(Legacy): How to Install ShareThis on WordPress

By March 2, 2017

This tutorial will teach you how to add ShareThis to your WordPress blog/site. Simply download and install our plugin to get started. There are two ways to do this:

  • Automatic Installation – search, install and activate the plugin completely within WordPress.
  • Manual Installation – download and expand zip files, upload to server, and activate.

Automatic Installation

Step 1: Log-in to your WordPress blog.

Step 2: In the sidebar, expand Plugins and click on Add New.

Step 3: In the search box, type ShareThis, then click Search Plugins.

Step 4: Find the search result that says ShareThis and click Install Now.

Step 5: On the installation page, click the Activate Plugin link. You’re done!

Manual Installation

  1. Download and unarchive the plugin folder.
  2. Place the uncompressed share-this folder in your wp-content/plugins directory. You should end up with up with wp-content/plugins/share-this/.
  3. On the Plugin page in your WordPress Administration area, activate the ShareThis plugin.

Plugin Options

Once you have successfully installed and activated the ShareThis plugin. A link to a new settings page in the sidebar will be generated where you can customize the plugin.

Locating The Plugin Options Page

In the sidebar, expand Settings, then click on ShareThis.

Step 1: Choose Button Style Option

Select from small or large buttons or ones that display share counters.

Add Hover Bar or Pulldown Bar Option

For extended sharing capabilities you have the option of including a share bar that is always in view, even when users scroll up and down the page.

Hover Bar allows you to dock on either the Left or Right of your webpage.
Learn More.

Pulldown Bar will appear when users scroll down the page. Learn More.


Step 2: Choose Social Services

Select which social services you want to add and remove the ones you don’t want by dragging outside of the ‘Selected Services’ area. You can also change the order of how they appear. A full list of available services can be found here.

Choose Social Plugins

Select which social plugins you want to add by dragging over to the ‘Selected Services’. You can also change the order of how they appear by dragging up and down.

Step 3: Sharing Method

If you’ve selected Twitter as a social service you wish to include in the widget, there will be a form to include your Twitter handle. Once your content is shared via Twitter,”via @YourTwitterHandle” will be appended at the end of the Tweet.



Step 4: Customize Share Functionality

Check this box to track the shares that occur when a user copies and pastes your website’s URL or content. Learn More.

Customize Widget Position

Customize the way the Widget looks to your user. You can choose between putting share buttons at the top

Customize Post Excerpt

Manage Page Exceptions
To remove the ShareThis Widget on a specific page, all you need to do is click on which page you wish it be removed from!

Sign In

Once all the settings are filled out and completed, the last and final step is signing in so that you can attach your publisher key to our widget.


After completing the final step, go back to your blog post/page and look for the widget installed. Congrats! You’ve now made it easier for your audience to share your content 🙂