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12 Best Social Sharing Plugins For WordPress In 2014

In the following post you’re going to learn exactly which WordPress plugin I use as my go-to plugin for displaying social share buttons.

You’re also going to discover some of the best social bookmarking plugins that will help improve get more social shares on the sites where your audience hangs out online.

Recently a lot of my readers have been asking me which plugin I’m using for social sharing here on Blogging Wizard through comments, emails and Twitter so I thought it was time to bring my answer to a larger audience because I know a lot of you would like to know.

To add as much value as possible I’ve included some other social bookmarking plugins in the mix so you’ve got more choice when you decide which WordPress social sharing plugins to use.

To help you get to what you’re looking for I have broken this list down into both free and premium WordPress plugins, you can click on the links below to navigate to the relevant section:

Free social sharing plugins for wordPress

1. Shareaholic

Shareaholic Plugin
Previously known as Sexy Bookmarks, the Shareaholic plugin boasts some very useful features. Choose your theme, layout, size and whether you want headlines above your sharing buttons.

What’s more is you don’t just get sharing buttons, you also get a related content widget and a top bar that displays social sharing buttons that floats down your page. Shareaholic also comes with helpful analytics to gain an insight into how successful your content is.

Update 7th February 2014 – I have recently swapped out the Digg Digg plugin and replaced it with the Shareaholic plugin. The main reason for this is that I prefer the unique design of the social sharing buttons that come with Shareaholic. While Digg Digg is still a great WordPress plugin to choose, this just fits better with the look of my blog.

More services are supported too, even Inbound.org which is something I haven’t seen on any other social bookmarking plugins.

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2. Digg Digg

Digg Digg - WordPress Social Sharing Plugin
One of the best social sharing plugins available and it comes packed with features.

Add a floating social bar or fixed social sharing buttons then pick which services you want to include.

There’s quite a nice selection of social media platforms that are supported here but no where near as many as the Shareaholic plugin.

It’s a great example of two great plugins being used together well.

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3. AddThis

AddThis Social Media Buttons for WP
AddThis provide social sharing buttons for a variety of platforms, not just WordPress.

Certain elements of this plugin aren’t as customizable as the likes of Digg Digg although they are continuously rolling out new features.

You’ve got a variety of button layouts and what works really great here is the analytical data you get access to when you sign up for an AddThis account.

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4. Slick Social Sharing Buttons

Slick Social Sharing Buttons
If Flare or Digg Digg just don’t do it for you then this is a great plugin to try that I’ve used on a few sites without any issues.

You’ve got the option for a floating or slide out sharing bar where you can customize all of the button types (vertical counts, box counts and that type of thing) and also which pages, posts, taxonomies that these social sharing buttons appear on.

The other thing I like about this is that you also get a social statistics panel within your admin area so you can see at a glance how well your shares are doing on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin.

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5. Flare

Flare - Social Sharing Plugin for WordPress
This is a great social sharing plugin that I first saw it on Neil Patel’s blog (Quicksprout) and since then I’ve seen it appear all over the place.

Flare provides you with share buttons that can float at the side of your post or appear above or below your post.

You can then choose exactly which services you want people to share on and the shape of your share buttons.

You can then go to the follow section, add the links to your profiles, customize your social profile buttons and head over to your widgets section and add yourself some social profile buttons into your sidebar.

I’ve used a lot of these types of plugins and this is by far the easiest plugin to use that provides social sharing buttons and social profile buttons.

Update November 5th 2013 - While I’m still a big fan of the Flare plugin, the plugin is no longer being developed. It has been superseded by a hosted app version that’s more complicated to setup. Also the free version forces you into providing a link back. You can choose to pay to remove the link though, but it seems a bit much considering 100% free plugins like Digg Digg and Shareaholic.

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6. Simplified Social Sharing

Simplified Social Sharing
The company behind this plugin is LoginRadius, they specialize in integrating social media logins into various content management systems including including WordPress.

Simplified Social Sharing allows you to choose from all of the main social media platforms and a variety of layouts. You can choose to display social buttons  vertically at the side of your content or horizontally on posts or pages.

A very straight forward plugin that I’ve used on a few sites in the past and it’s worked very well.

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Premium social sharing plugins for WordPress

Sometimes free WordPress plugins (even social sharing plugins) just don’t offer exactly what you need, this may be priority support, the look or the functionality.

That’s not to say you can’t get some good support from free plugins, but providing support for a free plugin? It’s not something I would expect from anyone due to the amount of time and resources that are needed for that sort of thing.

7. WP Sharely

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

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:

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8. WordPress Social Share Buttons

WordPress Social Share Buttons
A premium alternative for the likes of social sharing plugins like Digg Digg and Flare that comes with some great functionality including floating social sharing buttons and also shortcode for adding social sharing buttons exactly where you need them.

WordPress Social Share Buttons comes in at only $8 so it’s very reasonably priced.

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9. Social Network Tabs For WordPress

Social Network Tabs for WordPress
Social Network Tabs for WordPress is a great plugin for drawing attention to the updates you are publishing across major social networking sites. You can choose from 16 of the top social networking sites and a total of 69 feed options, all in all this is a very customizable plugin.

You can choose various positions for this widget to appear, customize colors and the plugin also supports custom CSS.

This plugin makes it easy for your blogs readers to follow you on the social networks that they are most active on and interact with your updates.

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10. WordPress Super Share

Super Social Share
There are times when you will want to use shortcodes to add social sharing buttons – this plugin allows you to do just that and supports Pinterest, Linkedin, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

The plugin can easily be customized using CSS and features some great styling options. This plugin looks seriously cool.

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11. Advanced Social Widget

Advanced Social Widget
The Advanced Social Widget  will make it extremely easy for all of your blogs readers to connect with you by providing you with this handy widget.

You can integrate all of the main social networks along with your RSS feed and email sign up.

While this version is only compatible with Feedburner, there are other versions available that allow you to integrate other mailing list providers such as AWeber and MailChimp.

There are 4 different layouts that this plugin comes with but there’s not where the customization ends because you can change the majority of colours of the design and choose from 38 backgrounds. This means you can easily customise the plugin to fit your blog perfectly.

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12. WP Easy Social Hover

Easy Social Hover
There is a big opportunity that bloggers often miss out on when it comes to images and that is using them to as a way to get more social shares.

WP Easy Social Hover allows you to do just that by displaying social sharing buttons when your readers hover over all of your images. You can choose from 1 of 12 different effects and 10 different backgrounds to display to your readers. Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Twitter and Pinterest are currently supported.

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Summary

It’s pretty straight forward really.

Having more social shares makes your site look like more of an authority – social proof really works.

And not to mention the traffic benefit that comes with more social shares.

The truth is that if you aren’t making it easy for your readers to share then most of the time they won’t.

That’s not to say there won’t be people that go out of their way to share, but generally not that many people will do that (although we can always hope).

Now, over to you – what social sharing plugins are you using on your blog right now?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.

About Adam Connell

Adam is the founder of Blogging Wizard. Previously managed a marketing agency. Adam now helps others to become more successful online. Get more from Adam on Google+.

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  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SabihAhmed/ 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?

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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.

      • https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SabihAhmed/ 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.

        • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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.

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Glad to hear :)

  • Anis Thoha Manshur

    Hi Adam,

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

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      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!

      • Eric Huges

        Thanks Adam!

        • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

          No problem :)

  • Andrey Andreev

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

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

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

  • http://www.nosleeplessnights.com/ Ethan Green

    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

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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.

      • http://www.nosleeplessnights.com/ 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?

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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: http://codecanyon.net/item/fanciest-author-box/2504522).

      Thanks for checking out the post.

  • http://blog.melroy.org/ 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 ;(

    Thanks!

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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.

      • http://blog.melroy.org/ 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.

        • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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.

    • http://simon-searchmarketing.com/ 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.

      • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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.

  • http://remedyandcure.com/ Anirudh Bahadur

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

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

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

  • http://www.muschamp.ca/ 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.

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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 Markerly.com which allows for Pin buttons and other share buttons. It also adds share buttons when content is highlighted.

      • http://www.muschamp.ca/ 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.

        http://blog.muschamp.ca/2013/10/02/tracking-social-media-button-clicks-in-google-analytics/

        • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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.

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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 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.

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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: http://wordpress.org/plugins/social-media-feather/

  • http://omlivin.com/ 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. :D

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

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

      Thanks!

      • http://omlivin.com/ 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.

        • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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.

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

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

      Hi Marie, my pleasure.

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

  • http://ItsDifferent4girls.com/my-links 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?

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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 :)

    • http://neonbrand.com 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! :)

      • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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 Inkthemes.com managed to replicate it on their own blog but again, they did it as a custom job too.

        • http://neonbrand.com Kenny Eliason

          Looks like they’re using a jquery plugin: http://sharrre.com/

          Gunna look into that.

          • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

            Good find, thanks Kenny!

  • http://www.duwitmu.com/ 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.

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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?

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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: 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.

  • http://www.leadershipthoughts.com/ Martin Webster

    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.

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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 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!

  • http://www.visionology.net 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.

    • http://www.bloggingwizard.com/ 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 :)