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By default the Dolphin 7.1 sharing buttons in the recommend block areas in Articles, Blog Posts, etc. are not optimized so well. Unfortunately the only way at the current time to modify them is to edit the database with a tool like phpMyAdmin.

Let's take the Twitter Tweet button for example. If you have a Twitter account that you use regularly you are probably aware of the importance of using the "Via @username" and "#Hashtag".

Hashtags in Tweets can be extremely useful for helping your content get found on Twitter, and the via @username will allow you to know when someone Tweeted one of your posts.

By default when someone Tweets one of your posts in Dolphin 7.1 what you end up with is: Title (of post) and the Link to it, which will look similar to this:

Default Tweet 



Here is the same link optimized with via @gameutopia:

Tweet with username



This one is with a hashtag #boonex:

Tweet with hashtag



And, this one has both a hashtag #boonex and via @gameutopia:

Tweet with username and hashtag



As I mentioned early at the current time the only way to change the Twitter Tweet and other social sharing buttons is to edit the database. This isn't too difficult, but be careful. Change and edit this at your own risk. You might consider downloading a database backup first just in case.


Step 1
Login to your hosting account. Then, find and click on phpMyadmin to load it up.

phpMyAdmin



Step 2
Once it opens find your Dolphin database on the left side of the page, and click on it.

Locate Dolphin 7.1 Database



Step 3
Scroll down until you find the "sys_objects_social_sharing" table.

Then, click on the "Browse" link/icon.

Find sys_objects_social_sharing



Step 4
Click on the "Edit" link/icon for the Twitter object.

Edit Twitter Object



Step 5
Change the Boonex Twitter button code in the box to your desired Twitter button code with hashtags, via username, etc. Then, click the "Go" button.

Paste in your Twitter code



Step 6
Be sure to clear the Dolphin 7.1 cache for "DB" at the very least after making changes to the database.

To do so go to:
Tools
-Cache

Under the Clear Cache area click the "DB" link.

Clear DB Cache



Note:
If you make several changes be sure to clear the DB cache after each change.

Test the Twitter button out by clicking the Tweet button in an Article or Blog and verify that a hashtag and/or via username is present.



Get the Twitter button code from:
https://twitter.com/about/resources/buttons#tweet

The first 2 fields should be "Use the page URL" and "Use the title of the page"

The rest of them you can configure the way you want with your Twitter username and your hashtag.

Once you have the fields filled out copy the code from the right side of the page under the "Preview and code" and copy that into the Dolphin database replacing the original Boonex Twitter button code in Step 5.

Get your Twitter Optimized Code



Additionally:
If you are familiar with the Facebook, Google Plus, and Pinterest button code you could also optimizing and customizing them in Step 4 as well. Just make sure you know what you are doing and that you are using the right code. Also, make sure you clear the "DB" cache in Dolphin 7.1 Administration so the changes you make get updated.

 
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Tutorial by: Jeremy LeSarge (AKA Ray)

I am the owner and administrator of DialMe.com. I write Tutorials for Boonex Dolphin as well as tips and resources surrounding website programming and development. I enjoy working with WordPress, SEO, and Web Hosting / Servers. I also maintain a WordPress Blog here on this site where you will find a variety of technology and webmaster resources.

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