What will you learn in this post?
SNS usually provides sharing service that takes parameters in URL and then generates a sharing post. Take Twitter for example, we can enter the following address in the address bar, https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=hello+world&url=http://google.com. Since I’m logged in as @OviliaZhang, I can see something like this.
Generate Static Link
The following steps are quite clear.
We first get information (e.g. page title, url, and etc.) from Jekyll and then use that to generate static page. For example, in a post layout, I can write the following code.
Further more, we can add tags to this post.
Twitter uses tag lists in the URL in the form of
tag=apple,orange,banana. So we can use
capture to do this.
In each iteration, a tag in
page.tags is appended to
tagStr following with a comma.
Since Twitter allows at most 140 characters in each tweet, we’d better shorten our post URL, which can be sometimes as long as
We can use URL shorten services like https://goo.gl/.
For Google Plus, however, you may probably want to use original URL rather than shortened one, since it will fail to craw content if you use the shortened URL.
After we get the shortened URL, we should add it to each post.
Then, in the post layout, we should check if
null, so that we don’t have to add
shortUrl to all of our old posts.
Prepare SNS Icons
As we said, we are making our own sharing bar since we want it looks well with our blog style, so you need to make SNS icons to fit with blog.
Icons I used are modified based on the works by Daniel Bruce, Elegant Themes, Freepik, SimpleIcon, Icomoon from www.flaticon.com, which is a great place to find licensed icons.
Other sharing services are quite similar. I’ve implemented that of Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Sina Weibo. Here’s the complete code.
Now, why not share this post with the following buttons? :smiley: