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Monarch Plugin Review — Perfect WordPress Social Sharing

January 6, 2015

Your search for the perfect WordPress social sharing plugin is over. Monarch, from Elegant Themes, offers the perfect combination of usability and flexibility in a pixel-perfect package. In this review, I’ll take you through the numerous features of the Monarch Plugin, so you can see see for yourself why it’s the best WordPress social sharing plugin on the market.

Here’s what Monarch’s settings page looks like…

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As you can see, there are five display styles to choose from – sidebar, inline, popup, fly-in, and media sharing.

  • Sidebar sharing creates a social sidebar on the left or right side of your screen.
  • Inline sharing places sharing buttons below or above your content (or both).
  • Popup sharing triggers a popup that appears after a user-defined time delay.
  • Fly-in sharing triggers a sharing box that appears when the user scrolls to the bottom of your page.
  • Media sharing dynamically places share buttons on photos and videos.

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Every sharing option gives you a lot of customizable options to tweak the look and behavior of the buttons. A few examples of parameters that can be tweaked include icon shape and style, share number display, background and icon colors. Each option has its own share of specific customizable options. You can see the sidebar sharing option in use here on BrianLi.com.

Monarch also has a dedicated view for mobile users. If a user visits your Monarch-enabled site from a mobile phone or tablet, the sharing features will be moved to an unobtrusive expandable widget at the bottom of the screen.

Monarch supports all the most popular social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Other services and networks like Buffer, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and LinkedIn are also offered. For a complete list of of supported networks, visit the Monarch plugin page.

In addition to social sharing, Monarch also offers the option to create a social follow module that can be embedded on your WordPress site via widget or shortcode. Here’s what the social follow buttons look like…

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Like the social sharing buttons, the social follow variety also have a number of customizable options.

Elegant Themes has really stepped up their game with the Monarch Social Sharing plugin. The WordPress world was in desperate need of the perfect social sharing solution, and this plugin really delivered. Now, I have good news and bad news.

  • The bad news is that the Monarch plugin can only be purchased by subscribing to Elegant Themes for $89/year.
  • The good news is that you’ll have access to ALL their amazing plugins and themes if you do.

$89 might seem like a steep price to pay, but Elegant Themes has a ton of great looking themes. Chances are you probably won’t ever have to go theme shopping again if you subscribe for a year and grab all their creations. Don’t forget your subscription also buys you access to the best WordPress social sharing plugin in the world, and you can use it on as many websites as you want!

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What are you waiting for? Head on over to ElegantThemes.com, and find out more about the Monarch Social Sharing plugin for WordPress.

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