Best Social Media Plugins For Your WordPress Website
Never was the saying “you get what you pay for” more relevant than in WordPress development. If you spend your time scuffing around with the free themes and plugins, your life is going to become rather frustrating. Unless, of course, you’re a programmer. Assuming you aren’t, the truth is that if you want WordPress to work easily for you, paid plugins are the way to go. But that’s not to say that freebies can’t work, or that all paid plugins are a sure thing.
To make matters worse, there’s certainly no shortage of options when it comes to social media plugins for WordPress. Many hours can be wasted sifting through the chaff. Like anything in website design, each option has its strong points and shortfalls. With all that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our favourites (free and paid) to help make the choice a little easier.
Monarch by Elegant Themes
Easy to use interface, multiple share button placement options and on-demand tracking options. This plugin probably takes first place in the style category of social media plugins. It’s very well designed and much thought has been put into how social media sharing should be integrated into responsive websites.
- Inline, Floating, Fly-In and Pop-Up sharing options
- Support for all popular social media platforms
- Social follow link options
- Share, like and follow tracking
- Supports shortcodes
Price: USD $89/year (Approx $116 AUD. Includes access to all Elegant Themes’ Plugins and Themes)
SumoMe is very easy to install and extremely easy to use. SumoMe is a complete suite for all your social media website needs. It’s free to install and many of its apps are free to use. Of all the free-to-install plugins out there, this one takes the cake in terms of usability.
- Email lead capturing
- Analytics support
- Easy to configure social sharing options
- Traffic growth support
- Ecommerce support
Price: FREE to install. Basic apps are free. Paid upgrades with extra features available.
Jetpack is an extraordinarily popular plugin for WordPress that improves performance, helps grow site traffic and allows you to manage multiple sites from your WordPress.com account – just to name a few features. Jetpack has a social media sharing button option inbuilt. Once Jetpack has been installed, it integrates the sharing options into your WordPress backend settings menu.
It’s a no-frills sharing option but it does give you display options and several different services to choose from. Best of all, it’s completely free.
There really isn’t much this plugin doesn’t do. In their own words, they couldn’t find a social media plugin that did everything they wanted, so they built one. The list of available features to Social Warfare users would take all day to read, so here are the highlights:
- Over 5,000 potential share button styles
- Pinterest integration
- Custom tweets supported
- In-post sharing options (such as tweetable quotes)
- Fully responsive
- Shortcodes supported
Price: Starting from USD $24/year (1 website, approx. $32 AUD) up to USD $200/year (10 websites, approx. $264 AUD).
AddToAny is a slightly unique sharing plugin for WordPress. It equips your site with the standard social sharing buttons, with the addition of the ‘add to any’ button that allows users to share to just about anywhere.
- Share Anywhere: share to any service, or add a custom service to share to.
- Responsive design
- No account needed
- Floating share bars
Integrating social media plugins into your website is profoundly important for the growth of your site’s traffic. It can, however, be somewhat overwhelming to undertake. Trust the team at WP Agency to help you choose the right plugin and manage its installation for you.