How to Change the Image That Shows When Sharing Website Url on Facebook in WordPress

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about how Facebook is affecting businesses. The social media network has been growing like crazy, gaining about 500 million users per month and now has about 2.42 billion monthly active users as of September 2021.

With so many people using the platform, businesses are taking notice and are trying to figure out how to best play in these new social media waters. One way is through image sharing. The way we see it, Facebook is a massive audience and if your product is relevant to something that their audience is interested in, you can bet they’ll be sharing it with their friends.

But how exactly do I share a link to my website or blog on Facebook and have it show an image of my choice? That’s the topic of this week’s blog post. In it, we’ll teach you how to change the image that shows when a user shares your website url on Facebook in WordPress. You’ll find this feature in the social media network’s desktop and mobile apps.

The Many Different Ways To Share A Website On Facebook

Facebook makes it easy to share content with your followers on the social media network. You can share articles, videos, memes, and more. Simply click the “Share” button and select the type of content you want to share.

You can also copy the URL of any article and paste it into the Facebook share box. When a user shares a URL on Facebook, they will see a small preview of the page before their friends get access. This preview shows several pieces of information about the page, including the headline, the first couple of sentences of the piece, and an image.

This last item is where you can make changes to the content that will be shared. You can select an image from your website’s library or use an image hosting service like Google’s Cloud Photo Store. You can also use an image from your device’s camera or the photo library on your phone.

Sharing An Image On Facebook From My Website

Now that you’re on the right track, let’s get to the good stuff. If you’ve been following our blog post series thus far, you’ll already know that we teach you how to integrate WordPress into your social media marketing strategy. This is critical for any business regardless of the industry because without it, you won’t have a website to share on social media.

This is where our guide gets really helpful. It teaches you tricks and tips on how to make your WordPress site appear on Facebook more like a professional business. You’ll find out how to choose the right header, accent color, and other elements that will have an impact on your website’s visibility on Facebook. Keep reading to learn more.

Choosing The Right Header For My Website

One of the first things you’ll notice when you share a website link on Facebook is the header region that appears around the link. This is where you can make the most changes to your site’s appearance on Facebook. You have a couple of options here. One, you can keep the default WordPress header and add a small image of your choice in the top left corner.

Alternatively, you can use a tool like Beaver Builder to easily create a customizable blog banner for your site. With this tool, you can add an image to the top left corner, along with adding text or a graphic to the rest of the area. You can even add a background image to the whole thing if you need to. Just remember: you’re limited to just 4 themes when you use this tool, so you may not have the flexibility to make the changes you want to make to your header.

Adding Some Social Icons To My Blog’s Header

In addition to a header, every blog will have some sort of icon or social media symbols by which its visitors can connect with others using the platform.

These icons can be displayed on social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. But the most important one is Facebook.

If you’ve been following our blog series up until now, you’ll know that we’ve been covering the importance of social media to business and marketing. Adding social icons to your blog’s header is a great way to get more people to connect with your content. Here’s where you can do that.

First, navigate to your WordPress dashboard and log in. From here, you can click on Appearence in the left navigation bar. Once you’re on that page, you can find and click on the Social Icons icon. Now, you’ll need to choose which social networks you want to add these icons to. For this tutorial, we’ll be using the icons from Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Choosing The Right Color For My Website’s Accent Color

Besides the header and social icons, every website will have an accent color used throughout the site. This is the color that will guide the eye and create a unifying theme for the whole site. You have a couple of options here too. You can use your website’s content as a guide and choose an accent color based on what you write about. Or, you can choose a color that you think will represent your brand best.

If you go with the second option, you’ll want to make sure that this color is easily distinguishable from other colors on your site. Choosing the right accented color for your website is important for its visual appeal as well as its effectiveness on social media.

Choosing The Right Background Image For My Website

Every website needs a background image. You can use a variety of tools to choose an image for your site’s background, including Canva’s background tool. Simply upload your image and begin entering text in the provided box. Canva will edit the text as you type and even crop the image to fit the size needed. Plus, you can create unlimited color variations of your image through the tool. So, if you want a custom background for your site, this is the tool for you.

Making My Website’s Appearance On Facebook More Professional

Now that you’ve changed the header, social icons, and accent color of your blog, you can make other changes to further polish your site’s appearance on Facebook. You can change the blog’s layout, add more widgets, and adjust the text to fit perfectly on your newly designed blog banner.

These changes will have an impact on your site’s appearance on Facebook because as we mentioned earlier, when a user shares a website url on Facebook, they will see a small preview of the page before their friends get access. So, if you want to make your site appear more professional, you can change a number of things about the preview.

Choosing The Right Link To My Site On Facebook

When someone clicks on the preview of a blog post on Facebook, they’ll be taken to the full content of the article. So, it’s important to choose the right link to take a user to your site. You can use a few different methods to get to the content you want. One, you can use the previously shared URL for your site. Two, you can create a custom link using the blog’s permalink. Three, you can use a combination of these two methods.

If you choose the first method, the user will be taken directly to your site. But if you use any of the other two methods, they’ll be redirected to the WordPress dashboard first.

Adding Another Social Media Platform To My Blog’s Header

You can add another social media platform to your blog’s header by creating a custom HTML widget that will launch you to that platform when clicked. The most important step to adding another network to your HTML widget is to choose a spot for the icon. On the Appearence dashboard, click Edit Widget and choose the social media icon you want from the dropdown menu. When completed, click Preview Widget to see how it will look when uploaded to your site.

Navigate to your blog’s home page and click on the social media icon you chose above. You’ll be taken to your chosen social platform and greeted with a big fat “Hello.” Now, you can begin adding content to your blog in the same manner as before. Make sure to follow our blog post series and integrate WordPress with the other social networks you choose to use.