Integrate WhatsApp to WordPress to Improve User Engagement

When mobile usage is constantly increasing, it is important to have a responsive website. As per a survey, more than 91% users are using mobile internet to socialize and fixed internet is witnessing less usage. That’s why WhatsApp and other smart phone applications have been widely used. Today, WhatsApp is widely used application with over 600 million users. Here you are going to know how to enhance user engagement by connecting WhatsApp to WordPress website, so that users can easily share the content from your site with their friends.

Why WhatsApp?

If you use a smart phone, then you may probably have WhatsApp installed on your device. It is a cross-platform application with which users can share videos, images and texts without paying SMS charges. Users can also send their voice messages with this app. Several websites show a WhatsApp button to enable visitors share their content. Your visitors can share or send anything in real time with friends.

BuzzFeed was adopted WhatsApp earlier. The overall shares of this website on iOS mobile devices doubled, according to Jon Steinberg, BuzzFeed President. He says that the number of shares on WhatsApp really amazed them every time. WhatsApp sharing remains private. It is the main difference between Whatsapp and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. It works in a way like sending email to your friend. Anything can get viral easily through WhatsApp once you have got engaging and loyal readers. Here’s how you can integrate WhatsApp to WordPress site.

Mobile ShareBar Plugin

First of all, download and install this plugin and activate it. Configure it by going to Settings and then Mobile ShareBar. It has very easy to understand configuration. Sharing texts can be edited but you should keep them as is. To shorten up the URL while sharing, add bit.ly credentials. Choose the place to display under Display Settings, be it bottom or top of page and choose the pages to show buttons like pages, posts, front page, categories and more.

Check ‘Show Everywhere’ and ‘Display Mobile ShareBar Automatically” within ‘Troubleshooting & Other Options’. Save changes and get your cache cleared. Only problem is that this button will be shown on iOS devices only. Have a test run. Open your WordPress site only any iOS device and see if it is working or not.

AddToAny Plugin

After installing and activating it, configure settings from AddToAny option from Settings. Choose small or large icons as per your needs. Add buttons you need from ‘Add/Remove Services’ with default buttons for Google+, Twitter and Facebook. Access the WhatsApp service and configure and add display options as per the area you wish to show the button at the top or bottom of page. You can also use a social sharing bar which floats on the right side of page while scrolling down the content. According to design, it also has custom icons. At the end, save changes and have test run to see if this button is running on any iOS device.