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Social Sharing Toolkit

Sharing posts & pages

The plugin currently supports the following networks for sharing:

  • Facebook (like, share and send buttons)
  • Twitter
  • Buffer
  • Google +1
  • Pinterest
  • Flattr
  • LinkedIn
  • Tumblr
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Myspace
  • Hyves
  • App.net

On Tweet buttons you can specify a Twitter handle which is then appended to the tweet a visitor sends (like “… via @WordPress”). An email send button is also included.

You can decide which networks to support on your blog, where the buttons will appear (either above or below the content). Through drag and drop you can easily change the order in which the buttons appear.

For each button you can choose a different type (not all types are available for each button):

  • button
  • button with counter on the side
  • button with counter on top
  • small icon
  • small icon with text
  • medium icon
  • medium icon with text
  • large icon

You can also choose the orientation of the buttons:

  • horizontal (buttons are placed side by side)
  • vertical (buttons are placed below each other)


In version 2.0.4 three dividers were added to each list. These might be useful in ordering the buttons, especially in the case of varying button types used with a horizontal orientation. A divider will split the element containing the buttons in two, allowing for more customization.


It is also possible to only let the buttons appear where you want by using shortcode. The shortcode function has it’s own list of buttons with the same possibilities as the list for posts & pages. Use the shortcode [social_share/] in the content where you would like to display the buttons.

Since version 2.1.2: Use one or both of the url and title attributes to override these settings with your own information. Example: [social_share url=”http://www.mywebsite.com” title=”My Website”/]


The widget has it’s own list of buttons with the same possibilities as the list for posts & pages. You can however specify a fixed title and url to use for the buttons in the widget.

Follow Widget

Since version 2.0.0 an extra widget is added with the possibility to provide easy links to your profiles on other social networks.

The networks currently supported for the Follow Widget are:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Pinterest
  • Goodreads
  • LinkedIn (including company and group links)
  • Tumblr
  • Myspace
  • Hyves
  • YouTube
  • Flickr
  • 500px
  • Instagram
  • Picasa
  • DeviantArt
  • Last.fm
  • Spotify
  • Soundcloud
  • App.net

A button for an RSS feed is also included. Of course the type, order and orientation of the buttons is also configurable for the Follow Widget. Each button for the Follow Widget supports the following types:

  • small icon
  • small icon with text
  • medium icon
  • medium icon with text
  • large icon

To use a button you must enter your user id or username for the network. To use the RSS feed button you must enter the full url.

Automatic Twitter links

This plugin also includes a configurable & improved version of my earlier Automatic Twitter Links plugin. You can decide if you want to convert Twitter names and/or hashtags to links. Twitter names will link to their Twitter profile and hashtags will link to the Twitter search page.


Since version 2.0.5 the plugin has the option to use bitly to shorten the urls for the tweet button. To use it you need to register with bitly and fill in your bitly username and API key.


Since version 2.0.5 the plugin has the option to show Pinterest buttons. The plugin tries to find the featured image or first image in the content if available. If no image is available the button is omitted.
Since version 2.0.7 is is possible to enter the URL of a default image to use in case no image was found. You can also set the plugin to always use the default image regardless of any available images.

Open Graph

Since version 2.0.5 the plugin also has the option to automatically create Open Graph tags on your WordPress site. These will tell Facebook for example which image to display when sharing a page. You can enter the URL of a default image to use in case no image was found. The plugin will try to use the thumbnail attached to the post (if your theme supports it), or the first image it finds in the content. To turn of this behavior you can check a box which will force the plugin to always use the default image you have specified.

Upgrading from version 1.3.2 or lower to 2.0.1 or higher?

Be aware you should reset your settings as these will be lost in the update. This is because the plugin uses an entirely new and more versatile system to save settings. Sorry for any inconvenience, this should be a one time thing.

Known bugs

  • Some themes might be incompatible, such as Karma theme which uncontrollably manages to mutilate the button codes.

Feel free to leave any comments, questions, requests or recommendations on this page. If someone has a problem and you know the answer, please help by sharing your solution!

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  • Brian Villaros

    Does this social sharing toolkit not support YouTube?? If it doesn’t, why is YouTube one of the select items within the toolkit???

  • http://www.smartdicas.com/ SmartDicas

    not found

  • http://www.smartdicas.com/ SmartDicas

    We couldn’t find that plugin. Maybe you were looking for one of these? but I just uploaded here http://files.smartdicas.com/wp/plugins/social-sharing-toolkit.zip

    • http://www.saadhamid.com/ Saad Hamid

      thank you.

  • http://www.decorativesoul.com/ Decorative Soul

    Hi there, love your plugin. Just wondering if there is a way to remove the “Share” button that is by default shown no matter what (and you can’t remove it). If there is a “pro” version that I could upgrade to, to remove that button, I would upgrade just to do it. Please continue development of this plugin as it is a very useful plugin. Thanks.

    • Nicolien

      is there a solution?

  • estar69

    For some reason the Google + share does not work it opens for a short while then the box disappears and the icon becomes an exclamation mark? Thanks

  • blobsterman

    Any reason why the buttons no longer appear on my Web pages where I inserted the social share shortcode? They displayed fine not too long ago. I need to update my WP software – could that be the problem?

Social Sharing Toolkit

Current version: 2.1.3
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Plans for next update(s)

- Enabling / disabling of buttons per page
- Foursquare follow button
- Sharing of (featured) image on Tumblr
- Social tracking for Google Analytics

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