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As we all know that social media becomes an integrate and un-detachable part of our personal and professional lives. If you are running a business, social networking plays a vital role in your success theory. Moreover,if you running a online business, a website or a blog, you can’t imagine your online appearance without social media.

Q. Why we need to engage with this social media thing ?

A. The one and only one answer is – Traffic.

And if you are a blogger you know very well how important is traffic in our lives. Without traffic our websites and blogs are just bundles of pages and codes.

Well, the next thing is – how to increase your traffic.

One of the most easy but effective method of doing this is, including social media buttons with the help of social media plugins on your blog. Make it as easy as possible for the user to share your content on his/her social media network. You can do this by adding social media plugins on your WordPress blog.

To ease your task further, we have picked some of the best free social media plugins. Do have a look below :

1. Shareaholic

Shareaholic is one of the most popular social media plugin in this niche. Let me know you that Shareaholic is not for only adding social media buttons on your blog but also aid your blog with features like to show recommendations and related content.

It comes with official support for Google’s shortner and localized in more than 15+ languages and much more.

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2. SumoMe Share

The first thing you need to know about SumoMe is, that it”s not a typical WordPress plugin. SumoMe share is available free for any website that support HTML but when it comes to WordPress you can install it as a WordPress plugin.

SumoMe supports over 16 social networks along with filtering options that allow you to hide share buttons on certain pages and for particular devices.

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3. Mashshare

Mashshare is inspired by the share buttons used by the famous Mashable.com. The unique feature of this plugin is that it does not load external scripts and all code is loaded directly from your site.

Mashshare is a highly customizable and developer friendly plugin which comes with many advance options like – shortcode option to disable share counts and custom CSS field for advance styling of social media share buttons.

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4. Social Media Feather

Social Media Feather described as “ lightweight social media share buttons “in its official tagline and seems to be true in reality. This plugin is set as basic & simple as it could with a minimalistic dashboard. The available skins can be customized with various effects like fading and greying out on hovering.

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5. Jetpack Sharing Buttons

Jetpack is one of the most popular and most downloaded plugin in the wordpress repo. Jetpack comes with more than 30+ modules which can add a bunch of features to your blog. If you are using Jetpack plugin (you should) you can activate the sharing module and add those minimal sharing buttons.

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6. DC Simple Share Buttons

One thing that you might hate about those fancy and bulky plugins is that they increase the page load time which can’t be compromised at any cost.Here comes DC share plugin for your rescue. It is a simple and classic social media share plugin which does not load any external java script and thus doesn’t slow down your speed.

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7. Share Buttons By AddToAny

AddToAny is another free yet highly advanced and customizable plugin with lot of options. AddToAny is a fully responsive share plugin which expose your blog to more than 100+ sites. You can also add follow buttons to your social profiles.

[Full Details & Download]

Now, that we have discussed the most popular and best free social media share buttons, I am pretty sure that you got the fine idea about the same stuff.

Comment in the below section, share your opinions and beliefs.

WordPress is known for its flexibility and functionality. You can further increase its functionality by using various plugins. Well that’s the beauty of WordPress.

You can find plugin for everything you imagine. You can enhance your SEO by using plugins. Moreover you can add security, add custom pages, add contact forms and everything you want – with the help of plugins.

There are mainly three methods of installing WordPress plugins.

Here I will tell you the proper ways of installing or permanently deleting  a plugin. There are many methods out there and we will go through them one by one.

Different Ways Of Installing WordPress Plugins : A step by step guide for WordPress beginners.

Method 1 : Search And Install From Dashboard

This is the most common and easy method of installing plugins. You can find more than 3000+ plugins available on the Official WordPress directory. So here is the procedure, step by step :

  • Login to your WordPress Admin Area (Dashboard)
  • Go to Plugins > Add New
  • Search for your plugin
  • When you find the desired plugin, Click Install
  • After the installation is complete click > Activate.
  • Now head over to the plugin setting page and do the necessary settings.

NOTE : Most of the newbie bloggers activate the plugins but don’t do the necessary configuration. To take the full advantage of the plugin features one should do proper configuration according to the site.

Method 2 : Upload and Install From Third-Party Sites

There are some plugins which are not available at WordPress.org but can be downloaded from third-party sites. These are mostly premium plugins and comes in a zip format. In that case follow the procedure given below :

  • Dashboard > Plugins > Add New
  • Click on  Upload Plugin
  • Now locate the downloaded zip file on your computer and upload the plugin folder.
  • After successful installation of plugin click Activate
  • Now go to the setting page for settings.

Note : WordPress only accepts Zip format of WordPress Plugins & Themes.

Method 3 : Install Through FTP Method

There are certain moments when you are not able to install a plugin through your WordPress dashboard. In that case FTP method is very useful. You must have a FTP software like FileZilla to access you site through FTP. Here is the whole procedure step by step :

  • Unzip the downloaded plugin zip file using software like WinRAR.
  • Login to your FTP Manager.
  • Locate to wp-content/Plugins and upload the unzipped file there directly.
  • Now go to your WordPress Dashboard > Plugins
  • You will see the plugin uploaded by FTP method.
  • Click Activate.

Deactivating and Deleting A WordPress Plugin :

There are thousands of free and paid plugins available out there. Anyone can get crazy and end-up in installing loads of unnecessary plugins. So its very important that you should know how to uninstall and permanently delete plugins you don’t need anymore.

Some newbie bloggers simply deactivate the plugins and move on. This is not a smart step. If you find a plugin worthless and unnecessary to you, its always better to delete it permanently.

The main reason behind this is – some plugins can still interfere in your site functioning even if it is deactivated. So its better to get rid from them .

Go through the following steps :

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  • Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins
  • Click Deactivate > Delete

You can also delete WordPress plugins by FTP method.

  • Login to your FTP Manager
  • Locate wp-content/Plugins and delete the plugin directly.

You may also like to read : 3 Different ways of installing a theme in WordPress.

If you still faces any problem in installing wordpress plugins or deleting them, we would love to help you out !

Do let us know in the comment section below.

Ever wonder how to add a sticky sidebar widget in your WordPress blog? If YES, get ready to do it. Today I will show you,how you can create a sticky sidebar widget in WordPress.

By the way, why do want to make a sticky sidebar widget for your blog ?

… Bcoz it looks cool ?

Well, you are right. It looks pretty cool. But apart from a nice visual appearance there are many other benefits of using a floating sidebar on your blog.

Let me tell you about these advantages which you can take by using a sticky sidebar on your blog. After that, I will show you how to create a sticky sidebar widget on your blog in less than, say – 5 Minutes.

Why You Should Add A Sticky Sidebar Widget ?

A)  Promote your content:

A sticky sidebar widget is a perfect way to highlight your top content on your blog. Promote your top and most popular posts,guides or tutorials.

If a link or any element remains in front of user’s eyes (sticky) they are most likely to click it.

B) To speed up your sales and Increase Ads click-through & conversion rates:

You can increase the click through rate and conversion rate of ads and certain elements on your blog by making them sticks to your screen all the time (during scroll up-down).

This is the reason why many popular sites and blogs have floating sticky sidebars.

C) To increase your subscribers and fans:

Make your optin-forms and subscription forms sticky to increase your email-list.

Use your social media widget like twitter cards,Facebook like buttons and other social media buttons to get more hits.

D) To enhance visual appearance:

Usually the posts are lengthy and when the users scroll-down during reading white space appears on the sidebar which is visually odd. But you can utilize that waste white space by adding useful widget which sticks to your sidebar and not only add value to the user-interface but also increase the click-through-actions.

Note : Use only useful web elements or widgets on your floating sidebar. Do not use unnecessary web elements which doesn’t add any value to your users, such as Alexa Rank Widget, Search Box etc.

WordPress plugin To Make your Widget Sticky:

We are going to make the sidebar widget sticky with the help of a WordPress plugin :

Q2W3 Fixed Widget Plugin

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a free plugin which is simple and easy to use without any necessary setup-configuration.

Follow the steps given below to make this plugin fix any widget on your sidebar.

1) The first thing you need to do is to install the plugin from the official WordPress plugin repo and activate it.

2) After installation, go to your widgets section under appearance on your dashboard.

***The plugin will add a checkbox under every widget to make it sticky.

3) Now click on any widget area to explore its options.You will see an option “Fixed Widget” with a checkbox. You can fix multiple widgets in your sidebar.

4) Click on the checkbox in front of “Fixed Widget”of any widget you want to make sticky and save the settings.

5) Go to your live blog and scroll down…..(we made it ! )

Customization & Configuration:

You can also alter the position of the sticky widget by adding top and bottom margins so that it does not overlap your header or footer widget sections.

Place the widget (you want to make sticky) last/below every other widget in the sidebar, so that it does not overlap with other widgets and elements on your sidebar.

Hide On Mobile Devices

You can also disable the sticky widget disable on tablets and mobile devices.

Actually when enables on mobile devices, the fixed widget keeps fluctuating and blinking continuously. So its better to disable it on mobile and tablets devices.

Just add the minimum screen-width of device for you want to enable the plugin. When the screen-width is less than the specified value, the plugin will be disabled automatically.

Read the policies of the ad networks you are using before making the ads sticky. Some ad-networks including the giant Google AdSense does not allow this practice.

Hope this article helped you to create a floating sticky sidebar widget on your WordPress blog sidebar.

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For any question and thought, let us know in the comment section below.