Social media sharing buttons are one of the most important elements to have on any website. They reduce the friction between your reader and their ability to share your content and connect with you on social media sites.
A hard core fan will still find ways to share your content on social media, with browser extensions or a good old fashioned cut and paste, but do you really want to make them work to share your stuff?
Visual clutter is everywhere on the web and sometimes finding those social media buttons can be a task itself even if you do have them on your blog.
So, what’s a blogger to do to help their social media buttons and profiles stand out? Oddly enough, it’s often the simple images that make the biggest statement.
I went hunting for some simple, stripped down, but unique (and not so common) social media WordPress plugins to help your blog stand apart.
Social Media WordPress Plugins
I recently came across Flare on another site while surfing about and really liked the aesthetic of it. Similar to Digg Digg, Flare allows for floating sidebar social media buttons that “follow along” as you scroll down the page.
Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Pinterest and Email are currently supported with really simple, elegant icons and no unnecessary visual clutter. You can add your Twitter account name to the sharing feature to have the share be “via” your Twitter handle.
The social media buttons also don’t appear right away, but fade in as a user scrolls down the page.
You can also place the buttons above or below the posts as with other social media WordPress plugins and you have the ability to put them on pages and other content types.
Flare also comes with a Follow widget for your sidebar or any widgetized area that has the same look and feel to the icon set.
Juiz Social Post Sharer
Juiz Social Post Sharer is a great little social media WordPress plugin, again, with a different set of sharing icons that you’re used to seeing.
I’m currently trying this one out at the bottom of the post so you can see it in action if you like.
With above and below post options, the ability to show only icons (with a cool rollout expansion on mouse over) and to open shares in a new browser window, this plugin has everything you need in a nice looking package. There’s also share counts scheduled for future versions.
Twitter, Digg, Facebook, Google+, Linkdedin, Email, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and Viadeo are currently supported. Similar to Flare, you can add your Twitter account name to the sharing feature to have the share be “via” your Twitter handle.
There are 5 social media icon types that come with the plugin, all very simple but their simplicity makes them stand out.