Share buttons are one of the best ways to get your readers to share your content on their own social networks.
Apart from being SEO-friendly, share buttons are also an excellent way to create an element of social proofing on your site, by allowing you to visually show how popular your content is to readers.
But with dozens of plugins to choose from, which share buttons are perfect for you?
Below we’ll look five of the best social sharing plugins for WordPress, what makes them popular, and what they can provide to your social sharing effort.
Approaching a million downloads on WordPress, this social sharing plugin is designed to get the job done and look amazing at the same time. You can display buttons to all the major networks, like Twitter, Facebook Like, Google+, Reddit, Twitter, StumbleUpon, WebBlend, Tumblr, and more.
There’s also a reasonably large range of customization options, including a floating bar. Best of all, Digg Digg was sharply designed with a lazy loading feature, so it will never be a drag on your site’s performance.
This widget allows your readers to select out of 120 different social channels on the Internet to share with. These include all the big channels, like Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, and several niche network channels as well. The sharing buttons can be large or small depending on your site, and you can even post an add counter alongside your sharing bar.
Although ShareThis might not be the most interesting plugin on this list, it’s one of the most reliable, with nearly 2 million downloads to date.
AddThis can help you promote your content over more than 300 of the most popular social networks and content discovery sites. This includes sites like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr. The AddThis button itself is fairly inconspicuous, it loads quickly, and it’s easy to recognize as a sharing tool. Although this plugin lacks a broad set of broad functionality, it’s effective as what it does.
The creators of AddThis also offer similar synergistic plugins designed to help you increase your follower count, implement social authentication, and share your trending content.
The Shareaholic plugin combines the power of three apps to help share your content online, with an emphasis on creating social conversation on your channels. This tool includes floating share buttons, social analytics for sharing metrics, share counters for all the major networks, and full sharing support for practically every major network. In short, Shareaholic is a fast and secure no-nonsense solution.
Designed with the aim of making sharing buttons easy, efficient, and highly actionable, Socialize goes the extra mile to promote your content. This is also one of the few plugins that encourages you to be selective in offering the sharing buttons you want to offer, encouraging your readers to select the networks that are most relevant for you and your content.
With only 12 share buttons, this plugin provides an intentionally narrow experience, probably with the understanding that people become psychologically overwhelmed when too many options are available. With only 170,000 downloads to date, while this isn’t the most popular app on WordPress, it’s one of the best for discriminately getting your content where you want it.