very rounded edges. In my example, I wanted to make mine a circle, so I made the radius 50px.

Then choose the background and text colors and make sure you select Open links in new window.

At the bottom is where you choose the social networks you want to see an icon for.

Select the social network you want and paste your social network profile URL.

Publish your changes and you’re done.

Here is the finishing result:

social icons in wordpress
Social Media Icons on WordPress


That’s it for this post, I hope you found this useful.

Don’t forget to check out my article on how to add social share buttons in WordPress.

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