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This is the “Social Media Follow Buttons Bar PRO” plugin instructions page. We have tried our best to keep it as simple as possible. If you think it can be made even simpler let us know we will be glad to change it. Let’s start!

On the left side, you can see the table of contents of this documentation. Jump to the section you want, or read it all through – your choice. Let’s move on!

Purchase process

To start using the “Social Media Follow Buttons Bar PRO” plugin, you need to make a purchase on the official page of this plugin. To do this, select a license suitable for your case and make a payment. After the successful completion of the purchase, you will receive an email receipt with a button through which you can download a copy of the “Social Media Follow Buttons Bar PRO” plugin.

Secure payment and delivery of the “Social Media Follow Buttons Bar PRO” plugin is done using the Gumroad platform.

Installation

Install “Social Media Follow Buttons Bar PRO” plugin just as you would any other WordPress plugin.

There are two methods to install the plugin. You can install it directly from the WordPress Admin Area, or you can install it manually by first downloading the plugin.

Automatic installation (via WordPress Admin Area):

To install the plugin automatically (from the WordPress Admin Area), please perform the following steps:

  1. Download the ZIP archive with this plugin to your computer. After downloading you should have a ZIP archive called social-media-buttons-toolbar-pro.1.0.zip. This is a compressed file containing all the folders and files required for the plugin to function properly.
  2. Log in to Admin Area of your WordPress website.
  3. Go to Plugins -> Add New.
  4. Click Upload Plugin, and browse the ZIP archive with the plugin. Click the Install Now button. Wait a few seconds until the plugin is installed.
  5. Activate the plugin through the Plugins tab.

After installation and activation, the Social Media Follow Buttons PRO menu item will appear in the Settings section of Admin Area. Click on it in order to view the plugin settings page.

Manual installation (via FTP access)

To install the plugin manually (by simply uploading all files via FTP or SFTP), please perform the following steps:

  1. Download the ZIP archive with this plugin to your computer. After downloading you should have a ZIP archive called social-media-buttons-toolbar-pro.1.0.zip. This is a compressed file containing all the folders and files required for the plugin to function properly.
  2. Unzip the ZIP archive with this plugin on your computer. You’ll get the folder social-media-buttons-toolbar-pro.

    You need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files.

  3. Access your server via FTP or SFTP.

    If you aren’t sure how usually your web hosting provider will have instructions somewhere on their website.

  4. Browse to the directory wp-content/plugins/.

    The location of the folder wp-content depends on your host’s setup. Typically, the folder public_html contains all the files of the website, among which you will find this folder. Please contact your web hosting company to get help if you can’t find this folder.

  5. Upload the plugin folder social-media-buttons-toolbar-pro from step 1. Wait for the uploading to complete, it may take several minutes. Once the upload complete, the plugin should be in wp-content/plugins/social-media-buttons-toolbar-pro/ on your server.
  6. Log in to Admin Area of your WordPress website.
  7. Activate the plugin through the Plugins tab.

After installation and activation, the Social Media Follow Buttons PRO menu item will appear in the Settings section of Admin Area. Click on it in order to view the plugin settings page.

More help installing plugins

Update plugin to new release

The “Social Media Follow Buttons Bar PRO” plugin can be updated to new release just as you would any other premium WordPress plugin.

We have three types of updates:

  • Adding new features - We add new features to the plugin whenever we have a new cool feature requests by our customers, as well as our team.
  • Code improvement - This makes the plugin more stable and faster, and also improves security.
  • Solving bugs or issues - If any bugs or issues appear due to browser updates or WordPress version changes, we make sure to update the plugin ASAP to keep you and visitors of your website safe.

Regardless of the type of updates, they should be applied as soon as conveniently possible.

In one of the upcoming updates, we plan to implement an automatic plugin update system so that you no longer have to install updates manually.

Update via FTP or SFTP:

To update the plugin manually (by simply overriding all files via FTP or SFTP), please perform the following steps:

  1. Log in to Admin Area of your WordPress website.
  2. Deactivate this plugin through the Plugins tab.
  3. Download the ZIP archive with the new version of this plugin to your computer. After downloading you should have a ZIP archive called social-media-buttons-toolbar-pro.1.0.zip. This is a compressed file containing all the folders and files required for the plugin to function properly.
  4. Unzip the ZIP archive with the new version of this plugin on your computer. You’ll get the folder social-media-buttons-toolbar-pro.

    You need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files.

  5. Access your server via FTP or SFTP.

    If you aren’t sure how usually your web hosting provider will have instructions somewhere on their website.

  6. Browse to the directory wp-content/plugins/.

    The location of the folder wp-content depends on your host’s setup. Typically, the folder public_html contains all the files of the website, among which you will find this folder. Please contact your web hosting company to get help if you can’t find this folder.

  7. It’s best to have a backup, so download the plugin folder social-media-buttons-toolbar-pro to your computer.
  8. Upload the plugin folder social-media-buttons-toolbar-pro from step 4, with replacing the current folder of the plugin. Wait for the uploading to complete, it may take several minutes. Once the upload complete, the plugin should be in wp-content/plugins/social-media-buttons-toolbar-pro/ on your server.

    Important! Sometimes files are deleted inside the plugin folder so make sure that your program is deleting all files and uploading the new ones when it overrides instead of simply “updating newer files”. It can cause issues if you have files on your server inside the plugin folder that are no longer used in the plugin itself.

  9. Activate this plugin through the Plugins tab.

Note! After you are done updating a plugin please also clear your website and browser cache to prevent errors (this should be done when updating any theme or plugin).

License Key

You will receive a license key along with your purchase confirmation. As long as it is active, this key allows you to get updates for the purchased WordPress plugin and get access to premium support.

To enter your license key into the plugin, please perform the following steps:

  1. Log in to Admin Area of your WordPress website.

  2. Go to Settings -> Social Media Follow Buttons PRO. You will be taken to the plugin settings page.

  3. Navigate to the License tab.

  4. Enter your license key in the field License Key.
  5. Click the Submit License Key button.

Using at first time

To use this plugin at first time, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Admin Area of your WordPress website.

  2. Go to Settings -> Social Media Follow Buttons PRO. You will be taken to the plugin settings page.

  3. Find a free/blank buttons bar panel. Using the plugin at first time, this will be the first panel (with an ID 1) on top.
  4. Enter a title or a small description for your buttons bar instance in the field Title.
  5. Click the Cog button in the upper-right corner of this buttons bar panel. The settings panel opens.
  6. Select the desired buttons.
  7. Fill in the required URL fields.
  8. Click the Save changes button.

Now your buttons bar is ready and waiting when you use the [followbuttons] (or [followbuttons id="1"]) shortcode. Enjoy your fancy social media follow buttons. It’s that simple!

Create a new buttons bar instance

You can create up to 10 of buttons bar instances. This is very useful, because that way you can manage your buttons bar instances separately.

Soon we will remove the limit on the number of buttons bar instances so that you can create an unlimited number of buttons bar instances.

You can easily create a new buttons bar instance by following these steps:

  1. Find a free/blank buttons bar panel. For example, this is a panel with an ID 7.
  2. Enter a title or a small description for your buttons bar instance in the field Title.
  3. Click the Cog button in the upper-right corner of this buttons bar panel. The buttons bar settings panel opens.
  4. Select the desired buttons.
  5. Fill in the required URL fields.
  6. Click the Save changes button.

Now your new buttons bar instance is ready and waiting when you use the [followbuttons id="7"] shortcode!

Customize the buttons bar

You can easily customize the look of the buttons bar by simply selecting the desired settings. And if you want more options, let us know and we will be happy to add them.

To customize the look of the buttons bar, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Settings tab.

  2. Select the desired settings.

  3. Click the Save changes button.

The sidebar, which is located on the “Settings” tab, consists of several sections. It gives you quick access to the documentation of the plugin. We plan to add some more useful features here soon.

More help & support

If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this documentation, please read the Frequently Asked Questions. If you still can’t find an answer to your enquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help you out.