Lightweight Social Media Plugin for WordPress

In WordPress plugins directory, a group of social media related extensions is obviously the most popular one and the number of plugins is also impressive there. Dozens of talented developers offer hundreds of free plugins, it seems that all you have to do is to explore the possibilities and to make the right choice at the end.

Lightweight Social Media Plugin for WordPress

Actually, the process is not that easy. We are often in a rush, trying to save some time for ourselves and, under these circumstances, we demand trillions of settings, instead of doing a proper research. However, each of us has different needs and the efforts to cover them all makes the plugin too heavy and too complex for general use.

If time is not an issue, we are looking for clean, lightweight and straightforward solution with an ability to expand existing functionality when needed.

By default, if the screen resolution is below 1000px, the vertical bar disappears and a horizontal bar appears under the post title. Big Buttons are used in the vertical Sharebar to the left of the post, while the Small Buttons are used in the horizontal Sharebar that appears under the post title. You can alter these default settings and have either big or small buttons on both toolbars.

To find such kind of plugin might be an exhausting task and you also need a separate WordPress installation for testing purposes. That’s why once in a while, I’ll try to keep you informed about the best/most promising plugins I have found and fully tested. I want my reviews to be informative and helpful, so you might expect some negative facts as well.

It does look odd and you start questioning yourself if it’s worth going any further, but you should give this extension another chance. This minor bug can be fixed in a matter of seconds. The author has used floating elements before the table of available buttons and forgot to clear the values.

A quick fix would be to access Sharebar plugin files through WordPress built-in plugin editor, select “sharebar-admin.php” file and add the missing CSS clear property:

As the author has overlooked such a simple thing, I’ve expected to bump into one or two major flaws later on and I was right. “Add new button” function doesn’t seem to work properly. You can add a new button without difficulty, but you can’t enable your new button at the same time you are creating it, despite the tick box available. The plugin just doesn’t save the setting and you have to go back to your “Available Buttons” table and edit the button one more time.

Adding custom buttons, styling the existing ones, changing order, enable/disable and delete buttons are all very easy tasks with Sharebar. There is an ability to add buttons in posts or pages, or in both.

Floating box can be set to appear either on the left or on the right side of the blog and it’s great to have a background transparency option, but apart from that, sharing box has just a few styling options through the settings panel.

Most Common Questions/Issues:

Why doesn’t the vertical Sharebar appear next to the post?
First of all, make sure the plugin is properly installed and if you’re using manual mode, the Sharebar code has been added to your single.php template. If you’re using auto mode, verify that the Sharebar list is being added to your post by checking the source code. If it’s not in the source, double check the plugin settings and implementation of the code.

How do I get the vertical toolbar to appear at the right side of my blog?
Play with the right offset in the plugin’s settings page – this should include the total width of your sidebar and any other elements which are between your post and the right edge of your blog.

Sharebar floats in front-end and floats in back-end, but when you set your eyes on flawless front-end performance, back-end defects are not that influential. I highly recommend you to try Sharebar.

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