19 Apr 2023

Integrating social sharing buttons into a website with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

In today's digital world, social media has become an integral part of our lives. It's a powerful tool that can help individuals and businesses reach their audience and increase their visibility. If you're a website owner or a developer, you might want to consider integrating social sharing buttons into your website. Social sharing buttons can make it easy for users to share your website's content on their favorite social media platforms. In this blog post, we'll discuss how to integrate social sharing buttons into a website with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Step 1: Choose the Social Media Platforms

The first step in integrating social sharing buttons is to decide which social media platforms to include. You should choose platforms that are relevant to your website's content and your target audience. The most popular social media platforms are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Step 2: Obtain Social Media Platform APIs

Once you have decided which social media platforms to include, you'll need to obtain their APIs. APIs are application programming interfaces that allow you to connect to social media platforms and access their data. You can obtain APIs by registering your website with the social media platforms and obtaining an API key. This step varies depending on the platform you choose to use, so make sure to follow the platform's documentation for obtaining the API.

Step 3: Create HTML Markup

The next step is to create HTML markup for the social sharing buttons. You'll need to create a separate HTML element for each social media platform that you want to include. You can use a simple anchor tag <a> with an href attribute that links to the social media platform's share URL. For example, if you want to include a Facebook sharing button, you can use the following HTML markup:

<a href="https://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=<URL to share>&t=<Title of the shared page>" target="_blank" rel="noopener">
  <i class="fa fa-facebook"></i>

The href attribute contains the URL of the Facebook sharing page, where the <URL to share> is the URL of the page you want to share, and <Title of the shared page> is the title of the page you want to share. The target attribute set to "_blank" opens the sharing page in a new tab, and the rel attribute set to "noopener" is a security measure that prevents the sharing page from accessing the original page's information.

Step 4: Style the Buttons with CSS

Once you have created the HTML markup, you can style the buttons with CSS to match your website's design. You can use CSS classes to target each social media platform's button and apply custom styles. Here's an example of how to style a Facebook sharing button:

a.facebook-share {
  background-color: #3b5998;
  color: #fff;
  display: inline-block;
  padding: 8px 16px;
  border-radius: 4px;
  text-decoration: none;
  margin-right: 16px;

a.facebook-share:hover {
  background-color: #2d4373;

This CSS code sets the background color, text color, padding, and border radius of the Facebook sharing button. The :hover pseudo-class changes the background color when the user hovers over the button.

Step 5: Add JavaScript Functionality

Finally, you can add JavaScript functionality to the social sharing buttons. You can use JavaScript to dynamically update the share URL with the current page's URL and title. Here's an example of how to update the Facebook sharing button's URL:

const facebookButton = document.querySelector('a.facebook-share');
const pageUrl = encodeURIComponent(window.location.href);
const pageTitle = encodeURIComponent(document.title);
const facebookUrl = `https://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=${pageUrl}&t=${pageTitle}`;

facebookButton.href = facebookUrl;

This code gets the Facebook sharing button's HTML element using document.querySelector() and the CSS class selector. It then encodes the current page's URL and title using encodeURIComponent() and constructs the Facebook sharing URL. Finally, it updates the Facebook sharing button's href attribute with the constructed URL.

You can follow the same process for the other social media platforms you want to include. You can also use third-party libraries like AddThis or ShareThis to simplify the integration process.

In conclusion, integrating social sharing buttons into a website with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript can help increase your website's visibility and engagement on social media. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can easily add social sharing buttons to your website and customize their appearance and functionality.