Back in September of 2016, I switched to this plugin. The original post was around the reasons I made the switch, but I have chosen to republish that post and add screenshots and text showing you all that you get with Social Warfare . You have the option of watching the video from the original post at the end.
I feel it’s important to make it easy for your readers to share your content. When I started using Social Warfare, within a week I upgraded to the premium version. Check out today’s post to see why I did.
The Social Warfare Plugin
Here are all the options you get with the premium version.
This easy drag-and-drop interface lets you choose your active networks, as well a couple of choices for button ordering.
You can choose to show either or both of the button counts and the total share counts, as well as set a minimum number that needs to be reached before they start appearing.
Social Meta Tags
Here you can toogle if you want your site to use both open graph tags and/or Twitter cards.
Position Share Buttons
This is one area where you get very specific control on the pages, posts, archives, homepage and also any custom post types you might have. For example I have WooCommerce installed so I choose if and where I would want social share buttons to appear on my products pages.
And for each one, you get these options.
Image Hover Pin Button
This is a cool feature, especially if you have images in your post that are likely to be shared and pinned (food blogger, travel bloggers, those kinds of sites). And as you can see, you can really fine tune where the pin appears as well as the image itself.
Yummly Display Control
If you are a food blogger, chances are you will want to display this one.
There are several choices here that give you more control over you styles.
Here you can see your available options.
And if you choose a custom color in any of these menus, you get the field to drop in a value for that color.
You will see that if you make changes, the buttons display what they will look like before you save them. (Compare it to the screenshot above)
If I hover over it, I also get the preview of my new settings.
If you choose to show the total counts, you have options of the decimal place, separator and the alignment of the total counts.
Floating Share Buttons
If you prefer to use floating buttons, whether are the top, bottom or sides, you can do that here.
These are popular to use and can be very effective if done right. And what’s great, is with some social sharing plugins, you have to install another plugin to get this feature.
They give you several themes for this and the chance to customize your own with CSS. Again, as you change the theme you will see what it looks like here before you save it. I will be showing you how to set up and insert these later in the post.
These are important enough that I have actually written a post specifically about this when sharing on Twitter. They append the share with your username in Twitter and Pinterest shares.
Why is this important? Because it shows who the post originated from and their twitter handle. That way if someone is interested in checking you out on that platform, or following you, they can.
Here is the tweet to be shared.
Here is the pin to be shared.
Open Graph og:type Values
This setting lets you choose the Open graph type for posts, pages and any custom post types. But as you can see, your content may fit one of the specialized types. This setting primarily helps search engines and social networks to recognize the kind of content that you feature on your site.
Tweet Count Registration
At some point a lot of social sharing plugins could no longer count the tweet shares because of some change at Twitter. But this allows you to retain those by using a couple of third-party share counting tools.
Have you ever seen someone share your post and at the bottom appears a link of theirs? Sites like Sniply allow them to do this to display their own advertising on what appears to be your site. Well, frankly, I think that sucks. The Frame Buster, when activated, senses those and redirects the visitor back to your site.
Bitly Link Shortening
If you have a bitly account, you can use it to shorten all your links.
A fan of analytics? Do you use Google Analytics? You can use this to activate UTM Tracking, and Google Analytics Event Tracking for your button clicks.
Advanced Pinterest Settings
Some great added features if you are allowing people to share via Pinterest.
This is probably one of the coolest features of this plugin. As you know, for a long time sites have been encouraged by Google to switch from http to https. Often when you do this, well, you will lose your previous shares. I know, it happened to me way back when. But fortunately this feature helps so you won’t lose them. Unless you are very familiar with SSL, I would read over their documentation for this. But I know it does work, I’ve used it. And to be honest, if you have not made the switch yet, thinking of doing it or perhaps even recently did, this alone is worth the price of the plugin.
A couple of options here.
Full Content vs. Excerpts
This is an interesting setting. As you probably know, some themes don’t have excerpts, so your blog archive page will show full posts instead of the excerpts. The problem with this is that people will read your full post there. So since they do that on the archive page, they don’t click through to the single post. And that is where you will find the share buttons. So as a result, they don’t share your posts because they don’t have that option. But this takes care of that for you.
Post Options for Social Warfare
Now this plugin takes it even further. Once you create your posts, you will get these options. If you noticed on the Pinterest share example I did above, it’s not pulling from the post, rather it’s using a custom Pinterest share image that I created.
If we look at the options below the post, we see that we can add a custom image for Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, as well as Pinterest. Also, you can add a custom title and description for those and a custom tweet as well.
In the previous settings you were able to toggle pin image for browser extensions, set pin browser image location, and globally set the button locations for this specific post. In other words, you can override the default settings. And you can toggle the Floating Buttons on and off as well.
Click to Tweet Button and Creation
Earlier I showed you where you set the look of the Click To Tweet button. Now you’ll find a little icon to use to insert it anywhere into a post or page.
Just place the cursor where you want the Click to Tweet to appear and you get a window to put in your custom tweet. Notice that it does automatically use the default theme for it, which would be the one you set in your settings. But you can change it per tweet in the post or page. Also, you have the option of having the quote in the article be different than the actual tweet that is sent out. Just click OK to insert it.
If I were to create this one:
Here is the live Click to Tweet you can now share:Share this tweet and let others know all the cool stuff this plugin has to offer.Click To Tweet
Insert Your Social Icons Anywhere You Want in a Page or Post
You will be able to also manually place your share icons anywhere in a post, page or most custom post types. There is this icon in your toolbar.
And you can choose to insert them in the page or post you have open, another one and limit which buttons to show.
The Social Warfare Popular Posts Widget
The last thing I want to share with you is the widget that comes with the plugin. It shows your most shared posts and several choices as well, including the option of selecting only a specific network. You can also choose post or page, or a custom post type. Lastly, the widget can be a basic color scheme, based on a social platform or one of the colors of the click to tweet options.
And this is what it it might look like depending on your settings.
So there you have it. As I said, this is one dynamic sharing plugin for WordPress. If you are looking to get more control over what is shared and how on your WordPress site, I would suggest that you check out the Social Warfare plugin.