How to add social media sharing buttons to your WordPress blog without plugin

Social Media Sharing Buttons are used on websites specially on blogging sites to make it easy to share the content, articles, and images.
These sharing buttons are fantastic ways to spread out the blog post among the internet community without difficulty.

There are so many plugins for the social sharing buttons. However, if you want to add these sharing buttons for your blog or website without a plugin,
you can follow the below procedure.

There are only 4 simple steps to add social sharing buttons to a blog or website:

Step 1: Add this code in your functions.php

function wcr_share_buttons() {
    $share_url      = urlencode(get_the_permalink());
    $share_title    = urlencode(html_entity_decode(get_the_title(), ENT_COMPAT, 'UTF-8'));
    $media          = urlencode(get_the_post_thumbnail_url(get_the_ID(), 'full'));

    include( locate_template('social-share.php', false, false) );
}

Step 2: Create a file named social-share.php and add this content inside this.

<ul class="social-share-button">
    <li>
        <a class="share-twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=<?php echo $share_title; ?>&amp;url=<?php echo $share_url; ?>&amp;via=WPCrumbs" target="_blank">
            <svg id="twitter" data-name="twitter" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 58.1 47.2">
                <title>twitter</title>
                <path d="M54.86,20.19v1.55c0,15.74-12,33.88-33.88,33.88A33.64,33.64,0,0,1,2.74,50.27a24.55,24.55,0,0,0,2.88.15A23.84,23.84,0,0,0,20.4,45.33,11.93,11.93,0,0,1,9.27,37.07a15,15,0,0,0,2.25.18,12.58,12.58,0,0,0,3.13-.41A11.91,11.91,0,0,1,5.1,25.17V25a12,12,0,0,0,5.38,1.51A11.92,11.92,0,0,1,6.8,10.61,33.84,33.84,0,0,0,31.35,23.06a13.44,13.44,0,0,1-.29-2.73,11.92,11.92,0,0,1,20.61-8.15,23.43,23.43,0,0,0,7.56-2.87A11.87,11.87,0,0,1,54,15.88,23.87,23.87,0,0,0,60.84,14,25.59,25.59,0,0,1,54.86,20.19Z" transform="translate(-2.74 -8.42)"/>
            </svg>
        </a>
    </li>
    <li>
        <a class="share-facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=<?php echo esc_url($share_url); ?>" onclick="window.open(this.href, 'facebook-share','width=580,height=296'); return false;" target="_blank">
            <svg id="facebook" data-name="facebook" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 30.61 59.03">
                <title>facebook</title>
                <path d="M47.2,12.76H41.63c-4.36,0-5.18,2.09-5.18,5.11v6.71h10.4l-1.38,10.5h-9V62H25.59V35.07h-9V24.57h9V16.84c0-9,5.5-13.87,13.52-13.87a69.4,69.4,0,0,1,8.09.43Z" transform="translate(-16.59 -2.97)"/>
            </svg>
        </a>
    </li>
    <li>
        <a class="share-googleplus" href="https://plus.google.com/share?url=<?php echo $share_url; ?>" target="_blank">
            <svg id="googleplus" data-name="googleplus" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 59.45 37.8">
                <title>googleplus</title>
                <path d="M21.65,53.45a18.9,18.9,0,0,1,0-37.8,18.05,18.05,0,0,1,12.66,5l-5.13,4.93a10.61,10.61,0,0,0-7.53-2.91,11.94,11.94,0,0,0,0,23.88c7.48,0,10.29-5.39,10.73-8.15H21.65V31.9H39.49A16,16,0,0,1,39.8,35C39.8,45.79,32.55,53.45,21.65,53.45Zm40.51-16.2H56.77v5.39H51.35V37.25H46V31.84h5.39V26.45h5.42v5.39H62.2Z" transform="translate(-2.75 -15.65)"/>
            </svg>
        </a>
    </li>
    <li>
        <a class="share-pinterest" href="http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=<?php echo $share_url; ?>&amp;media=<?php echo $media;   ?>&amp;description=<?php echo $share_title; ?>" target="_blank">
            <svg id="pinterest" data-name="pinterest" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 61.48 61.48">
                <title>pinterest</title>
                <path d="M31.78,63a30.1,30.1,0,0,1-8.73-1.28,25.52,25.52,0,0,0,3.12-6.56s.36-1.36,2.16-8.45c1,2,4.16,3.84,7.48,3.84,9.89,0,16.61-9,16.61-21.09,0-9.09-7.72-17.61-19.49-17.61C18.37,11.83,11,22.32,11,31c0,5.28,2,10,6.28,11.77a1.06,1.06,0,0,0,1.52-.8c.16-.52.48-1.88.64-2.44A1.51,1.51,0,0,0,19,37.85a8.93,8.93,0,0,1-2-6C17,24,22.77,17.07,32.1,17.07c8.24,0,12.81,5,12.81,11.81,0,8.85-3.92,16.33-9.77,16.33a4.76,4.76,0,0,1-4.84-5.92C31.22,35.41,33,31.2,33,28.4c0-2.52-1.36-4.64-4.16-4.64-3.28,0-5.92,3.4-5.92,8a12.81,12.81,0,0,0,1,4.88c-3.36,14.25-4,16.73-4,16.73a26.94,26.94,0,0,0-.52,7.08A30.77,30.77,0,1,1,31.78,63Z" transform="translate(-1.04 -1.5)"/>
            </svg>
        </a>
    </li>
</ul>

Step 3: Add this code to style.css/style.scss

.social-share-button {
    font-size: 0.7rem;
    line-height: 0.7rem;
    letter-spacing: 1px;
    text-transform: uppercase;
    margin: 0 0 60px;
    z-index: 2;
    position: relative;
    text-align: center;
    list-style-type: none;
    padding: 0;
    display: flex;
    flex-flow: row wrap;
    justify-content: space-between;
    align-content: flex-start;
}

.social-share-button li {
    height: auto;
    flex: 0 1 auto;
    width: calc(25% - 1px);
    margin-right: 1px;
}

.social-share-button li:last-child {
    width: 25%;
    margin-right: 0;
}

.social-share-button svg {
    fill: #fff;
    margin-right: 5px;
    width: 16px;
    height: 16px;
}

.share-googleplus svg {
    width: 20px;
    height: 16px;
}

.social-share-button a {
    display: block;
    padding: 12px 12px 10px;
    text-align: center;
    color: #fff;
    font-size: .9rem;
    letter-spacing: 5px;
    margin-right: 10px;
}

.social-share-button li:first-child a {
    border-radius: 3px 0 0 3px;
}

.social-share-button li:last-child a {
    border-radius: 0 3px 3px 0;
}

.share-twitter	{
    background: #1da1f2;
}

.share-facebook	{
    background: #3b5998;
}

.share-googleplus	{
    background: #db4437;
}

.share-linkedin	{
    background: #b5071a;
}

Step 4: Display the buttons

To display the buttons, call the wcr_share_buttons() function in single.php and/or page.php of your theme.

<?php wcr_share_buttons(); ?>

Now you can visit your website to see it in action.

I hope this post will help you to learn the easy way of adding social media sharing buttons to your WordPress blog without a plugin.

And that’s it 🙂

Happy coding 🙂