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Shared Counts – Social Media Share Buttons


Shared Counts is a WordPress social media share buttons plugin. Sharing buttons increase traffic and engagement by helping readers share your posts and pages to their friends on social media.

Included Buttons
– Facebook Share Button
– Pinterest Pin Button
– Yummly Button
– Twitter Tweet Button (using the third-party API)
– Email Sharing (with reCAPTCHA support to prevent abuse)
– Share Count Total
– Print Button
– LinkedIn Share Button

Facebook, Pinterest, Yummly, and Twitter buttons support social count display and tracking.

Styling and Display

We include many share button styling options, so you can pick the perfect look for you site. Additionally, you can automatically insert the share buttons before and/or after the post content. Want granular or manual control? No problem! You can also use the [shared_counts] shortcode to insert them inside your content as you see fit.

HTTP Recovery / Upgrading to HTTPS

We provide a one-click option to retrieve both HTTP and HTTPS share counts, ensuring you don’t lose your share counts when upgrading your website to HTTPS.


Unlike other social sharing tools, this plugin does not use cookies, tracking scripts, or store any user data.


Shared Counts was created with site performance in mind, even at large scale. It is used on several large websites that get tens of millions of page views each month. Our unique and creative caching methods have a minimal affect on site overhead. Leveraging the API, we can retrieve (almost) all share counts in a single request.


Additionally, Shared Counts was built to be developer friendly! We provide very liberal usage of hooks and filters. Everything is customizable and the possibilities are near limitless. Unlike other plugins all data (counts) are stored and cached in post_meta which makes it easy to access for extending (e.g. fetch top 10 most shared posts on your site). We have extensive documentation on our website and we’re also on GitHub.

Add On Plugins


For details on this please see the Shared Counts website and our GitHub wiki.


If you find an bug or problem, please let us know by creating an issue.


Contributions are welcome!

  1. Open an Issue on GitHub.
  2. Fork Shared Counts on GitHub.
  3. Create a new branch off of develop; branch name should be issue/### to reference the issue.
  4. When committing, reference your issue and provide notes/feedback.
  5. Send us a Pull Request with your bug fixes and/or new features.


  • Available styles


  1. Download the plugin from GitHub. or from
  2. Activate plugin.
  3. Go to Settings > Shared Counts to configure.

We recommend you sign up for a free account at, which lets you receive share counts from all services (except Twitter) with a single API query. Alternatively, you can select «Native» as the count source and select which services you’d like to query. If you select all 5 native service queries, then you will have 5 separate API queries every time share counts are updated.

If you would like to include Twitter share counts, you can sign up for a free account at

If you use the Email share button, we recommend you enable Google’s reCAPTCHA to prevent spam. Sign up here (free) to get your Site Key and Secret Key.


31 de agosto de 2021
Works best with my theme. No errors in code or problems with caching. It's a shame that it is no longer being developed and that the last update was some time ago. Thank you!
11 de octubre de 2020
Good and effective plugin. I use it to simply show the good looking social buttons but don't display counts (to improve page speed). Very easy to configure.
22 de agosto de 2020
It was either gonna be Shared Counts or Social Warfare. I felt Shared Counts was cheaper, written just as well, very easy to work with. We did some crazy custom stuff. - saved HTTP and HTTPS counts - even changed permalink structure, and had it make calls to the old structure as well. So basically we were able to combine 3 counts: - old permalink structure in HTTP - old permalink structure in HTTPS - new permalink structure in HTTPS I'm happy camper. Counts are even cached so as to avoid slowing down your site under heavy load. Love you guys!!!
27 de junio de 2019
I have tried many, and this is by far the best. The previous plugin we used was good as well, but it did not allow the ability to regain your shares after URL changes. This one does, and works just as you would expect it too, and it is lightweight. Love it, thanks Bill and Jared!
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Registro de cambios

– Added: Filter for changing services used by location: shared_counts_display_services.
– Added: Admin bar stats.
– Added: Support for Twitter counts using, props @robert-gillmer.
– Added: Automatic social share tracking with Google Analytics.
– Added: Add support for fastcgi_finish_request when updating counts.
– Added: Specific services can be defined in shortcode via services attribute (comma separated).
– Changed: Pass post_id to needs_updating method.
– Changed: Removed support for Google+ and StumbleUpon (RIP).
– Changed: Default letter-spacing to normal on button labels.
– Changed: Hide Total Counts button if empty and «Hide Empty Counts» setting is enabled.
– Fixed: Pinterest JS API conflict.
– Fixed: Multiple spaces between some CSS classes inside markup.
– Fixed: Twitter URL encoding issue with special characters in text.
– Fixed: Email counts not tracking, props @thartl.
– Fixed: Showing «Preserve HTTP Counts» setting when Count Source is None.
– Fixed: Enabling various settings by default on initial save.
– Fixed: When sorting posts by share count in the admin, posts with zero shares are now included.
– Fixed: Data attributes are filterable.

– Added support for Pinterest Image add-on plugin
– «Hide empty counts» checkbox now works correctly
– Pinterest «Pin it» JS no longer modifies our pinterest button
– Metabox is now always visible, allowing you to disable share buttons even if not collecting counts

– Internal «prime the pump» method now includes all supported post types. Can be used with this plugin to view the status of the cache and mass update posts.
– Improved compatibility with Genesis theme framework.

– Added Yummly share count support/tracking.
– Added Proper rel tags for share buttons for security and SEO.
– Added caching via transient for Most Shared Content admin dashboard widget.
– Removed code for LinkedIn/Google+ share counts, as they are no longer supported.
– Added available buttons setting description to indicate which buttons support share counts.
– Fixed reCAPTCHA issue in the email sharing modal.
– Fixed encoded characters in the «From Name» email setting.

– Email sharing modal can now be closed by clicking outside the modal or pressing the ESC key.
– The minified stylesheet has been rebuilt. It was missing some styles.

– Initial release.