While WordPress comes with a lot of core functionality, it lacks a lot of much-needed features like Social Share Buttons.
This is where WordPress plugins come to rescue.
They fill the gaps, extend WordPress and offer you the features you want.
But finding the right plugin is not as easy as it sounds.
There are more than 50,000 plugins in the WordPress plugins directory which makes it even harder to find the right plugin for the right job.
A lot of these plugins are really awesome, but most of them are not what you will want to use.
So, here’s a list of the best Social Sharing Plugins that I know, use and recommend.
Top Social Sharing WordPress Plugins
Here’re the best Social Sharing Plugins for WordPress that you can just set and forget. Most of these are paid plugins, but some of these offer a free version so you can try before buying.
Best WordPress Share Plugins
Easy Social Share Buttons (I use this)
Ultimate Social Media
Simple Share Buttons Adder
Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress is one of the most complete and feature packed Social Sharing WordPress plugin.
It comes with 48 beautiful templates and offers a lot of customization options.
It supports more than 45 social networks and also has support for Mobile Apps like WhatsApp and Viber.
You can choose from 22+ display positions offered by the plugin.
It also comes with support for automatic display triggers that allow you to display your share buttons once an event has occurred.
It is one of the only plugins that supports A/B Split Testing.
It offers more than just social share buttons.
Note: I am personally using this plugin on this blog. 🙂
2. Social Warfare
Used by many professional bloggers, Social Warfare is one of the most popular social sharing plugins available for WordPress.
It is fully mobile responsive. It looks good on all screen sizes.
It does a lot of things other than adding share buttons to your blog. It allows you to add a Popular Posts widget to your sidebar that displays the most shared posts on your blog.
It also comes with support for Twitter Cards and OpenGraph Data.
Social Warfare comes with a lot of customization options allowing you to match it with your site’s design.
Monarch is an all in one social sharing plugin for WordPress.
Designed and Developed by Elegant Themes, it comes with over 35 social networks and 5 different display locations to choose from.
You can not only customize the position where your share buttons are displayed, but also the shape, size, color, and icons.
It also comes with 6 Automatic Fly-in and Pop-up triggers.
It is mobile responsive and looks great on all screen sizes.
4. Ultimate Social Media
Highest rated among all social media plugins on WordPress.
Very simple to set up, taking you through easy-to-answer questions (e.g. which icons to pick, where to show them on the site etc.).
Many design & placement options, possibility to animate icons, pop-ups to ask user to like or share your site, counts next to icons etc.
Outstanding plugin support, quick turnaround in case of questions
The free plugin is very comprehensive, and the premium version can do even more. See the video here.
5. Social Buzz
Social Buzz is a responsive Social Share WordPress plugin.
If you like the share buttons on Mashable.com, you will love this plugin. It not only adds Mashable like share buttons to all your posts and pages but also adds Mashable like Shares Graph.
It is fully responsive and looks great on all screen sizes.
Sumome is not really a WordPress plugin. It’s a subscription service that comes with a bunch of tools that will help you grow your email list, get more shares and grow your traffic.
It comes with over 16 popular social networks and a lot of display locations to choose from.
The share buttons are responsive and look good on mobile devices as well.
Sumome Share buttons come with a Share Smart Mode which when turned on, automatically rearranges share buttons on per-page basis based on the most clicked social networks.
It also comes with an Image Sharer app that adds share buttons on top of your images making it easier for your users to pin them on Pinterest.
With over 15 million websites using AddThis, it is one of the most popular services when it comes to share buttons.
It offers four types of share buttons you can use on your blog. It is mobile responsive just like all other plugins on this list and works great on mobile, laptop, and desktop devices.
It comes with an additional button with AddThis branding which when clicked, allows the user to choose from a wide variety of social networks.
This free WordPress plugin does just what it says.
It’s pretty easy to set up. Just choose the display location, image set and share text. You can also use your own images for share buttons.
Unlike other plugins in this list, this plugin doesn’t come with a lot of features. It’s a simple WordPress social sharing plugin you will want to use when all you need to do is add share buttons on all your posts and pages.
WP ShareX is a ultimate Social Sharing WordPress plugin developed by JoomDev.
It comes with some out of the box features and responsive yet attractive designs.
In WP ShareX, you have around 24 social sharing option and 4 animation along with 3 button styles.
You can set sharing button as floating side bar, above the content, Below the content or on the media.
Apart from this, you can hide social icons on mobile or tablet devices and set your custom hashtag for tweeting your article. You can embed twitter username along with the tweet as well.
When it comes to WordPress plugins, there are a lot to choose from, but what plugins you use on your website depends on what you need.
But on the other hand, if you are a pro and are looking for an all-in-one plugin, you can go with Easy Social Share Buttons (which I use), Monarch or Social Warfare. These three plugins are the most popular and offer the most functionality.
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