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How to create Custom Social Media Share Buttons Using JavaScript

As we are approaching this festive season(Christmas) I would like to share with you something that has been going around the web for so long(Social Media Share Buttons).

These days almost every website encourages visitors to share its pages or articles on social media. The live example is right in front of your eyes, Click that fixed floating red button with the share icon and the attractive pulse effect.

When you click it, those ubiquitous Whatsapp, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter, icons will enable you to share any current page or articles you will be on.

Let's say you are the web developer, you are tasked to make sure that users get this functionality of sharing the associated web pages they will be on.

This is what we will look at in this simple article.Since Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, LinkedIn, and Google+ are, by far, the most popular social media platforms, so let’s focus on those five.

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Every social media platform offers developers with various share URLs on how they can share content to their eco-system.

Social Media Share Url Examples
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//Facebook ShareUrl
https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=..

//Twitter ShareUrl
https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=..&url=..

//Whatsapp ShareUrl
whatsapp://send?text=..

//LinkedIn ShareUrl
https://www.linkedin.com/cws/share?url=..

//Google+ ShareUrl
https://plus.google.com/share?url=..

Social Media Share Button MarkUp
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<div class="fixed-action-btn">

<a class="btn-floating red pulse"><i class="fa fa-share-alt"></i></a>

<ul>
<li><a class="btn-floating indigo darken-3" id="fb"><>i class="fa fa-facebook"></i></a></li>
<li><a class="btn-floating light-blue darken-3" id="tw"><>i class="fa fa-twitter"></i></a></li>
<li><a class="btn-floating green darken-3" id="wts"><>i class="fa fa-whatsapp"></i></a></li>
<li><a class="btn-floating light-blue darken-3" id="lnk"><>i class="fa fa-linkedin"></i></a></li>
<li><a class="btn-floating red darken-3" id="gp"><>i class="fa fa-google-plus"></i></a></li>
</ul>

</div>
	

Javascript File
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document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded',function(){

//Initialize Fixed floating btn
const shareButtons = document.querySelector('.fixed-action-btn');
M.FloatingActionButton.init(shareButtons,{
	hoverEnabled:false
});


//Getting page information
let current_url = window.location.href;
let currentPage_title = document.title;

//Get icon ids
let facebook = document.getElementById('fb');
let twitter = document.getElementById('tw');
let whatsapp = document.getElementById('wts');
let linkedIn = document.getElementById('lnk');
let googlePlus = document.getElementById('gp');

//Facebook
facebook.addEventListener('click',function(){
	let fb_shareUrl = "https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u="+current_url;
	let window_size = "width=565,height=569";
	window.open(fb_shareUrl,"","menubar=no,resizeable=yes,scrollbars=yes,"+window_size);
	return false;
});


//Twitter
twitter.addEventListener('click',function(){
	let tw_shareUrl = "https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text="+currentPage_title+"&url="+current_url;
	let window_size = "width=565,height=569";
	window.open(tw_shareUrl,"","menubar=no,resizeable=yes,scrollbars=yes,"+window_size);
	return false;
});


//Whatapp
whatsapp.addEventListener('click',function(){
	let wts_shareUrl = "whatsapp://send?text="+current_url;
	let window_size = "width=565,height=569";
	window.open(wts_shareUrl,"","menubar=no,resizeable=yes,scrollbars=yes,"+window_size);
	return false;
});


//LinkedIn
linkedIn.addEventListener('click',function(){
	let lnk_shareUrl = "https://www.linkedin.com/cws/share?url="+current_url;
	let window_size = "width=565,height=569";
	window.open(lnk_shareUrl,"","menubar=no,resizeable=yes,scrollbars=yes,"+window_size);
	return false;
});


//Google Plus
googlePlus.addEventListener('click',function(){
	let gp_shareUrl = "https://plus.google.com/share?url="+current_url;
	let window_size = "width=565,height=569";
	window.open(gp_shareUrl,"","menubar=no,resizeable=yes,scrollbars=yes,"+window_size);
	return false;
});


});
	

That should do it. To reiterate, when you search on the internet for the different social media share URLs for sharing Web pages, there are many other share URL links available that can be used to specify different ways of sharing content. But, in general, the code above will suffice.

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event_note Detailed Date :: Dec 16th, 2019
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