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11 Best Social Sharing Plugins For WordPress In 2015

Best WordPress Social Sharing Plugins

Note: This post has been updated as of 7/09/2015.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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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Add share buttons, image sharing and more with SumoMe

Sumo Me Makes Image Sharing Easy

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 easy.

Two particularly helpful apps here are:

  • Image Sharer – This adds share buttons over the top of your images to encourage sharing. It supports Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter as well as providing URL shortening, and statistics. One particularly good feature is you can add page targeting to disable/enable the Image Sharer across particular pages.
  • Share – This app makes it easy to add share buttons to your blog. You get page level targeting, choice of a wide variety of social networks and more. The feature that stands out here is how it changes the order of social share buttons based on which platforms are being used to share your content (on a per page basis).

With this being a suite of apps, you will need to create an account but the setup process is very straight forward.

I really like how you can pick and choose which apps you use, for example I use the Image Sharer app, but I use the Social Warfare plugin for my sharing buttons.


  • Basic sharing stats.
  • URL shortening option.
  • Choose where share buttons are displayed (bottom left, top right etc).
  • Support for a default Twitter username to be included in tweets.
  • Support for HTML code to use outside of WordPress.
  • Additional apps available to grow your traffic.

Price: Free with paid options available to remove branding.

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Get a wide arrange of features 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.


  • Support for 35+ social networks (including WhatsApp).
  • 19 different locations to add your share buttons.
  • Social fans counter.
  • 22 built in templates.
  • 11 counter positions and 6 total counter positions.
  • Popups and fly-ins to encourage social shares.
  • Support for various positions.
  • Support for shortcode placement.
  • 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.

Price: $14.

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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.


  • 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.


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

Price: Free.

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Encourage social sharing with Social Share & Locker Pro

Social Share And Content Locker

This handy plugin comes with plenty of features to boost your social shares.

First of all you can do the important stuff which involves adding eye-catching social share buttons to your posts and pages.

Secondly, it also acts as a content locker, this means you can offer bonuses and exclusive content in exchange for a tweet for example.


  • 10 themes included.
  • Compatible with WooCommerce, BuddyPress and JigoShop.
  • Built in content locker to encourage social sharing.
  • Various placement options supported.
  • Support for shortcode placement.
  • Fully responsive and retina ready.
  • Display share counts.
  • Option to change button text.
  • Black & White theme pack available for $8.

Price: $14.

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Add shareable quotes with TweetDis

Display Tweetable Quotes With TweetDis

Adding shareable quotes is a great way to get more engagement for your content.

The problem has always been that existing solutions are more time consuming than they should be or the features you get are limited and force you to display ‘powered by’ links.

With TweetDis you can add these “click to tweet” boxes very easily. You can then make snippets of text and images tweetable.


  • Various design layouts.
  • Options to customize tweet boxes.
  • Customize your call to action.
  • Support for text highlighting.
  • Support for adding “click to tweet” buttons to images.
  • Tag a default @username in your tweets.
  • Bitly support.

Price: starts from $27.

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Make pinning images easy with Power Pinner

Easy Image Sharing With Power Pinner

This is a relatively new plugin but it’s brimming with potential.

Here’s why this has so much potential:

When you give your visitors a direct call-to-action, they will be more likely to take an action.

So the idea with Power Pinner is that instead of merely displaying a Pinterest logo over your images, it will display a direct call-to-action which urges your visitors to share to Pinterest.


  • 4 call-to-action designs.
  • Customize your call-to-action.
  • Autofill pin descriptions.
  • Pin full images when used on thumbnails.

Price: $16.

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Use WP Sharely to encourage social sharing

Encourage Social Sharing With WP Sharely

WP Sharely is a content locker that allows you to ethically bribe your readers into sharing your content.

It’s easy to use and comes with a number of themes for your content lockers along with some other great features.

I have used this plugin successfully to boost social shares on certain posts by 30-40%.

It’s compatible with Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus and has some great functionality.

Below is an example of exactly how it works, just click one of the share buttons to see how well this works:


  • 4 themes for your content locker.
  • Choose to hide the locker on mobile devices.
  • Built in analytics.
  • Customize tweet message.
  • Support to alter the URL that visitors are able to share.
  • Option to hide the locked content from your source code.

Price: Starts from $37.

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Keep track of your social media progress with Easy Social Metrics Pro

Easy Social Metrics Pro

Monitoring is the key to understanding how your social media strategy is progressing.

The plugin I use to do this is Easy Social Metrics Pro; it’s a new plugin that does the job perfectly.

What I especially love is being able to see which networks I’m gaining ground on and which posts are performing well – all at a glance without having to dig deep into reports.

This is a paid plugin, but if you’re looking for an effective plugin you can track your shares with for free, check out Social Metrics Tracker.


  • Supports all custom post types.
  • Supports 12 different social networks.
  • Manual update option to re-scan your content.
  • Monitor social shares for a particular time frame.
  • See your top posts at a glance.
  • See which networks are gaining the most traction.
  • See which networks are gaining traction on a daily basis.

Price: $28.

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Finding the right social sharing plugin for you

We’ve covered some incredible plugins with a wide variety of features.

Your next step should be matching up a plugin to the features which you need.

If you want to go beyond basic social sharing buttons and you’re looking for additional features to help you grow your traffic; Social Warfare is a great choice.

It comes with a feature allowing you to add click-to-tweet widgets within your content, the option to stop share counts from being displayed until it’s above a certain number and allows you to customize images/titles/descriptions for various social networks.

One of the features I like most is that you can upload a unique featured image that will only be used when a user clicks on the Pinterest share button, allowing you to get more engagement/traffic from Pinterest (taller images typically get more traction on Pinterest).

Another great option is Monarch by Elegent Themes. It has a number of features to encourage social sharing which includes slide-ins and popovers, although if you’re focused on building an email list, you may want to avoid those features. That said, the social sharing buttons look great and most importantly you get great value from an Elegant Themes subscription.

With Elegant Themes you’ll get access to their list building plugin, various other plugins, their flagship WordPress theme (Divi) and every other theme they’ve released.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a free WordPress plugin you’ve got a bunch of good options:

Simple Share Buttons Adder is a great plugin that has all the basics covered. SumoMe Share is a good option here too, it’s free with branding but includes some great features and placement options.


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. This means we may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. Opinions are our own and we only recommend plugins that we believe will genuinely help you.

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About Adam Connell

Adam is the founder of Blogging Wizard and co-founder of Purcus. My day job is the Marketing Director at a UK based marketing agency. Want to grow your blog faster? Join my free newsletter and get access to 15+ blogging templates, checklists, and guides.

  • Sabih Ahmed

    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?

    • Adam Connell

      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.

      • Sabih Ahmed

        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.

        • Adam Connell

          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.

    • Adam Connell

      Glad to hear :)

  • Anis Thoha Manshur

    Hi Adam,

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

    • Adam Connell

      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

    • Adam Connell

      Hey Eric, thanks for the kind words.

      It’s a plugin called ‘Postskin’, you can find it here: (my affiliate link) or directly at

      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!

      • Eric Huges

        Thanks Adam!

        • Adam Connell

          No problem :)

  • Andrey Andreev

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

    • Adam Connell

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

  • Ethan Green


    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

    • Adam Connell

      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.

      • Ethan Green

        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?

    • Adam Connell

      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:

      Thanks for checking out the post.

  • Melroy van den Berg

    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 ;(


    • Adam Connell

      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.

      • Melroy van den Berg

        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.

        • Adam Connell

          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.

    • Geoff S.

      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.

      • Adam Connell

        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.

  • Anirudh Bahadur

    Digg Digg is my all time fav! Great post Adam. :)

    • Adam Connell

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

  • Muskie

    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.

    • Adam Connell

      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 which allows for Pin buttons and other share buttons. It also adds share buttons when content is highlighted.

      • Muskie

        Shares made in Professional Share are properly counted in Google Analytics. This is the killer feature of social sharing in general. You want all your analytics in one single place. You also want all your structured meta data correct.

        • Adam Connell

          Andrew, thanks for the explanation – sounds like a fantastic feature for sure!

  • RollTideWarEagle

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

    • Adam Connell

      Thanks for the comment – happy to help.

  • Dennis Manzhul

    Great article! Great tip with Markerly. Images are a huge part of my website as you can see

    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.

    • Adam Connell

      Hi Dennis,

      Thanks for the comment!

      Those social links are actually part of my theme.

      There is a plugin that does something very similar but I’m sure it requires the Gensis Framework to run.

      Here is another alternative you could try:

  • Om Livin’

    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. 😀

    • Adam Connell

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


      • Om Livin’

        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.

        • Adam Connell

          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.

    • Adam Connell

      Hi Marie, my pleasure.

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

  • Linda Sherman

    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?

    • Adam Connell

      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 :)

    • Kenny Eliason

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

      • Adam Connell

        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 managed to replicate it on their own blog but again, they did it as a custom job too.

        • Kenny Eliason

          Looks like they’re using a jquery plugin:

          Gunna look into that.

          • Adam Connell

            Good find, thanks Kenny!

  • Rio Q

    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.

    • Adam Connell

      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?

    • Adam Connell

      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:

      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.

  • Martin Webster

    I appreciate the effort you’ve put into this list, Adam. I’ve tried numerous free social sharing plugins for 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.

    • Adam Connell

      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 They emailed me a beta version within 2 days. Never experienced anything like it.

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

  • Wendy Krueger

    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.

    • Adam Connell

      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!

    • Adam Connell

      Thanks Jeffrey! Shareaholic is great.

  • Adam Connell

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

  • ajaniashish

    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.

    • Adam Connell

      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!

    • Adam Connell

      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

  • Adam Connell

    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:

    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!

    • Adam Connell

      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

  • Ultimate-WP

    Thanks for listing us Adam!

    • Adam Connell

      My pleasure :)

  • Davidsneal

    Don’t forget Simple Share Buttons Plus 😉

    • Adam Connell

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

      • Davidsneal

        Thanks very much Adam!

        • Adam Connell

          No problem at all, David!

  • Robert A Lyon

    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.

    • Adam Connell

      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

  • Gregory Preen

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

    • Adam Connell

      Happy to help, Gregory!


    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:

    Looking forward to your reply.


    • Adam Connell

      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.


        • Adam Connell

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

          I’d recommend posting on the 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…

    • Adam Connell

      Thank you – glad I could help :)

      I’m using “Tribe” theme, it’s in limited beta I think but more info is here:

  • 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

    • Adam Connell

      Glad I could help, Richard :)

  • Nosheen javed

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

    • Adam Connell

      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.

        • Adam Connell

          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..

          • Adam Connell

            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..

          • Adam Connell

            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 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.


  • Julius Suralta

    Hi Adam,

    in my site 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.

    • Adam Connell

      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,

    • JTBivens

      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:

  • 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!

    • Adam Connell


  • 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.

    • Adam Connell

      Hi Ken,

      I think this plugin should do what you need:

      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:

      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

        • Adam Connell

          Anytime, Ken – happy to help!

  • 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 :-)

    • Adam Connell

      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!

  • Kelly Mitchell

    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.

    • Adam Connell

      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.

    • Adam Connell

      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.

  • Shadi Sweilem

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

    • Adam Connell

      My pleasure :)

  • The Senior List

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

    • Adam Connell

      Happy to help :)

  • 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:

    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

    • Adam Connell

      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 forums.

      All the best,

  • Sandeep Likhar

    Thanks Adam for sharing this. I will try all free ones. :)

    • Adam Connell

      Glad I could help, Sandeep :)

  • 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?

    • Adam Connell

      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 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.

    • Adam Connell

      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.

    • Adam Connell

      Glad I could help :)

  • 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?

    • Adam Connell

      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.

  • Zaheer Abbas

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

    • Adam Connell

      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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