Social media is everywhere these days, so it’s imperative that your website has the ability to link your social media platforms on the site. This makes it easier for users on your website to follow your social platforms and allows you to easily make your content seen on your site. But with so many different social share plugins for WordPress, it can be quite overwhelming trying to figure out which one to choose.
Of course, you’ll want to choose the best one and the easiest one to install, but you might feel lost if you don’t know what to look for in a quality WordPress social media plugin. Honestly, the main problem many have is performance.
Since many of these plugins have to load extra stylesheets and scripts, you’ll see a difference in how slow your site might load. Because of this, you’ll need to find a balance between performance of your site and features. If you choose a social share plugin with loads of features, it might be great, but it will also most likely slow down your site and affect user experience.
Next, you’ll need to decide which social networks you’ll want featured more prominently on your site. Fewer options can reduce all the clutter and provide a better user experience overall.
To help you find the best social sharing WordPress plugins, here is my list of the best options for your website:
Total downloads: 200,000+
A WordPress social sharing which let’s you add share icons for RSS, Email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, ‘Share’ (covering 200+ other social media platforms) and upload custom share icons of your choice.
- Pick from 16 different designs for your social media share icons
- Give several actions to one social media share icon (e.g. your facebook share icon can lead visitors to your Facebook page, and also give visitors the opportunity to like your page)
- Decide to give your social media icons an animation (e.g. automatic shuffling, mouse-over effects) to make your visitors aware of the share icons, increasing the chance that they follow/share your blog
- Make your social media icons ‘float’ or ‘sticky’
- Allow visitors to subscribe to your blog by Email
- Add ‘counts’ to your social media buttons
- Decide to display a pop-up (on all or only on selected pages) asking people to follow/share you via your social media icons
- Decide to display sharing-buttons and social media icons at the end of every post
- Select from many other customization features for your social media icons!
Total downloads: 100,000+
The WordPress Share Buttons Plugin from AddThis makes it easier than ever for your audience to spread your content around the web.
The Plugin lets you connect to over 200 social channels including Messenger, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and many more.
Total downloads: 100,000+
The Simple Share Buttons Adder does exactly what it says – adds share buttons to all of your posts and pages, simply.
Total downloads: 80,000+
Sassy Social Share enables your website users to share the content over Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn, Whatsapp, Tumblr, Pinterest, Reddit and over 100 more social sharing and bookmarking services.
This is the Simplest and Smoothest Social Sharing plugin with optimized and great looking vector icons.
- GDPR Compliant
- Compatible with Gutenberg editor
- Compatible with myCRED (append myCRED referral ID at the end of the url being shared)
- Around 100 Social Sharing/Bookmarking services
- Social Media follow icons (Redirect website visitors to your Social Media pages)
- Share counts are supported for Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Buffer, Reddit, Pinterest, Odnoklassniki, Fintel and Vkontakte
- FREE Icon Customization options
- Options to specify sharing icon shape – Square, Round and Rectangular
- Options to specify sharing icon size – minimum 16 pixels, no upper limit
- Options to specify sharing icon backround color and logo color
- Share counter customization options
- Enable share count cache with option to control cache refresh time-frame
- Enable/Disable vertical/floating sharing interface on mobile device
- Url Shortening Service integration
- Standard and Floating layout for Social Share icons
- Customizable Target Url for Social Sharing
- Rearrange Order of Social Share icons
- Specify Position of Social Sharing Bar with respect to content – Top and Bottom
- Enable/Disable Social Sharing on default/custom post types
- Enable/Disable Social Sharing on individual pages/posts
- Enable/Disable total/individual social share count(s)
- Mobile Responsiveness
- Compatible with AMP
- Enable Social Sharing at WooCommerce products
- Official Like Buttons (Facebook Like, Twitter Tweet, Google +1 etc.)
- Widgets and Shortcodes
- Compatible with BuddyPress, BBPress, WooCommerce
- Multisite Compatible
- Supports HTTPS enabled websites
Total downloads: 70,000+
Get more social shares which can lead to more website traffic with the best WordPress social sharing plugin! Built by a group of social media marketing experts and world class developers who are obsessed with performance.
Total downloads: 70,000+
A free Social Media Plugin, professional and highly customizable plugin for social media sharing and optimizing of your valuable content.
- High Performance Social Media Icons – easy to use – Share Buttons for the most common networks
- High Resolution lossless vector font share button icons
- Show the Total Social Media Share count at a glance
- Object and transient caches to provide incredibly fast execution speed of Social Media Icons
- Extensible with many Add-Ons (Google Analytics, More Social Networks, Responsive, YouTube Video Share and more…)
- Developer friendly with several filters and actions.
- Highly customizable
- Smart (virtual) share count function. Add virtual shares to new articles. Use psychological aspects to increase real shares.
Total downloads: 60,000+
Integrate Social Login, Social Share and Social Comments at your website easiest and simplest possible way.
- Select from a wide range of social share platforms (see a list of them below)
- Pick from 16 stylish design styles for your social share buttons
- Place the social share buttons before or after posts, floating, via widget, via shortcode, or define the location on the page (top right, bottom left etc.)
- Give several actions to one social share button (e.g. your Facebook icon can lead visitors to your Facebook page, and also show a Facebook button to share your page on social media)
- Give your social share buttons an animation (e.g. automatic shuffling, mouse-over effects) to make your visitors aware of them, increasing the chance that they follow, like or share your site
- Add counts to your share buttons
- Display a pop-up (on all or only on selected pages) asking people to follow or share you
- Allow visitors to subscribe to your site and receive new posts automatically by email
- Select from many other customization features for your social share buttons
Total downloads: 60,000+
Social Pug is one of the easies to use social sharing plugin available. It let’s you add highly customizable social share buttons that will integrate beautifully with your website’s design, leading to increased interactions and social media shares.
The free version of the plugin comes with five of the biggest social media platforms, mainly Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
For each social media platform you can customize the social share button to your liking. You can choose to have a simple social media icon share button, a share button with a bold label to catch the eye and even social sharing buttons with social share counts, so that you visitors have social media proof.
You can place the social sharing buttons before and after the post content or have them follow your readers as they scroll up and down the page, in the form of a social media floating sidebar.
- Before and After Content Social Share Buttons – Place the social share buttons right before your content, after your content or both
- Floating Sidebar Social Share Buttons – Make the social share buttons follow the user as he/she scrolls up and down your webpage by adding floating buttons on the left or right side of the screen
- Social Share Counts and Total Share Counts – Display social share counts for all social media networks, including Twitter
- Editable Button Labels – Edit the labels that appear in the share buttons, to maximize your engagement
- Retina Ready Sharp Share Icons – Social Pug uses an icon font to display the best looking social media icons on any screen
Total downloads: 50,000+
AccessPress Social Share is a Free WordPress plugin to allow anyone easily share website content (page, posts, image, media) on major social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Digg ) by the use of the latest APIs on your website!
- Beautifully designed 5 themes to select from.
- Major 6 social media included (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Digg).
- Latest use of APIs to fetch data
- Auto updates on all APIs
- Option to select which social media profile to show
- Display order for selected social media
- Cache setting – you can set a cache period to avoid frequent API calls.
- Shortcode – You can display the social share easily anywhere by using shortcode [apss-share].
- Fully Responsive – compatible with mobile devices.
- User friendly and very interactive user interface
Total downloads: 40,000+
Simple Social Buttons adds ( with lots of options like Sidebar, inline, above and below the posts content, on photos, popups, fly ins ) an advanced set of social media sharing buttons to your WordPress sites, such as: Google +1, Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Sharing your social media networks on your site is important and something every site should feature. To make things easier for you, there is an abundance of social share WordPress plugins to choose from.
However, some are better than others and hopefully you’ll find that my list made choosing the best one easier! But remember, just make sure the one you chose works with your site and doesn’t interfere with the users’ experience!
To view more social sharing plugins, check out our Social Media WordPress plugins.