Social Warfare Plugin Review: Supercharged Social Sharing

Social Warfare Plugin review: Supercharging Social Sharing

Are you looking for a social sharing plugin that will help you boost your social shares?

If you are a website owner and blogger, you know how important it is to make it as easy as possible for your readers to share your posts on social media. We all want more eyes on our content and social sharing tools will help to accomplish this goal. On the flip side, have you ever read a blog post, wanted to share it, but couldn’t find social sharing icons on the page?

The Right Tools

Having the right tools is an indispensable part of being successful at anything we do. This past summer, one of the tires on my bike had gone flat. I looked everywhere for that little inflating needle to use with our bicycle floor pump. I finally found it and was able to inflate the tire.

Similar to having the right tool to inflate the tire, we need the right tools on our websites. As a web designer, it is essential that I provide our clients with the right tools to help them market their websites. As a social media marketer, I also want the right tools on our website to increase SMO (social media optimization).

From a Web Designer’s Perspective

From a web designer’s perspective, I have been searching for a social sharing solution for some time that would be responsive, one that would allow mobile viewers to easily share from any device, and one that would preserve social shares when migrating from HTTP to HTTPS. My favorite social sharing plugin was reaching a critical “not updated in almost two years”, and it was time to find a new solution.

The Solution

I am excited to share with you the social sharing WordPress plugin, Social Warfare. This plugin was developed by Dustin W. Stout, Jason T. Wiser, and Nicholas Cardot. I have known of Dustin in the digital sphere for quite some time, and I had to check it out. All three of the plugins developers have experience with design, WordPress, and social media. As content creators who are highly active in social media, the team set out to create a social sharing plugin that would do all the things that they wanted. The result is a fantastic tool that you will want to add to your social sharing arsenal. Social Warfare Plugin

Social Warfare Plugin’s Features

Social Warfare has a number of great features the sets it above the competition including:

  • Responsive DesignSocial Warfare plugin on mobile device Social Warfare’s sleek design is responsive and adjusts to any screen that it is viewed in from a desktop to a tablet and smartphone. With the growing numbers of people using their mobile devices to view websites, a mobile-friendly social sharing plugin is crucial. In addition, with Google’s Mobile-Friendly ranking algorithm that rolled out in April of 2015, more and more website owners are having their websites redesigned into mobile- friendly websites.
  • Customized Display Settings Within the WordPress admin panel, you are able to customize what social sharing icons you would like to display and in what order.
  • Visual Design options The visual design options offer 6 different visual themes from flat and fresh (rectangular buttons) to connected buttons. You are also given the 14 color set options that include the choice of a custom color to match your brand. Another feature is to choose to have the share buttons float on the page and in what position (top, bottom or the left side of the page). Using this option will allow the social shares to float on the screen when users scroll down your page. Social Warfare’s floating social icons are on the bottom of the screen when you scroll this post. Social Warfare Plugin's visual options
  • Display Locations In the display location options, you can choose the placement of the share icons on your posts, pages and site-wide.
  • Link Shortening Ability You are given the option to activate link shortening. You will need a bitly account login username and API Key if you choose the bit.ly link shortener.
  • Share count recovery The share count recovery to preserve social shares when changing URLs is one of my favorite features of Social Warfare. If you have changed your URLs from the default (ugly links) to permalinks, then you will be able to preserve the social shares on your previous posts. With Google’s HTTPS ranking signal, you may be considering migrating or have migrated your website from HTTP to HTTPS for SEO reasons. You can also select an option to preserve the social shares for this. According to the developers,” it may take up to 24 hours for share counts to update to their combined totals.”
  • Ability to place manually Another feature of Social Warfare is that you can place the social icons manually. For example, I wanted to include the icons on the home page of our website and was able to with the plugin’s shortcode.

Social Warfare Additional Benefits

In addition to the many features that Social Warfare offers, there are added benefits that set it above what other social sharing plugins provide including:

  • Click to Tweet If you have been using two separate plugins, one for social sharing and the other for “click to tweet”, you won’t have to with Social Warfare. Click to tweet is included. Simply put your cursor where you want the quote to appear, select the blue Twitter icon in your visual editor, and enter the two fields. You do not need to add your “via @username” or the URL as the plugin does it for you. Social Warfare Plugin's click to tweet feature
    #SMO Tip: Include tweetable text in your blog posts to increase social media shares.Click To Tweet
  • Social Warfare Plugin’s Custom Social Media Options With Social Warfare, you will be able to customize your social media images that you would like to share and craft unique social media titles and descriptions. There are combined field options for Google*, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Pinterest has its own section for the image and description you would like to share. You can also customize the tweet that you would like shared. Social Warfare Plugin's Pinterest option

Cost

There is a minimal cost of $29 (US) per year if you are interested in a single installation (Lieutenant’s Package). If you need more licenses, there is the Captain’s Package for 5 websites at $135/year, and the Colonel’s Package for 10 websites is $250/year. [Prices as of 7/2016] Support has been superb. When I initially installed the plugin, I had a question about the ability to preserve social shares. My question was promptly answered. 7/2016 Update: A slimmed down version of Social Warfare is available free through the WordPress repository.

Social Warfare Plugin Updates

The team at Social Warfare continue to fine-tune and improve this plugin. Significant updates include:

  • Version 1.4.1: Restored Twitter counts by partnering with New Share Counts. Fixed the Twitter share counts
  • 1.4.8: Added Google Analytics event tracking for button clicks.
  • Version 1.4.5: Added both the Buffer and Pocket share buttons.

Take Away

If you have been searching for a social sharing plugin that will supercharge social sharing, you won’t need to look any further then the Social Warfare plugin. From the responsive mobile-friendly design and the ability to preserve social shares to the added benefits of “click to tweet” and the ability to customize your social media images, titles, and descriptions, this is one WordPress plugin you need to try. If you are ready to give it a try, please visit Social Warfare Plugin. (Affiliate link)

Over to You

Will you be looking into the Social Warfare plugin? If you have tried it, what are your favorite features? I would love to hear your thoughts!

How to Supercharge Social Shares With the Social Warfare #WordPress PluginClick To Tweet

 

Disclosure I am not being nor is R & R Web Design LLC compensated for this Social Warfare product review. Our commitment is to only report about products and/or services that we have actually tested and used. This post contains an affiliate link which means that we will receive a small commission if you choose to purchase the product after clicking the link. There are no additional costs for you. If you prefer that we not receive credit, please feel free to search the Internet for the product instead.

 

Fascinated with the growing potential and power of the Internet, Robin founded R & R Web Design LLC in the Chicago area in 2000. As creative director, she is passionate about helping others reach their Internet objectives through a strategic online presence with results driven custom web design, ethical SEO, and social media marketing.

This article was published on: September 23, 2015 and was last modified November 29, 2017
26 comments on “Social Warfare Plugin Review: Supercharged Social Sharing
  1. Such a timely post! I purchased Social Warfare plugin early this morning, Robin, for the very reasons you cite in your informative blog post. Been working on a site redesign and migrating to SSL, so the added bonus was the ability to switch from http to https without losing social shares.

    It’s easy to set up and customize, and I’ve started recommending it to other website owners, too. It’s a relief to finally have such a comprehensive social sharing plugin! Excellent post, and I’ll definitely be sharing it!

    • Hi Michelle,
      That is amazing that you purchased Social Warfare this morning! I’ve been using it for some time now and was thrilled when the developers rolled out an update to include the ability to preserve social shares last month.

      It is a relief to have such a comprehensive social sharing plugin! Thank you for stopping by and for sharing this, my friend!

      ~ Robin

  2. Sarah Arrow says:

    Great review Robin, thanks for exploring all the options and sharing with us. I like the customisation aspect, always good to have the buttons in alignment with your overall design. I also like the ability to retain share counts when swapping to SSL. I think for sites with a lot of social proof, this will be a deal-maker.

    • Hi Sarah,
      Thank you for your kind words. I love the customization options, too. The ability to preserve social share counts was on the top of my list. When I first installed Social Warfare, I contacted the developers to see if there was a way to do this. I had worked on the code of another plugin and was able to get it to work with both default links to permalinks, and HTTP to HTTPS. They wrote back right away and said that they were working on a solution. I was thrilled when it was rolled out in August.

      I appreciate you stopping by, Sarah, for your comment, and for sharing this on Twitter with you audience. Thank you!

      ~ Robin

  3. Thank you for the wonderful write up Robin. I get so geeked when folks like you see the value of this product and then tell their friends.
    We really started to build this to solve some issues we were having and then we quickly realized that we we not the only ones that were having difficulty finding the perfect social share plugin… so we created it.
    Have an incredible day!

    • Hi Jason,
      You are so welcome! I’ve been using Social Warfare for quite some time on our website, and wanted to share just how amazing it is with our readers. I appreciate you taking the time to read this, your comment, and sharing it! Thank you!

      Have an incredible day, too, Jason!

      ~ Robin

  4. Hi Robin,

    What a great review! You have fully explained how this plugin works and have my curiosity. I will be looking into this to see if it is a good fit (which probably is) lol.

    The price is affordable for all it can do. I have to check with my hosting guy because he does all the plug ins and the back end of my blog for me. Sounds crazy? I cannot tell you how many times I’ve goofed up with plugins. lol. Its just me. So I shall return!

    -Donna

    • Hi Donna,

      It is great to hear that you like this review on Social Warfare! I’ve tested this plugin for many months and am thoroughly impressed by its features and the added benefits. I would love to hear what you think if/when you get the chance to try it.

      Have a great weekend, my friend!

      ~ Robin

  5. Hey Robin,

    This was a great review and I was looking for a social plugin about a month ago. I started using Studio press Simple Share.

    But I may cross over to social warfare. Why? For one I like the fact that it’s mobile friendly, two it recovers your share count, and three it has the click to tweet feature already set up. These would be great reasons for me to replace Simple Share, and I’ll think about it this weekend.

    Thanks for sharing this excellent review on Social Warfare! I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Hi Sherman,

      Thank you! I haven’t tested Studio Press Simple Share. I was looking for a solution to preserving social shares when migrating from HTTP to HTTPS, and actually was able to achieve this by editing the programming of another plugin. Unfortunately, that plugin is reaching a critical “hasn’t been updated in 2 years” mark. I started testing Social Warfare months ago and contacted the authors about the social proof migration. I was delighted when they wrote back and said they were working on it. The beta version was rolled out in August and I am thrilled.

      I would love to hear your thoughts if/when you give it a try. Have a great weekend, too!

      ~ Robin

  6. Hey Robin,

    This is my first time here.
    I am happy to see one more plugin for social share. You know it’s very important for bloggers to provide their readers all the social sharing buttons. I liked the way you have described the plugin above.
    People would love it.
    Thanks for the post.
    Enjoy your day.
    ~Ravi

  7. Thanks for the lovely review, Robin. I will definitely check this one out as I am looking at getting an SSL certificate for my website. One question – how heavy is this plugin? When I set up my second website, I experimented with some social sharing plugins that gave me the functionality I wanted but were too heavy. Thanks.

    • Hi Vatsala,
      Thank you! That is a great question about “how heavy” the plugin is, especially when page speed is considered. In all my tests, Social Warfare did not impact the download speed of the pages tested with Google’s PageSpeed Insights. One of the former social sharing plugins that I used had a significant speed reduction specifically on mobile download speeds.

      If you do get the chance to try it, please let me know what you think.

      ~ Robin

  8. This looks like a really interesting plugin Robin. I have been looking for a better social sharing option for my site for some time so I will add this to the list of prospects. Thanks for sharing your review. 🙂

  9. Surprised myself by understanding most of this. Must be your expert skill at explaining. Will check with my webmaster who handles all our technical issues and see what Kittie thinks.

  10. This does sound like a fabulous plugin Robin and I sent the article to my web person to see if he thought it might be better than the current one I am using. The key is to have a plugin that doesn’t slow down my site and sounds like you’ve tested this one out and find it both functionally excellent, as well as efficient. Thanks for always sharing such great information for us to consider. This is an outstanding review and knowing you, that means you really love this plugin!

    • Hi Beverley,
      From all my tests, this is a fabulous plugin. I did analyze the speed and in my tests, there was no significant load time with Social Warfare.

      Thank you for stopping by and if you do decide to give it a test drive, I would love to hear your thoughts.

      ~ Robin

  11. Hi Robin,
    I have never heard of the social warfare sharing plugin 🙂 Thank you for explaining the benefits of having it on our WordPress blogs. I will have to look more into it as I always love to make it easy for people to share my posts.

    Great post!

  12. This article was right on time. I have been searching for website designers. I will look into the social warfare sharing plug in. I use WordPress for my blogs so this is a great added feature. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Tamara MacDuff says:

    Hi Robin, This is timely for me as well … in fact, our WordPress group will be talking social plugins at our meeting next Monday; I think I’ll ask our presenter if she’s speaking on this. This plugin looks like something I will check out; as I do need to tend to my site and blog more.

    I think that’s cool you lived in Rochester, NY!! What a cool connection; I was born and raised there in the city and now live in the suburb of Webster; where they say Life is Worth Living. Shared on my personal twitter and I’ll retweet to my business account too. Thanks, Tamara

    • Hi Tamara,

      I would love to hear if your presenter will be including Social Warfare in your WordPress group. Yes, it is a cool connection that we have both lived in the Rochester, NY area! I loved living there, but do not miss the blizzards :).

      Thank you for sharing this post on both your personal Twitter and your business account, too!

      ~ Robin

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