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
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.
- 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.
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
Why is it so hard to find high quality free stock photos?
It can be a ridiculous hassle searching for free images. But it’s crucial, as even if you have the greatest content on the web, it’s highly probable no one will read unless you make it more interesting with images. The plain text isn’t attention grabbing, but you can change that adding some beautiful, funny or thought-provoking images.
So where can you find good images?
There are platforms and sites that have databases of free stock images and we bring you our favorite eight ones.
DeviantArt is an ever growing community of photographers and artists sharing their work, with over 30 million registered users. There are a lot of stock images to choose from and some really good quality illustrations and art as well. Most artists will let you use their images if you credit them.
This is an online database of all types of freely usable media files that anyone can contribute to. Right now it has close to 30 million free files including images, sounds and videos.
You can do a search by topic, location, type, source or author. Their ‘animals’ category is especially great, perfect for a website about pets.
This is an oldie but a goodie, and probably one of the best and largest free images databases on the internet. They continually upload a huge amount of images, something close to forty million a month, which gives you plenty to choose from.
They make it very easy to upload these images to your website as well. All you have to do is find your image of choice, click on the icon and paste the code onto your page and voila!
Flickr is a social network of professional photographers and aspiring professional photographers so it really stands out by high quality of photos. You have to register for the website to use it, and then you can share, save and edit photos, as well as comment and send messages to other users.
Not all images are readily shared but most are if you link the image to the author. Not too much hassle for high quality.
Pexels is a website that has put many other free stock image sites in one place so you basically search many databases by searching theirs. It is already very large and it keeps growing. The quality of images is also at a high level. It’s simple, easy and you get beautiful images for your website.
In their own words, they provide high quality free photos for creatives, and this is very true. Their selection is modern and urban, and you can browse categories like urban street art, architecture and textures. For an even bigger selection, you can sign up and subscribe.
This one is really special because it offers vintage black and white photos and you can’t find many of these online. They are collected from the public archives and are free of any known copyright restrictions.
Black and white photos from olden times really bring magic and a different atmosphere to websites and are everyone’s favourite. We can only be thankful to New Old Stock for collecting them and giving them new life.
Free Images StockSnap.io
This websites had high quality stock photos and gives them in high resolution, which is not always the case with other databases.
Hundreds of hi-res images are added on a weekly basis and we promise you won’t find a bad picture even if you look for one. If you’re looking for atmospheric and colourful images, you are in the right place.
Let’s remember the basic: we all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. Good images call for our attention and we are likely to stay on a website and read it if we like the photos there. The online offer of free stock images is enormous and growing each day, so set your standards high, aim for beautiful and useful, and feel free to let us know how your website’s turned out!
Enjoy your image browsing!
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