If you run a website, you know how challenging it’s to get traffic from social media, to make things a bit easier, you need to have proper social buttons on your website.
Today, I’m going to focus on the various ways you can add social media into your WordPress site and the best social media plugins for doing so. Taking one glance at the WordPress plugin repository, I know there is an amazing number of choices when it comes to social media plugins.
So this WordPress Wednesday I’ve put together what I think are some of the best social media WordPress plugins available right now, their features.
1. Sumo Share
Sumo Share is a social sharing WordPress plugin that is very easy to use, with Sumo Share you can connect over 65 services using this plugin and grow your website’s traffic.
The plugin is fully responsive, and its drag-and-drop setup will help you place sharing buttons anywhere on your website.
A great feature of this plugin is that you can enable smart sharing, which automatically decides which sharing options are most effective on a page and displays that option first. You can download your share data and enable UTM tracking with Sumo Share.
- Connect over 65 services
- Easy to setup
- Smart sharing
- Google Analytics integration
- Download share data
Sumo Share is free to use but doesn’t have all the features included. But to make use of all features inSumo Share, you can purchase the pro version which starts at $25.00 per month and with this plan it includes all the other products that Sumo offers.
Simple Share Buttons Adder, simply adds share buttons into your posts and pages, so there’s no fuss, no mess. The buttons can be customised using CSS, you can change the icon, hover colours, or even create your own pre-defined themes.
You can select the social networks you want to display, the plugin allows you to add sharing buttons of over 15 networks. The plugin also gives the ability to add buttons using a shortcode.
And this plugin gives you the ability to change the CTA text, font family, font weight, font colour, font size, and text placement. You can also style the container and enable rounded corners, change container border colour, container padding, and more.
- Connect over 15 networks
- Customize button style using CSS
- Customise CTA style
- Shortcode support
It’s available for free, through the WordPress plugins repository.
Jetpack social sharing is one of the most used options for social sharing for WordPress, where you can display simple sharing buttons on your site. It supports well over ten different networks that you can display to get shares to your content.
But, also it allows you to create your own sharing buttons, simply you will just have to give your service a name, the sharing URL, and a icon. The plugin also supports adding an email button and you can even choose where the buttons are displayed, and hide buttons on mobile.
Most of these functions can’t be achieved directly, as you will have to edit your functions.php file to make these changes, which makes this plugin very difficult to use if you don’t want to get that technical about it. Though you can still display these sharing buttons at the end of your post using this plugin.
- Create your own sharing buttons
- Hide buttons on mobile
- Choose the position of the sharing buttons
This plugin is for free and the sharing functionality is enabled by default if you have Jetpack plugin installed on your website.
This plugin is for you if you are looking for a simple social sharing plugin for WordPress without any superior features, you can display sharing buttons on your website using this tool. With this plugin it allows you to choose from over 100 social networks.
AddToAny gives you the ability to show share counters, display floating share buttons, and custom share icons. Not only this, but you can also control the placement of the share buttons. They can be displayed before or after the content.
You can also display a vertical or horizontal sharing bar. The plugin integrates with Google Analytics as well making it easy for sharing analytics.
Other than this, AddToAny Share Buttons integrate with Bitly and Google URL Shortener too.
- Responsive & retina ready
- Select from over 100 social networks
- Display share counts on posts and pages
- Compatible with WooCommerce
- Loads asynchronously
- Google Analytics integration
- Bitly & Google URL Shortener integration
- Control the position of sharing buttons
The plugin is free and is perfect for you if you don’t want to use any paid plugin with so many features.
Monarch is a social sharing plugin for WordPress, the design of the sharing buttons is beautiful, and with Monarch you can display sharing buttons from over thirty different social networks.
With this plugin it allows you to display sharing buttons on five different locations, this includes a floating sidebar, above & below content, on images and videos, or showing a sharing pop-up, and more There’s six different triggers for the sharing pop-up and fly-in, where you can trigger the pop-up at a specific time, or at the bottom of the post, when a user leaves a comment, upon scrolling, after inactivity, and after making a purchase.
You can display follow buttons as a widget in your sidebar or use the shortcode. The plugin allows you to display share counts and network names. You can also choose a different colour for the share buttons.
- Attractive buttons
- Over 35 social networks available
- Triggers for pop-ups and fly-ins
- Widget and shortcode support
- Share statistics
- Import/Export data
You will have to purchase the Elegant Themes yearly membership which includes all other products Elegant Themes to download Monarch, and the yearly access costs $89 per year.
Social Warfare is an excellent and lightning-fast social sharing plugin for your WordPress website, and with this plugin, you can add impressive sharing buttons anywhere on your website.
The plugin is very fast and responsive so that the social sharing buttons don’t block your content in any manner. Another great feature of this plugin is its Share Recovery feature as it allows you to save your share counts whenever you move to a different domain name or whether you are moving to SSL.
You can control the title and description when someone shares your content on social media. You can also create shareable quotes, display Twitter cards, display share buttons using shortcodes etc.
- Extremely fast
- Customise the design of the sharing buttons
- Display Twitter cards
- Create shareable quotes
- Widget for displaying popular posts
- Developer friendly
- Analytics integration
If you can download Social Warfare for free from the WordPress plugins repository or if you want the pro version of the plugin is available which costs $29.00 year.
The Easy Share Buttons For WordPress is the complete social media plugin for your WordPress site, with this plugin you can increase social shares, grow your profile, and get new subscribers using this plugin, and this plugin allows you to display sharing buttons from well over thirty networks.
Also, you have access from over 50 templates for social sharing, 30+ animations and more than 20+ design positions.
Also it lets you add after-share actions so you can engage with your users in a better way and you can add a subscribe form using Easy Social Share Buttons and grow your email list.
- 50+ templates
- 20+ design positions
- 30+ animations
- After-share options
- Email opt-in form
- Social followers counter
- Facebook Messenger & Skype live chat
- Analytics and reports
- Shareable quotes
- A/B testing
- Live button customizer
- eCommerce compatible
- Shortcode and widget support
- Short URL support
The plugin costs only $19.00, and you get all these features in this social sharing plugin.