Floating Social Bar

Version: 1.1.7
Last updated: 2015-04-07 3:00pm GMT
Requires: 3.4.1
Compatible up to: 4.1.17
Downloads: 213,799
Author: Syed Balkhi and Thomas Griffin - Wordpress Profile
Plugin Homepage: Plugin Homepage

Social media share buttons are a must have for every site, but they can significantly impact your site’s speed. At WPBeginner, we created the floating social bar to maximize our social media visibility without impacting our site speed.

Floating social bar is a light-weight WordPress plugin that adds a horizontal floating share bar to your blog posts, pages, and other post types. The floating ability allows this eye-catching social media bar to get you maximum shares.

Slim and Fast

Unlike other social media plugins, we only support major social media networks to keep our plugin slim. You can add share buttons for Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Floating Social Bar only loads scripts when necessary. None of the social media scripts are loaded when the page is loaded. Instead we show a replica image with all the counts. We use the socialite script to only load social buttons when the user brings their mouse over the button. Doing this allows us to keep your site as fast as it would load without any social plugins.

Easy to Use

Floating Social Share Bar is extremely easy to use. There is a simple options interface that allows you to drag-and-drop the social buttons that you want to display. You can also use the drag-drop interface to control the order of how social share buttons appear on your site.

For developers, we have a template tag available for custom use cases.

We also have a metabox that allows you to disable the social media bar on specific posts or pages.

Best Social Media Plugin for WordPress

What is the best social media plugin for WordPress is one of the most common questions that we get asked at WPBeginner. We found it hard to recommend social plugins for WordPress because none of them met our standards. We only recommend what we use or would use.

All social plugins are very heavy and significantly slow down your site. This plugin is by far the fastest social media plugin for WordPress that exists.

We created this for our site over a year ago. After numerous requests from our users, we decided to release our internal social plugin for our audience and the greater WordPress community.

This plugin is being used on WPBeginner, List25, SteadyStrength, and numerous other properties of ours.


We will do our best to provide support through the WordPress forums. However, please understand that this is a free plugin, so support will be limited. Please read this article on how to properly ask for WordPress support and get it.


This plugin is created by Syed Balkhi and Thomas Griffin.

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