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Providing links to your social media accounts is a great way to increase user engagement directly from your website.  This guide demonstrates how you can add a social media menu to your website using the tools provided by BoldGrid themes.

  • Navigate to Customize > Menus in your WordPress Dashboard
  • Click Create New Menu.
  • Give you new menu a name and select the Menu Location where you want to display your social media.
  • Click Next.
  • Click + Add Items to start adding your social media links.
  • Select the Custom Links option.
  • Fill out the URL and Link Text fields for your social media link.  URLs that start with social media domain (,, etc.) will have their link text automatically updated to the appropriate social media icon.
  • Click Publish/Update once you are done adding your social media icons.

There are some social media platforms that are not automatically recognized by the theme framework and you can create your own custom icons for these outliers.




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3 thoughts on “How to Create a Social Media Menu

  1. I’m having an issue with this social menu. Currently my client has Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Email included in the social menu. They all auto-converted to the icons perfectly, but there is an issue with the YouTube one not opening in a new tab (opens in same tab which obviously then navigates away from the website – unwanted by client). I cannot find any settings options in this particular social menu so how do I set it to open in a new tab? All other links have a checkbox for this option, but not here as far as I can see. I’ve checked each entry and cannot see any differences in how the YouTube link was added so I don’t know where the issue is to be able to rectify it. Please advise. Thanks.

    • Hi Stacie!

      You can make your menu items open in a new tab by activating the Link Target setting in the Advanced Menu Properties configuration, and reconfiguring that option might get the controls to appear for your YouTube menu item. Open your theme Customizer and navigate to the Menus section there. Once you have the Menus controls displayed, click on the gear icon to show the advanced properties and enable the Link Target setting.

      customizer menus advanced properties link target

      Now that the Link Target setting is enabled, open the menu that contains your YouTube link and click the arrow on that menu item to expand the options. You should now see the Open link in a new tab option under the Navigation Label field.

      open menu link in a new tab control

      Hopefully resetting the Link Target option gets the YouTube link behaving as expected and please let us know if you have any other questions for us!

      • I actually found it on my own before getting this reply, but thank you very much for such a great response! Much appreciated.

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