Most WordPress bloggers and webmasters use images intensively to support their articles and make them easier to digest. Great images add life, draw visitor’s attention to the content, and may help you keep your people longer on the site. In addition, images may also help you get your content shared on social media websites and today this may be one of the most effective ways to reach out to a broader audience. It is popular to add social share buttons for that focus on the entire page, however, you may also benefit from making the individual images shareable.
Getting this right require that you add some new functionality to WordPress e.g. through plugins. One option is to use a WordPress plugin called Slingpic. It is an online image sharing tool making it easy for your visitors to share your picture across social networks, email and blogging platforms. If you are lucky this may help increase awareness of your content and over time give you more traffic.
Slingpic is available as a free plugin at the WordPress Codex. Open up your WordPress admin dashboard and upload the .zip files you downloaded. Click activate and the plugin is live!
The next thing you want to do is set up the plugin to match your needs. Slingpic adds its configuration area under Settings > Slingpic Options. From here you can turn on/off the plugin, add a copyright message, customize layout of the sharing tools, and set the minimum size of the image where the tool should be added.
You can turn on or off the plugin under its admin area and choose from a wide variety of social media sites to share your picture.
Slingpic has three themes included by default. It would be nice if they added a way to customize each theme.
Slingpic automatically adds the sharing toolbar to all the images in your website. You can set the minimum size of the images under Slingpic settings. Create a new post and upload your image, then publish. Check your image and the sharing toolbar automatically shows up when you mouse over.
Clicking on a social media icon would open up a new window where you can share and post comments about the picture.
Slingpic is handy plugin to spread your content through images across social media networks to gain more exposure and traffic. It makes it simple and convinient for your visitors to share your photo in just a few seconds. You can check out the full details of the plugin here.