Installing and customizing shareThat on a WordPress Site

By | November 14, 2013

shareThat is an official WordPress Plugin so implementation is fast and easy.  Installing and configuring the shareThat plugin is as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Install the plugin onto your WordPress site.
  2. Create a shareThat account and customize the promotion (optional).
  3. Add the shareThat Widget to the site or add the shareThat shortcode in a page and/or post.

Step 1: Installing the shareThat plug-in

I’ll assume that you know how to install a plugin into WordPress.  If not, detailed instructions for installing the shareThat plugin can be found here on the WordPress.org site.

Don’t forget to Activate the shareThat plugin.

Step 2: Creating a shareThat account and Customization

This step is optional  but highly recommended that you do for best results. Creating an account allows you to customize the look and feel of the promotion including matching your site’s colors and uploading your images and logos.

Connecting Account

Creating a shareThat account is free and easy.  To get started, simply click on Connect under the shareThat menu option in the WordPress admin dashboard.  This will display a page that allows you to Create and account or to Connect an existing account.  Click on the Create a New Account button and complete the form to create a username and password.   Once you have created an account, you are ready to customize the shareThat promotion.    After creating an account, you will automatically be taken to the shareThat Settings page. If not, you can always select the Settings option under the shareThat Menu in the WordPress admin dashboard.

 Customizations

Once you have connected a shareThat account, you can customization your promotion.  Simply click on the settings link under the Popped-up or Shortcode Appearance heading.

The first customization is selecting the promotion Type.  shareThat currently offers 4 type of promotions (games):

  • Spin To Win – a wheel of fortune type of game
  • Memory Magic – match hidden images
  • Search to Win –  a classic word search game
  • Picture Scramble – unscramble a picture into the original picture.

Each promotion has game specific settings that you can customize for your site/customers.  These customizations may be branding opportunities, advertising opportunities for your site sponsors, products you sell, etc.  Take full advantage of customizing the promotion to maximize the value you get from the shareThat promotion and end-user engagement.  In addition to the game settings, you can customize the colors, images and social messages for the game.

Step 3: Add shareThat Widget and/or Shortcode to site

You need to provide a way for customers to find the promotion.  The easiest way is to simply add the shareThat Promotion Widget to you Sidebar.  This is done by selecting the Widgets page (under Appearance in your WordPress admin dashboard) and dragging the shareThat Promotions widget to the appropriate sidebar area.  With this done the shareThat promotion is now active on your site.

You can also add the shareThat shortcode to pages and posts.  For more information on using the shareThat shortcode, please read the Using Shortcodes article.

 Congratulations, you are done!

If you want Usage Statistics, Customer Leads, or to maximize your Ad revenue, upgrade the shareThat promotion to a paid plan.  See our pricing page for more information.

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