Easy Social Share Buttons Review 2019: Feature-Packed Social Sharing Plugin

Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Fabrizio Van Marciano

This is my review of the Easy Social Share Buttons plugin for WordPress. One of the best alternatives to the Social Warfare plugin!

Please note: This review has not been updated for 2021.

When I launched this blog back in 2013, I was using a social sharing plugin called, Easy Social Share Buttons.

I’m currently using the Social Snap plugin, which I reviewed some time ago here. And before that plugin, I was using Social Warfare.

Why the frequent changes?

You’re probably wondering why I have changed social plugins several times in the last ten years.

I stopped using ESSB many years back when I discovered Social Warfare, which was the better option for my blog at that time.

Social Warfare was only available as a premium plugin. Then sometime after, they decided to release a free version. Around the same time, things started to go downhill for Warfare Plugins.

Not to go into a great deal of detail, but around 2018, Warfare Plugins released an update that caused hundreds of WordPress websites using the Social Warfare plugin to crash after updating.

The company certainly felt the backlash from angry customers. I was one of those users, of course.

I decided to switch to a free and simple plugin like the Genesis Simple Share; however, this was only temporary. I never got around to switching back to either ESSB or Social Warfare again.

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ESSB plugin has come a long way!

OK, short story over.

Since discovering the ESSB plugin for myself back in 2013, it has evolved and gone on to become an even more powerful plugin than it was before.

What is Easy Social Share Buttons?

So let me start from the very beginning.

Easy Social Share Buttons is yet another social sharing plugin. When I say ‘another,’ this plugin has been around for some time.

It is an affordable plugin that will give you all the necessary tools you need to add gorgeous-looking buttons and socials sharing features to your WordPress website.

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The ESSB plugin was created by Appscreo and is available to purchase on the Envato Marketplace. Click here to shop! (This is not an affiliate link).

To date, over 500,000 websites use Easy Social Share Buttons!

Why use a premium plugin when you can use a free one?

I know what you’re thinking – Why pay for a premium plugin when you can use a free one?

There are some great free social plugins around – But, a paid-for plugin is the better option to go with. Let me explain why I think this.

Sadly, with most of the free plugins available today, you have little control over button customization and button placement. Not to mention the limited options you have for optimizing your content for social sharing.

Doesn’t the Social Sharing Button have too many features?

Yes, is the short answer. However, ‘too many’ might be a little excessive. I would say it has quite a lot of features.

Some of those features are useful, others, I’m not so sure. And for none-techies, a lot of features can be quite overwhelming.

Easy Social Sharing Buttons plugin is currently in version 7.6

Here’s a list of ‘some’ of the key features in the plugin:

  1. Gutenberg and WordPress 5.0 compatible.
  2. GDPR compliant.
  3. Unique front-end customization for buttons.
  4. 30+ button display options.
  5. Optimized buttons for mobile display.
  6. Auto-trigger buttons.
  7. Fully customizable buttons.
  8. 55+ built-in templates to choose from.
  9. Personal template builder.
  10. Button animations and shapes.
  11. Button styles, unlimited color options, and width control.
  12. Counter Styles.
  13. Fake counter option (Unsure about this one).
  14. WooCommerce ready.
  15. A/B split testing for social sharing buttons.
  16. Email list building tools with built-in opt-in forms, templates and form behavior options.
  17. And way too many other options and features to mention…

As you can see, the ESSB plugin gives you a lot of options for adding, customizing, positioning, and configuring buttons into your WordPress site.

But that’s not all. The plugin also comes with some useful list building and an opt-in form tool. But it doesn’t stop there either.

Gasp!!!

Detailed analytics

Another useful feature in the ESSB button plugin is the built-in metrics and social analytics tools.

If social media data is important to your online strategy, you’ll love using the social optimization tools in this plugin. If you don’t give a rat’s *ss, this feature will be useless to you!

You can generate and view reports for device type, create detailed button position reports, view detailed network reports, and much more. See the image below.

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A/B split testing for social button placements

You can also do some cool split testing for your button placements using Easy Social Sharing Buttons.

This is a powerful feature if you want to learn which button configuration will give your content the most shares.

Once your testing is done, you’ll have the data to view the conversion reports to decide which button placement will work best for your content in the future. See the image below.

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Additional features I’ve not yet mentioned

Once again, Easy Social Share Buttons are simply crammed with way too many options and features for me to talk about each of them here. Therefore I would highly recommend that you check them out for yourself in more detail.

In addition to all of the features mentioned above, the latest version of the ESSB plugin also includes –

  1. Pinterest images.
  2. After share CTAs.
  3. Shareable quotes.
  4. Social share optimization.
  5. Popular posts by the number of shares widget.
  6. Share counter recovery, a similar feature to the one found in Social Warfare.
  7. On-post sharing options.
  8. Short URL.
  9. Developer open API and more…

Why should you consider buying and using the Easy Social Share Buttons plugin?

Asides from the ludicrous amount of features built into this plugin. Whatever your goal is for your online content promotion in 2020, a good reason to invest in Easy Social Sharing Buttons is that it’s a premium quality plugin at the end of the day.

When you pay for premium, you expect to get premium. This includes –

  1. A professionally crafted/coded premium product.
  2. Online support and free updates.
  3. Peace of mind security.

Despite being feature-crammed, the creators of Easy Social Sharing Buttons claims that this is a blazing fast loading plugin!

Is it?

Well, you’ll have to test the page loading speed of your site if you use this plugin to find out.

How much does Easy Social Share Buttons plugin cost?

You would expect a plugin of this magnitude to be extremely expensive, right? 

Well, it’s not. It won’t even break the bank!

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  • A regular license with 6 months of support will set you back $22
  • The Regular Plus license with 12 months of support will cost you $28.38
  • And an Extended/Dev license will set you back just $199

Click here to learn more.

Pros and cons?

So let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of investing and using this plugin on your website.

Let’s start with the Pros –

  • Probably the most feature-packed premium plugin ever created for WordPress…
  • Quick and easy to choose, configure, and display buttons from the ready-made style’s template.
  • Built-in social metric tools.
  • Affordable from just $22 for a single website.
  • Built-in opt-in forms for list building feature, unsure whether that’s a pro!
  • Great online support and free updates for life!

How about the cons?

  • Due to the overwhelming number of options and features, the dashboard can appear a little busy at times.
  • List building tools are a great option, but not sure if it’s necessary. This is a social sharing plugin, not a list building plugin.

Final words

This is a plugin that will help you do three things essentially. Get more social shares of your content, grow your followers, and build your email list.

At first, it can be a little bit overwhelming finding your way around all the features and options, but once you have this setup you’re good to go.

Many similar plugins of this kind struggle to even come close to what’s on offer with Easy Social Sharing Buttons plugins, and from just $20 it’s a steal.

If you’re looking for a great alternative to the Social Warfare plugin for absolutely any reason, I would highly recommend trying the Easy Social Sharing Buttons plugin.

Enjoy!

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6 comments on “Easy Social Share Buttons Review 2019: Feature-Packed Social Sharing Plugin”

  1. Great write Fabrizio. I heard of this plugin quite a few times now and really wondering if this is that good.

    Your guide and review does prove that it is very versatile in terms of customization.

    Coming from Shareaholic, I think they are both equal. However yes, this is definitely something very tempting and I might just try it out!
    ~Reginald

    1. Hi Reginald, thanks for your comment mate. Yes me too, I’d heard a lot of great things about this plugin and it was actually recommended to me by another blogger. I’ve not used Shareaholic, but will certainly check it out.

      This plugin however really does boast a lot of awesome features, most of them I’ve not yet used myself. I love the simplicity of some of the button designs, and I was quite drawn in by that.

      Anyway mate, thanks for checking in, always love reading your comments here. Will pay your blog a visit soon buddy.

      Have a super week

      – Fabrizio

  2. I was smiling when I read your review Fabrizio.

    I just moved over to the Easy Social Share Buttons on my blog only a few days ago! There’s so many options there’s something there for everyone. I’ve still not completely decided on the final design I’m going to use.

    I also invested in Easy Social Metrics Pro. I love all the stats I can get from it and it was well worth the upgrade from the Lite version.

    1. Hi Tim, yeah I love this plugin so much, especially the design of the button I’m using, so clean and compliments the theme so well I think. I’ve been looking at the Easy Social Metrics Pro plugin as well, but first I think I may need to get rid of some plugins, currently I’m running 30 active plugins on this blog lol.

  3. Hey Fabrizio!

    Funny thing, I was actually looking up this plugin in Google when I ran into your article. Recognized your domain and knew whatever your opinion was would make up my decision for me.

    Would you still recommend this plugin vs. the others that are available? Main priority is displaying follower count for various networks in sidebar and also easy article sharing in a similar fashion to Digg Digg. We’re also looking for a similar design that will tie into the theme of our site. It looks like there are a lot of options available here in terms of design.

    This isn’t for Help Start My Site by the way, it’s for another company of mine.

    Anyway, let me know and if you still think it’s a good option I’ll be sure to buy through your affiliate link.

    1. Hey James, so sorry for the delay in responding buddy, just got back from our family vacation so it’s been pretty hectic trying to catch up on an absolute ton of stuff lol.

      I started using this plugin many Moons ago, and since it’s been upgraded a number of times, so it’s even better than it used to be. This review in fact needs updating very soon, but these days I use and recommend Social Warfare. Social Warfare is one of the only plugins I know that shows Twitter counts on posts and pages, after Twitter made this feature obsolete in their default buttons.

      Now Social Warfare is around 5 dollar more expensive, and it’s a a yearly membership as well, as with ESSB you pay once and that’s it.

      Both of these are great plugins, if you’re looking for something with a lot of built-in features, this is the plugin to have, however I’m unsure whether ESSB show tweet counts in their twitter button.

      Let me know if you need more help. I’ve also seen your email, I’ll be responding soon dude, just catching up with a bunch of stuff.

      Fabrizio

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