11 WordPress Social Sharing Plugins
That Will Maximize Your Social Media Reach
Remember the days when social media websites weren’t that promising, when an RSS feed and search engines were the only way to find certain blogs and websites?
But today you need social media websites.
You can accomplish this by using free WordPress social sharing plugins
If you are not sharing your website or business via social media, you are missing out.
Social media websites are not what they used to be.
They are not just websites to keep your friends and family updated of what you’re up to while on a tropical island vacation.
It has become one of the most
necessary ways to introduce new products and ideas or even to boost an established website or business.
What are the other benefits social media can give us?
With the rapid growth of mobile gadgets that allow surfing the internet anywhere you go, social sharing becomes a huge part of everyday life.
It helps engage readers, spread the news, and encourage fans to even become hooked on their favorite brands or websites.
Social sharing becomes a huge part of everyday life.
Furthermore, the major social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and LinkedIn become essential in boosting traffic to the site and improving your search engine ranking.
This is where social media plugins can help your WordPress website.
WordPress developers create social media plugins which enable readers to share their favorite articles, pictures, or products with their family, friends, and coworkers.
Before it was introduced, most website owners would “social share” their content manually by adding the article links to social sharing networks.
But now as the WordPress social sharing plugin becomes so popular, sharing relevant or interesting content is so easy.
Here is my list of Free Social Media Plugins that you can install for your users to help you share interesting and relevant blog posts quickly and effortlessly.
1 - Social Media Widget
The Social Media Widget is an easy-to-use sidebar widget which currently has 200,000 plus installs and runs from WordPress version 2.9.2 up to 4.2.5.
It’s now on its 4.0.4 download version.
This free social plugin lets users input their social media website profile links and other subscription options to show an icon on the sidebar to that social media site and more that launch in a separate browser window.
It includes 4 icon packages; namely they are the Default, Sketch by the TheG-Force and Handycons, Heart by The Design Superhero, and Cutout.
It also allows you to customize the design if you want to have your own look and feel.
In addition, it includes multiple animations.
You can choose from Fade In (you can choose the starting opacity too!), Scale (zoom in), Bounce, and Combo (all three). However, since these are all CSS3 style animations, some IE versions might not support it. IE6-7 isn’t supported at all, although IE8 will support Scale.
In IE6-8, icons will not be animated and use 100% opacity.
2 - Sexy Bookmarks
The Sexy Bookmarks plugin is compatible with WordPress version 3.0 up to 4.3.1 with 80,000 plus installs so far.
This social widget is a 1-click easy for your visitors to share your content with their friends with Shareaholic's award-winning Share Buttons.
It has a 100% built-in and customizable approach and has every app you need.
You can choose from several themes to match your site’s design or personalize your own to create a custom look.
This plugin includes all the major social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram).
You can also add the option to share your content via email and instant messenger.
And finally there is a Related Content configuration panel which will help you drive page views and increase time or stay on your site.
3 - Sharebar
If you are into adding a dynamic and fully customizable vertical box to the left of your blog post that contains links/buttons to popular social networking sites, then Sharebar is meant for you.
This social widget is compatible with WordPress version 2.0 to the latest version of WordPress. It has 10,000 plus active installs to date.
This social media plugin is ideal for wide blogs. Sharebar comes with Big Buttons, which appears vertical to the left of the post.
However, Sharebar only supports 6 major and widely used social networking sites.
It only includes the following social sharing buttons.
4 - Social Media Feather
The Social Media Feather is compatible with WordPress version 3.1 to the latest version of WordPress to date.
So far there are 100,000 plus active installs.
One of the best things about having this social media plugin in your WordPress site is its ability to link your social network profiles to your site and the feature that allows your visitors to like your social page while they’re on your site.
The social media buttons can easily and automatically be added to all your posts, pages or any other custom post types.
You can customize the available skins with cool effects like fading and greying out social icons to match your WordPress site’s theme.
You can get social sharing counters that load dynamically, only when necessary, thus not weighing in on visitors who don't use them.
5 - Shareaholic
Shareaholic is compatible with the WordPress version 3.0 version to the latest version to date.
There are 100,000+ active installs.
- related content recommendations
- promoted content
- social sharing
- site monetization apps such as affiliate linking
- social analytics
You will be able to configure Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Buffer, Google Plus, and a lot more social media websites for this plugin.
Not only has that… it officially supports Google's URL shortener (goo.gl) and Google Analytics and other URL shorteners such as Bitly (including custom tracking), J.mp, TinyURL, Goo.gl, Shr.lc.
6 - Share Buttons by AddToAny
Share Buttons by AddToAny is compatible with WordPress version 2.8 to the version to date.
Share Buttons by AddToAny is now actively installed on over 200,000 websites.
It helps your site visitors share your content to social media platform such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Reddit, and over 100 more sharing and social media sites and apps.
AddToAny's plugin has become one of most popular share plugins for WordPress, making sites social media ready since 2006.
It comes with not just share buttons but also includes:
- Counters - fast and official share counts in the same style
- Floating share buttons - responsive and customizable, vertical and horizontal
- Vector share and follow buttons (SVG icons)
- Universal Share Button and Smart Menu
- Individual share links and custom share icons
Also, you can choose from over 100 services such as third-party buttons including the Facebook Like Button, Twitter Tweet Button, Pinterest Pin It Button, Google+ Share Button and Google +1 Button.
In addition, its universal email sharing makes it easy to share via Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook.com (Hotmail), AOL Mail, and any other web and native apps.
7 - AddThis Sharing Buttons
Running actively on 200,000 plus installs, and the AddThis Sharing Buttons social media plugin has compatibility to up to the latest version of WordPress.
After you install his plugin, your visitors can easily share your content with over 200 social platforms and bookmarking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, and Reddit!
It’s clean and simple and can be easily tailored to your WordPress site’s theme.
8 - Mashshare
With 20,000 plus active installs, Mashshare is compatible with WordPress Version 3.6+ or higher.
Mashshare is recognized as The Social Media Ecosystem, as it’s created to help optimize your valuable content.
This free Social Media Icons Plugin is professional, highly customizable, updated on a regular basis, and provides technical support on a timely manner.
What makes Mashshare different from the other social media plugins?
- easy to use Share buttons for major and popular social networking and bookmarking sites.
- high resolution lossless vector font share button icons which also show the total social share count at a glance.
- extensible with many add-ons like Google Analytics, More Social Networks, Responsive, YouTube Video Share and more...
- several filters and actions, making it a developer-friendly social media plugin.
- smart (virtual) share count function adds virtual shares to new articles. This strategy, which targets psychological aspects, can help you increase real shares.
9 - WP Share Buttons
With over 4,000 plus active installs, WP Share Buttons is compatible with WordPress version 3.0.1 to the latest version of WordPress.
WP Share Buttons comes with beautifully designed icons that you can select from.
You can set the size and position for your icons and then place them where they will be mostly convenient to your visitors.
10 - AddToAny
With over 200,000 active installs, AddToAny is known to be of a credible social sharing plugin not just for WordPress hosted sites but many other hosting site platforms.
It is compatible with WordPress version 2.8 and higher.
AddToAny stands out among other plugin choices. It loads asynchronously so your content always loads before or in parallel with AddToAny.
Plus, it supports theme features such as HTML5 and XHTML, widgets, infinite scroll, post formats, and localization and multisite networks.
Best thing is it has no signup, no login, and no account required.
11 - Simplified Social Sharing
Simplified Social Sharing is compatible with WordPress versions 3.4 to the latest version of WordPress with 9,000 plus active installs.
With more than 22 billion shares viewed each and every day on the internet, imagine how sharing would become an increasingly important part of every website owner's marketing strategies.
Simplified Social Sharing allow your loyal visitors to share content on over 50 social networks, and send content via email or print.
The Plugin admin U/I come with a tab structure with various options for social sharing and managing everything.
All these plugins have the so many features you can use to give your visitors the options to share your content.
Make sure you test out a few on your website and choose the ones that fit your website design the best.
The best part is that all of them are 100% free.
I’m currently using a paid Social Media plugin service, Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress.
So far it is working out well, but like I said above, you need to test which one works best for your website.