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.

Hugh's Views & News

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. Sounds as if you may be on the wrong dashboard of your blog. You need to be on the older version. To get there, click on WP Admin (which is at the bottom of the list). This will take you to the old dashboard. From there, click on settings and then click on sharing. You’ll then be on the sharing settings page where the ‘add a new service’ link can be found.

      I hope that helps.

    1. It took me a year to really look into it, Olga. I’m liking what I find and already seeing results. However, I’ve had to let a couple of other social media accounts go so I have time to use Flipboard some more.

      1. Thanks for your Flipboard account details, Colleen. I’ve followed you back.

        Glad you managed to get the sharing button working. However, I’ve updated the link on my post as, by using it, it will take those clicking on it directly to the page on Flipboard where they can share your post rather than the profile page. Thanks to Ritu for giving me the new link, which now works as it should. 😎

        Happy ‘flipping’. 😀

    1. That’s great, thanks so much, Ritu. I’ll give it a go tomorrow and will update the post. I’ve so many Flipboard buttons on my WordPress dashboard! I’m sure another one is not going to matter, but I will need to find out how to delete the redundant ones. 😀

      1. Lol!!! I know what you mean… It took a few goes but I got mine working and created a widget for my sidebar too so if anyone wants to follow they can on flipboard too!!!

  1. Hey, I have a Flipboard account! I never use it, but do like Flipboard. (Kindle has a nice app for it.) Thanks for the instructions! If nothing else, it’s another great place to share posts — and I’ll start sharing my own. The more social media exposure, the better. BTW, Hugh, I now follow you on Flipboard. 🙂

    1. Thanks, JoAnn. I’ve followed back everyone who has followed me over on Flipboard. I’m so loving Flipboard. I’m finding it so much better that Pinterest. I’m already seeing great results from it. 😀
      Happy flipping.

      1. First, I “flipped” your Writing Tips and Blogging Tips magazines to my Blogging & Writing magazine. I think I’ll see your new additions there.

        But. When I used the Flipboard share button at the bottom of your post here, it took me to your Flipboard profile page. That wasn’t exactly what I wanted. Next, I tried adding the Flipboard bookmarklet to my brouser bookmarks bar. The bookmarklet allowed me to curate/share this post to my magazine, which is what I wanted to do.

        Getting a true sharing link on WP.com for Flipboard is a little tricky, it seems.

        1. Thanks for ‘flipping’ me, JoAnn.

          I’ve done the same and added the bookmark link. It’s the easiest way to share something on Flipboard. The sharing button acts more as a ‘follow’ button, but you can still share posts to Flipboard via it (although with a few more clicks than using the bookmark button). It also acts as a reminder about Flipboard if the person doing the sharing has not installed the bookmark button. However, the sooner WordPress create a proper sharing button, the better. 😀 I’ve read that they have no plans to do so…yet!

        2. Another blogger has sent me a new link to add in the URL sharing box. It means that the sharing button now takes you straight to the post you want to flip. And it works. 😀 I’ve updated the post, JoAnn.

        1. Good luck, Judy. Ritu has just sent me another link to insert in the sharing URL box which makes the sharing button go straight to the page you want to flip. I’ve updated my post with it, so use that new link. Let us know how you do.

  2. Interesting, Hugh. I wasn’t aware of Flipboard. I’ve obviously got some learning to do. Thanks for making the process easy if I decide to join in.

    1. I joined up last year and duly forgot all about it, Norah. Then I started getting lots of referrals from it, so I’ve sat up and decided to give it a go. It’s a little like Pinterest, but I think Flipboard looks a lot better. Plus, I’ve had no success from Pinterest, despite giving it a go for the last two years. I must be doing something wrong, but I’ve no idea what. 🤔

        1. Yes, I agree, Norah. Far too many social media platforms. It gets to a point where you have to delete one to start up a new one. I’ve recently come off LinkedIn because it was not producing any traffic to my blog. I’ve stopped using Google+ because it seems to be a ghost town. I’ve no idea what I’m doing with Pinterest. I think I need to concentrate more on my writing. 😀

    1. Just been over and checked and the sharing button is certainly working, Ritu (I’ve followed you). I’d try downloading a smaller Flipboard image or reduce the size of the one you have already downloaded. The one I downloaded is 225 X 225. Hopefully, that will work.

  3. Reblogged this on Wind Eggs and commented:
    If you’re looking to expand your social media presence, you might try allowing your readers to post to Flipboard. I followed Hugh’s instructions and it works (although the button you create may not look like the final button, so check the preview window).

  4. HI Hugh,
    I like to write about how people can get blog traffic from Flipboard. Thanks for telling people how to install social share buttons, so they can get traffic also.
    Janice

  5. I’m so glad I helped, although I’m not sure how, lol! I enjoy flipboand more than stumble upon because you can flip your own posts, make a cool magazine, and save good articles. I’m working on a new book about fitness and I save fitness articles to reference later. It’s a little like pinterest. I also have the flip extension in my chrome bar. I mostly tweet and flip posts when sharing, so hopefully that helped get some traffic to your blog.

    1. I’ve such a huge learning curve to now climb in learning how to use Flipboard, Terri. I’ve started and I can’t thank you enough for helping me out in getting my Flipboard sharing button to work. Phew! Now on to flipping lots of stuff and creating articles and magazines.

      I agree about StumbleUpon. Since they changed the site, I don’t think it’s as friendly, yet it’s still my biggest provider in bringing traffic to my blog. I’m sure all the Stumbling, tweeting and flipping you (and others) are doing is helping my blog stats. Social media is a Blogger’s best friend and, if you use it enough, I’m convinced you’ll reap the rewards. I’ve actually ditched LinkedIn (because I was gaining nothing from it) and taken on Flipboard, as I can only find the time to use three or four social media accounts properly. I’ve given up on Pinterest as try as I like, I still don’t really understand how it works; plus my blog stats show little if any traffic from it.

      Once again, thanks so much.

        1. Maybe we could co-write a post about its benefits once we find them all out? I got a lot of referrals from Flipboard yesterday and, today, my referrals from it are already looking good (and it’s only just gone 8am in the UK).

        2. Hi Terri, I’ve updated the sharing URL on my post (with thanks to Ritu) and if you use it for the sharing button, it will take anyone clicking on it directly to the Flipboard sharing page, rather than your Flipboard profile page. I’ve tried it out and it works perfectly. 😀

  6. Great information, Hugh! I never thought about this and I love to browse stories through Flipboard. I am going to look into using this today. 🙂

  7. Hmmm, I have a fllpboard account but I’m more interested in the process. I’m going to try to add Beebe. At least then I could easily share my posts there (I never remember). Thanks!

    1. That’s often the problem, isn’t it? Remembering to press all those sharing buttons. I don’t know about you, but my sharing usually only extends to Twitter (because I know how to use it). I’ve got a big learning curve to climb for Flipboard.

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