UPDATE 30/09/14: There is a new version of this plugin which allows you to control whether the buttons appear at the top or bottom (or both) of your post. To control this go to Appearance > Customize and you’ll find these options. If you find that the buttons disappeared when updating to the new version you can enable them again by checking the required options in the Customize panel.
We recently released our latest theme, Virality, and bundled with that we offer our own WordPress plugin to add social sharing buttons to your posts. And now you can install this plugin on your own blog, regardless of what theme you use.
The plugin adds social share buttons that look like this…
It is extremely simple. Once installed and activated it adds these very simple and bold share buttons to all posts on your blog. There are no settings or configuration required. It just adds the buttons to the top and bottom of every post.
The buttons themselves trigger a popup to share the content via Facebook or Twitter in the usual way. We don’t add any Facebook meta data to posts as there are already lots of plugins (including our fav WordPress SEO) which add this so no need for us to do the same. Our plugin simply makes it easy for readers to share your content via their favorite social network.
And to be clear, this is different from Facebook “Like” buttons which do not put the content on the users Facebook timeline. Sharing content via our plugin actually places the post right in the users timeline which dramatically increases the chance it will be seen by their friends. This is the same way super popular viral media sites like Upworthy and Viralnova use to drive loads of referral traffic from Facebook in particular.
We have some ideas on additional features we may add in the future to make it more flexible, but for now it doesn’t what it says in the simplest possible way. You can see it in action on our own site FullStoke.com.