7 Best WordPress Post Share Plugins: Social Share Buttons
The most common feeling while choosing a WordPress post share plugin is that of utter confusion. I mean, after all, there are so many of these available.
As you may know, sometimes abundance is as problematic as scarcity. Moreover, it often becomes very difficult to find the ‘right’ option. In order to help you with that, I’ll present a list of the 7 Best WordPress Post Share Plugins.
These 7 plugins cover almost the entire range of possibilities. According to your needs, you can choose either the lightweight options or the deep plugins. The former is perfect for most social media, while the latter has a lot of professional features.
By comparing the different plugins and weighing them against your needs and wants, you’ll know which is perfect for you.
So, let us not get stuck with the entire introduction and the context. Rather, let’s get straight to the point.
Social Warfare is probably the most common WordPress post share plugin. Free, as well as, premium version of the plugin is available. The lightweight social share buttons work fine in the free version. However, as a matter of fact, the premium version is fully packed with many more effective features.
When it comes to WordPress share buttons, the Social Warfare plugin is capable enough of handling the basics. It includes the following.
- Simple, elegant social share buttons
- Compatible with all major social networks (the Pro version is even better)
- The flexibility of placement along with floating share buttons
- Share counts
Yet, the most unique features of this plugin are the ones listed below.
- Pinterest-specific images.
- Analytics and link shortening.
- Share count recovery.
- Minimum social proof.
Price: Free plugin for the limited version. For a single website, the Pro version is available for $29.
Elegant Themes, the popular makers of the Divi theme are also the makers of the social share plugin called Monarch. The best thing about this one is that it’s very flexible.
In order to purchase any Elegant Theme product, you need to have a one-time membership. Despite the price, anyone would be attracted towards the option for displaying share buttons from more than 35 separate networks. There are 5 ways to do it.
- Above/below the post content
- Floating sidebar
- Automatic popup
- Automatic fly-in
- On images/videos
WordPress post share plugin lets you decide on triggering the pop-ups and fly-ins. Personally, I want them to appear when the user comments.
Price: One-time membership for $89.
Easy Social Share Buttons
In my opinion, they probably have one of the longest lists of features. For you, that may either be good or bad. Yet, you’d never run out of options with this particular plugin.
Moreover, the Easy Social Share Buttons have consistently maintained a high rating of 4.6/5 stars. More evidence of its dependability is given by the sales figure of over 24,000.
This plugin is compatible with:
- 50+ social networks
- 28+ different positions
- 52+ pre-made templates
- 25+ animations
Plus, you cannot forget the advanced features, like:
- Live Chat
- Analytics and A/B testing
- Minimum share counts
- Email Opt-ins
- Popular posts (by shares), etc.
If you are thinking of adding a specific type of share button on your website, MashShare might just be perfect for you. As the name suggests, the plugin uses the Mashable style. The MashShare plugin not only displays the actual share count on your website but also the “virtual shares”. However, the second way of increasing social proof may seem dishonest to many.
This WordPress post share plugin, in fact, comes free of cost. However, you have to pay for any add-ons that you might need to install. The most common add-ons include:
- More social networks
- More social share button placement options
- Click to tweet and/or select and share
- Google Analytics Event Tracking
Price: Free core plugin. Add-ons cost around $19 each. You may also get a package for a discount.
WP Social Sharing
The revolutionary thing about this plugin is that it’s super lightweight. If social share buttons for major social networks is the thing you want, this plugin is the simplest possible option.
It allows to add buttons quickly for:
The shared text is customizable. It also lets you put custom texts in front of the buttons.
You get a response from everything that is included in the WP Social Sharing plugin. Plus, instead of images, the plugin uses CSS3 buttons.
You’re more likely to love this plugin if you have eyes for out-of-the-box styles. You can avail either of the free or premium versions of the plugin.
Social Pug’s free version allows adding floating and inline share buttons for networks like:
If your work is basic, the free version should suffice. However, more serious work requires the premium version with features like:
- Minimum share counts
- Share count recovery
- Mobile sticky share buttons.
- More desktop placement
- Custom Open Graph data
- Link shortening integrations
- Analytics integration
- More social networks
Price: Free. Pro versions start at $24.
Kiwi Social Share
Kiwi Social Share is one of the social share buttons in the lightweight category. For me, its best style is the “shift” style. Apart from this sleek, modern style, there are three more options available.
You can not only create before/after content but also floating share buttons, even in the free version. Moreover, it allows you the capacity to control and customize the posts on which particular share buttons show up.
This WordPress post share plugin is compatible with all the social network giants and offers:
- 4 different button shape styles
- Custom colors
- 2 different button group styles
- Share counts
For more features, you can avail the pro version. It offers Google Analytics integration, as well as, link shortening with Bitly. Plus, there’s a lot more.
Price: Free. Starting price for Pro versions is $19.