Follow Buttons by AddThis


Get more followers on social media by installing the AddThis Follow Buttons WordPress plugin. With AddThis, your users can easily follow you on the most popular social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more. Widgets and shortcodes are available for this follow button plugin. You can also use our optional analytics to discover what content is getting you the most new followers.

With the AddThis Follow Buttons WordPress plugin, you get:

Follow Header Buttons

  • Position these buttons at the top of your site
  • Customize the “follow” title
  • Choose between light, gray, dark and transparent themes
  • Customize the services you’d like to display
  • Specify the screen width when this tool should become visible

Horizontal & Vertical Follow Buttons

  • Position these buttons in the footer or sidebar of your site
  • Choose between small, medium and large buttons
  • Customize your header title
  • Customize the services you’d like to display
  • Supports all major social networks and RSS subscription

Custom Follow Buttons

The Custom Follow Buttons are available to AddThis Pro and Business account holders. With AddThis Custom Follow Buttons, you can match the look and feel of your site.

  • Pick which button shape you prefer
  • Choose from a range of available colors or set your own
  • Customize the services you’d like to display
  • Supports all major social networks and RSS subscription

Want to see which services are driving the most new followers? Or which pieces of content are converting visitors into fans? Sign up for a free account to access your AddThis website tool analytics.

AddThis also has a share button plugin for WordPress, which is a great tool for getting more of your content shared on social media, and increasing traffic back to your website.

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  • AddThis follow tools on a page
  • Analytics on the AddThis Dashboard
  • Follow tools listings page
  • Vertical follow tool settings page
  • Home screen for an unregistered user
  • Home screen for a registered user
  • Advanced Settings screen
  • Adding widgets
  • Edit screen using shortcode


For an automatic installation through WordPress:

  1. Go to the ‘Add New’ plugins screen in your WordPress admin area
  2. Search for ‘AddThis’
  3. Click ‘Install Now’ and activate the plugin

For a manual installation via FTP:

  1. Upload the addthis folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in your WordPress admin area

To upload the plugin through WordPress, instead of FTP:

  1. Upload the downloaded zip file on the ‘Add New’ plugins screen (see the ‘Upload’ tab) in your WordPress admin area and activate.


What services does AddThis support?

As of release 2.0.2, this plugin supports follow buttons for the services below. This plugin’s services will automatically update as AddThis’ follow tools support new ones.

  • 500px
  • Bandcamp
  • Behance
  • BitBucket
  • Blogger (user, blog)
  • DeviantArt
  • Digg
  • Disqus
  • Dribbble
  • Ello
  • Email (mailto link)
  • Etsy
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • Foursquare
  • GitHub
  • GitLab
  • Google Follow
  • Hacker News
  • Houzz
  • Instragram
  • JSFiddle
  • Letterboxd
  • LinkedIn (person, group, company, education)
  • Medium
  • MixCloud
  • Myspace
  • Odnoklassniki
  • Periscope
  • Pinterest
  • Pocket
  • Quora
  • Ravelry
  • Reddit
  • Renren
  • RSS
  • Sina Weibo
  • Skype
  • SlashDot
  • SlideShare
  • Snapchat
  • SoundCloud
  • Spotify
  • Stack Exchange
  • Stack Overflow
  • Steam
  • StumbleUpon
  • Tumblr
  • Twitch
  • Twitter
  • Untappd
  • Vimeo
  • Vine
  • Vkontakte
  • WordPress
  • XING
  • Yelp
  • YouTube (user, channel, custom URL)
  • Yummly
Is AddThis free?

Many of our tools are free, but Pro users get the benefit of exclusive widgets, including mobile­ friendly tools
and retina icons, priority support and deeper analytics.

Do I need to create an account?

No, you do not need to create an account in order to control a limited number of AddThis follow tools from within WordPress. In order to use more AddThis tools, more options and see your site’s analytics you will need to create an account with AddThis. It requires an email address and name, but that’s it.

Is JavaScript required?

All AddThis website tools require JavaScript. JavaScript must be enabled. We load the actual interface via JavaScript at run-time, which allows us to upgrade the core functionality of the menu itself automatically everywhere whenever a new social sharing services comes out.

Why use AddThis?
  1. Ease of use. AddThis is easy to install, customize and localize. We’ve worked hard to make a suite of simple and beautiful website tools on the internet.
  2. Performance. The AddThis menu code is tiny and fast. We constantly optimize its behavior and design to make sharing a snap.
  3. Peace of mind. AddThis gathers the best services on the internet so you don’t have to, and backs them up with industrial strength analytics, code caching, active tech support and a thriving developer community.
  4. Flexibility. AddThis can be customized via an API, and served securely via SSL. Share just about anything, anywhere ­­your way.
  5. Global reach. AddThis sends content to 200+ sharing services 60+ languages, to over 2 billion unique users in countries all over the world.
What PHP version is required?

This plugin requires PHP 5.2.4 or greater and is tested on the following versions of PHP:

  • 5.2.4
  • 5.2.17
  • 5.3.29
  • 5.4.45
  • 5.5.34
  • 5.6.20
  • 7.0.5
Who else uses AddThis?

Over 15,000,000 sites have installed AddThis. With over 2 billion unique users, AddThis is helping share content all over the world, in more than sixty languages.

Are there filters?

Yes! There are lots of filters in this plugin.

Filters allow developers to hook into this plugin’s functionality in upgrade-safe ways to define very specific behavior by writing their own PHP code snippets.

Developer documentation on our filters is available. This documentation lists all the filters for our plugins. This plugin does not include filters for sharing tools or recommended content.

Are there widgets?

Yes! There are widgets available for all AddThis inline tools (the ones that don’t float on the page).

If you register with an AddThis Pro account, you’ll also see widgets for our Pro tools.

Developer documentation on our widgets is also available. This documentation lists all the widgets for our plugins. This plugin does not include widgets for sharing tools or recommended content.

Are there shortcodes?

Yes! There are lots of shortcodes in this plugin. There are shortcodes are available for all AddThis inline tools (the ones that don’t float on the page).

If you register with an AddThis Pro account, the shortcodes for our Pro tools will work for you, too.

See our documentation on our shortcodes. This documentation lists all the shortcodes for our plugins. This plugin does not include shortcodes for sharing tools or recommended content.


Too many errors in the past releases

Although I like the AddThis service this plugin adds way too mutch PHP warnings and notices. And this is not something new, it’s been for quite some time now.

Every update overwrites my fixes and causes me to reapply them.
I can provide a PR on GitHub but can’t find the repository.

Please fix your development cycle with some proper testing etc. to prevent this in the future and I will update this review.

Robust and easy to use

This is just what we needed. Ony thing I miss is some additional icon options (i.e. rounded). Also counters wouldn’t hurt.

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Contributors & Developers

“Follow Buttons by AddThis” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Adding meta box to allow site editors to disable automatically added tools when editing posts and pages. Compatible with the Share Button by AddThis meta box. If disabled in one, auto adding of tools will be disabled in both.
  • Redesigned the plugin’s widgets to work with’s support of multiple definitions of the same tool type. The class for the new widget is AddThisWidgetByDomClass. Widgets created through WordPress’s UI will automatically be migrated to use the new class. However, any hard coded use of the old widget classes will need to be updated before upgrading. Deleted widget classes: AddThisFollowButtonsCustomWidget, AddThisFollowButtonsHorizontalWidget, AddThisFollowButtonsVerticalWidget. Developer documentation on the new widget is available.
  • Fix for PHP Warning on AddThisFollowButtonsToolParent.php line 127
  • Doing profile ID validation and follow service list retreival directly in the browser rather than proxying through a WordPress backend AJAX call. This will make this plugin work for “Ignore the tool configurations in this profile” mode in environments where the WordPress server can’t talk to


  • Error handling to prevent a PHP notice for an undefined property in AddThisFeature.php on line 704.
  • Compatibility with Smart Layers by AddThis v 2.0.0+. If you’re using the Smart Layers by AddThis plugin as well, please ensure that you’re using a 2.0.0 or higer version of it. This plugin is no longer compatible with older version of the Smart Layers plugin (1.0.12 and older). The order in which you upgrade the two plugins does not matter.


  • Fix for JavaScript error in admin area: Cannot read property ‘locale’ of undefined
  • Fix for PHP notices on AddThisTool.php on line 439 and AddThisPlugin.php on line 501 for special templates
  • Bug fix for WordPress 3.5 and older (shortcode_exists is not defined)
  • Speed improvements for all pages (x2 on the widget configuration page).


  • Removes warning notice at upgrade which deactivates plugin: The pluing addthis-follow/addthis-follow.php has been deactivated due to an error. Plugin file does not exist.
  • Clarifying some language in warning a warning message


  • Plugin rewritten from scratch.
  • Adding Follow Header feature from AddThis.
  • Adding an additional size (20×20 pixels) for Horizontal Follow Buttons and Vertical Follow Buttons (in addition to 16×16, 32×32).
  • Adding many new services
  • Adding shortcodes for use inside posts for both Horizontal Follow Buttons and Vertical Follow Buttons
  • Includes widgets for both Follow Buttons and Vertical Follow Buttons
  • Widgets now use central values for social accounts. This means that all horizontal follow buttons widgets will share a set of services and usernames, and vertical follow buttons will have their own set to share. If you’re already using widgets that don’t conform to this, those widgets will continue to display on your site as they did until you resolve these conflicts on our settings page. You will not be able to change the services on these conflicting widgets without converting them all to using a central list of accounts.
  • Optionally, allows users to set up their AddThis account and AddThis site profile from inside WordPress.
  • Optionally, walks existing AddThis users through logging into their AddThis account and picking a site profile to register their plugin without leaving WordPress. Once registered, AddThis is able to start collecting Analystics on your visitors social use of your site. No more copying in Profile IDs! (Analytics are only available at
  • After registering the plugin with AddThis, Pro users can edit settings for Custom Follow Buttons from within WordPress. This also enables a Custom Follow Buttons widget and shortcode.
  • Shares (most) global options with the Share Buttons by AddThis plugin (if installed).


  • Adding AddThis EULA


  • YouTube Channel profile support
  • Improved troubleshooting data for AddThis Support


  • Support for WordPress 4.3


  • Support for servers without CURL


  • Minor bug fix


  • Minor updates


  • Better compatibility with other AddThis plugins.


  • Support for Linkedin Company profiles
  • Minor bug fixes


  • Minor bug fixes


  • AddThis Follow configuration options now available in WordPress Admin Settings
  • Minor bug fixes


  • Updated UI on Widget Setup
  • Update to Widget Framework


  • Initial Version