Implementing social media buttons on your blog is a simple method to increase your site visitors and followers without any cost. These social sharing buttons should be elegant to grab user’s attention so that they find themselves driven towards sharing what they just read on your blog now.
Coming to the point directly here I’m sharing the 20 best social media plugins for WordPress that are doing pretty well.
There are free and premium plugins in my list. Many of free plugins are offering limited features. But, premuim plugins offer more features than free plugins. Using a premium plugin you can add social buttons in different locations. for example:
- Floating Sidebar
- Above & or Below Content
- On Images & Videos
- Automatic Pop-Up
Using any of one plugin out of the all I’m sharing beneath is going to work in every case at your end, and they are good enough to do what they are meant to.
With over 50,000+ active installs in a short period of time, SumoMe has become a very popular plugin and is being used on top websites like AirBnB.com and SocialMediaExaminer.com. According to the SumoMe website, there are over 6 million visitors enjoying this plugin.
One of the great things about SumoMe is that it shows total shares, with the network with the maximum number of shares automatically arranged at the top. This makes the number of shares look more impressive and is a function that the developers of the Flare social sharing plugin offer as a pro feature.
02. Jetpack by WordPress.com
This is another one of those multi-functional plugins that offers a range of features you can add. With over 1 million active installs, Jetpack is not just a plugin, but a complete toolbox to streamline your WordPress install.
Automate your sharing, allow your readers to like posts as they do on WordPress.com. They also offer a pretty awesome Facebook Like Box and Twitter Widgets that make it very easy to add the widgets in your sidebar.
Here is the in-house solution for adding floating social media sharing buttons with counters. Using this plugin, you can add social media sharing buttons to both your desktop and mobile site. This plugin supports all popular social media buttons with counters, and you can enable or disable any of the plugin’s placements.
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It does a lot of work just like Digg Digg, but it’s better than that in visuals. Flare is also available for free but still offers high-quality graphics to every user. Setting it up is again a simple task and even a newbie can get familiar in no time.
The best thing here at which Flare is going to get you is its classically designed social icons and simple functionality. Adding any new icon is pretty easy, and it also offers a variety of designs you can choose from. Users are even allowed to choose the size of buttons they wish to display on their blog through an elegantly designed control panel.
05. Digg Digg
This is another most popular plugin in WordPress plugin directory to quickly integrate social media sharing on your blog. This plugin offers multiple features including lazy loading, which will make sure social sharing buttons will not slow down your blog much. You can also add floating sharing bar using this plugin. I love this plugin but the only thing which I don’t like it is, it doesn’t play well with Jetpack responsive theme. If you are using any other method to offer mobile version of your site (Like WP Touch), feel free to use Digg digg plugin.
AddThis is probably the most widely used social sharing Plugin for WordPress at the moment, one reason for such huge user base is the age of the network.
AddThis was founded in 2004 which currently supports more than three hundred social media sites. This plugin comes in free as well as paid version, any user can get this plugin up and running within minutes.
Shareaholic is more than just a WordPress plugin; you can also use it for a variety of different content management systems.
You have access to a variety of different looks for your social sharing buttons, all of which are more eye-catching than the usual native buttons.
You will need to register an account to access all of the features that Shareaholic has to offer, but it’s free which is awesome.
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This free Social Media Icons Plugin is a professional and highly customizable ecosystem for social media sharing and optimizing of your valuable content.
This is a straight forward and easy to use plugin that allows you to add basic share buttons to your posts or pages.
Choose your location, placement, share text and image set – then you are ready to go.
I personally find this plugin lacking in features, but its very light weight.
10. Ultimate Social Media Icons PLUS
A comparatively new social sharing button plugin for WordPress, with this plugin you can add more than 200 social media platforms to your site and you can add your custom social icon too.
You can place the social sharing icons above or below the post you can also show the icons next to the post in homepage. It offers you 16 different designs of social icons to select from, you can also set custom animation for the social icons as well as sharing counter.
This plugin also enables your users to subscribe to your blog, so it’s a premium quality all in one type of plugin which will definitely improve the visibility of your site.
11. Monarch Social Sharing Plugin
It’s elegant enough to get fall in love with, and I’m sure there will not be any single feature that you may find missing in its tool bag. Once purchased and installed, it set up a control panel on the Dashboard side using which you can easily set social sharing buttons on your blog in different possible layouts. The sets of custom options available within make it totally worth the price you’re paying for it.
Different websites, pages, and posts have different social sharing needs. that’s why elegant themes included a large selection of locations you can choose to place sharing buttons.
What I liked the most about the Monarch plugin is that it also lets you add sharing buttons on mobile sites. The placement will ensure that you get a good number of shares even on mobile phones. This is a highly recommended plugin which you should use.
12. Ultimate Social Deux
With over 3k sales (as per their sale page), this plugin offers almost every possible feature that can be added on a social sharing plugin. The design of every element is truly excellent and even the control panel offered is elegantly designed.
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Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress is a premium plugin which is sold at Codecanyon for only $19. More than 11K users have purchased this plugin from Codecanyon.
Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress is all-in-one social sharing plugin for WordPress that allows you share, monitor and increase your social popularity. With Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress you will take your social sharing & following on a next level.
Social Share & Locker Pro WordPress Plugin was used by more than 2k users and integrated with most popular page builder plugin Visual Composer for WordPress.
Social Share & Locker Pro is far away the best Social sharing plugin for WordPress. Was built to cover all the necessities and to gets more Shares into your website.
With a Social Locker module integrated, brings over the Social Network a bigger exposure and viral visitors.
15. WordPress Social Stream
WordPress Social Stream is a premium plugin which is sold at Codecanyon for only $19. Currently, more than 10K users are using this plugin for their websites/blogs.
WordPress Social Stream will combine all of your social network feeds into one single network stream or create a single feed for multiple social network profiles. Display using a filterable jQuery isotope powered Social Network Wall or a rotating feed list!
Can combine unlimited social feeds and create unlimited number of social streams.
Feed items also include Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn share links to make your social network streams more interactive, help promote your social network posts and boost your traffic!
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16. Social Locker for WordPress
Social Locker for WordPress is a premium plugin which is sold at Codecanyon for only $25. Currently, more than 6K users are using this plugin for their websites/blogs.
Social Locker is a WP plugin that locks your most valuable site content behind a set of social buttons until the visitor likes, shares, +1s or tweets your page. It helps to improve social performance of your website, get more likes/shares, build quality followers and attract more traffic from social networks.
WordPress Social Share Buttons is a premium plugin which is sold at Codecanyon for only $10. Currently, more than 2K users are using this plugin for their websites/blogs.
Add jQuery social share buttons to WordPress in a stylish floating panel, toolbar or display inline. Adds buttons via jQuery for faster page loading. Now WordPress Social Share Buttons supports 9 major social networks including Facebook, Twitter and G+.
Bootstrap is really powerful platform and if a plugin is powered by the same, then it really becomes useful.
SocialFans is powered by the same and it’s priced $17. It comes with features like Retina display ready, totally responsive layout, skin puzzle, translation ready, cross-browser support, the inclusion of 30+ social network profiles, caching enabled, CSS fancy animations and flat icons. It also comes with the powerful support which is active all the time.
19. Social Buzz WordPress Plugin
If you read Mashable website, then you must be a fan of their social sharing buttons which comes with a graph too. If you wish to implement the same technique and layout on your website/blog, then this is the plugin you need to look at. It offers a very similar interface and options and you’ve to pay just $20 to get yourself its fully activated copy.
20. Social Network Tabs For WordPress
Social Network Tabs For WordPress is a premium plugin which is sold at Codecanyon for only $15. Currently, more than 4K users are using this plugin for their websites/blogs.
Combine all of your favorite social networks profiles & feeds into slick slide out or static tabs with Social Network Tabs for WordPress.
Latest version includes Facebook, Twitter, Google + & LinkedIn share links to make you social network feeds more interactive, help promote your social network posts and boost your traffic!
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Social media marketing is an unavoidable part of any website. The good news is, if your website is on WordPress platform the options are almost unlimited. There are huge number of plugins for social sharing which can bring in a huge difference to your site.
However, you need to choose your option wisely. It is ok to pay a few dollar and go for a premium quality plugin as you get quality design, features and regular update.