Social Warfare – WordPress Plugin Review
We all know how important social media is to online business and encouraging your readers and customers to share your information is crucial. If you are using WordPress to run your website then using a social sharing plugin will help get your content out to your favorite social media channels by allowing your readers and customers to share it directly!
Social Warfare is a widely popular social sharing WordPress plugin that has over 350,000 downloads and boast a 4.5 star rating. The free version of Social Warfare includes six of the most popular social networks share buttons including: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon.
Social Warfare allows you to choose where the share buttons are displayed and even gives you the option to keep the sharing buttons as a floating toolbar, meaning they will follow the reader as they scroll down your site. Pretty cool.
One of my favorite features is the Click to Tweet Quotes. This allows you to create tweetable quotes right inside your posts or pages. It’s a known fact that if you want someone to take action, such as tweet about your post, then you have to make it easy for them. The Click to Tweet Quotes does just that.
While the plugin with basic functionality is free there is a pro option that gives you even more. The Pro version includes 9 additional social sharing buttons for Reddit, Tumblr, Yummly, WhatsApp, Pocket, Buffer, Hacker News, Flipboard, and email.
The Pro Version also includes an Image Hover Pin Button that will place a “Pin” button over the top of every image inside of your content when a reader hovers their mouse over it. This makes it very simple for your readers to share your post on Pinterest.
While the Pro version has some awesome features the basic free version is probably all you need.
Social Warfare is easy to install and setup. From your WordPress dashboard add a new plugin and simply search for Social Warfare. Once you find it, click on the install and then activate button. That’s it – you are done installing it!
Setting it up is even easier. From the WordPress dashboard click on the newly added menu option Social Warfare. This will take you to the plugin’s settings page. All you need to do is drag and drop what social sharing buttons you want to display on your site into the active area.
Next under the Position Share Buttons section choose where you want to display the share buttons on your site for each post type (depending on how your site is setup and how many post types there are, you may have a lot of options or just a few). Be sure to save your changes!
The next must do task is to add your social media identities that you use under the Social Identity tab. Just add your social media account usernames and save your changes.
You are now good to go and you should have beautiful social sharing buttons on your site for your readers to use!