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Social Plugins That Don't Slow Page Speed? (30 posts)

  1. robnalexpress
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm soliciting recommendations for social plugins with clean, efficient code, that load in footer and do not slow page speed. Which are the best?

  2. robnalexpress
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Moderators- Please remove the previous spam post so we might get some serious replies to this thread. Thanks!

  3. AllyV4
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Depends on what you're exactly looking for but I'm fine with "Tweet, Like, Google +1 and Share" and "Facebook Social Widgets".

  4. robnalexpress
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @AllyV4- Thanks- Tweet, Like, Google +1 and Share looks sweet. I'll check it out.

    Looking for something with a clean professional appearance. Currently using sexybookmarks, which can add FB and Google+1 buttons, but prefer to have all buttons in one place. Also need to be able to exclude certain pages, which SBM can do.

    Apparently Sharethis does not easily exclude pages. Tried Slick Social Share Buttons, but not pleased with page speed impact. Tried Add Twitter, Facebook Like, Google plus one Social share but did not like functionality.

  5. robnalexpress
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sexybookmarks is still the performance winner when used with W3 Total Cache. I checked out the following 3 plugins by sudipto/Let Us Buzz:

    Tweet, Like, Google +1 and Share:

    Nice plugin, loads in footer and can exclude specific pages, posts, but lowers my Page Speed score 3 points.

    Scrolling Twitter Like Google +1 Linkedin and Stumbleupon:

    Super, super cool, but does not load in footer, cannot exclude pages and lowers page speed 5 points.

    Scrolling Social Sharebar (Twitter Like Google +1 Linkedin and Stumbleupon):

    Another pretty plugin, but again, does not load in footer, cannot exclude pages and lowers page speed.

  6. remix4
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Slick Social Share Buttons loads all code, including jQuery code in the page footer

  7. robnalexpress
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @remix4- Your Slick Social Share Buttons is a really nice plugin, and I like that one can use categories to exclude certain pages, but for me, even with W3TC activated, I get lower page speed and yslow scores than with sexybookmarks, related to expires and/or compression. My test site gets a 97-98 page speed score using sexybookmarks and w3tc. With Slick Social Bookmarks and w3tc it dropped to 92-93.

  8. micropat
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    AddToAny loads asynchronously and you can fine-tune the placement:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/add-to-any/

  9. AllyV4
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    +1 with micropat comment.

  10. anikbiswas_shareaholic
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    SexyBookmarks, the Shareaholic Publishing Tool, is also pretty damn fast and takes very little time to load.

    I'm trying to gather your feedback and views on why Shareaholic is/isn't the preferred choice among users. Could you please leave behind your feedback and suggestions so we may improve our products?

    Thank you so much!

  11. Bike
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @anikbiswas

    For me it is the non-functionality aspects that made me lose SexyBookmarks on most sites I had it on:
    - First every time I updated I needed to make the dirs writable (again). (I think that is fixed now)
    - I still have to re-save options after every update
    - There are too many updates, especially regarding previous points
    - Now the latest update puts a huge shareaholic FF plugin spam banner across the admin screen! That was the final drop.

    Hope this helps.

  12. robnalexpress
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @anikbiswas_shareaholic-

    I'm trying to gather your feedback and views on why Shareaholic is/isn't the preferred choice among users. Could you please leave behind your feedback and suggestions so we may improve our products?

    Please start your own thread.

  13. robnalexpress
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @Bike-

    Hope this helps.
    Not really- it's off topic.

  14. robnalexpress
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @micropat-

    AddToAny loads asynchronously and you can fine-tune the placement:
    Thanks! I hope to test drive AddToAny today.

  15. robnalexpress
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    AddToAny is the new winner for me. It plays nice with W3 Total Cache and scores from Page Speed and Yslow improved on all 3 sites over sexybookmarks. With the exception of the lack of a counter for twitter, I like the look and functionality.

    Site 1: Yslow score increased from B/89 to A/94. Page Speed from 97 to 98.

    Site 2: Yslow score increased from B/89 to A/91. Page Speed from 95 to 97.

    Site 3: Yslow score increased from B/82 to B/87. Page Speed from 94 to 96.

    I do miss the counter for the twitter button, but maybe there's another way to see how many tweets I'm getting?

  16. MBravura
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the data - just what I was looking for.

    Albeit it would sure be sweet if this was relatively easy for a non-coder to integrate into WP (no Java!) - just HTML/CSS:

    http://www.bloggermint.com/2011/01/mintshare-social-bookmarking-sharing-button-widget/

  17. darkpollo
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Robnalexpress, thank you for all the info!
    Which one is better between Addthis plugin and Addtoany considering load speeds?
    Add this does have the counter for tweeter so it is my favorite option from now.
    Also it has really good stats...

    Thanks

  18. robnalexpress
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @darkpollo- I never tried addthis.

  19. darkpollo
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ok, thanks.
    I will try it and let you know. :)
    It looks better, has the same links and also add the twitter count.

  20. micropat
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Counters tend to be very latent and slow to load. If you're optimizing for page speed, avoid counters.

  21. Adam Saverian
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've tested nearly a dozen social sharing plugins and the FASTEST plugin available is one that almost no one has heard of.

    It will load before your content loads, guaranteed.

    It's called rtSocial.

    And you can download it here.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rtsocial/

    I wrote a whole article on the importance of speed, SEO, and social sharing plugins.
    http://j.mp/vWEmqT (That's the Online Business Hour podcast website.)

    I'm finish up a new post on social sharing for traffic generation. I'm listing all of the up-to-date plugins there. rtSocial will be listed as the fastest by far.

  22. 6x7
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Nice tip, thnx!

  23. Shareaholic
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Do let us know if you have any questions about SexyBookmarks from Shareaholic! We've been spending a lot of time lately making the plugin load even faster. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Thanks so much!

  24. davydov-denis
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I use AddToAny, load asynchroniously and use a2a_config.no_3p = 1;

  25. webwitch
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Tweet, Like, Google +1 and Share is fairly simple which is good as I don't need all the other numerous buttons. BUT it does add 7 javascript files and therefore YSlow is not happy!

  26. BeingMaverick
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Please use the correct forum to discuss which plugin is better.

  27. DLDmarketing
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am currently using "shareaholic" that LOOKS great, and you can be very choosy about what you want to include. How do I tell if this is a good one as far as load time?

  28. Shareaholic
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @DLDmarketing Let us know if we can help! - http://www.shareaholic.com/help

  29. jmzolezzi
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Shareholic and AddToAny have one big problem, they involve an extra click in order for visitors to like or +1 our pages.

    rtSocial is great but has the same problem.

    I'm currently using http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/only-tweet-like-share-and-google-1/ but it seems it's using an outdated version of Facebook javascript. If anyone has any other advice, please share!

  30. jmzolezzi
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Just to update, I've managed to work this out with http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wpsocialite/

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