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I've done a lot of research and learned a lot about WP constants and function usage for getting image paths etc. but still my original problem persists.

<img src="<?PHP echo WP_PLUGIN_DIR . 'vertical-social-buttons/images/facebook.png'?>">

<img src="<?PHP echo WP_PLUGIN_DIR . 'vertical-social-buttons/images/facebook.png'?>">

<img src="<?PHP echo plugins_url('vertical-social-buttons/images/facebook.png', __FILE__);?>">

All give me broken images. Am I missing something obvious?

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Check out this stackoverflow.com/questions/3128873/… – Diana Jul 31 '12 at 0:28
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Use plugin_dir_url() to get the public URI for the directory where the calling PHP file is.

<img src="<?php echo plugin_dir_url( __FILE__ ) . 'images/facebook.png'; ?>">

If the PHP file is in a sub directory of your plugin you have to go up:

<img src="<?php echo plugin_dir_url( dirname( __FILE__ ) ) . 'images/facebook.png'; ?>">
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