Grow Social (Free Version)
Grow Social is the free version of the Grow plugin for WordPress. You can download it via the WordPress repository.
The first thing you'll want to do is get those social share buttons showing on the page!
With Grow Social, you can choose between the Floating Sidebar and the Inline Content buttons. You can also enable both of these if you'd like!
After you enable them by navigating to (Grow > Toolkit) you will see the settings option appear to the left side of the toggle. Once you click in there you can choose the networks that you want to display via these buttons.
You'll also be able to make specific selections that adjust the look and feel of the buttons.
The floating sidebar will "float" on the right or the left side of your post or page. You are able to make this choice, along with other settings via the display settings within the Toolkit settings for the floating sidebar.
The inline content buttons show within the content itself. After deciding what networks display and the button style, you can choose the button shape, size, animation, and position. You can also decide if you want to show the button labels or if you'd like the buttons to have spaces between them, show on mobile, or include a "share" text.
If you don't want the share text, and would just prefer the buttons themselves to do the talking, you can simply delete "Sharing is caring!" from the field provided.
For the button position, you can choose between above and below, above content, or below content.
Social Networks Available
For both of the toolkit items available within Grow Social, you will have the same network options for the buttons. In addition to the email and print buttons, with Grow Social you can choose from the following networks:
For each toolkit item, you will see the post type section at the very bottom of each page of settings. Selecting a post will allow the buttons to show on your posts. Selecting pages will allow the buttons to display on all pages. You are able to select both of these at the same time.
To activate share counts, go to Grow > Settings and you will find a section for Facebook and Twitter to enable these options. Learn more about how to set up Facebook Shares here.
You will also need to enable them on each toolkit item. For instance, if you'd like them to show on the inline buttons but not display on the floating sidebar, you will go into the inline content settings and toggle on "Show share count."
Grow Social Pro
Grow social pro is the paid version of Grow Social. You can find more information about the differences and purchase it on the Mediavine Marketplace and within this help doc.
It has all of the features listed above that are available in the free version (Grow Social) but has added value in the form of a variety of other features, most notably, Pinterest options, new toolkit options, and a follow widget.
Please note, if you're looking for any of the features listed below and you don't see them in your plugin, you are likely running the free version mentioned above!
The plugin has a bunch of helpful Pinterest settings that allow you to insert a Pinterest description, add hidden images to your posts, add a Re-Pin ID, and add a Pinterest hover button to your images.
Custom and Hidden Images
With Grow Social Pro you have the option to add custom and hidden images to Social Pro. We've been over what Grow Social can do for your Pinterest game on our blog and I encourage you to go take a look: Getting Started with Grow for Pinterest.
The Pinterest hover button, when activated, will put a clickable Pinterest button on your images within the post.
To activate this setting navigate to Grow > Toolkit.
Once you have toggled this setting on you can navigate to the settings from the same page. You can also access these settings within the Pinterest Section (Grow > Pinterest).
More Toolkit Options
There are more toolkit options available within Grow Social Pro. Setting these up is easy! Make sure to read the full post about Customizing Grow Social Pro.
All toolkit items need to be activated in the Toolkit options (Grow > Toolkit) and you will be able to then click into the settings and make adjustments to the social networks you show, the size and shape of the buttons.
With the pop-up, there are some special settings that you can enable that act as rules for the conditions for the pop-up widget to show on your site.
These include enabling if it shows after the user scrolls, setting the scroll distance %, enabling the pop up to show after a set amount of seconds, enabling exit intent, choosing if it shows on mobile, and deciding if the pop up should show every time or select the number of days.
The sticky bar lets you add a horizontal bar to the top or bottom of a post. This is great for mobile and works on desktop as well! You can selectively decide where this will show on both desktop and mobile. You can of course selectively choose your social networks as well.
Note: If you are a Mediavine Publisher, make sure to read this help doc about Social Sharing Buttons and the Adhesion Ad Unit.
If you are running the sticky bar at the bottom of your posts, please change this to the top or disable this widget altogether.
You'll want to make sure to select "Top" for both mobile and desktop so these buttons do not conflict with the adhesion ad unit.
The follow widget can be enabled within the Toolkit options in Grow Social Pro. Once that's all set you'll want to choose the networks to display and then navigate to your Social Identity tab and input your social handles.
To navigate to the social Identity tab go to Grow > Settings > Social Identity.
You can then insert this into your sidebar directly or use the shortcode [socialpug_follow] anywhere within your post content. for more information about how to set this up, navigate to our help doc: Using the Follow Widget in Grow Social Pro. To learn more about shortcodes view our Shortcode Helpdoc!
The follow widget has different social networks than the other toolkit items due to the nature of sharing and following on the specific networks.
For instance, with Instagram, you generally share your own content and follow accounts instead of share posts to the network.