Category: Social Media

4 star review

Review: Share Buttons

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Company: AddToAny

Overview

AddToAny’s Share Buttons are simple icons that can be integrated onto any platform to share posts and articles. It can optimize your site’s posts, encouraging your visitors to share your articles on their own social media pages or website.

Problem We Faced

We were looking for a simple way to allow site visitors to share content from our WordPress blog on social media.

The Solution

The Share Buttons plugin was an easy solution to our problem because of its responsive and easy to customize interface. We were able to create share buttons that would stay in place, even when scrolling, so content can be shared from any point on the page. It features a “share counter” so keeping track of shared posts is a breeze. Share Buttons also integrates your Google Analytics account so you are able to view all your statistics on one dashboard.

What We Liked Most

What we liked most about this plugin was its easy customizations. The clean set up is easy for WordPress beginners and is useful to any website. With its mobile capability, we were able to have our share buttons react even when visitors were not on a desktop. Finally, we loved that each share could be recorded into our existing Google Analytics without extra setup.

5 star review

Review: AccessPress Social Icons

Price: $19

Platform: WordPress

Company: AccessPress

Overview
The Social Icons plugin gives a modern take on linking social media pages to your website. With this plugin it is easy to select icons from pre-designed sets or customize your own, in order to take your users to your social media platforms.

Problem We Faced

We wanted to incorporate the links of our social media pages seamlessly onto our website, without them looking like they didn’t belong on the page. We needed something that would be easy to customize, and had many different theme and style options.

The Solution

We tested Social Icons and discovered that it was a great solution to our problem. When testing the plugin, we found that you are able to upload your own icons if you want something that is completely unique to your site. With the professional version of this plugin there are 22 pre-designed icon themes, with the option to change fonts, colors and styles, to fit the design of your website. Another feature of Social Icons is that it allows you to use multiple icon sets if you want to put them in different locations on the site.

How Could This Plugin Be Improved?

Since this is such a simple and easy to use plugin, we didn’t find anything that we thought needed improvements currently.

What We Liked Most

What we liked most about Social Icons was the many different ways we could customize these icons to fit in with any site we were working on. The plugin was also very easy to use and the drag and drop feature allowed us to play around with the icons to place them exactly where we wanted. Finally the plugin is compatible on mobile devices, making it more user friendly.

4 star review

Review: Twitter plugin

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Company: Niall Kennedy

Overview
We saw that Twitter and developer Niall Kennedy have teamed up together in creating a new plugin for WordPress.  Since Twitter is a well known social media platform, we wanted to check out the plugin and what has been created.

About the Plugin

We tested out this new plugin to see what features this plugin contains. The Twitter plugin contains many of the same features that other 3rd party plugins have. It allows users to embed tweets, add tweet buttons at the end of posts and add a follow button on the page. One interesting feature we saw was Twitter advertising measuring the target audience on websites.

How Could This Plugin Be Improved?

This plugin can add an option for a scrolling twitter feed for users or hashtags.

What We Liked Most

Overall this is a very basic plugin. It comes directly from the social media platform so it has a lot of room for creativity. We liked that this plugin works with Twitter analytics so companies can create certain types of tweets to optimize their reach.

5 star review

Review: The Instagram Feed

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Company: Smash Balloon

Problem We Faced
We had a client who wanted to display their Instagram feed on their website. They wanted to automatically update the feed on their website since they are constantly traveling and attending different events.

The Solution
We found The Instagram Feed which uses the client’s public account to update their website feed. Not only was this customizable plugin was easy to install, it also allowed future website visitors the option to follow our client and load more content which helped give our client the boost in Instagram followers. The plugin is responsive so it looks great on mobile devices.

How Could This Plugin Be Improved?
No improvements come to mind — this plugin is great and would definitely recommend it.

What We Liked Most
We enjoyed it because we were able to customize the size of the photos so they did not overpower the other content on the website. You could have one Instagram or more Instagram accounts connected and the website would look great!

3 star review

Review: Facebook Feed

Price: Free

Platform: WordPress

Company: Ankit Argawal and Priyanshu Mittal

Problem We Faced

We had a client who wanted to boost their social media presence by adding a Facebook feed onto their website that would display their posts and social media activity.

The Solution

Facebook Feed was a clean, simple solution to solve our client’s request. The plugin did a great job of posting the Facebook feed and also shows FB events our client is planning.

How Could This Plugin Be Improved?

This plugin is in its infancy, and has only basic functionality for now. The only reason why we gave this Facebook plugin a three stars review is because we think it can be improved more. We thought that that adding the comment and like button for logged on users would be great. It is a great plugin to have and the developers have taken a lot of time to map out future plans for next update. We will revisit our review and rating as future updates come out.

What We Liked Most

This Facebook plugin is not hard to use. It is very straight forward code wise and did not take much effort to install. We look forward to seeing what the developers will come up with next.