Installing a social sharing plugin in your WordPress site is an absolutely critical step as social media networks are the second big source of traffic to websites.
People love to share and giving them an easy way to share your articles will unlock your website potential for social growth.
Here is a list of 10 best and free social media sharing plugins and we will see how to add share buttons to WordPress posts and pages later in this article.
- AddToAny Share Buttons
- Shareaholic | share buttons, related posts, social analytics & more
- Jetpack by WordPress.com
- Simple Share Buttons Adder
- Social Media Share Buttons & Social Sharing Icons (Ultimate Sharing)
- Share Buttons by AddThis
- WordPress Social Sharing Plugin – Sassy Social Share
- Social Icons Widget by WPZOOM
- Custom Share Buttons with Floating Sidebar
- WP Social Bookmarking Light
How to Choose the best social media plugin?
Before getting on to the above list in detail, let’s see three important factors to choose the social media plugin best suits your website.
Also, see our article how to find best WordPress plugins for more information.
Plugins size mostly depends on the features they are offering. If you are looking for a social sharing plugin just for simple sharing without those fancy features then always keep an eye on the size of the plugin before installing it.
You can do this by first downloading the plugin from WordPress plugins directory to check its size and install it later on. See our guide how to properly install a plugin in WordPress for more help.
During our hunt of the best social media plugins, while writing this article, we have seen some simple plugins with 5-10 MB in size. Isn’t it crazy!!
See our article 10 online tools to check your website loading time to see more details on the topic.
Use social networks important to your niche
Most social media plugins come with a diverse collection of social networks to choose from. Many bloggers make a mistake by showing most of them to get more shares. Actually, the reverse is true which is too many social media buttons will make your site less social.
Always show only those social networks buttons which are important to your website niche. For example, showing a LinkedIn sharing button on an entertainment website will be a complete waste or at least other social networks like Pinterest will perform better on entertainment websites.
See your Google Analytics reports to check which social networks are giving you the most traffic. It will give you a hint to show buttons only for the most popular social networks.Woopoo's Tip
Having said that, let’s start with our list of free WordPress social media sharing plugins.
1. AddToAny Share Buttons
Plugin size: 289 KB
Review: AddtoAny plugin is a light-weight plugin with a support of more than 100 social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, Whatsapp and much more.
The plugin supports floating share buttons, counters to show official share counts, individual share links, and custom icons. The sharing buttons can be placed on multiple positions like before content, after content or both.
Moreover, AddToAny is Google Analytics-ready and optimized for WordPress for fast loading of website.
See the plugin demo on thier own website at https://www.addtoany.com/
2. Shareaholic Share Buttons
Plugin size: 461 KB
Review: Shareaholic will do more than just simple sharing. It is an all-in-one content marketing plugin which includes social sharing, related content, analytics and even site monetization.
The plugin supports multiple placements of sharing buttons, automatic Google Analytics integration and an ultimate social media widget. It also comes with many styles to choose from according to your site’s design or give it your own custom look by customizing it to your own needs.
3. Jetpack by WordPress.com
Plugin size: 5 MB
Review: We have included Jetpack as it also offers social sharing functionality although it’s not a complete social sharing plugin. The plugin is also available for self-hosted WordPress.org sites.
JetPack offers sharing of posts and pages with limited social media networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, Pocket, Telegram, WhatsApp and Skype. New services can be added by configuring them separately.
4. Simple Share Buttons Adder
Plugin size: 1.2 MB
Review: This plugin has a minimal backend but very functional. The plugin has been developed for one main function: adding simple share buttons to posts and pages.
The plugin also offers to use your own custom images according to your site design. See a working demo of this plugin at https://simplesharebuttons.com/
5. Social Media Share Buttons & Social Sharing Icons (Ultimate Sharing)
Plugin size: 6.7 MB
Review: This social media plugin claims to support more than 200+ social media platforms. More options include animated icons (shuffling and mouse-over), using custom icons by uploading, floating or sticky social media icons bar, showing counts in social media buttons.
The plugin has options to set sharing buttons size and spacing, customized buttons alignment, more than 16 display styles, custom sharing tagline and displaying counter.
6. Share Buttons by AddThis
Plugin size: 1 MB
Review: According to AddThis developers, the plugin is ready to promote your content by sharing on more than 200+ social networking and bookmarking sites. The plugin is quick to load and have a clean interface.
This social share plugin supports widgets and comes with shortcode to display sharing buttons anywhere in your articles.
7. WordPress Social Sharing Plugin – Sassy Social Share
Plugin size: 538 KB
Review: The plugin offers to share your content on more than 100+ sharing and bookmarking services. The plugin is well-optimized and the social sharing icons can be customized according to your website needs.
The additional features include its own cache to update share counts after a set time interval, URL shortening service integration, standard and floating layouts, widgets and shortcodes.
See live plugin demo at https://www.heateor.com/sassy-social-share-demo/
Plugin size: 1.4 MB
Review: One feature we found different in this plugin is that it doesn’t load any external scripts which may affect site loading speed. Additional features include a widget to show most shared posts, share counts aggregation, URL shortening integration and mobile-ready with the support for AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages).
Shortcode variants are also integrated to show sharing icons with different styles and layouts anywhere in a post or a page.
See Mashshare live demo at https://mashshare.net/
9. Custom Share Buttons with Floating Sidebar
Plugin size: 147 KB
Review: This is another very light-weight social sharing WordPress plugin which is only built for sharing your site content on social sharing networks.
The plugin currently supports 9 popular social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, Reddit and Youtube.
10. WP Social Bookmarking Light
Plugin size: 762 KB
Review: This plugin simply inserts social sharing buttons at the top or bottom of your posts and pages. It supports almost all popular social sharing and bookmarking websites.
Interestingly, the plugin has been downloaded 100,000+ times yet we have found very few ratings for this plugin. We strongly recommend to test this plugin on a local server first before installing on a live site.
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We hope this list of 10 free social sharing plugins for WordPress will save your time and you will be able to choose and add social media plugin in your WordPress site easily.