You would think that with so many WordPress plugins to choose from that it would be easy to find the perfect ones for your website but the sheer volume of plugins often leads people flitting between them, not knowing which is best.
This is especially true of WordPress’ social sharing plugins. Finding one that does exactly what you need it to can be time consuming but luckily for you, we’ve provided six recommendations that are sure to tick all of the boxes.
If you’re worried about social media plugins weighing down your WordPress website, then you may want to install something like Social Media Feather instead. As the name suggests, the plugin is incredibly lightweight, whilst still offering plenty of functionality in terms of encouraging social sharing and follows.
Social Media Feather also happens to offer full support for retina hi-res displays, something that is becoming increasingly desirable in the world of web design.
Monarch is a fantastic social sharing plugin for WordPress by Elegant Themes. One of our favourite things about this particular plugin is that you can configure it to show your share counts once they have reached a certain number. This means you avoid any negativity perceived through lack of shares.
Another great thing about Monarch is that you can choose to use pop ups and fly-ins to encourage social sharing, once a user has got to the end of your post. It has a user-friendly interface and comes with built-in statistics, allowing you to keep on top of your social shares, likes and follows.
The only downside, it costs $89.00 a year. But since you will also get access to other WordPress plugins and themes by the developer, the price is easily justified.
This WordPress social sharing plugin not only provides great-looking buttons but also the ability to display related content. This helps to direct your visitors further into your blog or website, keeping your bounce rate low and your chances of converting high.
Whilst you will need to register an account to gain access to all of Shareaholic’s features, the plugin is completely free to download, which we think you’ll agree is pretty awesome.
A great way to get more views on your blog posts and articles is to feature engaging quotes that users can simply share on Twitter.
You can make this even easier by using the TweetDis social sharing plugin for WordPress. With TweetDis you can add ‘click to tweet’ boxes to your blog posts and articles, making snippets of text, images and statistics easier than ever for users to share. You can even tag a default Twitter handle to the tweets to encourage people to follow you.
Prices for this plugin start at $27.00.
5. Digg Digg
If you are after a WordPress social sharing plugin that’s super easy to set up, then Digg Digg will make the perfect choice. Created by the team from Buffer, it is one of the most popular social sharing plugins out there.
What’s great about Digg Digg is that it is compatible with a wide range of WordPress layouts and supports all of the main social media platforms.
If it’s something simple and easy you’re after, Digg Digg will tick all of your boxes.
The Social Warfare plugin for WordPress lets you do a whole lot more than simply add aesthetically pleasing social sharing buttons to your website.
Thanks to its extensive features, which include the ability to create Pinterest-specific images and tweetable quote boxes, users have been reporting up to a 300% increase in their social shares when using the plugin.
What’s more Social Warfare is fully responsive (a must these days). Prices start from $24.00 per year and you can cancel at any time.
So there we have our top six social sharing plugins for WordPress. If you need help installing a WordPress plugin or would like a custom extension for your website, please get in touch with our WordPress developers on 0207 539 9311.