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Viral Social Sharing by Upshare


Viral Social Sharing

Get more shares on your content and increase your site’s viral growth by installing the Upshare Viral Social Sharing widget! Unlike your normal, everyday social sharing plugin, Upshare’s responsive, cloud-based sharing tools have been specifically designed to help boost viral growth without slowing down load time.

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With Upshare Social Sharing, as users start sharing your content on their favorite Social Networks, you can track their sharing behavior and get viral growth data, and (coming soon) users can get points they can cash in for cool stuff in the Upshare Store. Users sign up for UP once by expanding the Upshare icon, then each time they’re Sharing your content across Social Networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn, they get points – and you get powerful cross-network Social data on how your users are Sharing your content on their social networks.

You can also turn OFF the Upshare icon if you simply want simple, cloud-based, responsive sharing buttons that work on the web and mobile WITHOUT sharing incentives.

However, if you keep the up icon ON, users don’t even need to share using your Social Sharing widget for you to get incredibly detailed viral data – they can just copy and paste the link or share in any other way, and we’ll be able to track what they share automatically.

Upshare’s customizable platform and Viral Social Sharing plugin help you optimize your content, blog posts and pages for more social sharing engagement, and a wider viral reach.

What’s more – by signing up as an Partner for free after installing Upshare Viral Social Sharing icons, you can control the placement of your Social Buttons on your Upshare Partner Dashboard, you get access to Sharing demographic data and Sharing behavior to help you get to know your most viral users, and turn your visitors into evangelists.

You don’t just want people Sharing your content – you want them to start CONVERSATIONS around your content that their networks engage in and start Sharing. You also want your site to be PROMOTED to other users who are sharing similar sites on their social networks and social media accounts. This Viral Social Sharing widget is a great first step, but unlike other widgets, Upshare doesn’t stop there.

Stop begging users to start Sharing your content and giving them nothing in return. Use Viral Social Sharing by Upshare, track viral growth, run tests, measure improvement, and give people a reason to share!

100% responsive, works on all browsers and devices, cloud-based, lightening-fast, will never slow your site down. It’s our job to help you grow your viral reach through incentivized social media sharing!

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Custom Social Sharing Placement

  • Responsive and customizable
  • Vertical and horizontal social media icons
  • Mobile and tablet friendly
  • Easily controlled from your UP dashboard
  • One-click install, or easy-to-implement shortcode
  • Never impedes your content

Lightening Fast

  • < 190 ms load time
  • 150 kb in size
  • Perfect Google Pagespeed score
  • Value-add for both site owners AND users (no other sharing widget provides this)

Automatically Optimized

  • Clean, flat, modern design
  • The Upshare team optimizes widget features based on in-house testing
  • We work behind the scenes to make your site more viral
  • We give you the data on most viral sharing widget states
  • Install Social SHaring Plugin on any CMS or shopping cart
  • Compatible with all browsers and devices
  • Safe and secure using industry best practices

Unique Viral Features

  • Market-leading Social Sharing widget performance
  • Points-based incentives to give users a reason to share on social networks
  • The more interactions a user’s share gets, the more points they’re awarded
  • This ensures they share what their network responds to – so you aren’t seen as spam
  • No other social sharing widget gives users a reason to voluntarily link their networks
  • You get never-before-seen cross-network viral sharing data to see how, why and when users are sharing your pages and posts
  • WE PROMOTE YOUR SITE – we show your site to other users who share similar content with their networks.
  • You get data and insights even if users just copy/paste links or re-share on their networks (they link their sharing history to Upshare)

100% Free to use, Upgrade to Switch On Mobile Sharing and Activate Rewards

  • Just install the Upshare plugin free and sign up as a partner in 30 seconds or less
  • Industry-leading partner support (we actually listen to your feedback)
  • Incredibly-detailed documentation and tutorials



Got installation questions? If the steps below don’t help – let us know.

Automatic installation of UP Viral Social Sharing plugin through WordPress:

  1. Go to the “Add New Plugins” screen in your WordPress admin area
  2. Search for “Viral Social Sharing by Upshare”
  3. Click Install Now
  4. Activate the plugin
  5. Browse to your site’s homepage
  6. Click on the green UP Arrow in the top right and follow the instructions

Manual installation of the Social Sharing WordPress Plugin via FTP

  1. Upload the upshare folder to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
  2. Follow steps 4-6 above.

To upload the Social Sharing plugin through WordPress, instead of FTP:

  1. Upload the downloaded zip file on the Add New plugins screen (see the Upload tab) in your WordPress admin area.
  2. Follow steps 4-6 above.

Skip the plugin and install the JavaScript snippet directly into your HTML:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Grab your JavaScript snippet from the following page
  3. Navigate to the Editor screen in your WordPress admin panel
  4. Pull up the Header file from the list on the right
  5. Paste your JavaScript snippet right before the closing tag in your Header file
  6. Save the file
  7. Tweak your settings from your UP Partner Dashboard
  8. Enjoy!



Everything runs through their website which is visually offensive and tedious to use. Full of large font and slow gradient fade in and slides. Took me a while to figure out how pointless the whole thing was. Took me even longer to notice that you have to pay to make this even worthwhile over other plugins.

– I still have little understanding about how it is supposed to work. All I can see if that users share links and then get given a “promo code” – nothing stopping that promo code going viral itself
– Customisation is poor, particularly since it is not customised through your own WP CP.
– Large amounts of padding around the dull share buttons breaks website formatting
– Nothing is verified so it is easy to cheat the system
– Oh and if you want to use it you have to pay.

Some really cool design options

Not sure what the previous review is referring to… once the WP plugin is installed you visit your site, click on the green icon on your homepage and register that way, worked for me!

Once you register you get access to this really cool live preview of your site, where you can try out lots of different sharing button styles for the two types of widgets they have. Real nice user experience!

From looking at their homepage, looks like UP will be introducing rewards so that there is an incentive for visitors to share stuff from your site – real cool concept, love it! The sharing buttons are pretty cool now, but they will be next level once that is released.

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Contributors & Developers

“Viral Social Sharing by Upshare” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • First release


  • Added new incontent sharing button display mode called UPBlog.
  • Added ability to display share counts on network icons
  • Added 10 new placement modes to UPShare widget.


  • Added responsive Mobile sharing mode
  • Added lots of new viral buttons customizations including size, animation, hover effects and more


  • Added new Shape and Style customizations options.


  • Improved stability of plugin code.


  • Fixed fatal error on plugin settings page.


  • Added new Rewards widget. Webmasters can now offer incentives to encourage users to share their content.


  • Webmasters can now add Sharing Rewards from the UP Reward Store


  • Added new Follow buttons widget, allowing webmasters to get more fans on there social networks.


  • Removed green arrow UP Branding by default from all widgets.


  • Added support for multiple sites to be setup within one account.


  • Added new In Content buttons behaviour, buttons now switch to vertical when scrolling large content.