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Likes

The Like button: how to like others’ posts, how to review what you’ve liked, and how to control how Likes appear on your site.

The Like button is an easy way to show appreciation for a post:

Like button

Simply click it, and your Gravatar will appear next to it. Click it again to unlike.  Every WordPress.com blog includes the Like system, although you can control whether Likes display on your site. 

How to Like a Post

Let’s say you’ve found a particularly awesome post on WordPress.com. You’d like to tip your hat to the author and give him or her credit. At the bottom of the post, you see the Like button:

Like button

Note: You must be logged into WordPress.com in order to use the Like button.

Click it, and the button changes to show that you’ve liked the post, and your Gravatar appears as a visual indicator of your appreciation:

Liked

Your Gravatar is clickable and linked to your Gravatar Profile. If you haven’t configured or updated your Gravatar Profile, you can do that by visiting UsersMy Profile in your Dashboard.

Over time, as the post grows in popularity, the number of Likes will increase. One row of Likes will be shown:

Likes

To see the rest of the Likes, click on the total count, and the rest of the Likes will display in a scrollable pop-up:

More likes

You can also like posts from the admin bar that appears at the top of your screen when you’re logged into WordPress.com. When viewing an individual post (as opposed to the blog’s home page), you’ll see a Like button there:

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How to Unlike a Post

If you need to remove the Like from a post (i.e. “unlike” the post), simply click the Like button again. Clicking the button will toggle the status.

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Reviewing Posts You Like

To review all the WordPress.com posts you’ve liked, visit your Reader and then visit the Posts I Like section:

Posts I Like

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Likes and Your Site

By default, all WordPress.com blogs display the Like button (and the gallery of Gravatars for bragging rights) under each post.

You can also choose for Likes (and other sharing buttons) to display on your pages, your media files, and/or on the front page, archive pages, and search results of your site. Go to SettingsSharing in your blog’s Dashboard. Next to Show buttons on, select where you want Likes (and other sharing buttons) to be displayed:

Show buttons on

Note: Choosing “Front Page, Archive Pages, and Search Results” means that the Like button will show on your blog’s front page below each post, rather than only if a reader clicks through to the individual post.

To disable Likes, in SettingsSharing choose “Turned on per post” next to the WordPress.com Likes are setting:

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The Like button and any Likes will no longer appear on your new posts or pages (although the Like button will still appear in readers’ toolbars).

Note: Choosing to turn likes on “per post” does not disable the Like button on any already-published posts or pages. You will need to edit each post or page and disable Likes on them individually, as described below.

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Turn Likes On/Off on Specific Posts or Pages

To turn Likes on or off on an individual post or page, edit the post or page and then find the Likes and Shares module on the Edit Post screen (you might have to scroll down to find it):

If you don’t see the Likes and Shares, you might need to unhide it in your Screen Options.

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Turn Likes On/Off on Specific Media Files

To turn Likes on or off on an individual media files, find the file in your Media Library and click the Edit link that appears when you hover over the file name:

Edit file

On the Edit Media screen that opens, find the Likes and Shares module (you might have to scroll down to find it):

If you don’t see the Likes and Shares, you might need to unhide it in your Screen Options.

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