30 Best WordPress Social Sharing Plugins For 2015
WordPress social sharing plugins. WordPress is home to over 35,000 plugins and there are over a few thousands social sharing plugins that you can choose for your WordPress blogs.
I hope you are looking for the best WordPress social sharing plugins for 2015 because in this article, you will find not the top 5 or 10 but 30 of the most popular social sharing plugins and those that you can use today (yes, right now) on your WordPress blogs.
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This post is really long, reaching the 2,000 words! To make reading much easier, I have divided this post into three parts (which I truly hope you like them):
- General WordPress social sharing plugins
- Pinterest sharing plugins
- Instagram sharing plugins
As a business consultant myself, I am a firm believer that social media in 2015 (and beyond) will focusing a lot on visual and therefore, I have included social sharing plugins for both Pinterest and Instagram.
General WordPress social sharing plugins
What is the best WordPress social sharing plugin?
These plugins are all-in-one plugins that allows you and your readers to share it across multiple social media platforms in just a few clicks.
1. Digg Digg
Created by Joel and Andrew from Buffer, this is one of the most popular WordPress social sharing plugins out there. It supports many forms of layouts, floating sharebar and major social media platforms as well. What makes Digg Digg super popular among bloggers is because it is extremely easy to setup.
Even for a free WordPress plugin, it comes with many juicy features which are important for many (including me). Shareaholic offers both floating and non floating social sharing buttons and it also has related posts feature inbuilt with it. Creating a free account with Shareaholic will enable you to access to many social analytics reports.
I usually buy a lot of plugins on a monthly basis but this is the only social sharing plugin I bought which is for social sharing only.
When I saw several authority sites using this plugin, I was stoked.
I was wondering what is so good about it and it is on sale on CodeCanyon for $14.
I bought it, took me 24 hours to configure it from scratch and boom, I was one happy kid on the block.
Make no mistakes. Easy Social Share Button for WordPress is one of the most setting extensive plugins I ever seen. You have the ability to configure everything according to your liking. It also has social sharing templates taken directly from Mashable, Upworthy and CopyBlogger. All you need to have those settings up is to select and save (done in 5 seconds).
One of the old timers in WordPress social sharing plugins, Flare is still used by quite a few websites. The main selling point for Flare is that you can configure and set it up under 60 seconds. With the free price tag, you just can’t go wrong with it.
Filament is created by the team behind SlideDeck and Hello Bar. Yes, Flare (above) is apart of Filament as well. This tool serve as a 3-in-1 pack which includes Flare for social sharing, Passport for increasing social followers, and Ivy to make texts shareable directly from your blog.
The attraction point of using Filament is the ability to provide you with analytics taken directly from your blog and by analyzing your followers. I often consider this as a Google Analytics for social.
Probably the top 5 most downloaded WordPress social sharing plugins I have seen until date (yes, with over 2 million downloads from WordPress repository). The developers had put a lot of effort into this plugin as setting it up is easy and this plugin offers social analytics too!
This WordPress social plugin is more than just a sharing tool. It offers content discovery (related articles), analytics and conversation tools to take your social media marketing to the next level. For your information, this plugin is a monster with over 2 million downloads.
Don’t let the name cloud you from the truth.
This plugin works on both floating and non floating section. It comes with shortcode feature (which is awesome) and over 20 different social media themes to choose from.
I call this simplicity at its best!
Handcrafted by the guys behind WPBeginner and OptinMonster, you know that you’re in good hands. This is also one of the earliest social sharing plugins I used on all my sites because the codes are so damn clean, aka faster loading speed.
Even though it has some slight limitations, this is still a powerful and easy to use plugin for any WordPress users.
Looking for social media icons that are supporting retina display functions? This is one plugin you need to try out. It is really light (lighter is better for loading speed), simple and optimized for performance.
This is another popular WordPress social sharing button for many bloggers. This plugin is really slick as it’s easy to configure. Settings are very much straight forward and customization is highly achievable.
Slightly different from the rest, this plugin allows you to place social media icons on the sidebar of your blog. it has 4 popular icon packs to choose from and this is an awesome way to double your followers in no time.
Did you know that this plugin has a whopping, 3.4 million downloads from WordPress repository alone? One of the biggest reasons (for me) is that is looks awesome. The stock feeling and numerous social media platforms to choose from are huge plus points. There’s also a colour panel to customize the plugin colour.
Looking for a cheaper WordPress social sharing plugin? This plugin only cost $9 from CodeCanyon and to be honest, it is one of the cheapest and most affordable ones I have ever seen!
This plugin allows you to create powerful social share buttons and floating share bars on your WordPress blogs.
At the price of $11, you’re getting 24 hours support from the developer team, full responsive social sharing plugin and retina ready display. It also comes with an unique feature CSS3 animated effects for a nice finishing touch.
Created by the guys behind WordPress, JetPack sharing button is definitely one of those tools you need to have if you are a developer. Easy to use and highly customizable, you can’t go any wrong with this.
Created by the StudioPress team, this is a powerful social plugin for WordPress users. What makes it powerful?
- Easily customizable
- Multiple social media platforms to choose from
The only disadvantage? It works as a widget only.
This is a simple WordPress sharing plugin that does the job properly all the time. It creates a vertical sharebar to the left of the blog post to help boost social shares.
SumoMe is already a household name when it comes to it’s awesome plugin. I love working with SumoMe because it doesn’t require a plugin to work (even though you could install it). At this point of writing, it has 10 features which includes social sharing.
Choosing the share icons to be visible before post, after post, floating or mobile view is 100% possible without a plugin thanks to SumoMe. It comes with an even awesome price tag as well, $0.
20. Social Locker
Do you notice some authority sites are using social locker to increase their engagement rate, boost followers and make their posts go viral?
Social Locker is a WordPress 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 is a great tool to have especially when you want to double your engagement rate on social media. You can get it from CodeCanyon for only $24.
Another powerful (but highly affordable) social media sharing plugin for bloggers. Social Fans allows you to displaying your social accounts fans, subscribers and followers number on the sidebar. For only $16, you can easily create beautiful (and show off) your followers on social media gracefully.
When you need things to be done correctly (in this case, building a social sharing plugin), WP Social Sharing plugin is what you need. Simple to configure and responsive to mobile devices, this a very simple WordPress plugin that even beginners will find it useful.
WordPress plugins are created to help users like you and me solve our daily challenges. The same goes to social media sharing plugins and this is where Simplified Social Sharing comes into play. With this plugins, your readers can share it across over 50 different social platforms. Need less-complicated settings? Setting up this plugin is easy and it literally works out of the box.
WordPress social sharing plugins for Twitter
Let’s face it, I know there are many Twitter junkies out there and personally, I dig in to Twitter every day.
How about putting some firepower for your Twitter marketing? Here are some WordPress social plugins specially focused for Twitter.
ClickToTweet is managed by the team behind the popular WordPress plugin, CoSchedule. Now, you can start sharing posts into tweetable contents and they can be tweeted out in just one click.
Brainchild of the man behind BloggerJet, TweetDis is a powerful alternative to ClickToTweet. What I really love about TweetDis is the ability to customize the whole Twitter sharing experience. There are 12 different designs you can create and even further customize them.
The examples of TweetDis are used through this blog post.
WordPress social sharing plugin for Instagram
Do you know that there are social sharing plugins created specially for Instagram? With the influence of Instagram as a powerful image sharing platform, here are 5 plugins you can use to power up your Instagram marketing.
This plugins allows you to integrate images from your Instagram account into a widget or into content areas using short codes. It also allows you to display a link back to your Instagram account along with detailed stats of the photos uploaded. Visitors could also view your images using a slideshow which is totally awesome!
If you are looking for a plugin that is optimized for mobile devices, you don’t have to look any further. This WordPress plugin is a flexible Instagram solution that lets you display your images in a grid or a carousel and visitors can also view the images in lightbox mode. Just like Simply Instagram plugin, you can display images using a widget mode or short code.
If you are looking for an Instagram plugin that does all the basic jobs, this is the plugin for you. With this plugin, you can display widgets to showcase your Instagram stats. The best part for this plugin is that it supports WordPress multisite feature.
If you are an Instagram addict and want to take it off to the next level on WordPress, you definitely need this plugin.
This plugin allows you to display images in thumbnail grids, lists, full screen mode, and more. It can pull images from the popular Instagram feed, hash tags, multiple users, and location. Plus, it comes with a responsive design which is plain awesome for mobile devices.
Make no mistake; this is a powerful Instagram plugin that focuses on speed and usability. This plugin caches images on your website to ensure that they are delivered to visitors quickly. It can also pull images from an Instagram user or from a hash tag.
It has supports for high pixel density devices and visitors can brows images using a lightbox gallery. All aspects of the widget including the image size, column count, and follow button can be customized accordingly which increased the usability and features by over a mile when compared to the rest of the competitors.
Do you have a favorite social sharing plugin for WordPress?
Of course, I certainly hope that you find this post useful and you’ll be able to find the best WordPress social sharing plugin that works for you. Feel free to tell me what you think or share your favorite social sharing plugin for WordPress using the comment form below.