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Adding a likes count with thumbs up icon is quite easy without using a plugin. Below I explain the code I used here in my website. All the code explained goes in the functions.php file in the theme, although it can be modified to use in a plugin as well.


What we are going to do is store likes count in post meta of whichever the post you choose to add a likes count to. The post meta field name will be “likes”. Whenever the thumbs-up icon is clicked, the likes count will increment. We are not tracking if a user has already liked an article with this method. However that can be done using cookies. We will use a simple shortcode that can be placed where ever in the site we want to show the likes count button.

FYI, the shortcode is using GLOBAL $post variable to get the post ID. And the post ID will be whatever is in the global post value within a wp query loop.

Pre-rec Libraries I am using

I am using the free and always awesome fontawesome library to get the thumbs up icon. Aside that, jQuery library which is a standard load on most websites these days.

Adding Likes Button Shortcode

This will allow the functionality for shortcode [aj_likes_btn] the context of which you can edit for your liking. This shortcode will print the HTML code where ever the shortcode is placed, to display a thumbs-up icon button and likes count.

add_shortcode('aj_likes_btn', 'aj_likes_btn');
function aj_likes_btn(){
	global $post;

	$post_id = $post->ID;
	$current_count = get_post_meta( $post_id, 'likes',true);
	$current_count = $current_count ? $current_count : 0;
	<div class='aj_likes'>
		<p><a class='aj_thumbsup' href='' data-id='<?php echo $post_id;?>'>
		    <i class="far fa-thumbs-up"></i></a> 
		    Likes (<span><?php echo $current_count;?></span>)</p>
	return ob_get_clean();

Adding AJAX functionality

This JQuery code can be added to existing javascript file ( in which case the AJAX url must be updated to correct ajax url) or save into a new javascript file called aj_script.js


	event.preventDefault(); // stop click from refreshing page
    var OBJ = $(this);
    if(OBJ.hasClass('recorded')) return; // stop multiple submissions
	var id = $(this).data('id'); // get post ID
	var data_arg = {};
	data_arg['id'] = id;
	data_arg['action'] = 'aj_like_post'; // ajax hook name

		beforeSend: function(){},
		type: 'POST',
		url:the_ajax_script.ajaxurl, // Must be updated if adding this to existing
		data: data_arg,dataType:'json',
			OBJ.siblings('span').html( data.new_count); // populate with new new_count
			OBJ.addClass('recorded') // mark as thumbsup recorded
			OBJ.find('i').removeClass('far').addClass('fas'); // make thumbs up icon solid

To enqueue the above script use this PHP code, which goes into function.php. Make sure to replace THEME_DIR with correct location if you are saving the javascript code to a different location.

define("THEME_DIR", get_template_directory_uri());
wp_enqueue_script( 'aj_script', THEME_DIR . '/aj_script.js', array( 'jquery' ), 1.0, true );
	'aj_script', // the handle name of the script
	apply_filters('aj_script_data', array( 
		'ajaxurl' => admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' ) , 
		'postnonce' => wp_create_nonce( 'aj_nonce' )

PHP code to process the AJAX request which would record the new incremented like count for the post.

add_action( 'wp_ajax_aj_like_post', 'aj_record_like_post' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_nopriv_aj_like_post', 'aj_record_like_post' ); 
// nopriv allows for nonloggedin users to like as well

public function aj_record_like_post(){

	$post_id = sanitize_text_field( $_POST['id']);

	$current_count = get_post_meta( $post_id, 'likes',true);
	$current_count = $current_count ? $current_count : 0;

	$new_count = $current_count + 1; // add one more like

	update_post_meta( $post_id, 'likes', $new_count); // save new count to the post meta

	echo json_encode(array(
	)); exit;

CSS code to stylize the looks.

.aj_likes{text-align:center; padding:30px 0; font-size:18px;}
.aj_likes a:hover i{transform: scale(1.2);}
.aj_likes a.recorded:hover i{transform: scale(1);}

Now add the shortcode [aj_likes_btn] where ever you want viewers to like that post, and it will look like this on the post. If you like this code share, be sure to give my like button a smashing as well 🙂

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