12 Top Social Sharing Plugins For WordPress In 2014

Top WordPress Social Sharing Plugins

In the following post you’re going to learn exactly which WordPress plugin I use as my go-to plugin for displaying social share buttons.

You’re also going to discover some other great social bookmarking plugins that will help improve get more social shares on the sites where your audience hangs out online.

Recently a lot of my readers have been asking me which plugin I’m using for social sharing here on Blogging Wizard through comments, emails and Twitter so I thought it was time to bring my answer to a larger audience because I know a lot of you would like to know.

To add as much value as possible I’ve included some other social bookmarking plugins in the mix so you’ve got more choice when you decide which WordPress social sharing plugins to use.

To help you get to what you’re looking for I have broken this list down into both free and premium WordPress plugins, you can click on the links below to navigate to the relevant section:

Free social sharing plugins for wordPress

1. Shareaholic

Shareaholic Plugin
Previously known as Sexy Bookmarks, the Shareaholic plugin boasts some very useful features. Choose your theme, layout, size and whether you want headlines above your sharing buttons.

What’s more is you don’t just get sharing buttons, you also get a related content widget and a top bar that displays social sharing buttons that floats down your page. Shareaholic also comes with helpful analytics to gain an insight into how successful your content is.

Update 7th February 2014 – I have recently swapped out the Digg Digg plugin and replaced it with the Shareaholic plugin. The main reason for this is that I prefer the unique design of the social sharing buttons that come with Shareaholic. While Digg Digg is still a great WordPress plugin to choose, this just fits better with the look of my blog.

More services are supported too, even Inbound.org which is something I haven’t seen on any other social bookmarking plugins.

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2. Digg Digg

Digg Digg - WordPress Social Sharing Plugin
One of the best social sharing plugins available and it comes packed with features.

Add a floating social bar or fixed social sharing buttons then pick which services you want to include.

There’s quite a nice selection of social media platforms that are supported here but no where near as many as the Shareaholic plugin.

It’s a great example of two great plugins being used together well.

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3. AddThis

AddThis Social Media Buttons for WP
AddThis provide social sharing buttons for a variety of platforms, not just WordPress.

Certain elements of this plugin aren’t as customisable as the likes of Digg Digg although they are continuously rolling out new features.

You’ve got a variety of button layouts and what works really great here is the analytical data you get access to when you sign up for an AddThis account.

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4. Slick Social Sharing Buttons

Slick Social Sharing Buttons
If Flare or Digg Digg just don’t do it for you then this is a great plugin to try that I’ve used on a few sites without any issues.

You’ve got the option for a floating or slide out sharing bar where you can customise all of the button types (vertical counts, box counts and that type of thing) and also which pages, posts, taxonomies that these social sharing buttons appear on.

The other thing I like about this is that you also get a social statistics panel within your admin area so you can see at a glance how well your shares are doing on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin.

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5. Flare

Flare - Social Sharing Plugin for WordPress
This is a great social sharing plugin that I first saw it on Neil Patel’s blog (Quicksprout) and since then I’ve seen it appear all over the place.

Flare provides you with share buttons that can float at the side of your post or appear above or below your post.

You can then choose exactly which services you want people to share on and the shape of your share buttons.

You can then go to the follow section, add the links to your profiles, customise your social profile buttons and head over to your widgets section and add yourself some social profile buttons into your sidebar.

I’ve used a lot of these types of plugins and this is by far the easiest plugin to use that provides social sharing buttons and social profile buttons.

Update November 5th 2013 - While I’m still a big fan of the Flare plugin, the plugin is no longer being developed. It has been superseded by a hosted app version that’s more complicated to setup. Also the free version forces you into providing a link back. You can choose to pay to remove the link though, but it seems a bit much considering 100% free plugins like Digg Digg and Shareaholic.

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6. Simplified Social Sharing

Simplified Social Sharing
The company behind this plugin is LoginRadius, they specialise in integrating social media logins into various content management systems including including WordPress.

Simplified Social Sharing allows you to choose from all of the main social media platforms and a variety of layouts. You can choose to display social buttons  vertically at the side of your content or horizontally on posts or pages.

A very straight forward plugin that I’ve used on a few sites in the past and it’s worked very well.

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Premium social sharing plugins for WordPress

Sometimes free WordPress plugins (even social sharing plugins) just don’t offer exactly what you need, this may be priority support, the look or the functionality.

That’s not to say you can’t get some good support from free plugins, but providing support for a free plugin? It’s not something I would expect from anyone due to the amount of time and resources that are needed for that sort of thing.

7. WP Sharely

WP Sharely Social Plugin
WP Sharely is a content locker that allows you to ethically bribe your readers into sharing your post.

It’s easy to use and comes with a number of themes for your content lockers along with some other great features.

I have used this plugin successfully to boost social shares on certain posts by 30-40%.

It’s compatible with Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus and has some great functionality.

Below is an example of exactly how it works, just click one of the share buttons to see how well this works:

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8. WordPress Social Share Buttons

WordPress Social Share Buttons
A premium alternative for the likes of social sharing plugins like Digg Digg and Flare that comes with some great functionality including floating social sharing buttons and also shortcode for adding social sharing buttons exactly where you need them.

WordPress Social Share Buttons comes in at only $8 so it’s very reasonably priced.

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9. Social Network Tabs For WordPress

Social Network Tabs for WordPress
Social Network Tabs for WordPress is a great plugin for drawing attention to the updates you are publishing across major social networking sites. You can choose from 16 of the top social networking sites and a total of 69 feed options, all in all this is a very customisable plugin.

You can choose various positions for this widget to appear, customise colours and the plugin also supports custom CSS.

This plugin makes it easy for your blogs readers to follow you on the social networks that they are most active on and interact with your updates.

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10. WordPress Super Share

Super Social Share
There are times when you will want to use shortcodes to add social sharing buttons – this plugin allows you to do just that and supports Pinterest, Linkedin, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

The plugin can easily be customised using CSS and features some great styling options. This plugin looks seriously cool.

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11. Advanced Social Widget

Advanced Social Widget
The Advanced Social Widget  will make it extremely easy for all of your blogs readers to connect with you by providing you with this handy widget.

You can integrate all of the main social networks along with your RSS feed and email sign up.

While this version is only compatible with Feedburner, there are other versions available that allow you to integrate other mailing list providers such as Aweber and MailChimp.

There are 4 different layouts that this plugin comes with but there’s not where the customisation ends because you can change the majority of colours of the design and choose from 38 backgrounds. This means you can easily customise the plugin to fit your blog perfectly.

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12. WP Easy Social Hover

Easy Social Hover
There is a big opportunity that bloggers often miss out on when it comes to images and that is using them to as a way to get more social shares.

WP Easy Social Hover allows you to do just that by displaying social sharing buttons when your readers hover over all of your images. You can choose from 1 of 12 different effects and 10 different backgrounds to display to your readers. Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Twitter and Pinterest are currently supported.

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Summary

It’s pretty straight forward really.

Having more social shares makes your site look like more of an authority – social proof really works.

And not to mention the traffic benefit that comes with more social shares.

The truth is that if you aren’t making it easy for your readers to share then most of the time they won’t.

That’s not to say there won’t be people that go out of their way to share, but generally not that many people will do that (although we can always hope).

Now, over to you – what social sharing plugins are you using on your blog right now?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.

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  • http://www.shermansmithblog.com Sherman Smith

    Hey Adam, I just came at the right time. I'm glad I was able to find your blog on topsy.

    The other day I was looking to change my share buttons and I was looking a couple of I found on google. I actually found that I like one type of share buttons, but didn't know the name of it. Now I do LOL… I like the Flare plugin and will now uninstall the other one and install flare… nice!

    This is a great list of plugins you have here. I'm definitely going to share this.. thanks for sharing!

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hey Sherman,

      Perfect timing!

      Really glad I was able to show you exactly the plugin you were looking for.

      Thanks for commenting and sharing – I really appreciate it!

      Hope to see you back soon!

  • http://www.probloggingsuccess.com Jane

    Hey Adam, Flare is certainly getting traction. I've started to use it on one of my blogs (not on my primary blog yet) – its very easy to set up. And yes it appears pretty neat, without any conflicts with the theme and layout as most other floating plugins do. Plus it makes my site beautiful!

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hey Jane,

      I couldn't agree with you more!

      Flare is the only floating share bar type plugin that I haven't had a problem with yet, it's been a long time coming I think :)

  • http://msileanespeaks.com Ileane

    Hi Adam,

    I'm using Digg Digg and it works well for me. I do like the look of Flare but I don't think all the networks I need included are there by default.
    Blog Engage is one that I need but I don't want to add it manually.

    I also have a YouTube video that shows how to set up Digg Digg and I get a lot of traffic from that video, so I'll stick with it for now :)

    Thanks for the run down.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hi Ileane, thanks for dropping by!

      In that case I don't blame you for wanting to stick to Digg Digg.

      That's actually the only gripe that I have with Flare … the lack of extra services, hopefully Flare will get a feature update soon.

      My pleasure, thanks for the comment :)

  • http://seleyenda.com Sergio

    I do like Flare but there's one little problem.

    The facebook share is a like button, and that bothers me. Share is better than Like on Fb.

    I'm still waiting that the Devs change that..

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Sergio,

      Thanks for your comment – I agree with you there, hopefully the developers can add the share button option soon.

  • http://www.loverealm.org Yaw Ansong

    Flare,
    i should have discovered you much eariler

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Thanks for your comment, Yaw!

  • Vladi

    Hey there Adam,
    Thanks for your post…

    I like flare the best as well, yet I don't really understand
    why the plugin won't show the share count some times…

    When you hover over the floating bar, it shows exactly how
    many shares the post got, yet it displays 0 on everything…

    pretty weird…

    Anyway, awesome post :)

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hey Vladi,

      My pleasure, thanks for dropping by and commenting.

      I haven't had that issue myself, but I have mine set to hide flare counts.

      It might be worth posting in the WordPress.org support forum or contacting DT Labs who make the plugin and see if they have a fix.

      Thanks, and hope to see you back here soon!

  • http://wpspeak.com Rudd

    What is the word "TOP" means to you? Are those plugins solely based on your own preference?

    By the way, I'd like to add Sharebar (which is also floating like diggdigg plugin) and Really simple social sharing plugin. Woops, you also forgot to mention sharedaddy, one of the modules in Jetpack. Does anyone still never heard about Jetpack? :)

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hey Rudd,

      Thanks for your comment.

      There's a lot of different things that I take into consideration, while personal preference does come into it – after all, I weigh up the pro's and con's, then make a call.

      I look at things like time since last update, unresolved support issues (or how helpful the support is for premium plugins), functionality, how popular the plugin is (downloads and how many other people are talking about it), whether I've had issues with the plugin (if I just ran this site I wouldn't take this into account, but I run a lot of other sites and certain plugins keep causing issues), how much difference the plugin can make to a site (I look at usability and effects on conversion in particular situations too).

      There's a few more different things that I look at.

      ShareBar is a great suggestion, I left out simple sharing plugin since it's not supported and as for Jetpack …

      I have heard of it don't worry, I haven't been living under a rock ;) I'm not a fan because it uses a lot of resources and new updates were activated by default when I didn't want or need them (last time I used it anyway) – for what I needed there were other plugins that did the job better without putting as much strain on my site or requiring me to connect to WordPress.com.

      Really appreciate you taking the time to comment Rudd, I'll be heading over to check out your site as soon as I get through approving a bunch more comments.

  • Jason Lemington

    Great work Adam… I’d like to share this one i’m using lately http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/iframe-embed-for-momentme/… embeds a photo gallery with a 360° view, providing you with a multi-point-of-view experience and its free.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Thanks Jason and I appreciate the plugin suggestion, I'll be sure to take a look at it.

  • http://pluginsdeveloper.com Frank

    Hi Adam, you are such a good person provides good information to us, please continue the good work.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Thanks Frank, I really appreciate the kind words.

  • http://www.swellwomen.com/ Danielle

    Aloha Adam, Danielle from Maui here. I've just installed and activated Flare. Did you have to do anything special to get the simple and clean look of your Flare bar? My icons keep showing up with a count beneath them regardless of changing settings. Any help is appreciated! Mahalo and Happy Blogging!

  • http://www.swellwomen.com Danielle

    Oh boy, I figured it out. I didn't realize you have to check to hide the count. Nevertheless, great post and great recommendations!

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Danielle,

      Sorry I was late getting back to you but I'm really glad you managed to get things sorted with the plugin.

      I checked out your blog and it's looking like a great addition to your site!

      Thanks for your comments and checking out the post!

  • http://smileysforfb.com/ sourabh

    None of these work in the homepage of wordpress. Can anyone suggest some similar plugin which work also work in homepage.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Sourabh,

      You could give slick social sharing a try (http://wordpress.org/plugins/slick-social-share-buttons/), it has a homepage option.

      Ultimately though, I believe it depends on a few different things as to whether plugins will work on the home page such as whether you're displaying full blog posts and a few different things.

      And there's different options that you'll have available to you depending on whether you are wanting to add sharing buttons to a homepage of a blog or add them to a static home page or landing page for example – in this instance you could try a plugin that gives you the option to add buttons using shortcode.

  • http://slingpic.com/ Maria

    Interesting article and good coverage on the classic share tools. At SlingPic we have create an image sharing widget that allows people to share images from a site from within the image.With the increasing use of images across platforms like Tumblr and new social networks like Snapchat and Instagram we think image sharing strategies will become as important as those currently used for written content. If you are interested have a look at : http://www.slingpic.com or search for "slingpic" on WordPress

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Maria,

      Looks like a very interesting tool you've created – I'll be sure to take a look, thanks.

      • http://slingpic.com Maria

        Adam, thank for your prompt response. If you have any questions or feedback , I would be happy to help.

        • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

          No problem at all, I'll let you know if I think of anything!

          Thanks.

  • http://www.geekandblogger.com Pavan Somu

    Now everyone is using Flare plugin. It is really superb

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Pavan, so it seems – it's become really popular in a short amount of time.

      Thansk for the comment!

  • Tyler Read

    Hey Adam! I like your post. I was wondering what the social plug-in you use for the site? I really like the circular buttons that are used, it just looks clean. Is it one of the ones that you mentioned? I've seen other sites using the same plug-in for the last couple months but I still for the life of me cannot find the name of it.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hey Tyler,

      Thanks for the comment!

      Yeah, the plugin that I'm using is Flare, one of the ones I mentioned. It's free to download, so just follow the link in my post or you can search the WordPress.org plugin repository for "Flare".

    • Tyler Read

      Thanks for the quick reply Adam! I'll check out flare right now. Currently I am using a plug-in called to sharebar. I was wondering if you knew what happens when you switch social plug-ins? I have about 10 Facebook likes and I don't really want to lose them. Do you know if they transfer over when you install a new plug-in?

      • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

        Hey Tyler, No problem at all.

        When you switch social plugins you don't need to worry about losing the number of shares, that figure is just pulled in by the social buttons so that's not a problem.

        The only way you'll lose the number of social shares is if you change the URL of a post, but if you add a 301 redirect you should be able to preserve the share counts.

        A good example would be SEOMoz that just rebranded as Moz, they've 301'd all of their old posts and if you go over to Moz.com and look at posts published before they moved you'll notice they've still got a hefty number of social shares.

        Thanks for commenting!

  • http://quickmoney365.com Vin DiCarlo

    I choose Flare and it's awesome. Thanks For Share

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Thanks for the comment Vin, really glad you like Flare!

  • http://www.techshaper.com Bipul Khan

    I agree Adam, Flare is top WordPress social plugin. Its incredible and see you are also using Flare :)

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Bipul, thanks for the comment!

      Glad to find another fan of the Flare plugin ;)

  • http://www.orangecopper.com/blog Joshu Thomas

    Awesome list!
    Thank you very much for sharing the share pugins, most of the themes have inbuilt sharing system but they fail to do what plugins do with perfections. Thanks again..

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Joshu,

      Thanks for the kind words and taking the time to comment.

      You've hit the nail on the head there!

      Thanks.

  • http://talk.sevencreative.co.uk/ Chris

    Thanks for this list. I'm going to give Flare a go. I'm not keen on Digg Digg or Sociable as they're too slow and cumbersome causing, in my experience, slow load times

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      No problem at all Chris, agree with your thoughts on Digg Digg and Sociable.

      Hope Flare works well for you.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • http://www.mobileadvices.com/ Vivek Nath.R

    I'm a big fan of Flare, such a nice and simple one.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Vivek,

      I couldn't agree more!

      Thanks for the comment.

      • Eric Huges

        Quick question Adam( love the favicon and the logo by the way) is there a widget for a multi-colored popular post widget like the one you have on your website? Also, I see you are using disquis. Whats the advantage of that over facebook comments, or the standard run of the mill wordpress comments thats come built in to every post. Thanks Adam

        • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

          Hey Eric, thanks for the kind words.

          It’s a plugin called ‘Postskin’, you can find it here: http://bloggingwizard.com/loves/postskin (my affiliate link) or directly at http://postskin.com.

          There’s a few advantages over the native WordPress comments: earlier this year there was an update to Scrapebox that rendered pretty much all spam blocking plugins useless and majorly increased the level of spam. I went from 2 spam comments a day to well over 100.

          I installed Disqus and they stopped completely.

          You also get notifications and there’s a community tab to show top commenters etc.

          There’s also a content recommendation engine, it’s similar to the likes of Nrelate and Outbrain. You can choose to display related content on your own site or you can choose to splice that with external content and earn a bit of money from clicks (although you’d need a lot of traffic to make anything worthwhile).

          The main reason I keep Disqus is because of the spam protection. You can see when commenters have been flagged for spam in the past and they get an overall rep, unlike using systems like Akismet you can ultimately make the decision yourself as to whether you approve comments.

          Thanks again for your comment!

          • Eric Huges

            Thanks Adam!

          • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

            No problem :)

  • http://www.techyuvraj.com Yuvraj

    Thanks for the wonderful post.
    This is what I was looking for. :)

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Thanks Yuvraj,

      Happy to help :)

  • http://www.topbestreviews.org Lyndon Shermans

    i use addthis,it have many style you can choose.The greatest strength of this bookmarking service is its capacity to maximize sharing possibilities. With the vertical bar, you’ll be able to maintain the share menu locked into 1 position.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Thanks Lyndon,

      I do quite like AddThis, for exactly the reasons you described – I think they support more services than anyone else, lots of customisation options and analytics too.

  • Misa

    thanks for flare… I seen this floating bar and it was excellent on first view, but didn't know how it's called.. thanks again..

  • http://www.webbline.com Jena

    Thank you. Flare is irresistibly cute!

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      My pleasure Jena – really glad you like Flare, one of the nicest looking sharing plugins I've found so far!

      Thanks for your comment.

  • http://www.uknodeposit.co.uk/ itsblitz

    Love the Flare plugin, finally found one that does exactly what i want. Simple, looks good and easy to set up…Thank you

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Thanks for dropping a comment – happy to help :)

  • http://fitcom.co Osei Fortune

    Thank you for the list of plugins but you can take a look at sexybookmarks by shareaholic

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      No problem at all Osei, thanks for the comment.

      I know SexyBookmarks is a popular one, it’s not my personal cup of tea but definitely a great plugin.

      • http://fitcom.co Osei Fortune

        OK well i use flare and sexybookmarks :) oh what you think about jetpack’s sharing addon

        • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

          Nice :)

          I like the sharing function but I’m not that keen on Jetpack overall, it’s too resource intensive for what I’d use it for, but still it has some great features.

  • https://www.outlived.co.uk Helmuts Meskonis

    Thank you for this post.

    Flare is absolutely the thing I have been looking for :)

    And the best part – it is SSL friendly >> that s a problem I couldn’t solve before without creating those buttons manually.

    Regards,
    Helmuts

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Thanks for the comment Helmuts.

      I’m glad you found what you’re looking for – Flare just keeps getting more and more popular ;)

      Thanks,
      Adam

      • http://Website Helmuts

        Hey Adam,

        All the kudos goes to you and developers of Flare :)

        Greetings from the other side of the pond :)
        Helmuts

        • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

          Hey Helmuts,

          Save some kudos for Neil Patel, that’s where I first saw flare and went on the hunt to find out which plugin it was :)

          Thanks for dropping by!

          Adam

  • http://www.first-aider.com.au Ben Cleaver

    Adam, thanks for this article.

    I see the great benefit of a floating bar like flare and digg digg but after playing around with DD for a while I ended up uninstalling it as I couldn’t get it to cooperate on mobile or tablet. As mobile readers are a large slice of readership I feel safer going with the standard share buttons at start and finish of the article (i.e. AddThis).
    I also found that DD conflicted with the Facebook plugin that you have in your side bar and obviously don’t have the same conflicts.

    Any thing you could recommend in getting around these issues?

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hey Ben,

      My pleasure, apologies that it’s taken me a while to get through all of my comments.

      I see your point with floating side bars – developers need to try and get round this mobile issue because it really does get in the way.

      I’ve had a number of different conflicts with Digg Digg and other plugins, but I don’t remember a specific issue with the Facebook plugin, although I’m using Frolic by iThemes to implement this.

      Have you tried the WordPress support forums?

  • http://www.sociallysorted.com.au Donna

    Hey Adam – any word on what is up with Flare? I switched to their plug in from Digg Digg and they just add this stupid ad button to all the other share buttons with their latest update. I notice you don’t have it yet. Have you heard about it. People hate it and the message board on the WordPress site is full of complaints and they finally responded saying they will discuss it next week but they seem to be still encouraging everyone to bear with it. I will remove it if they don’t remove the ad button – just wondering if you have heard anything about this. Thanks! I might have to go back to Digg Digg.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hey Donna,

      I’m completely baffled, I was about to update the plugin and caught your comment – they’ve really done a number on everyone with that. The ad they included looks horrible, no wonder you are considering going back to Digg Digg.

      I checked out the thread where most of the complaints are and Esmi’s solution of downloading past versions sounds like one of the best ways to go until they sort this out. Here’s the link – http://wordpress.org/plugins/flare/developers/.

      Hopefully Jason’s comment about making this optional in the next update will come to fruition.

      Thanks for your comment and the heads up on this.

  • http://www.sociallysorted.com.au Donna

    Hey Adam

    Thanks! I went and deleted it and uploaded the previous version and it’s back to how it was and I replied to their support thread again and basically said I will give it a couple of weeks and if they don’t give us an option to either buy it or have optional ads, then I will go back to Digg Digg. Seriously, they were on to a good thing – they should let “organic” reviews do their thing and let social do it’s thing – they only risk it backfiring by forcing ads as a lot of the 5 star reviews have now been revised to 1 star and people like you were blogging about his plug in and now bloggers are revising their blog posts! I know a couple of other top bloggers that have it and their response will also be to delete it or reverse the update, It’s so counter-intuitive – they should embrace the raving fans and the fact that people love flare without forcing ads on them and make it optional. I hope they listen – it is such a nice option for all of us. If they do, I will definitely blog about their ability to listen to what people want!

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hey Donna,

      No problem at all, glad you’ve got rid of that annoying ad thing!

      I agree with you, they were on to a great thing and they’re putting it all at risk – I’m guessing that some people have updated without even checking that it’s added something like this.

      I really hope they decide to do the right thing here .. and also take some other feedback on board (e.g. more social buttons, Facebook share and some other bits and pieces).

  • http://techtikus.com Fauzul

    I’ve seen Flare mentioned in a few other blogs as well. Seems to garner quite positive reviews. I think I’ll give it a try since I’m in a hunt for one too.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Thanks Fauzul, the only downside is that they’ve added a button that’s a type of add in the recent version so it might be best installing the previous version.

  • http://www.zouts.com Amrit Singh

    Please let me know which one are you using on this page?

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hey Amrit,

      I’m using Flare for the floating share bar type thing and the other social buttons are part of the Triberr plugin.

  • http://wurdmunk.com Michael St Louis

    Hey guys. I really liked Flare as well, because it’s the best looking floating sidebar and it looks so clean in my posts. The only issue I have, is how you have to move over a bit to actually click on the links. Very small motion, but for some people they may not even want to do that.

    However my biggest gripe, and maybe it can be edited in the plugin directly, probably, lol… but I’d like it as an option (haven’t looked at what Pro is yet don’t stake me) is I want them to be open in a new window because they’re leaving my site when they share. Anyway thanks for the great post, got some good info.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hey Michael,

      See exactly what you’re saying about Flare, they’re great suggestions – have you sent them to the developers as feedback?

      This pro version looks interesting.

  • http://brandnewtip.com Neo Do

    Thanks Adam. Great plugins! But I prefer floating bar of Digg Digg than Flare’s.I will use it with Flare’s widget.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      No problem Neo – ultimately it comes down to whatever works for you!

      Thanks for sharing the post too by the way!

  • http://www.myseobenefits.com/seo-services-company-case-study-recycling-company-in-usa/ Karmakar

    Hi Adam..

    Thank you very much for the details.. :)

    I am using Digg Digg for my blog… And it is serving the BASIC purpose for me.. :)

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      No problem, Karmakar.

      If it does what you need then that’s the main thing!

  • http://www.tigermine.com Will

    One major issue I have with Flare/Digg Digg is that the share counts are displayed below the icons when I put them in the header, which makes them quite tall. I don’t have any data to back this up, but I’d bet that any marginal increases in the amount of scrolling it takes to get through a site would end up decreasing user interaction.

    Another concern is that when I look at the plug-in information, it says that neither Flare nor Digg Digg are updated with the current version of WordPress. Is this a potential problem?

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Interesting thoughts Will, it stands to reason that would be the case, if you ever find any data on it, would be interested in having a read of it.

      I’ve found that with a number of plugins, I’ve never ran into a problem yet, but every installation is different and there’s no way to be certain, I’d recommend consulting a developer, or maybe someone on the WordPress support forum to be sure if you are worried.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  • http://www.webhostpromocodes.com Matt

    Adam,
    I have a coupon code website and I’d like a ‘remember to bookmark this page!’ type of plugin for my website. So that whenever people need coupons for that particular service, they can come back. Is there something like that out there?

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hi Matt,

      There a few of them about, but the ones I’ve seen aren’t all that engaging in anyway, mostly just buttons that look like they were designed in 1996.

      After a bit of research I did for you, there’s a better way although you’ll need to do some testing and how you what it to work is ultimately up to you. http://wordpress.org/plugins/what-would-seth-godin-do/.

      You could find some way of adding code to make it clickable, for this see this post on DigitalPoint: https://forums.digitalpoint.com/threads/how-to-create-a-bookmark-this-site-button.52783/#post-588915.

      Or you could have it as straight forward text – “To bookmark this page, press the Ctrl (PCs) or Command (Macs) and D keys on your keyboard.”.

      I’d say the clickable link would be better in terms of conversions.

      Please remember that I haven’t tested this, so can’t give you any guarantees.

  • http://www.ilovemylover.com/ Dieordigg

    Hi Adam,

    May i know where I can get the plugin which you used in this website just above author bio? Can you please help me out to get it?

    Thank you and have a nice day!

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Sure, no problem. It’s a plugin called ‘fanciest author box’, available on Codecanyon.net, there’s also a free version ‘fancier author box’ available on WordPress.org.

      • http://www.ilovemylover.com/ Dieordigg

        No, I am talking about social websites icon (FB, G+, Twitter, SU, Linkedin)

        • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

          Ah sorry, you mean the floating share bar? That’s using Flare plugin that I mentioned early on in the article.

          • http://www.ilovemylover.com/ Dieordigg

            I am talking about this: http://i.imgur.com/aOSVNvO.png I just need these.

          • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

            They’re part of the Triberr plugin.

  • Sabih Ahmed

    Flare is good but I am facing some issues with it. First is that, I am unable to fix its position (it overlaps on the footer) and secondly the counts are not actual. It shows different count to me on different intervals.

    Apart from this, I found it a very effective and easy to use plugin with a very good UI.

    Anyone had the same issue?

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Hey Sabih,

      The counts on mine were always really steady, although I have noticed occasional fluctuations in Google+ counts but this has only ever been in a metrics plugin that I see on the backend of my site and nothing to do with flare.

      I agree with you about it being easy to use with a good UI but I recently went back to Digg Digg, the more recent updates seem to be much better than when I first used it.

      • Sabih Ahmed

        I have read a couple of reviews about Digg Digg but have’t tried it yet. How do you rate it in comparison with Flare and others. What I notice is that with every WordPress update a lot of such plugins get some bugs in it. May be there is some API issues.

        • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

          Digg Digg’s sharing buttons aren’t as attractive as Flare’s but Digg Digg supports way more social media platforms and has a lot more customisable options. Also on most sites that I use Flare to add social buttons above and below posts I tend to have strange spacing issues (well recently anyway) – Digg Digg seems to be much better now thanks to the Buffer team. You just have so many more options to customize with Digg Digg.

          There will always be occasional bugs – with so many pieces of code and themes that it’s bound to cause issues.

          After every release there is going to be a time period of testing, receiving bug reports then pushing out updates I guess.

          Thanks for your comment!

  • Manthan

    Nice One.. Useful for our site Oshopindia.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Glad to hear :)

  • Anis Thoha Manshur

    Hi Adam,

    Have you look at sexy bookmark or shareaholic, it also nice plugin I thought

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      You’re right, it’s a very good plugin.The truth is there are just so many social sharing plugins right now. Personally I’ve never found Sexy bookmarks, that sexy – but I’m just talking about aesthetics and I guess that’s always going to be a more personal thing.

  • Anis Thoha Manshur

    Hi Adam,

    Have you look at sexy bookmark or shareaholic, it also nice plugin I thought

  • Andrey Andreev

    Hello, which plugin do you use on the images in this website for social network sharing?

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Hi Andrey, it’s not a plugin, just a line of code. It’s free to setup at Markerly.com.

  • http://www.nosleeplessnights.com/ Ethan Green

    Hi

    Thanks for this useful list. I have a question I’m hoping you can help with. I’ve been using Get Social, but it sits on top of the content for mobile and IPad users, and I can’t work out how to stop it, so am thinking to change to another one like DiggDigg. But I don’t want to lose all the share counts that I have. Do you know if changing them will import the old counts?

    And also, sorry for the questions (can’t find help elsewhere!) do you know what might be causing a share bar like Get Social to sit on top of the content?

    Thanks so much

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Hi Ethan,

      No problem at all.

      Don’t worry, if you change sharing plugin you will still keep the sharing counts, these come directly from the social network itself.

      There are a number of things that could cause this type of thing – it could be the theme itself or it could be another plugin that you have installed.

      Troubleshooting it could involve switching back to a default WordPress theme and deactivating all other plugins but ultimately that’s a bit of a meither and can interrupt the smooth operation of your website so it would probably be easiest to just switch over to Digg Digg instead.

      • http://www.nosleeplessnights.com/ Ethan Green

        Thanks for the reply Adam – very helpful and much appreciated:-)

  • Alison R

    Great article! Are you using Triberr for your bio plugin? How did you get all your additional information in the author area?

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Thanks Alison! It’s not the Triberr plugin, it’s a plugin called ‘Fanciest Author Box’ that makes it all possible. It is a paid plugin, although there is a free version that has limited functionality (you can find more here: http://codecanyon.net/item/fanciest-author-box/2504522).

      Thanks for checking out the post.

  • http://blog.melroy.org/ Melroy van den Berg

    I’m searching for the FASTEST loading social plugin (sharing plugin) for WordPress.

    I notice there are some bad pluginswhich increase the load time significantly ;(

    Thanks!

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Melroy – I haven’t tested each and every social plugin unfortunately and there can be a variance when testing these types of things so I may get a different result to you.

      As a starting point you could try Sociable as it appeared quite fast on my last test and also Digg Digg.

      You can then test them with the P3 Profiler Plugin to see which one is best with your current setup.

      • http://blog.melroy.org/ Melroy van den Berg

        Yea, p3 profiler is great. I also use Yslow plugin for Firebug, to measure the impact of my site.

        I currently use social plugin from shareaholic (sexybookmarks), works great and fast. Maybe I will try anyadd or something.

        • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

          I like Yslow too but if the Shareaholic plugin is working well for you and running fast I’m not sure why you would want to change it.

    • http://simon-searchmarketing.com/ Geoff S.

      If you’re using Genesis framework there is a plugin called Genesis optimized total share that loads all scripts asynchronously, which really helps your page load times.

  • http://blogging4backlinks.com/ Anirudh Bahadur

    Digg Digg is my all time fav! Great post Adam. :)

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      One of my all time fav’s too! Thanks Anirudh!

  • http://www.muschamp.ca/ Muskie

    I was a long time Digg Digg user, but I switched to Professional Share this summer, never looked back. I also use a second plugin to layer Pin It buttons on top of images and of course a custom theme which makes my blog support all the structured meta data formats.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Thanks for your comment, Andrew.

      Interesting to here about Professional Share, what’s it like in terms of features?

      Layer Pin is very good, but I’ve started using Markerly.com which allows for Pin buttons and other share buttons. It also adds share buttons when content is highlighted.

      • http://www.muschamp.ca/ Muskie

        Shares made in Professional Share are properly counted in Google Analytics. This is the killer feature of social sharing in general. You want all your analytics in one single place. You also want all your structured meta data correct.

        http://blog.muschamp.ca/2013/10/02/tracking-social-media-button-clicks-in-google-analytics/

        • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

          Andrew, thanks for the explanation – sounds like a fantastic feature for sure!

  • RollTideWarEagle

    Great info. I’m downloading Flare to give it a run. Thank you.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Thanks for the comment – happy to help.

  • Dennis Manzhul

    Great article! Great tip with Markerly. Images are a huge part of my website as you can see http://www.draperyavenue.com

    The question I have is the social links you have at the top of your blog, right of your blog logo/name. How do I set something up like that for my website. It would fit perfectly. With the neutral gray lighting up as you hover over the image with the different colors of the social buttons.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Hi Dennis,

      Thanks for the comment!

      Those social links are actually part of my theme.

      There is a plugin that does something very similar but I’m sure it requires the Gensis Framework to run.

      Here is another alternative you could try: http://wordpress.org/plugins/social-media-feather/

  • Om Livin’

    I have been using sharaholic & love the look, however I have noticed too many bugs & errors after their updates. I am going to switch to flare (*based on the comments below) Thank you for the article. :D

    • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Happy to help. Quite interested to know what issues you have been having with Shareaholic?

      Thanks!

      • Om Livin’

        The issues have been resolved now & I switched back. Their update switched all the features to their default settings & would not change. Also, the twitter button never lets me post & my google+ always shows 0 ….I hope they get those fixed too.

        • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

          That’s good to know, thanks!

          Hope they do – it’s a great plugin.

  • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

    Geoff – thanks for mentioning Genesis Optimized Social Share. Looks very interesting, definitely going to take a look at this for possibly using on some of my sites.

  • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

    Hi Marie, my pleasure.

    Thanks for your suggestion – I’ll check it out.