th23 Social

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Social sharing and following buttons via block, auto-insert, shortcode and widget – without external resources, including follower and share counting

Author:Thorsten Hartmann (th23) (profile at
WordPress version required:4.2
WordPress version tested:5.4.1
Plugin version:1.2.0
Added to WordPress repository:24-03-2019
Last updated:15-05-2020
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Total downloads:951
Active installs:10+
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Provide your users the option to follow you on social networks and enable them to share your posts / pages. But keep as much control about your and your users data as possible.

The plugin offers you various options to show social sharing / following buttons:

  • Decide to show the social bars always or only on single posts / pages
  • Embed social follow bars after each x entries in overviews like archives and search results
  • Auto-insert a social sharing bar at the end of each entry
  • Use shortcodes to manually embed social bars wherever you want – including the option to specify additional shortcodes (you might have used earlier) to be translated

Counting of followers and shares is done on your own server, while the current count can be changed manually to be in sync with already existing numbers. It is possible to show the number of shares / followers as total and/or per social network.

Strictly no loading of external scripts or resources – making a GDPR (DSGVO) compliant usage easier.

Social networks

Out-of-the-box supported social networks:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Xing
  • Instagram (only following)
  • Pinterest
  • RSS (only following)

Manual extension with additional social services / networks is possible in the admin area. Selective enabling / disabling for sharing / following is possible per social service.

Professional extension

Further functionality is available as Professional extension:

  • Improve presentation of shared content on social services, by automatically embedding dedicated HTML tags to posts and pages
  • Define a dedicated image in optimized size for each post / page, to ensure consistency and good visiblity upon shares on social media

Special opportunity

If you are interested in trying out the Professional version for free, write a review for the plugin and in return get a year long license including updates, please register at my website and contact me. First come, first serve – limited opportunity for the first 10 people!

Integration with other plugins

For an even better user experience this plugin integrates with the following plugins:

  • th23 Subscribe showing a subscription button within follow bars, manageable via th23 Social settings in the admin area – find this plugin in the WP plugin repository or the plugins website for more details and its Professional version with even more features
  • Crop Thumbnails allowing selective (manual) cropping of images to be presented on social media upon shares via integration with Crop Thumbnails plugin

For more information on the plugin or to get the Professional extension visit the authors website.