Social media share buttons are a must have for every site, but they can significantly impact your site's speed. At WPBeginner, we created the floating social bar to maximize our social media visibility without impacting our site speed.
Floating social bar is a light-weight WordPress plugin that adds a horizontal floating share bar to your blog posts, pages, and other post types. The floating ability allows this eye-catching social media bar to get you maximum shares.Slim and Fast
Unlike other social media plugins, we only support major social media networks to keep our plugin slim. You can add share buttons for Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
Floating Social Bar only loads scripts when necessary. None of the social media scripts are loaded when the page is loaded. Instead we show a replica image with all the counts. We use the socialite script to only load social buttons when the user brings their mouse over the button. Doing this allows us to keep your site as fast as it would load without any social plugins.Easy to Use
Floating Social Share Bar is extremely easy to use. There is a simple options interface that allows you to drag-and-drop the social buttons that you want to display. You can also use the drag-drop interface to control the order of how social share buttons appear on your site.
For developers, we have a template tag available for custom use cases.
We also have a metabox that allows you to disable the social media bar on specific posts or pages.Best Social Media Plugin for WordPress
What is the best social media plugin for WordPress is one of the most common questions that we get asked at WPBeginner. We found it hard to recommend social plugins for WordPress because none of them met our standards. We only recommend what we use or would use.
All social plugins are very heavy and significantly slow down your site. This plugin is by far the fastest social media plugin for WordPress that exists.
We created this for our site over a year ago. After numerous requests from our users, we decided to release our internal social plugin for our audience and the greater WordPress community.
We will do our best to provide support through the WordPress forums. However, please understand that this is a free plugin, so support will be limited. Please read this article on how to properly ask for WordPress support and get it.Credits
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Consider following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Is there a template tag for the plugin? Yes, in fact there is both a template tag and a shortcode available for use. Template Tag: floating_social_bar( $args = array(), $return = false ) In the template tag, you can pass in an array of arguments to denote which social services you want displayed. The order in which the services are entered will be the order in which they are displayed. The following keys are available for use: facebook twitter google linkedin pinterest For example, if you want to use the template tag to add in facebook and twitter services, you would do the following: if ( function_exists( 'floating_social_bar' ) ) floating_social_bar( array( 'facebook' => true, 'twitter' => true ) );Shortcode: [fsb-social-bar] The shortcode takes the same parameters as the template with the following syntax: [fsb-social-bar facebook="true" twitter="true"]Why is the button count 0? To maximize the performance, we get the social media count from each API and store it in a cache for 30 minutes. It only gets the count for the post when its loaded to reduce server load. For example, if no one visits your two year old post, then this plugin will not waste your precious server resources for that post. It only gets the count right when a user visits the post or page. We have tested and noticed that this small delay have no impact in the number of shares you get. However, there is an option in the plugin setting's page that allows you to change the minimum interval if you want to get faster updates. But remember, it will increase server load. How can I make the social bar static when using the shortcode or template tag? Easy. Just add static="true" to the shortcode or 'static' => true to the template tag inside your array of arguments to make the social bar static (non-floating). How can I disable Socialite when using the shortcode or template tag? Again, easy. Just add socialite="false" to the shortcode or 'socialite' => false to the template tag inside your array of arguments to prevent Socialite from running. Can I hide the social bar on specific posts or pages? Yes you can hide the floating social bar on specific posts or pages. All you have to do is go on your post's edit screen where you will find a metabox to hide the social share bar. Why is the share bar not floating? If you can see the share bar on your site, but it is not floating then 99% of the time it is a conflict with another plugin or your theme.;
Here is the Floating Social Bar wordpress plugin download link you can download and install to your Wordpress blog
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