The Sharestack is an inexpensive, flexible way to let visitors to your website share any page with a range of social networking services. It comes with 18 of the most popular ones baked in and incorporates the ability to add five custom icons to those – Instagram, for example – that aren’t included. At its simplest you can simply drop a Sharestack into your Stacks page (it works with 2 or 3) use the settings to tick which social services you want to display and then – job done – publish the page.
Now when a visitor opens the page, likes what they see and decides to share it on – say – Facebook, they simply click the Facebook button and a window opens up ready for them to say something nice about the webpage on their Facebook wall; and thanks to built in ‘helpers’ you don’t have to add the address of the specific page they’re sharing manually in Rapidweaver – the stack takes care of this for you.
You can position the stack anywhere on the page in the general ‘flow’ of the content or ‘stick’glue’ it to the top, bottom or side of the page, and it’s possible to have it always visible, appear on scroll or fade into view. The Sharestack has a controllable width which allows it to be displayed as a solid bar down the side of the page or you can use the margins to space icons out which is useful if you’re only going to use two or three of the major services; adjusting the border radius allows you to set each icon as a square, a lozenge or circle and you’ve got complete control over icon size and hover opacity.
There are no colour controls for the built in services though you can set the icon and background colours for the five custom services. By default icons will be displayed in alphabetical order but it’s possible to override this using the Display Order setting.
This is a great little stack which is really easy to set up and we can see ourselves using it a lot. And at only £5.00 it’s a bargain. Wonder why Instagram’s not included out of the box, though?