So one day I noticed a sidebar on the left side of a post I was reading on some random technology blog. I noticed it had options to share the post with multiple social media websites. I liked that quite a bit so I started looking for the name of the plugin. I now know today that there is multiple plugins out there that will do this. Many of them are Digg Digg, Get Social, ShareThis, Socialize, Slick Social Share Buttons, Sharebar and Social Media Widget.
1. WP Socializer:
Since they are all almost the same as they offer sharing options for all the most popular social networks, I didn’t feel the need to go through every plugin. I simply tried WP Socializer first, and this is what it brought me (as you can see below).
When I selected the box I liked, I could exit the pop up window that opened when I wanted to select the theme I liked. I couldn’t press ESC or anything. I hated that, so because of that, I decided to use a different plugin, you’ll see when you try it, but I don’t even recommend installing it in the first place. You can see below that there is no option to close that pop up window, annoying.
Other than that, I guess I can admit that there are alot of customization options, and as usual the plugin is completely free and has a decent rating. But one problem is too much for me to deal with. This is where the next contestant worked better for me.
This plugin had the option to add share buttons in posts and pages, and also had a floating share bar for the left side of my posts. I opted out of the share buttons in posts and pages, and kept the floating share button within the posts on the left side. It also looks less boring than a white box on the left, this one is grey-ish.
Also the settings were pretty convenient to configure, just two clicks away disabled the share buttons within posts and pages except for the floating media bar which is all I wanted.
As you may have been looking for an even more in depth review of these plugins, and if you want a comparison of all of the plugins like these available that I listed at the top of this post, check out this link.
I try to limit how much spammy social media is on my site, and keeping it all to a limit. At least there is enough that you can share pretty much anything on most social media sites throughout most of my content.