Sharing Your WordPress Content in Skype

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We have used previous posts to talk about sharing your WordPress content across multiple social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. Did you know you can share your WordPress content in Skype as well? It’s true, and it is not hard. We will walk you through the process in this brief but informative tutorial.

Before we get to the ‘how’, let’s talk about the ‘why’. Why share content in Skype given that it is a video communication tool rather than a social media sharing platform? Because Skype just happens to be the most extensively used communication tool online.

If you are a regular Skype user, you know that you can communicate using text messaging in addition to video conferencing. Text messaging is the key to integrating Skype with your WordPress site. By sharing your content via Skype text messaging, you are utilizing yet another channel that will help you develop better customer relationships and drive more business to your website. With that said, on to the tutorial.

Add the Skype Share Button

The first thing you need to do to share WordPress content in Skype is to add the Skype share button to your site. You will need to download and install the Skype share plugin in order to do this. Follow the same procedure you use for the rest of your plugins.

With the plugin installed, navigate to the Settings> Skype Share Button page in the Dashboard. This is where you will configure the button to meet your needs. You will have several options to work with:

  • Button style
  • Button location (static for every page)
  • Button language

You will also notice a tick box that allows you to enable and disable the button at will. This is helpful if you are making changes to your site that may negatively impact your use of the button, to the extent that you want to temporarily turn it off.

Adding the Button Manually

You might be working with a theme requiring manual placement of the Skype share button. Even if you’re not, you may not be satisfied with the default options offered in the configuration panel. In that case, you can disable the button under the configuration options and then install it manually with the help of a little code.

First, copy and paste the following code into the ‘head’ section of your primary template file:

<script>

Place this code in the head section of your HTML file

(function(r, d, s) {

r.loadSkypeWebSdkAsync = r.loadSkypeWebSdkAsync ||

function(p) {

var js, sjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];

if (d.getElementById(p.id)) { return; }

js = d.createElement(s);

js.id = p.id;

js.src = p.scriptToLoad;

js.onload = p.callback

sjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, sjs);

};

var p = {

scriptToLoad:

‘https://swx.cdn.skype.com/shared/v/latest/skypewebsdk.js’,

id: ‘skype_web_sdk’

};

r.loadSkypeWebSdkAsync(p);

})(window, document, ‘script’);

</script>

Next, copy this code:

<div class='skype-share' data-href='<?php the_permalink(); ?>' data-lang='en-US' data-text='<?php the_title(); ?>' data-style='large' ></div>

Paste it into any of the following files to your site utilizes:

single.php,

loop.php

index.php

page.php,

category.php

archive.php

The Skype share button should now appear on every page of your site. You can adjust parameters by modifying the second piece of code. You can also move that code around within the individual documents until you get the right position.

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