Meet the Best Social Sharing Buttons for Landing Pages

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We've just added a massive new feature to Thrive Content Builder. You can now add social sharing buttons anywhere in your posts, pages and landing pages. And quite simply, these are the most flexible, most advanced and most performance optimized social sharing buttons ever to be made available for WordPress.

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If you use our themes, you've probably encountered the previous instances of our development team building social media awesomeness. Namely, there are the social sharing elements for posts and pages and the awesome social meta data feature.

Click here for a detailed tutorial on how to set up and use the social sharing buttons.​

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

Also, we've added the buttons above as a live example of the social sharing feature​. Use them to test it out and spread the love! πŸ™‚

Shane

by Shane Melaugh  August 5, 2015

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  • Thanks Shane… Had a go at it yesterday. Much appreciated. By the way I haven’t applied for your apprenticeship in Barcelona but that sounded like a very interesting project to undertake. Maybe in future, did not feel ready at this time.

    • Thanks for your comment, Ron! Depending on how the apprenticeship experiment goes, there might be other opportunities like it in the future. We’ll have to see.

  • YES! Amazing. I waited for this. Especially for sharing a different URL than pages URL. Thanks so much.

  • Great stuff, as usual.
    What I like especially is the way you implemented the total shares number: with a minimum. Excellent!!

  • Hi Shane. Great addition again! Could you confirm if I can get a 100% score on everything on this testing tool? http://smo.knowem.com/…I am an SEO guy and need to know if I can ditch another plugin if yours can do it all πŸ™‚

    • Hello Gio,

      We don’t cover all the tags tested by this tool, no. For example, we don’t have Geo tags.

      • Hi Shane,

        Is it one of your goals to make this a complete plugin, that takes care of all the OG tags,itemprop etc? (just like wpsocial.com/product/wp-social-seo-pro/)? The problem of wpsocialseopro is that uses the default sharing buttons which load too slow. Please let me know

      • The social/OpenGraph stuff is taken care of in our themes (see this post). We draw a simple distinction between features that belong in themes and features that belong in Thrive Content Builder: if it’s something you add to your page’s content (inside the content area), it’s a TCB feature. If it’s something outside of the content area (header, sidebar, footer, meta info,…) it should be handled by the theme.

    • These work with any theme, yes. But they are not available as short codes, only as Content Builder elements.

  • Shane, your company is developing all these new features at an amazing speed. It would be really interesting to hear about how you have set up your development teams and what development and management philosophies you are following! Care you have a webinar or similar around that topic, even though it is somewhat off-topic for what you are trying to do?

    • Hello Yasper,

      We’re still figuring a lot of that stuff out ourselves. It’s definitely something we could cover on a webinar at some point. Currently, the best place to learn more about these kinds of things is to listen to our podcast. We often talk about the behind the scenes of our business there.

  • What great timing! I just implemented it into a new landing page and they are beautiful. Took me 5 minutes to set up the FB App thanks to the easy tutorial too! You guys are amazing! Thank you Shane and team! Love the tip on the download pages too πŸ™‚ – Chik

    • Thank you for this comment, Chik! Always love to see people implementing new things right away. πŸ™‚

  • I just love your themes and so glad i Found it. As someone who is not a designer you have made it very easy to get everything up and running. Thanks for a great framework.

  • Brilliant as always, Shane, very clear. Excellent features, particularly the custom social media buttons. Thrive is on my list for the next project.

  • Amazing very well thought out feature. You are my favorite developer! Thanks for the continued value.

  • Shane, I am SO glad you added this. I’ve had to hack together my own for several Download and Thank You Pages. This is such a smart and helpful addition.
    You guys just keep getting better!
    Great work!

    • Thank you for your comment, Jarrett! We’re really happy about this addition to the Builder as well.

  • Wow!! This feature is amazing… I was using png pics and linking them, but now… Wow!! I love the flexibility and all the options you give to easily add social sharing buttons. Thanks Thrive team. I absolutely love Thrive Content Builder.

  • it’s been a while since I’ve told you lot how much I love you… But I still love you πŸ™‚ I’m kinda excited about sharing buttons now!!!

  • As always a very well designed valuable solutions. A special thank for the XING share button, which many other plugins does not provide. Keep on coding πŸ˜‰

  • Awesome! I can’t tell you the last time I was this happy with a company and their products or services. You guys are constantly delivering. Always looking forward to what you have next up your sleeve’s.

  • Perfect! Just what I was looking for. And you included many more options for this feature than I had even dreamed of! Thanks a bunch for all of your hard work.

  • I love, and will use this new addition to TCB! May I humbly give feedback on one issue?

    A lot of sharing is done by email. The three links provided below are from BBC, CNN and TED. They all have a ‘share by email’ buttons. I hope you will consider adding ‘share by email’ to your new function so that it will rock even more! πŸ™‚
    http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150802-reader-photos-hot-vs-cold
    http://money.cnn.com/2015/08/05/technology/fastest-cell-phone-speeds/index.html
    http://www.ted.com/talks/william_kamkwamba_how_i_harnessed_the_wind

    • Interesting suggestion! I see that each of those sites use a different implementation of sharing by email. What do you believe to be the best setup?

      • Thanks Shane! Good question too as it illustrates the (neverending) challenge og implementing requests. I personally like the implementation of CNN as I use Gmail online. But I see it can lead to endless requests for supporting different mail programs.

        An alternative would be to Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo, and that the fourth button is a ‘Copy page url’ which will aid people wanting to share the page.

      • That’s difficult, selection the best setup. Connecting directly to the email application gives the advantage of having the email address book at hand, but also the disadvantage of people wanting support for all different kinds of email tools.
        What’s also often used is a form where the sender and receiver’s email plus message is entered, but that might be subject to spamming vulnerability maybe.
        To limit the possible choices I would suggest the following:
        – Either connecting to the default email client
        – Or using a form

      • If it’s done via form, I definitely see a huge spam issue when it’s being used on all these self-hosted sites. I don’t think that’s a realistic option for WordPress. But we’ll keep looking into this.

    • Default social buttons are definitely a speed killer, that’s why I’m a big fan of the custom buttons.

  • When you first launched the content builder, I thought ‘wow’. Never imagining how many and how frequent the new ‘wows’ would be. An amazing tool just keeps getting better and better. Huge thank you to the Thrive Themes team.

  • Shane,

    Great design and implementationβ€”kudos to you, Paul, and everyone else at Thrive Themes! I especially love the ability to have the button share a different URL, and as always, appreciate your ongoing concern about speed!

    The best WordPress theme keeps on getting better!

    David

  • It would also be awesome if it was available in Thrive Leads. There are situations (like a giveaway or contest) where you want people to enter an email and share at the same time. Is this possible too?

    • Yes it’s already implemented in Leads. We have an outstanding issue with the default buttons of some of the networks not loading correctly when forms are set to ajax loading – but custom buttons are fine. We’re trying to resolve the default button issue at the moment.

    • This is more of a psychological problem than a technical one. Sure, you can ask people to do two things, but the net result is that more people will do nothing at all. In general, it’s better to do this sequentially than in parallel (i.e. step 1: opt in. Step 2: share).

  • Just awesome…. being waiting for this for a while. Well done guys! Love Shane and the team always put out good features for Thrive customers.

  • Great feature! Especially to link them to a different page is very powerful. We are going to use it righ away, of course!! Thanks and keep up the good works!

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