A year ago we released a plugin on StudioPress that was an easy to use, customizable way to display social media icons that link visitors to your various social profiles.
Well yesterday we made that experience much better. As in, completely #bueno.
Version 1.0 of the Simple Social Icons was pushed up to the WordPress plugin repository, giving you immediate access to showcasing your social media presence with scalable and retina-friendly icons. (Share the news with a tweet!)
For folks like me who own a Macbook Pro with Retina Display, this update will make placing social media icons onto a website a visually stunning experience.
Open Source Community FTW
For those of you who are wondering how we have pulled off this substitution, you can thank the folks over at Entypo for the incredible icon fonts that they offer.
Thanks to the open source community these icons are SIL Open Font licensed, which enables font authors to release their work under a common license that allows bundling, modification and redistribution.
What’s New with Simple Social Icons
Aside from the icon font replacement, we took into consideration the suggestions we’ve heard from our users. One popular request that we had was the inclusion of the “Align Center” option, so now you can center the icons in your site header or sidebar.
Because we’re now using icon fonts, you can specify the size of your icons, rather than being limited to three sizes as was the case in the previous version of the plugin.
We’ve also added a few more social media services to the plugin, and now the following are available options: Dribble, Email, Facebook, Flickr, Github, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, RSS, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.