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Using The Social Follow Shortcode In Monarch

The social follow shortcode lets you place social follow buttons anywhere on your website!

An Overview Of The Social Follow Shortcode

follow shortcode settings

The Monarch Follow Shortcode lets you display social follow buttons anywhere on your website. Althought Monarch comes witha custom widget, you may want to custom design a footer widget, sidebar widget, or even inline follow links somewhere on your page.

Choose Icon Style

Select Hover

This option allows you to choose from any of the available hover styles Monarch offers for Follow Buttons. You can hover over any of the options to get an example preview of the hover effect. Once you decide on an option, just click to select any style and your section will be indicated by a green checkmark.

Choose Icon Shape

Select Shape

Monarch offers 3 shapes for your icon buttons: Squared, Rounded, and Circles. Combined with the styles mentioned above you can create a variety of great looking social buttons.

Display Settings

Icon Placement

This option lets you select either ‘Left’ or ‘Centered’. Selecting left will display your button labels and/or follow counts to the right of your network icons, creating a more horizontal button shape. Selecting ‘Centered’ will place your button labels and/or follow counts below your network icons and center the button content, creating a taller button shape.

Number of Columns

Monarch offers 7 column width options. You can choose to have up to 6 equal width columns, or let your buttons take on an auto-width based on the width of your buttons’ content. No matter your selection, Monarch accommodates for small browser widths and adjusts your column selection for mobile devices.

Display Follow Counts

Displaying follow counts is a great way to show off how followers you have and even a great way to encourage visitors to click your follow links. This number will appear inside each button either to the right or below your network icons based on your ‘Icon Placement’.

Minimum Count Display

Sometimes it is better to not show counts at all than it is to show that a follow count that is under a certain threshold. This setting allows you to set the minimum follow count that Monarch will display in your follow buttons. This is a great feature for new profiles that haven’t had the opportunity to gain followers for much time.

Display Total Followers

This follow count will add up your followers across all displayed network profiles and display the total right above your buttons. This is a great way to show the totality of you social following.

Display Network Names

Check this box to display the network labels in your follow buttons. These can be customized to whatever you wish. For example, you can choose to replace the Network Name ‘Facebook’ to something like ‘Follow Us’.

Outer Text Color

If the option above is selected, this option will appear to allow you to choose your Outer Text Color. This setting will affect your Total Follower Count, and your Network Label and/or individual follow count if you have selected circular buttons, which place button text outside the background color of your buttons. Your page’s background may be light or dark in color value — this option lets you make sure your text stands out on top of your background.

Remove Icon Spacing

By default, the follow buttons are spaced out with a small margin. Checking this option lets you remove the spacing between your icons for a whole new set of design possibilities.

Hide On Mobile Devices

If you wish to not display follow links from this particular shortcode on mobile devices you can check this box.

Color Settings

Use Custom Colors

By default, Monarch uses the default network colors, but for a more custom approach you can select your own button colors. If an option below is not defined, the default setting will be used for that element.

Background Color

This color picker will define the background color of your social follow buttons

Hover Background Color

This color picker will define the background color of your social follow buttons when the user hovers over a button.

Icon Color

This color picker will define the color of your social follow buttons’ icons.

Icon Color

This color picker will define the color of your social follow buttons’ icons when the user hover over a button.

Generate Shortcode

After you are happy with your shortcode configuration, click the green ‘Generate Shortcode’ button your custom shortcode will appear in the text field below. Copy and past this anywhere on your site, even in a custom text widget, and your follow links will appear in that location.

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