Have you ever wanted to use a WordPress Plugin that shows all of your social media accounts your WordPress site is connected to?
Social Contact Display WordPress Plugin provides a simple display for your social media that contributes to your WordPress site. For example, if you have Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts which all contribute content in addition to your WordPress site, the Social Contact Display will display the links to those social media accounts with buttons, icons, or any other display setting the user chooses.
On their Plugin page, it is currently on version 2.3.7, although given how popular it is (with over 25,000 downloads), that version number will only change in the future with more updates.
It is very simple to install the Plugin, according to the Plugin’s installation page:
- Upload social-contact-display to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
- Activate the WordPress Social Contact Display Widget plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- Navigate to Appearance > Widgets
- Locate the WordPress Social Contact Display widget and drag to your desired location
- Fill in the options and select Save
Users take advantage of the Plugin’s support forum and, which each inquiry, the Plugin’s author responds to each query without delay, often fixing issues or at least starting a conversation on the errors.
There is also a link to the Plugin’s SVN page which shows all the code that the Plugin has utilized for developers interested in how it works.
How the Social Contact Display Plugin Works on Your Site
With the front-end of my test site, the Social Contact WordPress Plugin looks pretty neat. There are a wide variety of visual display options that I can choose from, depending on what you like. A few examples of how the social media buttons can be presented are shown in images to the left.
For the back-end of my test site, this Plugin has a lot to offer when it comes to customization. If you go to Appearance > Widgets in the back-end of your WordPress site, you can click and drag the activated Social Contact Display widget right into one of the available sidebars or footers for your site. As you can see below, there are a variety of options that can customize the way the Social Contact Display Plugin is displayed.
Besides using the Appearance to customize the widget as it appears in the site, there are a number of settings pages in the actual Plugin if you go to Plugins > Installed Plugins.
I had a hard time trying to justify why I should use these settings when I can go to the Widgets page and edit the Social Contact Display widget right there. It also doesn’t help that the link for sending suggestions to improve this Plugin links to another site that is unrelated to this Plugin, a site about poets. But, these additional settings are always there if any user wishes to really dive into this Plugin.
The beauty of this Plugin is that it can be used anywhere. It can be used in personal and commercial sites, and there is room for customizing the look of the buttons (as seen in the Plugin’s SVN page, specifically in “../lib/css/..”). It also is updated constantly by its author, hptonline, so you know that this Plugin has a low chance of breaking with new iterations of WordPress.
I believe that this Plugin is a worthwhile concept to include in your WordPress site, especially if including all your social media channels in the site is of utmost importance.