Short code, widget content, and social plugins

There is often an interaction between social plugins and short codes and/or widget content entries whereby the social plugin adds its array of social buttons in a location where it is not wanted. This entry talks about how to prevent this from happening.


For a long time, there were two types of entry: post and page. Recently, WordPress has added a capability for adding additional entry types.

Builder, for example, adds an entry type called Widget Content. The Short Code plugin we’re using adds another type.

Social plugins usually have a checkboxes that enable turning on or off posts, pages, and other entry types that it knows about. But they usually don’t know about the “extra” types that some plugin or theme has added.


This causes the social bar to appear, for example, above or below the header of a post page in addition to appearing in the content section of the page.


If the problem appears within a Short Code entry:

There is a setting in the Edit screen for Short Codes. It’s in a section labeled “Suppress Content Filters”. Check that checkbox and the extra social bar is no longer connected to this short code entry.

I think this is what’s going on.  Things like Floating Social Bar add themselves by adding a filter to a post type (e.g. page, post, widget content, etc.). Filters essentially say, “Add this code whenever you run [some tag]”. What this setting tells the short code is “don’t run the filter hooks when expanding this short code.”

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New Social Sharing Plugin from WP Beginner

In the past, I have recommended AddThis and ShareThis for social toolbars. I’m strongly considering changing that recommendation.

WP Beginner just announced a new plugin called Floating Social Bar (FSB, for short). I have installed it on a few of my hobby, sandbox, and development sites, including ExpertWebSupport. So far, I really like the plugin. It is easy to configure and works well out of the box. You should see the “out of the box” FSB as part of this post. The only configuration I did was include Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter as possible sharing options.

For more information, see Floating Social Bar – Best Social Media Plugin for WordPress.

There are some reasons to stay with AddThis or ShareThis (xThis, for short).

  • FSB supports only Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. xThis includes LOTS more networks. If your herd uses Reddit or Digg or another of the multitude of networks, you should probably stay where you are.
  • I don’t see any analytics from FSB. xThis provides a service that tracks what your visitors do with your sharing bar, so you can get reports on how many shares have happened. Maybe FSB has analytics, but it isn’t obvious to me yet.

If you decide to try it out, let me know what you think.


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How to create categories

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How to create menus

  • Go to Appearance > Menus
    This opens a screen that contains 4 sections in the left column, and a menu in the right column.


  • In the left column:
    • Ignore the “Theme Locations” box. It’s not relevant for this site.
    • The “Custom Links” box is used for links to off-site pages. For example,if we want to link to a page on the main IBM site, enter the URL and the Label you want to use in the menu, and select “Add to Menu”.
    • The “Pages” box is used to link to pages on this site. Use the “Most Recent”, “View All”, and “Search” tabs to find the page or pages you want to include in the menu, and select “Add to Menu”.
    • The “Categories” box is used to link to category pages on this site. Use the “Most Recent”, “View All”, and “Search” tabs to find the category or categories you want to include in the menu, and select “Add to Menu”.
  • In the right column:
    • Use the “+” tab to create a new menu if you need it.
    • Select an existing tab to edit that menu.
    • Main Nav 2 is the current menu used at the top of the page.
    • After selecting the menu you want to work on, use the functions in the left column to add items to this menu.
    • You may rearrange the items in the menu by dragging each menu to where you want it. Indent to indicate a sub-menu item.
  • Be sure to hit “Save Menu” before leaving this screen.


The “Footer Nav” is not the menu used in the Footer as of this writing. For technical reasons having to do with the design, we have custom coded the footer menu. If you need to modify the menu in the footer, we’ll have to add another training page.Menus

How to add media

We’ll use “entry” to mean either a post, page, or a widget content item.

There are quite a few different ways to manage media.


  • You can add media directly on an “Add” or “Edit” screen for an entry.
  • You can upload media into the Media Library and later attach it to an entry.
  • You can add a Featured Image to a post.

To add media on an Add or Edit screen:

  • Put the cursor in the edit box where you want the media to appear.
  • Above the edit box, above the editing toolbar, select the “Add media” icon next to the words “Upload/Insert”.AddMediaIcon
    • This brings up a lightbox.
    • Click on an image from the media library or upload a file.
    • Use the “Insert into Post/Page” link to insert the media.

To upload media into the Media Library:

  • Go to Media > Add New
  • You can drag media from your workstation into the window, or use Select Files to use your workstation file browser.
  • You can later attach the media to an entry via an Add or Edit screen.

To add a Featured image:

Go to the page where you want to add the Featured Image and scroll down and look in the right column for the header Featured Image.

  • his brings up a lightbox similar to the one described above.
  • Select the image you want to set as the Featured Image for the post.
  • Please use Alternate Text.  This is the text that is used if someone is visually impaired.