20 websites that engage users with social media icons and links

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October 19, 2011
Social media is all over the web and it is something very important to consider when designing a website. The way you display your social media icons/​links can directly affect the response and engagement from your users.

The topic of social media is all over the web, and it is important to consider it when designing a website. The way you display social media icons or links has a direct effect on user engagement. You have to consider many details when laying out a page, including the layout, the flow of content and the main area of rest on the page. Whether you end up with typographic links in the header or icons in the footer, you should test out colors, shapes, typography and iconography to ensure that your social links are thoughtfully combined, engaging and well designed. Here, we’ll show you some examples of how websites display their social links so that you can see the variety of options out there. Check them out, and let us know what you think.


Contentcube, a digital solutions agency, has a clean layout that gets our attention with a bit of texture and a colored header. Both Twitter and Facebook links are located in the header, with the line Follow us on…” wdsm01 wdsm02

glue Isobar

glue Isobar, a creative agency, also has a clean layout, with images positioned beautifully across the page. All social links are in the footer, with attractive icons and a strong background color. The company also includes a widget close to the footer with its latest tweet. wdsm03 wdsm04

Focus Lab

Focus Lab, a small team of website designers and developers, has a beautiful, clean and minimal page. It showcases its Twitter and Flickr links on the contact page and in the footer. wdsm05 wdsm06 wdsm07


Adam fixes its header and footer in place as you scroll down. The social links appear in the footer, fixed to the bottom-right of the page. wdsm08 wdsm09

The Chase

The Chase features the parallax effect as you scroll around the page. Scroll all the way to the bottom to find the social icons. wdsm10 wdsm11


hellofisher, the website of user experience designer and speaker Steven Fisher, also has a clean design, with social icons showcased very elegantly in the footer. wdsm12 wdsm13


Elless, the creative hub of Paul Morris, has a beautiful and colorful layout based on shape, texture and typography. Social icons are on the contact page, along with the contact form. wdsm14 wdsm15


Owltastic puts its social icons in the top right of the sidebar, preceded by Follow me.” The combination of color, typography and graphics here is subtle and beautiful. wdsm16 wdsm17


Unfold is a single-page design that you can navigate by scrolling or via the menu. You can find the social information under the menu option for Sharing.” wdsm18 wdsm19


Inflicted is the website of visual designer Hugo Loning. The social icons are in the header, standing out in red. wdsm20 wdsm21

Really Simple

As you would guess, Really Simple has a clean and minimal design. Its Twitter link is in main menu in the header, as a simple typographical link. wdsm22 wdsm23

Jarad Johnson

Jarad Johnson, an interactive designer, is another who offers an attractive combination of color, shape and typography. His social icons are gathered on the contact page. wdsm24 wdsm25

What’s Up Cupcake?

What’s Up Cupcake? follows the theme of its cupcakes by giving its social icons a nice color, shape and frame. The icons appear down the middle of the page. wdsm26 wdsm27

Small Fortune

Small Fortune, a creative studio, has a simple and beautiful layout. Its social links are text-based and have a nice background color. wdsm28 wdsm29

Red Pop

Red Pop has a clean layout. The red background and white text mix well, and the social links are also simple and text-based. wdsm30 wdsm31

Decorated Playlists

Decorated Playlists has a clean, minimal and beautiful design. The minimal text-based Twitter link appears in the header menu. wdsm32 wdsm33

Big Eye

Big Eye showcases its social icons in the header, above the main menu. Colors, typography, texture and icons are combined very well. wdsm34 wdsm35

Creative Jar

Creative Jar puts its social icons in two places: in the header as an animated Twitter widget, and in the footer as icons. wdsm36 wdsm37 wdsm38

Marlon Medau

Marlon Medau has an elegant and clean layout that showcases social icons in its beautiful header. wdsm39 wdsm40

Octavo Designs

Octavo Design has several different background images and vertical navigation. The social icons are in the top-right corner. wdsm41 wdsm42 What is your favorite way to showcase social icons? Which one here engages you the most?

Gisele Muller

Written exclusively for Webdesigner Depot by Gisele Muller. Gisele has recently discovered a new career online. She likes technology, design, photography and creativity, and she is an eternal geek wannabe, tech fan and communications lover! You can follow her on Twitter @gismullr.

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