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.
An option to activate 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.
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).
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 these are your thing, you can activate them here.
These are popular to use and can be very effective if done right. 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.
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.
This is probably one of the coolest features of this plugin. As you know, sites are being encouraged by Google to switch from http to https. Often when you do this, well, you will lose your previous shares. I know, I’ve been there. But fortunately they have this worked out here 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 are making the switch down the road, 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.
Oh, and BTW, if you share this post on Pinterest using my share buttons, you will see the cool image I created just for this post.
In the previous settings you were able to globally set the button locations, but here you can change those just for this specific post. You can even hide it if for some reason you don’t want the post shared. And you can change the Floating Buttons 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. If you look at the very bottom, you will see that you can also pull in color schemes based on the platform or the Click to Tweet theme.
And this is what it looks like on your site.
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.
Video of When I First Installed It
If you are into videos, here is the video from the original post when I first started using this plugin.