You’re ready to make your site social this year, and you just created your AddThis account. (YAY!) But now you’re trying to figure out where to put those share buttons and which buttons to add. There’s so much to choose from, and you don’t have time to figure it all out. We want to help. Here are 8 tips that’ll help you get the most out of your AddThis tools.
With the new year just around the corner, don’t be caught with your pants down without these tips/suggestions in your back pockets. (Did you catch the pun there?) ;)
1. Get on the Responsive Design Train
Mobile ready, mobile now! If you’ve been slacking/pushing it off, now’s the time to bring that idea into the front burner, and crank it out. More and more sites are getting responsive, as more and more people use their phones as a primary want to connect to the internet. (Btw, Smart Layers is mobile-ready.)
I’m excited to announce that our team has updated our product icons to the a new flat and minimal style! The new icons are modern, vibrant, and will elevate the design of any website—including yours!
One of the great things about Smart Layers is that there are lots of options that’ll let your site’s personality shine through. These examples of additional configurations will allow you to change things like the position of the buttons, which services show up, and even the hover color. Here are some of the styling options for the Share Layer that I frequently see publishers asking about, accompanied with ghouly examples. :)
Note: As of March 2018, the Smart Layers WordPress Plugin is no longer available for download. If you already have it installed, it will continue to work per usual. To check out and install our supported WordPress plugins, click here.
We’ve been listening to your feedback about how to improve Smart Layers since it launched this summer. At the top of the list of requests from our users was an easier way to install Smart Layers on their Blogger/Joomla/Wordpress sites. And we heard you. I am happy to say we are now providing Smart Layers as a plugin for Blogger, WordPress, and Joomla.
It is a competitive advantage for websites to be fast and responsive, so we made performance a priority when building Smart Layers. Let’s take a look at some of the mobile and desktop performance best practices that help make Smart Layers blazing fast.
Several prominent services use meta tags to enhance the experience for their users by showing rich content, such as images and descriptions, alongside the title and URL of your page. These tags let you control how your site is branded across social networks and help drive engagement. Once you add them your users will get a much richer experience and it will drive more people to your site.
A couple weeks ago, I came across an awesome post by Ariel Meadow Stallings about Smart Layers. She won me over with her sweet graphic skills:
Smart Layers is an extremely user-friendly tool. It’s designed to invite your visitors to share your content, show them cool content, and even try to convince them to stay in touch with you on your social networks. But to some of your visitors, Smart Layers may come across a little “stiff.” Just like your parents and grandparents, Smart Layers isn’t always up on the latest slang or teen vernacular. That’s why you can customize!