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10 Best Social Sharing Plugins For WordPress In 2016

Best WordPress Social Sharing Plugins

Note: I’ve updated this post as of 11/06/2016, ready to help you in 2016 and beyond.

Finding a decent social sharing plugin for WordPress is more difficult than it should be.

Crazy isn’t it?

There are thousands of plugins in the WordPress repository yet I’ve found myself switching plugins far too often.

It shouldn’t be this way though.

It should be easier for us to find a functional social sharing plugin that does what we need it to.

Then there is the all important element of getting support when we need it.

The truth is that the right social plugin is out there for you. I’ve included my personal go-to social sharing plugin in this list along with some other plugins that will help you.

Whether it’s adding social share buttons, follower counts, encouraging social shares or monitoring social shares in WordPress – there’s a plugin here for you.

You’ll find both free and paid plugins.

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Top social sharing plugins for WordPress

Display elegant social sharing buttons with Monarch

Monarch From Elegant Themes

Monarch is a new social sharing plugin created by the team at Elegant Themes.

This plugin boasts some impressive features, it allows you to display share counts after they reach a certain number which is great for avoiding negative social proof.

In addition you can display social icons in your sidebar or other widget areas and you can monitor social shares in an impressive looking interface.

There are also several interesting placement options which include triggered popups and fly ins – these are designed to help you encourage social shares.

The plugin is well optimized and built with speed in mind but it still has all the important features you will need to encourage social shares.

Features:

  • Support for popular social networks.
  • Multiple display options.
  • Choose when share counts are displayed.
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Popover and fly in share boxes to encourage sharing.
  • Display social media icons in widgets or with shortcode.
  • Track social shares, likes and follows with built in statistics.

Price: $89/year (cancel anytime and get access to other plugins as well as 80+ WordPress themes).

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Encourage social sharing with Social Warfare

Social Warfare

Social Warfare is the most recent plugin I’ve added to this list but it’s also one of the most impressive.

Not only does it allow you to add visually stunning sharing buttons to your blog, but you also get access to a number of powerful features that can give you a massive boost in social shares.

One customer reported a 300% increase in social shares when using this plugin.

A few features stand out at helping here.

Firstly, you can upload Pinterest-specific images and descriptions. Pinterest has huge potential for driving traffic in certain industries but the problem is that most default images that are shared when your visitors hit the “Pin” button aren’t the right size.

I’ve noticed that when using tall images on Pinterest, I get a lot more traction than when I share shorter images. So, with Social Warfare you can create a Pinterest friendly image and upload it to your posts.

This won’t interfere with your regular featured images at all – awesome!

Secondly, you get the option to add tweetable quote boxes within your content and there are a bunch of smart designs to choose from. I’ve used these in the past with great success.

There are a bunch more too, this includes – custom tweets, hiding low share counts and a lot more.

This plugin is the complete social sharing package – with Social Warfare you’ll have everything you need to wow visitors and get more social media traffic.

Features:

  • Support for popular social networks.
  • A number of eye-catching themes.
  • Display total and individual share counts.
  • Display share counts only when above a specified number.
  • Display floating share buttons.
  • Add “click to tweet” boxes within your content.
  • Add custom tweet text for individual posts.
  • Upload Pinterest specific images and descriptions to your posts (great for boosting Pinterest traffic).
  • Tracks social shares with UTM tracking code (see exactly how much traffic this plugin is sending your way).
  • Fully mobile responsive.

Price: Starts from $24/year (cancel anytime).

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Make sharing easy across desktop and mobile with SumoMe Share

SumoMe Share

This isn’t your typical WordPress plugin.

SumoMe is a suite of apps designed to help you grow your traffic. While you can use these apps with any site that supports HTML, they have a specific WordPress plugin which makes setup extremely easy.

The app that allows you to add social sharing buttons is called “Share”, and it performs brilliantly.

There are a huge number of places that you can add your social buttons to and it’s all done by a clickable interface. Just click on where you want them to go. You can select a different placement for mobile devices too.

While SumoMe comes with a large number of features, I particularly like how you’re able to order your social sharing buttons by which networks are getting the most shares.

You also get access to basic analytics data showing you how many people are clicking on your share buttons – this can help you figure out which networks are most popular with your readers.

Features:

  • Supports a wide range of services including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp and more.
  • Easy-to-use interface.
  • Customize size and other aspects of your share buttons.
  • Huge number of options for placement of share buttons.
  • Choose various button placements for mobile devices.
  • Display rules allow you to choose which posts/pages your share buttons are added to along with other filtering options.
  • Significant control over how share counts are displayed – for example, you can choose to hide individual counts and show total counts, or only display counts over a certain number.
  • Additional apps available to grow your traffic, shares and email list.

Price: Free. You can upgrade to unlock advanced features on this and all other SumoMe apps starting at $20/month (paid annually).

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Get more social shares from visual content with Image Sharer

SumoMe Image Share

Image Sharer is another free app created by the SumoMe team and it’s responsible for an extra 1,800+ social shares across my more recent posts.

You can choose exactly which apps you want to use – if you have SumoMe already installed, it’s even easier to get started.

With this app, you can add share buttons to your images. This gives you an extra way to get more social shares (and in turn, more traffic) to your content.

There’s minimal setup with Image Sharer, but you do have some handy customization options available to you, along with a summary of the total shares.

You can pick which share buttons you want to add – Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Yummly are all available. I tend to get the most success with Pinterest as it’s a visually focused network.

Features:

  • Add share buttons to your images for Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and/or Yummly.
  • Choose which pages or devices these image sharing buttons are added to.
  • Choose where these buttons are added to images, for example – bottom left, middle, top right etc.
  • Built-in URL shortener makes your shared links look much cleaner.

Price: Free. You can upgrade to unlock advanced features on this and all other SumoMe apps starting at $20/month (paid annually).

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Do more with Easy Social Share Buttons For WordPress

Easy Social Share Buttons For WordPress

Easy Social Share Buttons For WordPress is possibly the most feature packed plugin I’ve ever come across.

You get access to a wide range of placement options and visual designs for starters.

There are also plenty of customization options for the visual designs and the plugin supports plenty of social networks.

You can manually place social share buttons, set share counts to be displayed after a number of your choosing along with plenty of other features.

While this all sounds great, there is always a cost for such a massive amount of features, that cost is speed and usability.

Fortunately, in a recent update, this plugin received an overhaul. The plugin is faster and the interface is cleaner. It’s not perfect but it’s much better.

I’ve listed some of the main features below, but there are so much more besides these.

Features:

  • Support for 40+ social networks (including WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber and more).
  • 22 different locations to add your share buttons.
  • 30 built-in templates.
  • 11 counter positions and 6 total counter positions.
  • Social fans counter & widgets.
  • Popups and fly-ins to encourage social shares.
  • Support for shortcode placement.
  • After share actions.
  • Customizable button text.
  • Built in social metrics.
  • Supports any custom post types.
  • Mobile optimized display.
  • Compatible with WooCommerce, JigoShop, WP eCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads.
  • Free add-ons such as post views, Facebook comments and AMP support.
  • Built-in email subscription option (currently supports MailChimp but I imagine more will be added in later versions).

Price: $19.

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Display share buttons and related content with Shareaholic

Shareaholic For WordPress

Shareaholic is more than just a WordPress plugin; you can also use it for a variety of different content management systems.

You have access to a variety of different looks for your social sharing buttons, all of which are more eye-catching than the usual native buttons.

You will need to register an account to access all of the features that Shareaholic has to offer, but it’s free which is awesome.

Unfortunately after someone shares a piece of content, they may see an advertisement – I don’t like the idea of this but they’ve got to support the plugin somehow.

Features:

  • Control whether or not share counts are displayed.
  • Support for WordPress, Tumblr, Drupal, Shopify and more.
  • Support for shortcode placement.
  • Support for social analytics.
  • Display related content.

Price: Free.

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Simple Share Buttons Adder does what it says on the tin

Simple Share Buttons Adder Plugin

This is a straight forward and easy to use plugin that allows you to add basic share buttons to your posts or pages.

Choose your location, placement, share text and image set – then you are ready to go.

I personally find this plugin lacking in features, but its very light weight.

Features:

  • Very light weight.
  • Various image sets.
  • Support for custom images.

Price: Free.

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Add simple sharing buttons with WP Social Sharing

WP Social Sharing

WP Social Sharing allows you to easily add sharing buttons for 6 of the main social networks.

This includes the likes of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

In the settings you will find the option to automatically display these share buttons. You can choose whether they appear on posts, pages, media and custom post types.

Features:

  • Supports 6 of the main social networks.
  • Allows you to customize social button text.
  • Resizes for mobile devises.
  • Add Twitter usernames to your tweets.
  • Add share buttons using shortcode.

Price: Free.

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Add a floating sidebar with Custom Share Buttons

Custom Share Buttons

The full name of this plugin is “Custom Share Buttons with Floating Sidebar”.

Not the most straight-forward name, but the plugin itself provides an easy solution to adding basic share buttons at the top of your content, or at the bottom.

You can choose whether it’s displayed on your home page, pages, posts or categories/archives – giving you a nice amount of control.

My only issue with this plugin is that the floating share buttons are only mobile responsive in the pro version of the plugin. But you do have the option to disable these buttons for anyone who visits your site with a mobile device.

Features:

  • Supports popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+.
  • Choose whether to display share buttons on your home page, pages, posts or categories/archives.
  • You can choose to hide the floating buttons for mobile devices which is helpful since the floating sidebar isn’t mobile responsive unless you purchase the pro version.

Price: Free.

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Display simple share buttons with AddToAny Share Buttons

AddToAny Share Buttons

AddToAny was one of the first tools I ever used for adding share buttons to my websites, and it’s still going strong.

One of the popular features about AddToAny is the universal button which allows users to hover over and get the option to share to other networks.

Although, I don’t think this is essential now – you’re likely to get more social shares if you limit the amount of networks that are displayed.

Still, you get plenty of features with AddToAny and it makes displaying share buttons straight-forward.

Features:

  • A huge range of social networks are supported along with email sharing.
  • Choose between several different icon sizes.
  • Choose where you want buttons to be placed.
  • Add buttons around your content or use shortcode to place it anywhere.
  • Google Analytics integration helps you monitor your progress.
  • Use custom icons if you want to use a style that isn’t included.

Price: Free.

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Which plugin should you choose?

Below I’ve put together some recommendations on which plugin might work best, based on certain circumstances:

SumoMe’s Share app works great if you’re looking for a plugin that’s free and offers significant functionality.

Social Warfare and Share are my top picks for plugins that give you control on how share counts and total share counts are displayed. This means you can either display them, or hide them until counts are above a certain number.

If you want a plugin that enables your readers to be able to share images that fit recommended sizes for social networks, without having to change your featured image size, Social Warfare will do that.

Simple Share Buttons Adder provides an easy (and free) solution for adding straight-forward social sharing buttons, without too many bells and whistles.

Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress is a great choice if you require very granular control over how share buttons are displayed. It has a crazy amount of features and most can’t be found in other plugins.

Share will enable you to track which share buttons are getting the most clicks and allow you to display share buttons in different locations for mobile users (this improves user experience).

 

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. This means I might receive a small commission if you make a purchase. My opinions are my own and I only recommend plugins that I believe will genuinely help you.

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  • Flare is good but I am facing some issues with it. First is that, I am unable to fix its position (it overlaps on the footer) and secondly the counts are not actual. It shows different count to me on different intervals.

    Apart from this, I found it a very effective and easy to use plugin with a very good UI.

    Anyone had the same issue?

    • Hey Sabih,

      The counts on mine were always really steady, although I have noticed occasional fluctuations in Google+ counts but this has only ever been in a metrics plugin that I see on the backend of my site and nothing to do with flare.

      I agree with you about it being easy to use with a good UI but I recently went back to Digg Digg, the more recent updates seem to be much better than when I first used it.

      • I have read a couple of reviews about Digg Digg but have’t tried it yet. How do you rate it in comparison with Flare and others. What I notice is that with every WordPress update a lot of such plugins get some bugs in it. May be there is some API issues.

        • Digg Digg’s sharing buttons aren’t as attractive as Flare’s but Digg Digg supports way more social media platforms and has a lot more customisable options. Also on most sites that I use Flare to add social buttons above and below posts I tend to have strange spacing issues (well recently anyway) – Digg Digg seems to be much better now thanks to the Buffer team. You just have so many more options to customize with Digg Digg.

          There will always be occasional bugs – with so many pieces of code and themes that it’s bound to cause issues.

          After every release there is going to be a time period of testing, receiving bug reports then pushing out updates I guess.

          Thanks for your comment!

  • Manthan

    Nice One.. Useful for our site Oshopindia.

  • Anis Thoha Manshur

    Hi Adam,

    Have you look at sexy bookmark or shareaholic, it also nice plugin I thought

    • You’re right, it’s a very good plugin.The truth is there are just so many social sharing plugins right now. Personally I’ve never found Sexy bookmarks, that sexy – but I’m just talking about aesthetics and I guess that’s always going to be a more personal thing.

  • Eric Huges

    Quick question Adam( love the favicon and the logo by the way) is there a widget for a multi-colored popular post widget like the one you have on your website? Also, I see you are using disquis. Whats the advantage of that over facebook comments, or the standard run of the mill wordpress comments thats come built in to every post. Thanks Adam

    • Hey Eric, thanks for the kind words.

      It’s a plugin called ‘Postskin’, you can find it here: http://bloggingwizard.com/loves/postskin (my affiliate link) or directly at http://postskin.com.

      There’s a few advantages over the native WordPress comments: earlier this year there was an update to Scrapebox that rendered pretty much all spam blocking plugins useless and majorly increased the level of spam. I went from 2 spam comments a day to well over 100.

      I installed Disqus and they stopped completely.

      You also get notifications and there’s a community tab to show top commenters etc.

      There’s also a content recommendation engine, it’s similar to the likes of Nrelate and Outbrain. You can choose to display related content on your own site or you can choose to splice that with external content and earn a bit of money from clicks (although you’d need a lot of traffic to make anything worthwhile).

      The main reason I keep Disqus is because of the spam protection. You can see when commenters have been flagged for spam in the past and they get an overall rep, unlike using systems like Akismet you can ultimately make the decision yourself as to whether you approve comments.

      Thanks again for your comment!

  • Andrey Andreev

    Hello, which plugin do you use on the images in this website for social network sharing?

    • Hi Andrey, it’s not a plugin, just a line of code. It’s free to setup at Markerly.com.

  • Hi

    Thanks for this useful list. I have a question I’m hoping you can help with. I’ve been using Get Social, but it sits on top of the content for mobile and IPad users, and I can’t work out how to stop it, so am thinking to change to another one like DiggDigg. But I don’t want to lose all the share counts that I have. Do you know if changing them will import the old counts?

    And also, sorry for the questions (can’t find help elsewhere!) do you know what might be causing a share bar like Get Social to sit on top of the content?

    Thanks so much

    • Hi Ethan,

      No problem at all.

      Don’t worry, if you change sharing plugin you will still keep the sharing counts, these come directly from the social network itself.

      There are a number of things that could cause this type of thing – it could be the theme itself or it could be another plugin that you have installed.

      Troubleshooting it could involve switching back to a default WordPress theme and deactivating all other plugins but ultimately that’s a bit of a meither and can interrupt the smooth operation of your website so it would probably be easiest to just switch over to Digg Digg instead.

      • Thanks for the reply Adam – very helpful and much appreciated:-)

  • Alison R

    Great article! Are you using Triberr for your bio plugin? How did you get all your additional information in the author area?

    • Thanks Alison! It’s not the Triberr plugin, it’s a plugin called ‘Fanciest Author Box’ that makes it all possible. It is a paid plugin, although there is a free version that has limited functionality (you can find more here: http://codecanyon.net/item/fanciest-author-box/2504522).

      Thanks for checking out the post.

  • I’m searching for the FASTEST loading social plugin (sharing plugin) for WordPress.

    I notice there are some bad pluginswhich increase the load time significantly ;(

    Thanks!

    • Melroy – I haven’t tested each and every social plugin unfortunately and there can be a variance when testing these types of things so I may get a different result to you.

      As a starting point you could try Sociable as it appeared quite fast on my last test and also Digg Digg.

      You can then test them with the P3 Profiler Plugin to see which one is best with your current setup.

      • Yea, p3 profiler is great. I also use Yslow plugin for Firebug, to measure the impact of my site.

        I currently use social plugin from shareaholic (sexybookmarks), works great and fast. Maybe I will try anyadd or something.

        • I like Yslow too but if the Shareaholic plugin is working well for you and running fast I’m not sure why you would want to change it.

    • If you’re using Genesis framework there is a plugin called Genesis optimized total share that loads all scripts asynchronously, which really helps your page load times.

      • Geoff – thanks for mentioning Genesis Optimized Social Share. Looks very interesting, definitely going to take a look at this for possibly using on some of my sites.

  • Digg Digg is my all time fav! Great post Adam. 🙂

    • One of my all time fav’s too! Thanks Anirudh!

  • I was a long time Digg Digg user, but I switched to Professional Share this summer, never looked back. I also use a second plugin to layer Pin It buttons on top of images and of course a custom theme which makes my blog support all the structured meta data formats.

    • Thanks for your comment, Andrew.

      Interesting to here about Professional Share, what’s it like in terms of features?

      Layer Pin is very good, but I’ve started using Markerly.com which allows for Pin buttons and other share buttons. It also adds share buttons when content is highlighted.

  • RollTideWarEagle

    Great info. I’m downloading Flare to give it a run. Thank you.

  • Dennis Manzhul

    Great article! Great tip with Markerly. Images are a huge part of my website as you can see http://www.draperyavenue.com

    The question I have is the social links you have at the top of your blog, right of your blog logo/name. How do I set something up like that for my website. It would fit perfectly. With the neutral gray lighting up as you hover over the image with the different colors of the social buttons.

  • I have been using sharaholic & love the look, however I have noticed too many bugs & errors after their updates. I am going to switch to flare (*based on the comments below) Thank you for the article. 😀

    • Happy to help. Quite interested to know what issues you have been having with Shareaholic?

      Thanks!

      • The issues have been resolved now & I switched back. Their update switched all the features to their default settings & would not change. Also, the twitter button never lets me post & my google+ always shows 0 ….I hope they get those fixed too.

        • That’s good to know, thanks!

          Hope they do – it’s a great plugin.

  • marie george clouet

    Hi Adam and thank you for your list 🙂
    May I recommand you the ” most shared plugin” ? It concerns those who are using the authorship markup, The plugin is able to display and import the articles you have tagged, even from outside your blog.

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/wordiz-most-shared-articles-for-authors

    • Hi Marie, my pleasure.

      Thanks for your suggestion – I’ll check it out.

  • I still have Sharaholic on several of my blogs, but I installed Simple Share Buttons Adder on AskLindaSherman dot com and I really like it. Very light. It doesn’t attempt to read your analytics. It has a vertical option. I need to spend some time playing with customizing it, when I get some time (no time soon). What you see on my blog is the default. I found it in a blog post at ManageWP.

    Thanks for the update on Flare Adam. I’ve been seeing it around and was curious too. I looked at Nick Patel’s blog (after fighting my way through at least 5 pop-ups) and looking at “view source” I think “TrulySocial” is now his social sharing plug-in. I had previously looked at the source on a site that is currently using Flare and saw Moz mentioned in the Flare css. I see Moz uses Flare but are they more deeply connected?

    • Hi Linda, thanks for your comment!

      I really like the look of Simple Share Buttons Adder, not so keen on the forced attribution link though. That might have changed though, it was a while since I last tried it.

      I definitely like how it looks!

      My pleasure. I think Neil Patel has had his sharing plugin custom designed – I’ve tried tracking down the actual plugin but can’t seem to find it.

      I think the mention of Moz is short for Mozilla – not 100% sure because I’m not a coder though. I think Moz use regular social buttons that Twitter, Facebook and G+ provide.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

    • Any luck finding that trulysocial plugin?? I noticed it on Neil’s blog too and really want to have it on my own site! 🙂

      • Hey Kenny,

        I’ve been doing some more searching but still no look.

        I’m pretty sure it’s a custom job.

        The guys at Inkthemes.com managed to replicate it on their own blog but again, they did it as a custom job too.

  • This is thorough review on social plugins. I learned many aspects of this plugin. So far I am using Add This and pretty happy with it. But seems I have to explore the other plugins, especially the premium plugins because the freebie sometimes not exactly can satisfy my needs. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Thanks Rio. Great to hear you’re getting on well with AddThis. I’ve had exactly the same experience and recently moved to a premium sharing plugin myself. My pleasure.

  • Muscho

    Hey Adam, which plugin are you using on here?

    • Hey Muscho,

      It’s a plugin called ‘easy social share buttons for WordPress’.

      I’m planning a re-write of this post soon to include it, since it’s a plugin that I’ve only started using recently.

      I think it’s about $12.

      Here’s my aff link: http://codecanyon.net/item/easy-social-share-buttons-for-wordpress/6394476?ref=bloggingwizard

      They keep rolling out updates and one thing I like about it in particular is that the developers take user feedback very seriously. A while back I submitted 2 feature requests and both were implemented.

  • I appreciate the effort you’ve put into this list, Adam. I’ve tried numerous free social sharing plugins for http://www.leadershipthoughts.com and haven’t been entirely happy with any of them.

    Most recently I was using the Shareaholic plugin. The plus points are ease of use and customisation. But, I’ve found it to be buggy. For instance, only showing the Twitter button or showing everything twice on certain posts. Regrettably, I dropped it because I wasn’t getting any response from their support.

    So, I’ve gone with your current choice: Easy Social Share Buttons. Brilliant! And, a bargain.

    Thanks again.

    • Thanks Martin.

      I’ve noticed similar issues with Shareaholic, although I’ve usually got a fast response from them, particularly on Twitter.

      Still, more often than not, the most straight forward solution is to swap out free plugins for another.

      Glad you’re liking the Easy Social Share Buttons plugin, I completely agree – a great price.

      I love how their support team are able to roll out updates so fast.

      I asked for them to add support for ManageWP.org. They emailed me a beta version within 2 days. Never experienced anything like it.

      My pleasure, really glad you’ve found this helpful!

  • I have thought about moving to Flare. I bought Ultimate Social Deux from Code Canyon earlier in the year. I have been pretty happy with it. I like that you can match the icons to your site’s colors.

    • Hi Wendy,

      I like the look of the Ultimate Social Deux plugin. It’s on my list to check out, I’m noticing more and people use it.

      If you’re happy with it, I’d stick with it. A few days ago I read a comparison which showed Flare to be one of the slowest plugins to load.

      I’m planning to re-write this entire post soon to cover some of the newer plugins 🙂

  • Jeffrey Reyes

    great compilation! i’m using shareaholic on my site http://www.pisoandbeyond. com. Thanks for this!

  • I’m sure you’ll find some of these useful, Bruno. Thanks for dropping by!

  • Excellent article Adam, I was looking for something similar where I can compare the social plugins according to requirements and came through this blog. I have already used some of them but not some premium ones. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks! Glad you’ve found the post useful 🙂

  • Martin

    I am quite disappointed by your article, especially because I believed that you wrote all important information. I bought your favorite plugin-Easy Social Share Buttons
    Don’t you think you forgot to mention that without Premium fee (24$) there is no possibilities to show only some icons. I don’t have Rss feed, Pinterest, Google +, but I still need to show all icons.
    Thank you I appreciate such help!

    • Hi Martin,

      Thanks for your comment and sorry you were disappointed, although I am a bit confused as to why.

      The cost of the plugin ($14) was stated below the features list, like with the other plugins. And it’s fit for the purpose of this post which is “social sharing plugins”. I use it myself and prefer it to every sharing plugin I have used in the past.

      Also you mentioned not having Pinterest, G+ etc but still needing to show all icons. Is there any particular reason why?

      From a user experience perspective, displaying links to social accounts you don’t have is bad practice. Users would have nowhere to go and it wouldn’t serve a purpose as far as I can see.

      Would be interested to hear why you are looking to do this.

      It’s worth noting that the developers of this plugin are incredibly helpful, if there is a feature that you want to see in the plugin that isn’t already there, they invite customers to give them suggestions

  • No worries, Martin. Very happy to hear that it is working fine 🙂

    I prefer to display basic icons which link to my social profiles. For this I use a widget included in my theme. There are plenty of free alternatives for this like: https://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-social-icons/

    The one with Easy Social Share Buttons is more complex due to how much can be done with it, I’d recommend speaking with the developers, they should have some documentation for this or be able to explain how to do this easily.

  • thomas

    Hi Adam,
    your post is awesome, i totally agree on the fact that it’s not easy as it seems to find a good social plugin. Actually , I work on a website who will be on the Chinese Web.
    My problem is that every plugin you told us, are OK with facebook or occidental social networks.
    But i don’t find a good one with Jquery sliding, who countains Chinese social sharing. Like Weibo, Wechat, QQ.
    Maybe one of those you talk could be customed ? I looking threw web since 3 months, and i don’t find anything fine with that. I’m desperate ^^
    Thanks for your job!

    • Hi Thomas,

      Thanks for the kind words.

      Sounds like you need something very specific and I’m not 100% sure of any plugin that does include this.

      One option could be to list out the features you need then contact the developers of Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress. The reason I say this is they have a very good approach to user feedback.

      They may not be able to add the functionality you need but it’s worth asking.

      The alternative would be getting a custom built plugin, although it can be expensive. Maybe worth looking on Odesk.com.

  • Ultimate-WP

    Thanks for listing us Adam!

  • Davidsneal

    Don’t forget Simple Share Buttons Plus 😉 https://simplesharebuttons.com/plus/

    • Good call, David. Simple Share Buttons Plus is looking slick. Especially on mobile!

      • Davidsneal

        Thanks very much Adam!

  • Hi Adam. I’m currently using Shareaholic, but their support is lousy. I emailed them with some questions three weeks ago, they did get back to me in a week, but haven’t responded to my follow up in over two weeks now. I’m trying to understand how the share tally works for all these plugins. So for example, say I make a post to my Facebook page and link back to my website post. Just for the sake of argument, say I get a total of 100 likes, shares, and comments. Will those engagements tally on the sharing plugin at my website post? If not, how does it actually work? Thanks.

    • Hi Robert, that’s disappointing to hear. I used to tweet them questions and they were pretty responsive. Might be worth tweeting them to see what’s going on because that support is rubbish.

      Yep, most plugins combine Facebook engagements into a single count to display in the plugin. Usually displaying the total. There are tools that will show you individually like http://sharetally.co/.

  • Just what I was looking for, was looking for a light weight solution so going to give Simple Share Buttons Adder a try… Thanks!

  • Hello Adam,

    I’m looking for a more flexible user friendly commenting system for my website. But it should not hijack whole commenting section like disqus. Because I’ve to use Audio Comment plug-in, too. Do you have any suggestions for me?

    This is my website: http://toefl-speaking.com/

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Regards,

    • There are plenty of them out there, but most of them end up hi-jacking the entire comment system like Disqus.

      I generally prefer Disqus because it works better than any spam blocking plugin.

      Ultimately it comes down to what your motivations are for looking for a commenting system – what exactly would you want it to do?

      • I want to let visitors leave audio comments, because my website is for people to practice English speaking. They will answer questions by speaking to their microphone. I use audio-comment plugin for that.

        Besides, I want people to discuss within the audio comments. When I activate Disqus plugin, auido recorder disappears. So I’m looking for a way to make them work together.

        Thanks.

        • Sorry, it’s not something I’ve ever tried before.

          I’d recommend posting on the WordPress.org forums, someone there should be able to point you in the right direction.

  • sandhan

    What a useful and well written article… I’ve subscribed to Elegant Themes and never realised they had a plugin for social sharing LOL Nor would I probably have worked that out without your help! What theme are you using for this website? Love the clean lines and breathing space…

  • Richard Delamore

    Just wanted to point out that I too suffered looking for a good social plugin, and having found your article made my day! I’ve just installed one of the plugins on my website http://www.actingaustralia com au

  • Nosheen javed

    Hi Adam.
    I want to know which social locker is free? And kindly tell how to use them. Thnx in advance 🙂

    • Hi Nosheen,

      I think there is a free one but not sure of the name.

      I used to use social lockers a lot but instead, I now use tools like LeadPages to offer a free download in exchange for an email address.

      1 email address is usually more valuable.

      • Nosheen javed

        Thanks Adam
        More i want to know, if u have info about it. Please assist me. Is there any plugin that can be used for embedded videos or videos from pc. And that can be easily resize video on main page.

        • There’s so many video plugins but I don’t do much with video at the moment so haven’t done much research on those plugins. I suggest listing out all the features you need then testing a few of the available plugins to see if they do everything you need.

          • Nosheen javed

            Thank you Adam..

          • No worries, Nosheen.

          • Nosheen javed

            Hi Adam
            I need your assistance. Could you please tell me name of some themes which can be used for videos. Or some responsive theme, where I can upload videos.
            P.S i hadn’t found any video plugin which option for thumbnail on home page 🙁 does anyone know. Please let me know..

          • Hi Nosheen,

            There are a lot of themes that you can use for videos and almost all themes are now responsive. Unfortunately I haven’t done much video work recently so wouldn’t be the best person to ask.

            I’d recommend posting in the WordPress.org community forums.

            If you’d like to ask questions that aren’t related to this post, please use my contact page and I’ll try to help if I can.

            Thanks.

  • Hi Adam,

    in my site http://www.santebarleyreview.com i plan to use the NextScripts SNAP aside from built-in social sharing in my theme as well as the WP-Sharely.

    Do you have any review of this plugin? It is a SOCIAL posting.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Julius,

      I don’t have a review of it, sorry.

      WP Sharely is a great way to get more traction on social media but I prefer to leave social posting to tools that add more freedom for how updates are done.

      On the surface, it seems like a great idea to automatically share a post to social networks, but some networks aren’t well suited to this approach (e.g. G+ and Facebook work better when you tailor the update to the network).

      All the best,
      Adam

    • HI Julius,

      I used SNAP for quite a while. It really does work quite well. Some of the social networks have to be manually configured by creating apps. But the installation instructions walk you through step by step without any problems. I found that if you add too many, it has a hard time posting to all accounts. So I would not add more than 7 or so accounts. Of course that could have just been my experience with it!

      It really is a great plugin though! I use hootsuit to schedule post as well!

      find me at: dadworksonline.com

  • Krzysztof Głośnicki

    I have found Simple Share Buttons Adder the one plugin working with Advanced Ajax Page Loader Plugin just out of the box. That’s really nice!

  • Ken

    I’m new to WordPress. I’m searching for a plugin that will allow me post automatically to various social media sites (LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, etc). I work for a small company and time is my greatest enemy. I create the blog content and then prep the pages / SEO before the webmaster publishes. My goal is to post to my blog, and then have that post automatically published to my other sites. That would be great. My feeling is that he is looking for something that works in the background, and won’t affect the look of the page. The main goal is facilitating the multiple re-postings on multiple sites from one blog posting. Do you have any suggestions? I have been asked to research / recommend a plugin. In short, this is a learning quest for me. I’m in a junior position, so many parts of my day are trial-by-fire LOL! Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Ken,

      I think this plugin should do what you need: https://wordpress.org/plugins/social-networks-auto-poster-facebook-twitter-g/

      I haven’t used it myself, but I’ve heard good things about it from other bloggers. Well worth a try.

      Personally I prefer to share posts manually using best practices for each platform I share to. I understand time isn’t on your side, but it’s worth considering.

      When I take 5 minutes to compose a Google+ update rather than automatically sharing it, I get 3x the interaction usually.

      This post covers some other tactics to help you get more eye-balls on your blog posts: http://www.bloggingwizard.com/blog-post-promotion-checklist/

      Hope this helps.

      • Ken

        Adam, Thanks for the feedback. I’ll give this a look. I’ll update you with my findings. Thanks for the lead and prompt reply. Thanks – Ken

  • Nirmala Santhakumar

    Hi Adam,

    I don’t know how I missed to check this helpful post. This is what I really searching for my new blog. Actually, I wanna go with 2 or 3 (Free plugins) as I don’t wanna invest in sharing stuff (As of now). Thanks for presenting this valuable post for WordPress users 🙂

    • Hi Nirmala,

      Glad you found it helpful 🙂

      It makes sense to start with the free plugins first, SumoMe’s plugin is an awesome one to try out!

      I recently started using Monarch from Elegant Themes, there’s a lot of value in a membership with them – they make great themes too 🙂

      Let me know how you get on!

  • Looked up SumoMe and it is “free” unless you want to actually use it. It was $10 but now you must pay $60 a year to remove the ugly blue badge that looks completely unprofessional. Possibly a good product, but using “ploys” to get someone to pay does not infer value. Not a winner IMHO.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Thanks for the heads up, didn’t realize the pricing had changed.

      Once you get past the badge, it’s a pretty awesome product, far more than just a social sharing plugin. They have a lot of other tools too.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts – much appreciated!

  • Eric

    I would like to ask if you tried Easy Social Share Buttons? I recently bought it due to someone’s recommendation and I admit the available options looked great. However, under the hood it’s very clunky and doesnt work with many popular plugins out of the box… take w3tc for example.

    It also consumes too much resources, even with cache enabled. I saw a 65% increase in utilization on my VPS due to all the ajax calls. 4 ajax calls per page viewed x however many unique pages viewed before cache expires. We typically have 30-60 readers all on different pages at any given moment.

    When approaching the developer about this issue, he recommended turning off all of the features that made the plugin worth having on the site.

    There are a lot of complaints and open tickets in their support forums, but unfortunately you have to purchase first before you can see the problems you’ll run into.

    I used to subscribe to flare by filament and they had a real nice interface. I would probably go back with them if their plugin didn’t continuously communicate with the world’s largest hacker directory.

    • Yep, used to use it here on Blogging Wizard. Recently switched to Monarch by Elegant Themes (listed at the top). Definitely noticed it get more clunky/resource intensive in the later versions I used.

      I think they started off with the best of intentions, they seemed very open to feedback, adding features that just couldn’t be found in other plugins but looks like they just tacked features on when the plugin could do with an overhaul.

      Crazy that the developer recommended turning off all the main features.

      I’ve added a note next to the plugin to take this into account.

      Sorry to hear about your experience, Eric but thank you for sharing it with us, I appreciate it.

  • Thanks Adam for the useful info, i got my plugin installed with confidence now! thanks

  • The Senior List

    Great tips – Was looking for some alternative sharing buttons. Thx for Sharing!! 🙂

  • Dean

    Hi Adam, many thanks for your helpful article…I need a facebook plugin for wordpress where it has the following specs: it shows up on each post with a Like and Share button. On the Like button, it must display a drop down of who liked the post and also the number of Likes – (I have battled with other plugins where if I like one post, it automatically likes every other post on the site…I don’t want this)

    The share button must allow users to share the post and that particular post’s featured image must display when they share the post to others (public or friends). Been struggling to find a decent one.

    You can see what I mean by this link: http://www.saskiacronje.co.za/blog-2/

    Currently that facebook plugin (inside the post) isn’t doing what I need as per above-mentioned. I greatly appreciate your input and direction to a plugin suitable for the above (free or premium)
    Regards, Dean

    • Hi Dean,

      I haven’t noticed a plugin that displays a drop down of people who liked it, although it’s not a feature I’ve been actively looking for.

      Most plugins should pull in the featured image though.

      Maybe worth asking this question on the WordPress.org forums.

      All the best,
      Adam

  • Thanks Adam for sharing this. I will try all free ones. 🙂

  • Alison Saracena

    Thanks for this informative article. I need a social sharing plugin that also has the Chinese sites Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo, Wechat. Any suggestions?

    • My pleasure, Alison. Sorry, I haven’t found a plugin that supports those sites in particular, although not something I’ve looked for. Maybe worth posting on the WordPress.org forums, there must be a plugin that does support them.

  • Kindlepreneur

    Excellent post. I already use WP Sharely, which I HIGHLY recommend. That app alone made me start thinking of epic lists or pieces of information that my readers would NEED. This forced all my readers to share, which drove up the social signals exponentially. So, again, the best way to use WP Sharely, is to end your post with something so awesome, that no matter who they are, they will share.

    • Thanks Dave!

      I’m with you on WP Sharely, I’ve got it on a number of my posts, some of them published a few years ago and thanks to WP Sharely, they’re still generating a good amount of shares.

  • MoodyRiviera

    I was looking for a sharing plugin, but not having a lot of luck until I found your post…looks like lots of great possibilities to try here. Thanks so much.

  • Wayne Hunt

    Great article, thanks Adam. Do you know if any of the above recommendations allow you to disable the sharing options per post. So if there’s an article I don’t want people to share on social networks I can disable the options for that post only?

    • No worries, Wayne!

      Off the top of my head – it should be possible with Monarch, Easy Social Share Buttons and SumoMe’s share (possibly a few others).

      Easy Social Share Buttons has a crazy level of functionality and allows for shortcode placement too.

      Monarch has a simple tick box on posts/pages to disable any placement options you’re using (I’m using Monarch now).

      SumoMe requires you to add the URL to the plugin but still pretty straight forward there too.

  • is there any plugin for fb like counter ???? not share counter ???

    • SumoMe’s plugin does this. It’s worth considering whether you really want to add the like counter. You may find you get more traffic from a share button instead.

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