Connect to Your Fans and Followers with the New Social Icons Widget

This is quite interesting, WordPress users! A new widget. I really need to find out how this works. 🙂

The WordPress.com Blog

We’re excited to introduce the new Social Icons Widget, which allows you to connect with visitors on your favorite social media networks.

The new widget supports over 40 popular social platforms, from the ubiquitous Facebook and Twitter, to crafter haven Etsy, to artsy enclaves like DeviantArt and Dribbble. Highlight music or podcasts through SoundCloud or iTunes, or connect with your community via Meetup or Yelp. Business owners will also appreciate being able to hook up their company’s LinkedIn page.

The new widget offers more flexibility, letting you choose from among three icon sizes: small, medium, and large. Pick the one that looks best on your site! You can even drag-and-drop the links in your Customizer to reorder your social icons.

Drag and drop social icons

Activate it now by going to My Site → Customize → Widgets. For self-hosted WordPress users, this new widget will be available in Jetpack soon.

If you’ve been using…

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How to Add an Instant Preview of your Book to your Site

Thank you very much, Nicolas Rossis, for this great informative blog post – and your manual on how to do this. We really appreciate your work!

Nicholas C. Rossis

In case you’ve missed the exciting news, Amazon has now made possible to embed book previews on sites (only self-hosted ones) and apps.

Kindle instant previews are similar to the “Look Inside” feature that Amazon offers on their website that lets customers preview samples of most books.

Here’s how it works:

Kindle instant preview | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

If you click the embed option (see image above), you get a custom code that you then paste into your page. This works on your blog, website, forum, or even an app.

The book preview widgets are available in custom sizes, and come with a couple of settings, like the option to hide the buy button, open the preview in a new window, and even add an Amazon affiliate ID.

Kindle Instant Preview | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

As this is not a self-hosted blog, you can see an example of the new book preview feature in action on my nicholasrossis.me one. Note the option to go

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