Over the years I have tried and used different plugins for social sharing. Some have broken, other times I just found something better. And with the new Floating Social Bar plugin, it was the latter.
My friend Syed Balkhi over at WPBeginner and Thomas Griffin just came out with this plugin earlier this month. Now normally, I might wait awhile before grabbing a new, free plugin and dropping it on my site. But I know these guys, and I trust their work.
So why did I change?
First, this caught my eye on the plugins page.
Floating social bar is a light-weight WordPress plugin…
Light-weight is good. That means it doesn’t affect page load. It’s not bloated with excessive code. It’s what a plugin like this should be.
Then I saw this.
Plugin that adds a floating bar with share buttons to your blog posts, pages, and other post types. The floating ability allows this eye-catching bar to get you maximum shares.
Well, that sounds pretty cool.
[box type=”info”]Note: Since this post I have changed a couple of times, then returned to this plugin. But I have again changed and am now using Mashare. No other reason for the change except for something different :)[/box]
It’s easy to install and setup. It is limited to the five major social media platforms, but really, that’s all you need. You just drag and drop to activate which of these five you want to use. Also make sure you fill in your Twitter username. That way when someone shares, you Twitter handle will appear at the end. You will also see that other options come up as far as where you want to show this bar. For example, I have the options Landing Pages and Events because of the plugins that I use.
Depending on where you have selected to have the bar show, you can turn it off for individual posts, etc. as well. You may be asking Why would I do that? Consider this. I have an events plugin installed. If I was to check the Events box, these would now appear on the posted events and people would be able to share them. Which is good. But what if some of my events were invitation only? Then I would have the option to hide the social bar on those specific events.
To see it in action, go to WPBeginner and click on any of their blog posts.
You can easily upload it to your dashboard by searching for it or you can learn more here.