Social Customizer Options

This article was last updated on the December 21, 2016.

Exploring Social Options in the Customizer

In the following article, we’ll explore the Social settings that X provides in the WordPress customizer and how to configure them.

Getting Started

You’ll see at the bottom of our site, we already have a few social icons showing:

Social options

This is because we already have a few social options configured in the WordPress Customizer, but what if we want to add others? Good news! X provides multiple social options out of the box, these are:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Linkdedin
  • XING
  • Foursquare
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Dribble
  • Flicker
  • Behance
  • Tumblr
  • Whatsapp
  • SoundCloud
  • RSS Feed

In the WordPress Customizer, click on the Social section:

Social Section

Once you’ve clicked that, you’ll see all the different options, just scroll down to see all social link options in the customizer:

Social links

Now to do this properly, you’d add the social URLs you want and fill them in correctly, as we just want to see the different icons here though, we’re just going to enter a hash so the icons show up. 🙂

Now we’ve entered all our social profile URLs, you’ll see all the icons in the footer, like this:

All Social Icons

Also in the Social section, is another setting called Open Graph, Open graph is used by Facebook and was originally created by Facebook, see here.

The option simply has a On or Off setting, by default it’s on, you should leave it turned on, if you don’t have another plugin outputting open graph data, if you do, you can safely turn it off from within the Customizer.

Open Graph setting

Another Social Option provided by X, is the Social image fallback option.

Image Fallback

The Social Image Fallback is used on various social media API’s for if a featured image isn’t detected, it’ll use the default media image, it’s always worth setting this, so that a image is always shared, it’s common for companies to use their Logo as the fallback image.

Congrats! You’ve successfully set your social media URLs and have a greater understanding of the social options X provides.