Share button plugins too often combine great functionality with mediocre design. Even when they do look good, the design is just as often one that doesn’t really suit your website’s look and feel. What you really want is share buttons that not only work, but whose look can be customized to work with your theme. Sharrre is working to do just that: create social share buttons that suit the designer that thinks they can do better.
What is Sharrre?
Sharrre offers a free, downloadable jQuery plugin that provides the basic functionality and framework you need to begin creating customized social sharing buttons. By offering the following features, it makes the process of creating and customizing share buttons as easy as possible:
- Integrations with Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Delicious, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, Pinterest
- Browser compatibility with the latest versions of Google Chrome and Safari, Firefox 4+, Internet Explorer 6+ (IE8+ for Google+ button), and Opera 11
- Plenty of examples on how to create the CSS for a variety of different attractive button types (check out those below the fold)
They helpfully provide Demos and Documentation to help you get started. If you don’t have any experience with installing jQuery plugins in a WordPress site (they don’t upload as easily as you might hope), here are a couple of good tutorials that will give you an idea of how to do so. The Sharrre plugin also offers the ability to track the social media sharing on your site. Just configure your Google Analytics code to track social media and set the variable “enableTracking” to true in the widget.
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One thing I didn’t love about Sharrre.com is that their troubleshooting/support could be stronger. To get support, you can:
- Look to their Github page
- Contact them directly at Sharrre.com’s Twitter feed
- Hit up the creator between Slalom runs on his Google+ page or Twitter feed.
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To see what you can create using the Sharrre.com jQuery plugin, check out their demos below: