For as long as we have had blogs, we have had social share buttons on our sites.
Many argue that they are worthless. Or they say:
- They are ugly
- They are begging your readers for shares
- They are just there to prove something
- They are distracting
I’m not going to argue those facts in this post. I’ve written and talked about all that in the past. We have them there for you, for the reader. They are there to make it easier for you to share our posts. That’s it.
The Social Warfare Plugin
Recently, for a couple of reasons, I dove into the Social Warfare plugin. I have gotten to know one of the developers, Dustin Stout, and I also had heard good things about it from people I know and trust. So, when it came time for me to time to change out plugins, I started with the free version.
It wasn’t too much time before I decided to upgrade to the premium version. Of course. the choice is always yours, but if you are thinking of adding social share buttons to your blog or are considering changing yours, check out this video as I walk you through this plugin’s settings to show you how much control, customization and flexibility you will get.
Some may look for a simpler social share button, but the features that come with this will not only increase your shares but give you more control over what is shared. The few features I found incredible helpful:
- Ability to add a custom image for a Pinterest share.
- When inserting a share button by shortcode, you can have it share a different post on your site.
- Moving your site, changing URL’s or http to https can often mean loss of past shares. This plugin recovers it.
- Pinterest shares on specific images.
- And a whole lot more.
Previously in this post I went on to talk more about removing share buttons, etc. I had chosen to remove this part as it distracted from this wonderful plugin and what it can do for you.
So I would recommend checking out Social Warfare, what I consider is now one of the best social share plugins out there.