The 9 Best WordPress Social Media Plugins Of 2015

Socia Media WordPress Plugins

Social media has become the next big thing, and it’s very important for bloggers to integrate social sharing buttons on their blogs. By integrating social bookmarking and sharing buttons, you will let your readers quickly share your blog posts on their favorite social networking sites. This will help you to drive more traffic from social media sites and it helps to improve your search engine ranking.

I have already discussed the advantages of social media sharing for SEO, and how important it is for every blogger to add social media sharing buttons to their blog from day one. There are many WordPress social media plugins which will let you do that, and in this article I have compiled a list of some of the best plugins you can use.

Do remember, “less is the new more“, so add only those social sharing buttons which are useful. At a minimum I would recommend that you add Facebook like, Facebook share, Google Plus like, Twitter and Pinterest buttons to your blog.

Depending on your blog’s demographics, you can also consider using additional buttons such as LinkedIn, and any others you choose. So let’s get on with my list of favorite WordPress plugins to integrate social sharing icons onto your blog.

Best Social media sharing plugins for WordPress

Floating social media sharing plugin:

Floating social share

Here is the in-house solution for adding floating social media sharing buttons with counters. Using this plugin, you can add social media sharing buttons to both your desktop and mobile site. This plugin supports all popular social media buttons with counters, and you can enable or disable any of the plugin’s placements.

Download link

Monarch by Elegant Themes:

Download Monarch WordPress plugin

If you are looking for a paid social media sharing plugin for your WordPress blog, look no further than Monarch. This plugin is by Elegant Themes, and they have done a great job with this plugin. Not only does this plugin let you add social media sharing buttons in various places on your blog, the buttons are created with a goal of encouraging sharing.

Monarch social sharing plugin

Monarch lets you add sharing buttons in various places including flight. Flyouts are usually popular for adding email subscription options, but if you are someone who understands the importance of social media sharing, you should look no further than Monarch. To download the Monarch plugin, you also need to buy a license to Elegant Themes, which includes access to all their themes and a few more premium plugins.

What I liked the most about the Monarch plugin is that it also lets you add sharing buttons on mobile sites. The placement will ensure that you get a good number of shares even on mobile phones. This is a highly recommended plugin which you should use.

Download Monarch plugin from Elegant themes.

Ultimate Social Delux:

ultimate social WordPress plugin

Ultimate Social Deluxe is a premium plugin which is sold at Codecanyon for only $14. I like this plugin because it’s modern and looks sexy. It’s a lightweight plugin and uses light javascript and css to show the buttons. It doesn’t uses iFrame which helps with faster page loading. The plugin adds responsive social sharing buttons, which is a must-have feature for any plugin today. It also lets you add widgets which you can use to show social media profiles of your blog with numbers.  

There are five placement options for Ultimate Social Deluxe social buttons. They can be positioned at the top or bottom of the page, at the top or bottom of each post, or they can float. Choose between vertical and horizontal layouts, and specify alignment – left, center or right – for horizontal social media buttons. You can also exclude buttons as needed.

Download Social Ultimate Deluxe plugin

Jetpack sharing:

Jetpack social sharing buttons

Jetpack is one of the most popular WordPress plugins, and it has the capacity to add many features to your blog. One of the features of this plugin allows you to add social-media sharing buttons to your blog. If you are using the Jetpack plugin, you can activate the sharing module and add these buttons. You can learn more about the Jetpack plugin here. You can also check out this official page on activating Jetpack sharing buttons.

Digg Digg

Digg Digg sharing plugin

This is another most popular plugin in WordPress plugin directory to quickly integrate social media sharing on your blog. This plugin offers multiple features including lazy loading, which will make sure social sharing buttons will not slow down your blog much. You can also add floating sharing bar using this plugin. I love this plugin but the only thing which I don’t like it is, it doesn’t play well with Jetpack responsive theme. If you are using any other method to offer mobile version of your site (Like WP Touch), feel free to use Digg digg plugin.

Share buttons by AddToAny

Share buttons by Add to any

This is another advanced plugin for integrating social media share buttons. The reason I used the word “advanced” is that this plugin comes with lots of customization options. Share buttons by AddToAny will let you add responsive sharing buttons on your blog, which is a plus for this plugin. Additionally, AddToAny lets you add over 100+ sharing buttons (not that you need that many!), and in some cases this is going to be beneficial. There are also plenty of placement options. One of the best features of this plugin is that it will allow you to track your social media sharing using Google Analytics. You can check out more features of this plugin on the official page here.

DC Simple Share Buttons plugin

DC simple share button

All of the plugins mentioned above offer similar functionality. One thing which you might not like about them is the fact that they increase the load time of the page. So you may wish to consider alternatives for social sharing due to the well-known fact that site load time is among the various site ranking factors.

If showing the number of social shares is not high on your priority list, you can use the DC Simple Share Buttons plugin. This plugin does not load JavaScript or external script, and thus doesn’t slow down your blog.  I had to add this plugin to this list for its simplicity. This is not for everyone, but I’m sure some of you would appreciate the simple concept of this plugin.  Here is the official download page of the DC Simple Share Button.

There are many more popular plugins in the WordPress plugin repo, but my favorite here is Digg Digg.

If you want to check out more popular social sharing plugins, here are a couple more you may wish to consider:

If you are using any other plugins and would like to recommend them to other Shouters, feel free to let me know via comments.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a professional blogger. He loves to read & write about Blogging, SEO, WordPress, Make money online & technology. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives more than half a million PV in a month, and is an award winning blog.

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COMMENTs ( 31 )

  1. says

    Harsh, I liked the idea of the DC Simple Share plugin but it appears to be compatible only upto 3.8.7 and has not been updated in a year. Is there any alternative plugin which is more uptodate? Thanks.

    • says

      Thanks Derek for letting me know about this plugin. I’m using Genesis, and was unaware of such plugin. I hope in future they add more design for social media buttons. It looks similar to what Jetpack offers, but with better design.

  2. Swarnava says

    The “Floating Social media sharing plugin” is giving an error on the fb share tab, plz help. I really liked your plugin.

  3. says

    Almost everyone of us must be using Jetpack so enabling jetpack sharing option is best way to reduce no of plugins on site, addthis is another plugin that offers many other futures like you can display message on site and you can monitor your shares

  4. says

    Thanks again for the list Harsh. Yes indeed,you have a great list and i smiled as i see you including DC to your list. am a big fan of simplicity and flawless load and that puts it ontop of my list.

    Great share tho, will have a look at the others, eespecially your favourite ;)
    Thanks Again!

  5. Rohan says

    Hi Harsh,
    I am using jetpack plugin and have activated sharing module but in available services only email,print and pocket is present.None of the social services are available.Checked their official page but according to them my blog is private that’s why i am not able to see so i checked my settings in reading section and their is no site visibility option from where i can make my blog public and allow search engines to index this site.

  6. Bhawna Bisht says

    Great article sir. I have used lots of social sharing plugins but there is no any option of Jetpack and Sharethis. I m not promoting these plugins just sharing my experience. BTW a great collection by Harsh Sir.

  7. says

    Was reading something online and found this great article. Well I use the Jetpack social sharing in it’s native official buttons mode, it works pretty great. I will try the Ultimate social delux too, it looks pretty good.

  8. I. C. Daniel says

    I didn’t pay much attention to my social sharing buttons. I’m using Jetpack sharing module at this point. It’s okay!

    • says

      @Atish
      I also got recommendation for Flare from a Shouter on Facebook. I will definitely try it and if it looks good, will add it in the post. Anyhow others can still try Flare after reading your useful comment. :)

  9. Vinay says

    Dear Harsh,
    I tried using Digg-Digg for my blog. But since my website theme is full width, so Digg digg either get hidden or it hides my post. So do you know any other floating bar(I found floating bar more interesting then fixed ones) which could just fit my full width theme on the left ?

  10. aceclue says

    The plugins are cool. I haven’t used addtomany before. Others I’ve tested in the past.

    Currently, I use jetpack and digg digg altrrnative

  11. krypto mehedi says

    Superb Bro ! I was using a manual php coded sharing widget. But, that is not cool at all. Now, i want to test Digg Digg plugin.

  12. Noufal Binu says

    Harsh, All plugins are cool, I’m also used The second one ‘Digg Digg’.
    Sharing buttons are effective for blogging traffic. I recommend which one is Greater page loading speed, Make custom sharing buttons are Get effective on branding. I believe last one have lighten speed. Thanks for sharing informative article.

  13. says

    Thanks for sharing this list, actually I was looking for the floating share bar that was previously used over my blog but I was not getting the name of the plugin. I found it here because I randomly opened to read your blog today.

  14. Ganesh says

    Hi

    Thanks for this post. Will explore the Jetpack plugin. Right now am using Super Socializer plugin and found it very effective and it doesnt delay the page loading time.

  15. Sanket says

    Harsh Shareholic plugin is awesome it provides many functions to show sharing button almost at each and every place in the post :)

  16. sushain says

    All of the above mentioned plugins are best.As i am using WPEX GoPress theme on my blog so, which one will suit better for it?(i.e the plugin that will not not slow down the page load speed)
    Waiting for your reply :)
    Thanks
    Sushain

  17. Karan Rawat says

    Hi harsh,
    One of the best social plugin i have ever used in my blog is “flare”.

    Thanks
    karan

    • says

      I too have used Flare. But i find it too costly to remove the branding. It is 79 dollars per year just for a social media plugin. Whereas, Digg Digg is doing the same work absolutely free.

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