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How do I add a Google +1 button to my site?

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You never want to alienate customers that use the service, after all they could share your website resulting in more views and potential business!

So this is how to add that all-important ‘+1’ button, it’s small but incredibly useful!

To add the Google+1 Widget to your site, please follow the steps below: 

Login to your Create account and click on the "Content" icon on the top menu.

  1. Click on "Widgets" on the left-hand menu.
  2. Click on the "Add New Widget".
  3. Select the "Google Plus ‘+1’ Button" widget.

Here you can customise how your Google +1 button will work below are some short explanations of each of the options:

‘Widget Name:’ Is the name of the Widget which will appear in your list of Widgets.

‘URL to +1:’ here you can choose between using the ‘Current Page’ that you’re going to put your widget on, or ‘Custom URL’ which is what the next box is for.

‘Other URL:’ This is where you can choose the widget to ‘+1’ a specific page on your website, just copy and paste the URL you want to ‘+1’ into this box.

‘Size:’ choose the size of your widget from Small, Medium, Standard and Tall

‘Show Count?:’ This will place a small counter next to the button to show how many have chosen to ‘+1’ your page.

When you’re done customising the Widget, hit "Save" to save your changes.

Once you have created your Google +1 Widget, follow these steps to add it to your site:

  1. Go to your "Content" screen
  2. Click to "Edit" the page you want to add it to.
  3. In the page Editor, click first where you’d like your widget to appear, then click on the "Widgets" icon (the lightning bolt). 
  4. Select your Google +1 Widget using the drop-down menu.
  5. Click ‘Insert’. A grey ‘Widget’ box will now appear in the Editor.
  6. Click ‘Save & Exit’.

Don’t forget to "Publish To Web" for the changes you’ve made to take effect on your live site.