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How to Add Social Media Share Buttons to Drupal

You want to add a social media share to your Drupal site, but there’s nothing included in the core to make that possible. No need to worry, the AddToAny Share Buttons module has you covered.

It may not be surprising that Drupal hasn’t always supported social sharing when you consider that Drupal predates social media! When Drupal 1.0.0 was released, there was no such thing as an iPhone. It would be years before Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram were created.

Of course, we have social media now, everywhere, so adding the ability to make sharing easy on your Drupal site is essential. Luckily, adding social media sharing to Drupal is easy.

How easy? Let’s take a look.

How to Install AddToAny Share Buttons on Your Drupal Site

To install AddToAny Share Buttons, go to the AddToAny Share Buttons page on Drupal.org:

https://www.drupal.org/project/addtoany

Scroll down to the “Downloads” section at the bottom of the page and right-click (Ctrl-click on a Mac) on the tar.gz or .zip link for your version of Drupal.

Click “Copy link address” (we’re not downloading the file, just grabbing the URL).

right click the link and copy link address

  • If you don’t see your Drupal version listed, click the “View all releases” link.
  • Choose the link “Recommended by the project’s maintainer.” Avoid installing the development version of any module on a live production website.

Go to your Drupal admin screen. Click the “Extend” link in your site administration navigation.

click the "Extend" link

Click the “Install new module” button.

click "Install new module" button

In the “Install from a URL” field, paste the link that you copied from the module page.

Click the “Install” button.

paste the link copied from the module page

Click the “Enable newly added modules” link.

click the "Enable newly added modules" link

You’ll be taken to the “Extend” page. Scroll down (or search) to find the AddToAny Share Buttons module and select the checkbox.

select the checkbox

Click the “Install” button at the bottom of the page.

click the "Install" button

Social Media Share on Drupal

Once the AddToAny Share Buttons module is installed and enabled, a few sharing buttons will appear on your articles and pages.

a few sharing buttons

The Drupal Facebook share is there, as well as Twitter, and a “+” icon (called the “Universal Button”) that opens up to share buttons for other services.

share buttons for other services

Then there is an additional “More” button that exposes even more service buttons.

even more sharing buttons

If that’s not enough for you or a service you want to link to isn’t included, there are even more services available from AddToAny.

When a visitor clicks one of the buttons, a pre-populated post pops up.

pre-populated Tweet

Configuring AddToAny Share Buttons

As I mentioned, after installing and enabling the AddToAny module, you have social media share on Drupal articles and pages. You can change where the buttons appear by editing the AddToAny entities.

Go to Home » Administration » Configuration » Web services » AddToAny

In the “Entities” section, you can control where AddToAny appears.

control where AddToAny appears

Remember to click the “Save configuration” button if you make any changes.

Additional Options

The “Additional Options” area is where you can add CSS or Javascript to the AddToAny module. That kind of editing is beyond the scope of this article, but that’s where it takes place.

If you have skills in CSS or Javascript, you can make some nice customizations for the sharing buttons.

Buttons

In “Buttons,” you can control the appearance of the AddToAny Share Buttons.

Icon size is just what it says, the pixel dimensions of the button graphics. To make the buttons smaller, enter a lower value, to make them larger, a higher value.

Service Buttons and the “Service Buttons HTML code” field are where you control which buttons are visible before the user clicks the Universal Button (+).

By default, it contains the Drupal Twitter share and Facebook icons. But you can add to those, or even change them out completely.

Remember when I said there were more services available from AddToAny? If you click on the service you wish to add from that list, it will take you to a page where you can find the “AddToAny service code.” Copy that.

copy the AddToAny service code

Now format the service code into the button markup like so (the AddToAny service code is bold):

<a class=”a2a_button_linkedin“></a>

and add it to the “Service Buttons HTML code” field.

add it to the "Service Buttons HTML code" field

Scroll down and click the “Save configuration” button.

click the "Save configuration" button

Then the button is added to the default social share view.

now the LinkedIn button is visible

That’s a Wrap on AddToAny

Now that you know how to add social links to your Drupal site, you’re on the road to increasing your social sharing.

Increasing SEO for your website is the best way to increase your traffic from search engine results. But social media is a great way to generate traffic that doesn’t rely on search results.

If you can get your articles shared consistently on social media, the traffic you gain can easily overshadow search or direct traffic. Investments in social sharing can reap great dividends.

Have you used other methods to add social media share options to Drupal? Do you know how much of your site traffic comes from social sharing?

Author: Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips is a web hosting industry veteran, helping people make the most of their web presence since 1995.

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