It is possible to link your Joomla site to social media. This way, people who visit your site and find the content interesting can get to share it on various social media platforms. They may, for instance, be in a position to ‘like’ it on Facebook. Or they may be able to ‘retweet’ it, on their Twitter accounts. And if your Joomla site contains video content, you can even make it possible for the people who visit the site to share the content on YouTube.
Now there are two ways in which you can go about linking your Joomla site to social media:
- Through the inbuilt module: this is just a question of going to your site’s dashboard, clicking on ‘extensions’, then selecting ‘module manager’. You then need to click on ‘SiteGround – Social Module’ to access the relevant module for this purpose.
- Through extensions: the extensions in question here are capable of displaying social media icons on your Joomla site. For instance, having installed the relevant extension, visitors to your site will be in a position to see the (well known) Facebook icon on the site’s pages. They can then click on it, whereupon they would be taken to Facebook – where they can share the content, like it, comment on it… and so on. A good example of a Joomla extension you can use here is one known as Social Media Links Genius. Another one is known as CoalaWeb Social Links. Most of the Joomla extensions for social media are available for free. Where there are fees to be paid for the extensions, the amounts are likely to be very modest. And that is important, because many of the people who set up Joomla sites do so on shoestring budgets. You (as an upcoming Joomla website owner) may, for instance, be a US Postal Service employee — meaning that you get your paychecks via www.liteblue.usps.gov. Then, at some point, you decide to set up a Joomla site, so as to get something to work on during your free time (when you are not on the liteblue extranet). But because of the modest financial resources at your disposal, you know that you can’t afford to spend too much money on the Joomla site. This is where the Joomla extensions that are available for free (or at very modest costs) come in handy.