If you are looking to Add a Toolbar to your WordPress website as like Wibiya Toolbar,then here is a simple WordPress plugin WP Social Toolbar plugin which is developed by DaddyDesign a Social Media Design firm which specializes in various elements of social media development including Twitter Design, Facebook Design, MySpace Design and WordPress Design.
DaddyDesign initially offered it as a free WordPress Plugin but later on after adding lot of great enhancements & features they have released a Pro Version of WP Social Toolbar.
In Short : SOCIALTOOLBAR PRO is an ready to use WordPress plugin which can be used to list your social networking profiles (With Inbuilt support for over 75 social network profiles) .
It also provides your users with the option of sharing your page/post through Facebook, Google +1 ,Twitter, Pinterest, Addthis, Stumbleupon and Linkedin share.
Ryan Steinhardt is the man behind Social Toolbar Pro.He is the Owner of DaddyDesign.
Why Should we use any Social Plugin :
Adding Social Sharing options to your website allows you to boost user engagement & promote your content easily by which you can increase page views instantly.
WP Social Toolbar plugin review :
There are many free & commercial social tool bar WordPress plugins out there in the market,but the first point to see is can they grab users attention?
Recently I got a chance to work on the Pro Version of WP Social Toolbar & I’m writing down my opinion & thoughts about this plugin after testing the functionality of this plugin.
Lets see how it Works!
Social Toolbar PRO plugin installation is simple & can be done like any other WordPress plugin. Once you install the plugin & activate it you will see a Social Toolbar PRO menu in left side of your WordPress Admin Dashboard.
On Mouse Over the Social Toolbar PRO menu, You will see three options:
- Social Toolbar PRO – From which you can control Social Toolbar display settings.
- Social Profiles –Can be used to link up your social network profiles.
- How to use – A video tutorial by the maker of Social Toolbar Pro.
Social Toolbar Pro provides a simple easy to use interface for customizing the look & functionality of this plugin.Lets get into a brief intro of all the options available:
Social Toolbar PRO :
In this section there are multiple sections like
General Settings : In this section you can change the look & feel of Social Toolbar.Like changing the color of toolbar,Icon Sizes etc
Recent Tweet Settings:If you want to display a Recent Tweet from you.Social Toolbar Pro pulls a recent tweet from the Twitter ID used on the “Social Profiles” settings page.
Social Toolbar Display Settings: Using this option you can include/exclude some parts of your blog on which you don’t want to display Social Toolbar.Like displaying it throughout your entire site or only on the home page, category pages, or even specific posts/pages.
Social Toolbar Pro Settings: Using this you have the option to give backlink to socialtoolbarpro.com Or Not.
Share Buttons Settings: Can be used to choose upto 5 Social Share buttons to display in the Social Toolbar.The Social networks available here are Stumble,pinterest,AddThis,LinkedIn,Google+,Twitter,Facebook.
Social Profile URL’s :
Here you can add your social media profiles & you can choose up to 14 icons to display in the toolbar.SOCIAL TOOLBAR includes major Social Networking site icons such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and more.Social Toolbar Pro comes with more than 70+ Social Network Icons.
Another awesome feature is it also allows you to add custom profiles & icons to the toolbar. This way you can add up your favorite social media profile even though it’s not there in the default list.
How to use :
DaddyDesign people have come up with detailed Video instructions on how to use Social Toolbar pro.This way you can get accustomed to Social Toolbar pro in no time.
Watch out the video for further instructions :
WP Social Toolbar Licensing cost :
Licensing structure of Social Toolbar Pro plugin is as follows:
Personal Single Use -Priced at at $25 – With this license you can use Social Toolbar pro on only 1 Website.
Personal Multi Use -Priced at at $100 – You can use this license on unlimited websites, as long as they all belong to you (company).
Developer Package -Priced at at $200 – Multi Website developer License can be used on unlimited websites, as long as they all belong to you (company) or developed by you (company).
Final Thoughts :
Browser Compatibility : I had tested WP Social Toolbar on IE,Firefox,Opera,Chrome etc & it is working like charm on all browsers without any issues.
Responsive Design : Social Toolbar has got a responsive design & is working great on almost all Screen resolutions.
Loading Time : Social Toolbar Pro is light weight & it’s not going to consume much of your hosting resources.It took just 0.0224 seconds to load without any caching plugin in place.
Cost : All the licensing costs are in affordable ranges but it’s only the developer package license price which is fixed a bit higher.
Some of the issues & recommendations for Wp Social Toolbar Pro is I’m not able to see the toolbar on my Android Mobile & Also I would like DaddyDesign to provide an option where we can align Social Toolbar to left & right Sides of the website.
If you are looking to add a good social toolbar to your WordPress website, I recommend you to try free version of this plugin & If you like it, purchase the pro version.