by Sarah Watts
Want people to be able to call you on Skype when they visit your WordPress blog? Do you want people to know that you are online on Yahoo! messenger and they can initiate a chat session by simply clicking the icon or the button on your blog? This is a very good way of encouraging your visitors to contact you immediately and interact with you, whether on personal or business level. Of to achieve this you need to know how to modify WordPress source files; for instance if you want to put the chat buttons on the side bar you should know how to edit sidebar.php or the widget associated with it.
Normally when you are online the two Yahoo! Messenger and Skype icons look like:
These icons change color or text when you are offline so that your visitors know when they can contact you directly.
Putting Yahoo! Messenger chat icon or button on your WordPress blog
Putting a Yahoo! Messenger chat icon is very easy. You can have it as a text link or a graphic link. In order to have a text link, just use this sort of HTML tag:
Replace “ymid” with your actual Yahoo! id.
And if you want a graphic icon, use this:
<a href=”sendIM?ymid””><div><img src=”//opi.yahoo.com/online?u=ymid&m=g&t=2″” border=”“0″” alt=”“”” /></div></a>
The value of t can vary according to the sort of icon you want.
Putting Skype icon or button on your WordPress blog
Although you can easily log into your Skype account and find out how to put a Skype button on your website, if you don’t want to go to all that trouble, you can simply use this code:
Replace “ID” with your actual Skype! id.
<a href=”ID?call”><img src=”http://download.skype.com/share/skypebuttons/buttons/call_green_white_153x63.png” style=”border:none;” width=”153″ height=”63″ alt=”Skype Me™!” /></a>
You can customize the button by logging into your Skype account. Before you can use the Skype status icon you’ll need to change your Skype privacy settings.
From : http://www.howtoplaza.com