Step 1 - Create AddThis.com Account
The simplest and frankly most convenient way to integrate social buttons is use a service like addthis.com. Basically it’s a sharing platform that provides configurable widgets for various services and then provides you great statistics and analytics, all for free! All you have to do is create an account on with this service, and then when you are logged in, click the first menu item “Get AddThis”.
NOTE: Even though AddThis has plugins and modules for Joomla, they are for Joomla 1.5 only and frankly they are more complicated to use and offer less control than the method i’m going to use.
Step 2 - Get the Code
a) Choose “A Website” from the “Get AddThis for” list. Even though there’s a Joomla option, that uses custom modules or plugins, and is only for Joomla 1.5 at the time of this writing. By choosing “A Website” you are using the generic and most flexible method.
b) You can pick a style from this list. Click “more options...” to get other types of buttons and styles. When you are comfortable with this and you want to customize even more, AddThis has a flexible API to let you configure exactly what you have showing and what display method to use. That is a bit advanced and beyond this simple tutorial.
c) The last step is to simple copy the block of code to your clipboard. We’ll use this in the next step.
Step 3 - Integrating into Joomla
To integrate these sharing buttons in Joomla, the first thing to do is to create a new “Custom HTML” module in the Module Manager.
From the list choose “Custom HTML” for the module type. Then fill in the following details:
Title: Anything you like can be put here, but I like to use “AddThis Buttons” for easy reference
Show Title: Set to “Hide”
Position: Type in “addthis”
Custom Output: Paste in the code that was generated for you from the AddThis website.
Anyway, open up the article you want to add the buttons to in the Article Manager. Then just insert the following code where you would like the buttons to appear:
When you save this article you can just reload the site and you’ll see your buttons appear:
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