It’s undeniable how important social media has become, particularly when it comes to content-based businesses like this blog. You want your visitors to like, share, pin and +1 your blog posts as much as possible, because it means that your content is being distributed to an increasingly larger audience. And that’s good for business.
To this end, social sharing plugins for your WordPress-based blog are also incredibly important, because they help to facilitate that process. You want to make it as easy as possible for readers to share your content and you want to gently remind them to do so. One of the newest plugins to hit the block is Monarch from the people at Elegant Themes. Let’s review what it has to offer.
Socializing with Monarch
Elegant Themes formally unveiled its new Monarch plugin in a blog post, outlining some of the key features that it has to offer. In short, Monarch is designed to encourage increased sharing, provide better design, and offer more locations, all while maintaining lightning fast performance.
Yes, there are other social sharing plugins that serve fundamentally the same purpose, but Monarch is said to be superior for a number of reasons. The design really is very elegant and the plugin provides a wealth of different options for how and where you want to display your social sharing buttons.
Watch the introductory video here for a closer look at Monarch.
Colorful Options for More Shares and Followers
Rather than just restricting you to just a couple of possible options, the Monarch plugin is remarkably robust. You can choose between square icons, square icons with rounded corners or circular icons, for example. And then you’ve got options for placement too.
You can use a floating sidebar so the social buttons are always there for your readers to click, you can place wider buttons above or below your content, and most uniquely, you can even use automatic sharing pop-ups. This last feature is the most noteworthy, because the pop-ups oftentimes result in the greatest engagement.
The automatic pop-up can be activated by three different automatic triggers, like when a visitor scrolls down to the bottom of the page, when a visitor has been on the page for a certain period of time, or even when the visitor is about to leave your site. There are also six different intro animations for added elegance and these social icons can be overlaid on media items, like pictures, to encourage sharing on Pinterest, Tumblr and other visual-oriented networks.
The design is responsive, so it’ll adapt to the screen size and resolution, as well as the device that your visitor is using.
Easy Management in WordPress
If you’re already comfortable navigating through the regular WordPress control panel, then you’ll feel right at home managing Monarch through WordPress as well.
Monarch comes with a custom designed interface that is built into the WordPress admin panel. The overall look and feel will be familiar as the core navigation is in the left sidebar, giving you access to all the features that you need. It’s through here that you set up your networks, choose your icon styles, and configure your other options. It’s clean, easy and straightforward.
How Much Does It Cost?
Interestingly, the Monarch plugin is not sold on its own. Instead, it falls into the usual set of pricing plans from Elegant Themes. You can choose the developer package for $89 per year, which includes access to all the themes and plugins, or you can gain lifetime access with no annual fees for a one-time payment of $249.
To date, there are 87 WordPress themes offered by Elegant Themes, in addition to the four other premium plugins: Handheld Mobile, Elegant Page Builder, Maintenance Mode and Elegant Shortcodes. When you consider it as a complete package, along with the Monarch plugin, that’s a pretty great value.