Mobile ShareBar Adds a WhatsApp Sharing Button to WordPress

Earlier this year, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion dollars. With 450+ million users per month and 70% of them active per day, Facebook is betting on the the app’s massive user base and continued growth.

Although WhatsApp is enormously popular, very few WordPress sharing plugins have prioritized adding the service to the list of supported sharing options. Depending on the demographic of your site’s readership, you may stand to strongly benefit from making it easy for WhatsApp users to share your content with each other via the app.

Mobile ShareBar is one of the first plugins to add a WhatsApp sharing button, right up there with the same preeminence of Facebook and Twitter. The sharebar only appears to visitors when they are browsing your site on a mobile site, and you can remove the Facebook and Twitter buttons if you just want to include WhatsApp.

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The plugin allows you to select specific post types where you want the sharebar to appear, i.e. frontpage, posts, pages, categories, archives, tags, and even specific custom post types. You can also change the position of the bar to appear on the bottom of the screen. All text for the sharing buttons is customizable in the plugin’s settings page:

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A real-time preview of the sharebar appears in the settings page as you edit it, so you know what it’s going to look like on mobile devices. After testing the plugin, my only complaint is that the sharebar is sticky as you scroll down the page, taking up valuable mobile real estate. Having the option to remove that would be preferable, as stickiness might be a deal breaker for some users.

While WhatsApp is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia, the sharing button only works with iPhones at the moment. This is because the iPhone app is the only one that works with the URL scheme.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg commented on the WhatsApp acquisition: “WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable.” When Buzzfeed added a WhatsApp sharing button, they found that readers on iOS clicked it more often than the Twitter button. It might be worth finding out if your readers are using WhatsApp so you can prioritize it among your sharing options. You can get the Mobile ShareBar from WordPress.org.

13 Comments


  1. It’s really good for mobile users. However, wouldn’t it better to add share button specific to mobile OS, so user can share content with any application available.

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    1. Yes to Aakash’s comment that a Many Mobile Apps Share, just as we currently have for desktop, would be great. Now that we finally got the Responsive message, we need to go deeper into Mobile still.

      Yes to Nairobi’s comment that a WhatsApp subscription would be great.

      Yes to Sarah’s comment, I too like Telegram a lot better. I LOVE the “photo from the web” feature! The ability to search, for example, your own name and have a ready library of images is a nice way of accessing all that Cloud content.

      Yes to Ryan’s comment that also having a desktop app, as Telegram does, is nice. (also Telegram runs on devices like iPod Touch & iPad, which WhatsApp doesn’t)

      And yes, WhatsApp is huge. I just saw Barbara Wong’s new Hong Kong film “Girls”
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girls_(2014_film)

      One of the characters is asked “what would you do if you saw your best friend’s boyfriend cheating on her?”

      Answer: “I’d WhatsApp it!”

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  2. I also didn’t know this, sounds exciting, it would be great if they would have a subscription kinda service where your blog readers can receive posts in their whatsapp. Talk of the future!

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  3. Hi Sarah
    “It might be worth finding out if your readers are using WhatsApp…”
    I’m not using it in fact this is the first time I’ve heard about it.

    “WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people.”
    The mind boggles!

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    1. You must be living under a rock, lol, Whatsapp is crazy popular these days.

      I really don’t like it because there’s no web app for it and I hate having to type on a crappy touch screen, but I’m stuck using it since so many others do.

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  4. I didn’t realize how big whatsapp had gotten. I don’t think I know a single person that is using it, but I guess I need to keep a lookout at it as trends change.

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    1. Bizarre. It’s crazy popular. I gave in around a year ago as I got sick of everyone asking me why they couldn’t contact me on it.

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      1. I know WhatsApp has a huge user base but I’m not in a network of people who uses it either. I think it’s more popular in specific countries / areas of the US. I’m a pretty big fan of Telegram (https://telegram.org/) but I can’t seem to get any of my friends to use it.

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  5. I’m really love this plugin because it can connect to social app on mobile but it only support for iOS. Anyone know a alternative for Mobile Sharebar that works on Android and iPhone?

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  6. This is so neat! Didn’t know something like this was possible

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