Jul 282014
 
Plugin version: 1.8.4
Last updated: June 2, 2017 (6 months ago)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 4.7.7
Downloaded: 1,534,283
Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Description


WordPress Social Media Feather is a lightweight free social media WordPress plugin that allows you to quickly and painlessly add social sharing and following features to all your posts, pages and custom post types.

The plugin supports adding of social buttons for sharing or following (that is, social buttons that link to your social network profiles pages). The social media buttons can easily and automatically be added to all your posts, pages or any other custom post types.

One of the few social sharing and bookmarking plugin with full support for the Retina and high resolution displays as used in the iPad, iPhones and other devices!

What sets WordPress Social Media Feather aside from the plethora of other social sharing and following WordPress plugins is its focus on simplicity, performance and social sharing impact. Social share buttons and links to your social pages are fast to setup with automatic display or social widgets.

Given the widespread focus on WordPress social media integration, your site will still provide social bookmarks and share buttons to improve visibility of your posts and content and improve your overall global reach on social platforms.

The WordPress social media sharing offered by the plugin includes all major social sharing buttons providers like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, reddit, Pinterest, tumblr, Linkedin and even e-mail.

It will show social buttons that your users can click to share to facebook or tweet your posts and pages on your site or submit it to reddit and google plus or publish it on tumblr and all other social sharing networks.

The WordPress social media following offered by the plugin includes all major social network providers and tools like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, YouTube, tumblr, instagram, flickr, foursquare, vimeo or RSS.

Our social media plugin also offers widgets for sharing and following buttons that you can place in any widgetized area in your site and the widgets also expose some settings and parameters to tweak the appearance of the social buttons. The plugin also provides shortcodes that can be used for the same purpose, creating both share and follow buttons and allowing selection of visibility of different social media networks or reordering how the various social networks appear (see example shortcodes at the bottom).

You can disable automatic rendering of social icons for specific posts by using Custom Fields. Simply set a custom field of synved_social_exclude_share to “yes” (without quotes) to disable rendering of sharing buttons on the post/page or synved_social_exclude_follow to “yes” (without quotes) to remove following buttons from the post or alternatively synved_social_exclude to disable both. The Custom Fields editor needs to be enabled on your post/page edit screen by clicking at the top right where it says “Screen Options”.

Features

  • Integrated WordPress social sharing for all your posts
  • Full support for Retina and high resolution displays
  • WordPress social sharing and following widgets
  • Supports all major providers of social features
  • Sharing with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, reddit, Pinterest, tumblr, Linkedin and e-mail
  • Following on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin, YouTube, tumblr, instagram, flickr, foursquare, vimeo or RSS Feed
  • Each social provider can be enabled or disabled
  • Ability to select what services each provider will be exposed for
  • Full customization for titles and URLs for each provider
  • Fast unobtrusive social bookmarks for your site
  • Comes with a default modern icon set
  • For further customization more social icons skins are available. Free from the version 1.8.2!
  • Available skins can be customized with cool effects like fading and greying out social icons
  • If you like them you can get social sharing counters that load dynamically, only when necessary, thus not weighing in on visitors who don’t use them

Example Shortcodes

This shortcode will create a list of social sharing buttons to share content on your site:
[feather_share]

This shortcode will create a list of social media sharing buttons to share content on your site, only showing Google+, Twitter and Facebook, in that specific order:
[feather_share show=”google_plus, twitter, facebook” hide=”reddit, pinterest, linkedin, tumblr, mail”]

You can change the order of displayed buttons by changing the order of keywords:
[feather_share show=”twitter, google_plus, facebook” hide=”reddit, pinterest, linkedin, tumblr, mail”]

This shortcode will create a list of social sharing buttons to share content on your site using the “Wheel” icons skin:
[feather_share skin=”wheel”]

This shortcode will create a list of social media sharing buttons to share content on your site using the default icon skin with a size of 64 pixels:
[feather_share size=”64″]

You can add a custom CSS class to your share buttons using the “class” attribute:
[feather_share class=”myclass”]

You can combine all the parameters above to customize the look, for instance using the “Wheel” icon skin at a size of 64 pixels and only showing Google+, Twitter and Facebook, in that specific order:
[feather_share skin=”wheel” size=”64″ show=”google_plus, twitter, facebook” hide=”reddit, pinterest, linkedin, tumblr, mail”]

The next shortcode will create a list of social following buttons that allow visitors to follow you:
[feather_follow]

The next shortcode will create a list of social following buttons that allow visitors to follow you, using the “Balloon” icons skin:
[feather_follow skin=”balloon”]

You can add a custom CSS class to your social profiles buttons using the “class” attribute:
[feather_follow class=”myclass”]

The next shortcode will create a list of social media following buttons that allow visitors to follow you, using the “Balloon” icons skin with a size of 64 pixels:
[feather_follow skin=”balloon” size=”64″]

You can specify a manual URL to be used for the sharing buttons:
[feather_share url=”http://www.example.org”]

Template Tags

If you don’t want to use shortcodes but instead prefer to use PHP directly, there are 2 PHP functions/template tags you can use.

For sharing buttons you can use:
if (function_exists(‘synved_social_share_markup’)) echo synved_social_share_markup();

For following buttons you can use:
if (function_exists(‘synved_social_follow_markup’)) echo synved_social_follow_markup();

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FAQ


Installation Instructions

  1. Download the Social Media Feather plugin
  2. Simply go under the Plugins page, then click on Add new and select the plugin’s .zip file
  3. Alternatively you can extract the contents of the zip file directly to your wp-content/plugins/ folder
  4. Finally, just go under Plugins and activate the plugin

How can I see the social icons in action?

Have a look at our site or where you can see the social sharing and following features in action

How do I disable rendering of sharing / bookmarking buttons on a specific post/page?

You can achieve this by using Custom Fields. Simply set a custom field of synved_social_exclude_share to “yes” (without quotes) to disable share buttons on the post or page. Alternatively set synved_social_exclude to “yes” (without quotes) to disable both sharing and following.

How do I disable rendering of social profiles follow buttons on a specific post/page?

You can achieve this by using Custom Fields. Simply set a custom field of synved_social_exclude_follow to “yes” (without quotes) to remove following buttons from the post or page. Alternatively set synved_social_exclude to “yes” (without quotes) to disable both sharing and following.

How do I change the Twitter button to twit the title of the post instead of the message “Hey, check this out”?

You can achieve this by editing the Twitter Share Link under Settings -> Social Media from this:
http://twitter.com/share?url=%%url%%&text=%%message%%
to this:
http://twitter.com/share?url=%%url%%&text=%%title%%

How do I only show sharing buttons in my sidebar, rather than under each post?

Go to Settings -> Social Media and under “Automatic Display” uncheck “Display Sharing Buttons” as well as “Display Follow Buttons”. Then go under Appearance -> Widgets and add the “Social Media Feather: Sharing” widget to your sidebar.

How do I only show follow buttons in my sidebar, rather than under each post?

Go to Settings -> Social Media and under “Automatic Display” uncheck “Display Sharing Buttons” as well as “Display Follow Buttons”. Then go under Appearance -> Widgets and add the “Social Media Feather: Follow Us” widget to your sidebar.

How do I show a set of custom sharing buttons on my homepage or about page?

You can simply edit the page in question and add a shortcode like the following [feather_share url="http://www.example.org"], then replace http://www.example.org with the URL to your site. See the next FAQ as well for adding an image.

How do I specify a custom image for my sharing buttons shortcode?

Just edit your shortcode so it looks like this [feather_share url="http://www.example.org" image="http://www.example.org/image.jpg"], remember to substitute http://www.example.org with the URL to your site and the same goes for the JPEG URL.

How do I add a set of custom social network profile icons on my homepage or about page?

Just edit the page contents and insert another shortcode like this [feather_follow].

Facebook is not showing the correct title/description/thumbnail, what to I do?

Social Media Feather always try to communicate to Facebook the correct parameters corresponding to the post being shared, including title and thumbnail but Facebook sometimes decides to ignore this information and instead picks up its own details from the page. This could be because some other plugin on your site is incorrectly specifying some OpenGraph tags in your page, or simply down to a Facebook choice. In both cases the solution is to remove any plugins creating incorrect OpenGraph tags and instead installing a plugin that provides proper OpenGraph tags, like Yoast SEO.

I have an OpenGraph plugin which is creating the proper tags but Facebook is not picking them up, what do I do?

This could be due to Facebook caching your page information. Go to Facebook Debug Tools and type in the URL to the post/page, then click “Debug”. On the next screen that loads, now click on “Fetch new scraping information”; this should clear Facebook’s cache of your page.

Only some or none of the social media buttons show up, what causes it?

If you have automatic display enabled or you’re displaying the social media icons using other means, like shortcodes or widgets, but some or all the buttons are not showing up in your browser, but they do show up on a fresh install of a different browser, it is possible that some of your browser add-ons are blocking the icons. This is generally caused by ad-blocking software such as Adblock or Adblock Plus. Please add your site in the exception list for these add-ons and your social icons should show up again.

When clicking on any share button, I’m getting an error of “The requested content cannot be loaded. Please try again later.” How do I fix it?

This is not caused by our plugin but by a lightbox library you are using. This could either be loaded by your theme or one of your other plugins. If you’re using Easy Fancybox, please install their development version.

I want to add/remove some margin to the social media buttons, how do I do it?

You can achieve this by adding some CSS under Settings -> Social Media, “Extra Style” option. Add something like this inside that text area:
.synved-social-button {
margin-left: 10px !important;
}

If you want to just add it to the buttons as a whole instead of each individual button, then set “Buttons in Container” to “Both” and “Buttons Container Type” to “Block” and add this:
.synved-social-container {
margin-left: 10px;
}



Screenshots:


  1. This shows the available social sharing and following widgets and their settings

    This shows the available social sharing and following widgets and their settings

  2. Showing how using the <a href="http://socialmediafeather.com/products/grey-fade-effect/" title="Customize any of the available social icon skins with 2 cool effects!">Grey Fade addon</a> transforms the sharing or following buttons in the front-end

    Showing how using the Grey Fade addon transforms the sharing or following buttons in the front-end

  3. An view of some of the settings that can be customized in Social Media the back-end

    An view of some of the settings that can be customized in Social Media the back-end

  4. An example of how the following or sharing links appear in the front-end using the <a href="http://socialmediafeather.com/products/extra-social-icons/" title="Add 8 extra social icon skins to the Social Media Feather plugin!">Extra Social Icons addon</a>

    An example of how the following or sharing links appear in the front-end using the Extra Social Icons addon

  5. A demo of how social media providers can be customized in the back-end

    A demo of how social media providers can be customized in the back-end

  6. An example of how the sharing or following buttons appear in the front-end at 64 pixel resolution

    An example of how the sharing or following buttons appear in the front-end at 64 pixel resolution

  7. An example of how the share or follow icons appear in the front-end at 24 pixel resolution

    An example of how the share or follow icons appear in the front-end at 24 pixel resolution



Other notes:




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facebook, share, social buttons, social media, social sharing

+ Jason's Comments

Fast loading button links for people to follow you on your social network and share your posts and pages on their social networks.