Sick of the bloated social media buttons? Well, you should. They are a real performance hit! Simple share links add iframes, perform additional request, trigger redraws and more.

Luckily you can use normal links which aren’t always well explained in respective social development APIs. These are links to static share pages for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and so on. The page to share possibly along with detailed information is added as get parameters. Have a look at some of the share links on our website.

Of course these are just links. But you can style a link like any button. Think styling the link using some background color, adding padding, making round borders and using a special font to get a scaling icon.

We’ve brought this all together in our pages to get lightweight yet potent share buttons. Check them out! If you’re developing in Django you might also want to use the template tags in this Django package.

Social share buttons used on codecook.io
Social share buttons used on codecook.io