The Best and Fastest Social Share Buttons Plugins for WordPress

Every blog needs at least one kind of social share plugin for social media share button, taking into account the overall popularity of social media and the continual struggle to stay at the top of search engine results list.

This is realized with the help of a so-called Social-Share-Plugin for WordPress.

The pertinent question then is which Social Media Buttons does a shrewd blogger/Internet content creator need and where on his page should he place them? Also, as a blogger you should decide which Social Media Channels should be linked to your page. And then there is the issue of data security which of course always plays an important role in our Cloud(ed) virtual world.

We would like to share with you our blogger experience and suggestions that you might find helpful. Of course there is no one magic solution for all kinds of blogs and websites with which the Internet is overflowing. Still after trying out a handful of plugins (and there are many) we’ve singled out this one.

The Social Media Button plugin of my choice is: Mashshare.

As an alternative we’ve chosen other plugins which you can find all about in the second part of this guide. But first, let me tell you about the two most important plugin features that you should pay attention to.

Loading time – The fastest Social Media Button Plugin

Apart from good functionality and quality presentation of the Social Media Button for me a very important feature was loading time of the appropriate button. I say this because with the Standard Buttons for Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and perhaps Pinterest or the like, in a jiffy there are another 20-50 HTTP requests, and performance-wise that is not good for your blog or webpage.

Data security – ‘tripping hazard’ for Social Media Buttons

When you use Standard Buttons like Facebook, Google, Twitter and the rest you are integrating a foreign JavaScript and it can collect at least a small portion of user data. The underlying problem is, even when the user doesn’t have any accounts on Facebook, Google or Twitter social platform, or doesn’t even want to use the share buttons at all, the browser is nevertheless sending out personal data like IP address or Cookies information.

Recommendation: Mashshare – the best share buttons for WordPress

The Share buttons load extremely fast and don’t take up from the total loading time of your website. Besides, the buttons are effectively responsive and this also in combination with a Caching-Plugin, which is unfortunately not the case with Easy Social Share Buttons.

Features:

  • Great Sharebar which is static and shown right at the top or bottom of the page
  • Fast loading time and in line with data security practices
    Wide range of options for positioning and design
  • Great variety of Social Networks and services
  • Google Analytics Tracking
  • Real-Time Page view Counter
  • (Possible) Fake Share count
  • URL shortening
  • Select and share option when a piece of text is marked
  • Video Post pop-up at the end of a video or article
  • Broad statistical analysis

Price: Of course, you can’t get everything for free and I think Mashshare is worth the money. A standard license for one website will cost you 39 EUR, up till three web pages 89 EUR, and the Developer (Pro) Version supporting several pages is 199 EUR. The Lifetime version with unlimited Updates and Support costs 339 EUR.

What more is on the Social Share Plugins market?

Social Warfare is one of the most impressive plugins that we’ve come upon recently. Some users report up to 300 percent increase in social shares when using this plugin. One of the features that puts Social Warfare way ahead the competition is that you can upload Pinterest images and descriptions. If you use the standard ‘pin’ button the images are not the right size but this is not the case when using Social Warfare. Next, this plugin allows you to merge tweetable quote boxes with your content. Price: 21 EUR/year.

Another favorite that we couldn’t leave out from this list is SumoMe. Some of your favorite websites are powered by SumoMe (Airbnb, The Chive …) and it is not coincidentally that these are giants in the Internet world. Namely, SumoMe is a suite of apps that help you grow your traffic. One of them is the Share app, and conveniently, a separate Image Sharer. Price: Free.

Shareholic is a classic among WordPress social plugins. After a somewhat modest beginning in 2009, Shareholic has become the leading engagement and amplification platform and it prides itself on 300 000 websites (BBC, Mashable, PC World…). What I found especially appealing is that you can change how your social sharing buttons look and make them more eye-catching. Price: Free (but you’ll have tolerate an unwanted advertisement or two).

It can’t get any more simple and straightforward than Simple Share Buttons Adder. As its name says, it adds Social Media Share Buttons to all your posts, and easy! Like many of bloggers and Internet content creators out there sometimes I just need to add this option to my posts and that is it. In line with their moto ‘keeping sharing simple’ turn to Simple Share Buttons Adder if you are looking for simple, reliable, fast (and cheap) solutions. Price: Free.

WP Social Sharing is also another WordPress plugin that keeps things simple and clean. You can add Social Media Share Buttons to 6 main social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Pinterest, Xing). These buttons can appear on your pages, posts, and media. Also you can choose the option when these buttons are automatically displayed. Price: Free.

Lastly, I’ll leave you a couple more Social Media Share Buttons that are worth your attention: Custom Share Buttons With Floating Sidebar, AddToAny, Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress.

p.s. If you choose one of our websites, you don’t have to worry about plugins. We’ve created and optimised them for the best performance. Check out our Theme Forest profile and our favourite theme: Candy Queen

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What Does The Color Of Your Website Say About Your Business?

Believe it or not, recent research has shown that customers take only 90 seconds to form their opinion about a product or a business and up to 90% of opinions are based on the color of the product only!

Color matters!

This fact speaks volumes about the importance of color in web design – color not only matters, it is essential.We need to give colors some thought and choose depending on the message we are trying to convey and the image we want to represent. Here is a quick color by color guide.

White is for cleanliness, health and openness

Even though white is usually used as a background color, it can be used as a dominant color as well and relay a sense of openness and freedom. There is simply space to breathe and it doesn’t tire your eyes.

It is not intrusive and we are likely to stay longer at sites that allow us to have some peace and space, without screaming for our attention. In a way, this is respectful towards the readers.

Many medical websites (hospitals, dentists, veterinarians etc.)  opt for having white as a predominant colour to present their practice. If this is your choice, read this text.

Black is for luxury

According to color psychology, black is reserved for hi-end luxury products. The darker the tones – the more elegant it is.

Black has the quality of something timeless, classic and expensive. It evokes the feelings of mystery, the unknown, of something sexy, glamorous and exclusive. Don’t go overboard with black though, as it may completely close your website and make it somber.

Grey is cool

There is something about grey that makes it look good in whatever way it is used. Grey websites are laid back and sophisticated. They don’t need to beg for attention because they are self-assured and provide quality, value and tradition. Grey is also a great background color and can be combined successfully with all other colors, especially with blue, teal and violet.

Blue means trustworthiness

Blue is the most popular color for websites and some of the heavyweights like Facebook, Twitter and PayPal are all blue. This is because blue is the color of trust and loyalty.

Blue also evokes feelings of peace, calm and compassion, and no wonder then it is the safest color to use in any design. Smart and reliable, it combines well with many colors too. There are many shades of blue, and the ones lighter, closer to white, evoke health as well, that’s why medical themed websites use light blue next to white as dominant colours.

Pink is girly

Pink is usually used on websites with female audience as it is considered an all-round girly color. Pink is lovey-dovey, romantic, but not too serious and heavy like red. A great example is our team Candy Queen.

It is lightweight, amusing, and stylish, but also protective and well-intentioned. It just tends to make everything lovely.

Red means business

Red is a no joke color and it loudly calls for attention and action. It signifies strength, determination and authority so it is often used for corporate sites like law firms and government pages.

However, it is also the color of passion, love and desire, especially when used in combination with black. There are many hues of red, and the darker you go in the spectrum, the more serious your website will look.

Orange brings life into the picture

Orange is a very bright color and it denotes playfulness, the joy of life, happiness and a good mood. It is often used for healthy lifestyle and food websites to promote the sense of joy and wellbeing.

Orange, being carefree, sociable and lively is guaranteed to bring vibrancy to your website. Take a look at our new template Paws and see why orange is the most purchased one. It can also be successfully used to stimulate appetites, so use this color wisely!

Yellow is happy!

Similarly to orange, yellow brings out joy, cheerfulness and a bright mood, since it is the color of sunlight.

If you have a predominantly yellow website, it will signify that you have strong opinions and are not afraid to express them, that you are self-confident and generally have a positive outlook on life. Yellow is usually used as a highlight color on darker toned websites and is rarely combined with white.

Green is relaxed

Like blue, green is very common on websites. It exudes the atmosphere of peace, calm, nature and renewal.

Green evokes the natural cycles of life and helps us feel relaxed and enjoy our viewing experience more. It is also not tiring for our eyes, which means we can spend longer amounts of time on green sites. Don’t trust us? Take a look at Zen.

Now that you know what messages these colors are sending out, do you find your website is in the colors that fit your personality, image and vision the best? Would you change anything and be willing to play and experiment?

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4 Rules Of Writing Website Copy

Only 20% of your readers will read your website copy.

They might think it is too long, they might lose interest while they’re reading it, or they just might not like your layout on the website.

Whatever it is, you need to make sure it doesn’t happen with your “money pages” a.k.a. your product page or your “request a free demo” page.

Concise, clear and effective web copy can make a world of difference when it comes to your website copy. The results of a good web copy is seen in raised visibility of your web site and increased attention of people who attend it.

Conversion rate is definitely the most valuable thing stemming from a quality web copy.

Although it seems simple, inadequate web copy can pose significant challenges and lead you to stray into the domain of over complicated and inefficient. However, if you follow these few simple rules you’ll stay on the path of good and effective web copy.

Don’t copy paste your catalogue

One of the initial mistakes related to early web copy is the fact that most of the companies would simple copy-paste their booklets, pamphlets and brochures resulting in content that was close packed and unintelligible. You don’t print your website, so why would you put the copy from a brochure on your website?

Good thing that comes with having a themed website is that there is no wiggle room when it comes to copy. For example, here’s our newest template:Paws

Friendly Paws template is perfect for website copy placement for pet shops

You can see it here  and if you have a need for a similar website theme, feel free to use this as a perfect layout, we’ve tested it.

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Why WordPress for your one-page website?

WordPress is likely the first platform to look to when considering a website, as it is, after all, the most popular content management system (CMS).

But people still make mistakes of classifying WordPress as just a blogging platform, although the platform evolved into a versatile CMS, easy to use and flexible enough for anyone to either create non-blog websites, powerful websites and beautiful single page websites.

However, beginners might ask – Why should I use WordPress? or, Why should I switch to WordPress?

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How Can You Improve Conversions For Your Website : Our Case Study

The one page website is a relatively new trend that has proven to be a favourite amongst users because of its simplicity and how easy it is to navigate. The site only loads once and from there on the customer is more or less one click away from what he/she needs. If your ambition is to maximise your conversion rate, a one page website is the way to go.

What is a conversion?

Here when we speak of conversion we mean the number of visitors that become clients, and the amount of interaction there is between your company and them. You want to engage your potential clientele and encourage them to give feedback and get in touch. A one page website most certainly simplifies this entire process.

How Can a single page website help you with that?

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