This plugin makes placing social share icons on your site REALLY easy.
– Select from a **wide range of social share platforms** (see a list of them below)
– Pick from **16 stylish design styles** for your social share buttons
– Place the share buttons **before or after posts, floating, via widget, via shortcode, or define the location on the page** (top right, bottom left etc.)
– Give **several actions to one share buttons** (e.g. your Facebook icon can lead visitors to your Facebook page, and also show a Facebook button to share your page)
– Give your share buttons an **animation** (e.g. automatic shuffling, mouse-over effects) to make your visitors aware of them, increasing the chance that they follow, like or share your site
– Add **counts** to your share buttons
– Display a **pop-up** (on all or only on selected pages) asking people to follow or share you
– Allow visitors to **subscribe to your site** and receive new posts automatically by email
– Select from **many other customization features** for your share buttons
The plugin takes you through eight easy-to-answer questions so that configuring the plugin becomes a no-brainer:
= Question 1: Which share buttons do you want to display? =
You can select the following:
* Facebook share icon
* Twitter share icon
* Email icon
* RSS icon
* Instagram share icon
* Google plus share icon
* Youtube share icon
* Pinterest share icon
* LinkedIn share icon
* Houzz share icon
* Share icon (allows your visitors to share your site on over 200+ other social media sites; powered by addthis/sharethis)
You can also upload custom share buttons of your choice.
The [Premium Plugin](https://www.ultimatelysocial.com/usm-premium) offers many more share icons and buttons. The premium share button set includes a…
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= Question 2: What shall the buttons do? =
Under this question you define what should happen if your visitors click on the social sharing icons.
The options are plenty, for example for the *Facebook button* you can allow users to:
* **Visit** your Facebook page
* Give your page a **Facebook Like**
* **Share it** with friends (on Facebook)
For the *Twitter button* you can allow users to:
* **Visit** you on Twitter
* **Follow you** on Twitter (without leaving your page)
* **Tweet** your page to the Twitter community
For the *Youtube button* you can allow users to:
* **Visit** you on Youtube
* **Subscribe** to you on Youtube (just by pressing the Youtube button, without leaving your page)
For the *Pinterest button* you can allow users to:
* **Visit** you on Pinterest
* **Pin** your site on Pinterest
For the *LinkedIn button* you can allow users to:
* **Visit** your LinkedIn page
* **Follow you** on LinkedIn (without leaving your website)
* **Share** your page on LinkedIn
* **Recommend** your business or product on LinkedIn
For the *Google+ button* you can allow users to:
* **Visit** your Google+ page
* Give your page a **”Google+ like”**
* **Share it** with friends (on Google+)
The other social share buttons provide similar functions. If you’ve given one share icon several functions then users will see a little popup (tooltip) where they can select what they want to do.
= Question 3: Where shall the social sharing icons be displayed? =
Now it’s time to define where the social sharing icons should show up. You can select to show them:
* **Via widget**: In the widget are you’ll see the social media widget where you can drag & drop it onto your sidebar or footer area.
* **Float on the page**: You can define the location of the share buttons, e.g. top right, center left etc., and the margins from the top/bottom/left/right. The share buttons will appear as flying buttons which move as the user scrolls down.
* **Manually**: Place the share buttons via shortcode [DISPLAY_ULTIMATE_PLUS] or insert a php string into your theme.
* **Show the social sharing icons before or after posts**: Here you can select the social sharing icons to show before or after posts. You can choose to show the social sharing icons you selected above (round/squared layout), or pick from a different (rectangle) set of share icons. You can also define a text before the share icons, e.g. “Please follow and share us!” and define the alignment of the share icons (left/right/center).
*The following questions are optional only, however most likely you will want to go through them to individualize the share icon’s appearance even more:*
= Question 4: What design & animation do you want to give your share icons? =
Here you can define how the sharing buttons should look like. You can select from 16 design options (see screenshots).
You can also give any social share icon mouse-over effects, such as “fading effects” (sharing buttons fade in/out if moved over), “scale” (sharing buttons become larger if moved over) or “combo” (combination of the previous two).
If you want to give a subtle hint to your visitors to share, like or follow your site, then you can animate your social share buttons, for example you can let them shuffle automatically (e.g. when the site first loads, or after X seconds as defined by you).
= Question 5: Do you want to display counts next to your share icons? =
Under this question you can decide to display counts next to your share icons. All share icons have the option to show manual counts, however for some share icons automatic options are available.
For example, for your Facebook share button you can show the number of times the page got liked where the share icon is on (i.e. your site), or the number of likes count of your Facebook page.
For the Googleplus share button similar options are available. For the Twitter share button you can show the number of your followers on Twitter, which gets updated dynamically.
= Question 6: Any other wishes for your main share buttons? =
Here you get many other options to tailor the share buttons to your needs. For example, you can:
* Define the order of your share buttons
* Define the size of your share buttons
* Define the space between the share buttons
* Define the alignment of share buttons (with respect to each other)
* Decide how many share buttons should be displayed per row
* Pick a language for your visit us / like / follow / share buttons
* Decide to open windows in a new window (or same window) after user clicked on the share buttons
* Make share buttons stick (if placed via widget, so still visible if user scrolls down)
* Disable float share buttons on mobile devices
* Disable auto-scaling feature of the share buttons for mobile devices (“viewport” meta tag)
* Give your share buttons mouse-over texts
= Question 7: Do you want to display a pop up? =
A pop-up can make it more likely that your visitors share, follow or like your site (or connect with you). Therefore you can decide to show such a popup containing your share buttons, and define…
* *The layout of the pop up*, i.e. displayed text, font type, font style, font color, background color, border color, border thickness, and border shadow.
* *Where the pop-up shall be shown*, i.e. on ever page, on blog posts only, or on selected pages only.
* *When the pop-up shall be shown*, i.e. once every X seconds after the user arrived on the site, or every time the user scrolls to the end of the page.
= Question 8: Do you want to show a subscription form? =
In addition to an email button you can also place a subscription form on your site, making it more likely that users subscribe and follow your site. It works in a similar way as a newsletter (using RSS technology, but not linked to your RSS button).
You can define the detailed layout of the subscription form, and have various options how to place it (via widget, shortcodes, or by copy/pasting HTML code on your site).