How To Add A Flipboard Sharing Button To Your #WordPress Blog

Flipboard is social media platform I discovered last year. Unfortunately, I never really gave it much attention, but a recent upsurge in traffic to my blog from it has convinced me to give it more attentiveness. However, WordPress don’t have a sharing button for Flipboard, so I’ve found out a way to add one.

In my version, you’ll need a Flipboard account to add the sharing button so other bloggers can share your posts on their Flipboard account. You can set one up by going to the Flipboard site at www.flipboard.com. Once your account is ready, you need never use it unless you want to share the posts of other bloggers to it.

Follow my guide below.

  • Click on WP Admin to access the dashboard of your blog.
  • Click on settings.
  • Click on sharing. You’ll now find yourself on the sharing settings page.
  • Locate and click on the ‘Add A New Service’ link.

Sharing Buttons page on a #WordPress blog

  • A new window will open.

Adding a new Flipboard sharing button on a WordPress blog

  • In the ‘Service Name’ box add the word Flipboard.
  • In the ‘Sharing ULR’ box, you need to copy and paste the following URL address –

https://share.flipboard.com/bookmarklet/popout?v=%post_title%&url=%post_full_url%&ext=addthis&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=widgets&utm_source=addthis

  • We’ll leave the Icon URL box empty for now because you will need to find a Flipboard icon image. The easiest way to do this is by finding one on Google.

Looking for a Flipboard icon on Google

  • When you get the results, click on images and copy and paste a Flipboard icon into your WordPress media library. To do this, I had to add one of the icons to the desktop of my computer and then add the image to my WordPress library by dragging it from my desktop into my media library.
  • Once the image is added to your WordPress library, click on it and copy and paste the WordPress URL address of the image to the Icon URL box of the ‘Add A New Service’ window.

The URL address of an image from a WordPress media library

  • Click on the ‘Create Share Button.’
  • You will now find your new Flipboard sharing button under ‘Available Services.’
  • Click and drag the button to ‘Enabled Services’ and place it where you want.

Enabled sharing buttons on a #WordPress blog

  • The Flipboard sharing button will now show on all your posts.

The Flipboard sharing button

  • You’re all done.

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My thanks to Terri Webster Schrandt and Ritu Bhathal who helped me in getting some of these details.

You can follow me on Flipboard by clicking here.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

176 comments

    1. Yes, it should all work. I got the Flipboard button directly from the Flipboard website. Here’s a link to their ‘tools’ page.

      https://about.flipboard.com/social-plugins/?tool=follow

      I think I must have ‘trashed’ this post at some stage because I have no idea why the URL has ‘trash’ in it. I must have put it in the trashed file and then moved it back to my draft folder at a later date. 🙄

      Great to hear that Google bought up my post when you did a search.

      Please don’t hesitate to ask if you need any further help with installing the sharing button.

        1. That will need some dissecting as to why it’s happened. I would have thought an original should always beat a reblog. Maybe the reblogger used some keywords in his/her introduction that Googled liked?

        2. I think so. I just found out that my theme is retired. It doesn’t automatically summarize posts so I sometimes add the “read more” tag. Crawlers may not be able to read the whole post. Another project ahead!

        1. Okay, the settings are going to be very different then. I’m not very good when it comes to self-hosted sites as I’ve never used one. However, I have seen self-hosted bloggers with the Flipboard sharing button on their posts. It may come as part of a plugin. I recommend you ask the company you use to self-host your site. I’m sure they will be able to help you. Sorry, I can’t be of any further help.

    1. Yaahooooooo! Glad somebody does, Ellen. No, I’m only joking. I’m just very pleased that this post has helped somebody else. Please include a link to your Flipboard account so we can follow you over there. 😀

        1. Flipping dodahs they don’t make these things easy, but for the help of people like you who ease the way, I almost shut down flip, stumble and insta last week. So much to learn. X

  1. Desperately seeking guidance here! My wordpress dashboard doesn’t offer the WP admin option, and in both settings and sharing there are no links to add a new service. What the heck am I missing?!
    I know WordPress have removed some options (as a part of their upgrades) but I am lost lost lost.

    1. So, when you click on ‘My Sites’ in the top left of your blog, there is no menu with WP Admin at the bottom that appears underneath it? Would you able to send me a screen shot of what appears on your blog when you click on ‘My Sites’? Without seeing your screen it’s difficult to know just what you are seeing. You can contact me directly by clicking on the ‘Contact Hugh’ button in the menu at the top of my blog. Once you do that, WordPress will send me an email with your details and we can then correspond via email if it makes it any easier.

  2. Hello! Found you via SuzieSpeaks. Thank you for the clear pointers on how to add Flipboard. I’ve now added the button on my own posts and followed you on Flipboard. Is it weird I want to tweet this as well? Ha.

    Thanks again,

    Lorna

  3. Applesauce! Another site for me to learn about? But I do enjoy learning, Hugh. I’d never heard of Flipboard; no clue about it. So thanks for making me aware.
    (I tried to work with BeeBee [alternative to LinkedIn], but that was just one thing too many for my already abbreviated social media time. So I let it go.) Flipboard, huh? Mega hugs.

    1. I gave up on LinkedIn a few weeks ago, Teagan. I’ve also now thrown the towel in on Pinterest. I think we all get to find out which social media sites work best for us. I came across Flipboard about a year ago, but never really thought much about it. However, once those stats started coming though I took a bit more notice and have now fallen in love with Flipboard. Anybody would think they were paying me to say that, but I can guarantee they are not. They did reach out to me and I’ve always been a huge lover of good customer service. It always makes me want to go back.
      Hugs to you.
      xx

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