Google+ definitely made a buzz this year. Since its public release last September 20th, a basket full of improvements was rolled out for the benefit of its users. But whether it’ll be a “Facebook killer” or not remains to be seen.
However, its ever-expanding user base and simple sharing tools makes Google+ a social network that you won’t ignore. And what’s the best way to use its features to the full extent than to integrate it on your website?
Below are four things that you can do to let your Google+ mingle with your WordPress-base website.
Add the +1 Button
The best way to let users search, share and save their favorite content on the Web is through clicking the +1 button. Using Google’s official +1 button code generator, it’ll only take a minute to add the button to your website, and for your content to be integrated with any Google profile. Simply put, the +1 button is an additional avenue for promoting and sharing your web content.
Embed Your Google+ Profile
PlusDevs Software Developer John Henson developed a user-friendly WordPress widget that lets you display your Google+ profile on your website or blog. You can set the widget up by just simply installing the plug-in to your website, dragging the widget to your sidebar and filling in a form. An embeddable Google+ Profile widget is also available on SocialStatistics.com, or you can incorporate your profile with a few PHP code lines.
Share Your Google+ Updates
Google+ is designed so that users can share real life activities with their friends. And the best way to do that is to embed your status updates on your WordPress website. Just simply download the Google+ WordPress widget, insert your Google+ ID and you’re good to go. The sidebar widget will show your recent status updates, including your Google Buzz.
Google+ Inspired Theme
If you’re a fan of Google+’s clean and unobtrusive layout, or you’re just simply running a blog about the social media website, then you might like to use WordPress’ Google+ themes for your website. There’s a clean, fast-loading and SEO optimized theme like the WP Plus; a clean and well-designed theme like PlusOne; and a smooth and seamless Reflex+ design.
Although relatively new, there’s no doubt that Google+’s progress will provide a wider array of options for publishers. For business owners, this social networking site is one platform that they should use to build their online presence.