Displaying social media buttons on your site plays a vital role, as it encourages users to share your post on different social networks. There are ton of free and premium plugins available that do exactly that – Digg Digg, Flare, Sharebar, JetPack and Shareaholic.
But there’s one problem with most of these social sharing plugins, they slow down your website and that’s the reason why I always try to avoid using plugins such as Digg Digg and Flare.
Recently, I found a nice social floating plugin named – Floating social bar.
Floating Social Bar
As the name suggests, it is horizontal social floating plugin and by default it comes with 5 major social platforms. You can add share buttons for Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
The plugin is lightweight and works well with custom post types. The floating ability allows this eye-catching social media bar to get you maximum shares.
It uses the socialite script to only load social buttons when the user brings their mouse over the button. This way it keeps your site as fast as it would load without any social plugins.
Floating Social bar is created by two prominent community authors, Syed Balkhi and Thomas Griffin.
Installing the Plugin
Step 1: Navigate to Plugins > Add New > search for the plugin or if you’re familiar with installing plugins in WordPress than you might want to download it from the WordPress directory and upload it manually.
Step 2: Upon activation you will notice a new link under “Settings” tab titled “Floating Social Bar”.
The option page gives you the ability to choose which social media buttons you want to add (simply, drag the buttons to “Enabled Social Services” column), add a text before the buttons, check whether you want to make the buttons visible on CPT or simply make it a static social bar.
You can also disable the bar on individual pages, posts or even custom post types. Just simply hit the checkbox to disable the social bar.
To see the social bar in action, watch the top social sharing buttons as you scroll down the page.
What do you think about this floating bar plugin? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.