04/26 2014

Plugins to Attract Visitors to WordPress Profiles – Best 25 Social Media

Social media services are undoubtedly the second biggest source of traffic; first being the search engines. In today’s time, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ have established themselves as the most seriously and widely used social sharing websites. People are also using other sources such as StumbleUpon, Digg, and Linked extensively.

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Social Media Plugins

It is true that sharing high quality content on website ensures a boost to your business. However, the importance of effective integration of social media to website cannot be ignored. This is precisely what attracts social media traffic. Hence, it is vital to gather information on some of the best social media plugins for WordPress available in the present time. These plugins are extremely bebeficial in promoting social media profiles and promote visitors to share your content with their known ones.

Google+ has attained a lot of popularity and emerged as a significant service to include in your social sharing buttons. Listed below are some of the most useful free to download plugins:

25 Social Media Sharing Plugins for WordPress:

1.      SOCIABLE

This incredible free plugin adds social media sharing buttons to your posts, pages and RSS feed. It is also known for supporting over a dozen of the most popular social networks. The best part is that the plugin is updated regularly. For WordPress, it is possible to change the tagline that appears above the icons and buttons in the settings.

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Customizing the sharing area is easy. Also the icons are available in three styles and the main style come in four colour variations. With this plugin, it is possible to automatically insert Sociable on your pages or control over where it appears.

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2.      SHAREBAR

The plugin automatically adds an eye-catching bar perpendicularly to the left or right of your posts or even horizontally underneath the title. It is possible to add this manually anywhere else with PHP code. With Sharebar, it is easy to enable and disable buttons easily in the settings. Adding new buttons to the menu is also simple. Width, background and border of the menu can also be customised.

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3.      SHARETHIS

This has emerged as one of the most popular sharing solutions on the internet. You would be surprised to know that it is being used on more than 1 million websites across the. It allows Facebook users share and like. SharThis also support for Google+. 

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One can enjoy 7 types of displays including horizontal counts, large icons, various button, vertical counts, styles and the standard ShareThis button. 

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The multi-post option allows visitors to share content without leaving your website. You can insert ShareThis automatically or manually via using HTML.

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4.      LOCKERZ SHARE

This is highly configurable WordPress plugin. It adds “sexy bookmarks” to all of your pages, posts, home page, category archive, and RSS feed. Half of each icon is hid by share bar in order to reveal the full icon right when the user hovers over it.

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Adding and removing services in the settings is simple and so is selecting from 143 services. The button automatically embeds at the top or bottom (or both) of posts and pages. CSS will help you customize the box using.

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5.      SHAREAHOLIC

This is highly configurable WordPress plugin. It adds “sexy bookmarks” to all of your pages, posts, home page, category archive, and RSS feed. Half of each icon is hid by share bar in order to reveal the full icon right when the user hovers over it.

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An incredible total of 86 services are available. Interestingly, it is one of the very few sharing plugins that lets you to configure the output for Twitter through tweet message customization and selection of the URL shortener.

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6.      SLICK SOCIAL SHARE BUTTONS

It provides a fixed location placement for sharing button on your website. The menu can slide out.

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The best part is that the plugin supports Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Google Buzz, Digg, and Pinterest.

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Buttons variations are available. Also change of location for button is simple. It is also possible for excluding the button from certain categories.

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7.      SOCIAL TOOLBAR

The plugin helps you put a toolbar at your website’s base. The latest tweet will be displayed just above the toolbar.

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The settings menu allows you to adjust the color scheme of the background, border and icons. You just need to spend $25 for a pro version to add functionality for Google+ and Facebook fan pages.

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8.      INSITEBAR

InsiteBar places a toolbar at your website’s top. The default bar displays a button similar to Facebook in conjunction with a retweet button. It allows users search the website through Google and decode content into more than a dozen languages. It comes integrated with a highly useful text-to-speech feature.

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Visitors can share your content on various social media services through the green button at page. 

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Visitors can share your content on various social media services through the green button at page. The major benefit of InsiteBar over alternatives helps customize the bar. The marketplace of InsiteBar offers thousands of apps, facilitating you to add features relevant to your website.

9.      SHAREDADDY

Initially, it was a standalone plugin. Today, it is a part of Jetpack plugin,

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the popular plugin that supports a wide number of social media services such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Digg, StumbleUpon, and Reddit. It helps visitors share articles through email and print them out too.

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The plugin also provides users with a URL shortener named analytics, Gravatar hover cards, and a lot more.

10.  GETSOCIAL

It is a plugin that adds a vertical sharing box to your website. It works towards supporting a number of social media such as Twitter, StumbleUpon, Google+ (and Google Buzz), Facebook, Digg, and Blend. It is easier to add buttons in the settings.

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The sharing box can also be revealed on posts and pages. With this plugin, users can easily modify colour of background colour, box border and shade of the font shade.

11.  SOCIAL MEDIA COUNTERS

This valuable plugin comes integrated with support for sharing buttons for social media site such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Digg, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon and AddThis.

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The settings page for this plugin comes integrated with three main sections allotted for top of the content, the bottom and excerpts each. Each of the section can be configured separately.

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It is easier to add buttons to posts, pages, and attachments. This is a distinctive feature of plugin as only a few plugins offer this facility. According to the preferences of user, the buttons can be small or large.

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Here, it is possible to check off the services you desire to have. You may even add a title wrapped in <p> tags. The <h1> to <h6> heading tags can also be added as desired.

12.  SOCIALPOP

This is a super cool plugin that “pops up” icons as soon as a user hover over the image. It is possible to select from a huge number of variations including images pop up, down, left or right. Availability of circle and square icons, cool effects monochrome hover colors, tooltips etc. makes this plugin a decent choice for WordPress.

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The style, type of social media icons, and background color displayed can be modified.

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The plugin comes integrated with a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface. This facilitates enabling and laying out services.

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Presently, 27 social networks are supported, such as the now defunct Google Buzz. The only drawback is that the developer is in no mood to add Google+ until next year.

13.  STICKLR WP

This is a highly useful social media panel added to the side of your page. The menu is fixed while the user scrolls up and down. It is possible to expand it through hovering or clicking on it.

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Sticklr WP displays multiple columns in the pop-out menu and even helps users add their own HTML. 

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Customization of table width, its precise position on your website, and the design of the menu itself (through CSS) are possible.

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The best part is that Sticklr is simply a lightweight script that puts in less than 10 KB to the page. With the help of CSS, it is possible to display menu regardless disabled JavaScript.

14.  SOCIAL BUTTONS PRO

The plugin supports 4 services including Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. All you need to do is click on the relevant button in order to add it to posts, pages or other areas of your website using template tags.

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Each button has been allotted with a huge range of sizes, types and styles.

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Addition of sharing buttons to content soon after set up of plugin is easy. Since adding buttons to posts is easy, the plugin is highly useful for one building a website for a client. For those comfortable with copying code from LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter on website don’t need this plugin. 

15.  SIMPLE SHARE

This is an attractive plugin that displays up to 8 services on the left side of posts. The menu remains fixed as the reader scrolls up and down the page.

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The exact position of the menu can be set in pixels or as a percentage from the top-left corner of the page. 

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The background, border and text colors can be customized, too. 

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The plugin hasn’t been updated in a few months, so there is currently no support for Google+. These plugins will embed direct links to your social media profiles, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

16.  LOCKERZ SHARE

It offers sharing button and subscribe button to let readers to subscribe to your website hassle free.

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The plugin functions precisely the same as the sharing button. The 4 similar icons can be embedded through use of PHP or a widget. 

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The pop-up menu displays the most popular news readers. Visitors can easily subscribe through FeedBlitz, the email subscription service.

17. EASY MASHABLE SOCIAL BAR

This is one plugin that is inspired by Mashable social media box. It displays counters for your Facebook fan page, Google+ profile and even Twitter profile. Use of email will help visitors to subscribe to RSS feed. Also the widget footer encircles links to your Google+ profile, RSS Feed, and LinkedIn page.

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Things are controlled through a widget. You simply need to enter URLs of your profiles here and adjust the size of the box. You can also change the colors of each row.

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This is a new plugin and a little rough around the edges. It offers fixed design to allow display of all social networks regardless of whether you use them or not. The plugin editor will help you remove sections you don’t wish to have.

18. SOCIAL MEDIA WIDGET

Most of the services and applications are supported in this single plugin.

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It is available with a big settings area for the widget. This is precisely where you can modify the title and text above the icons. Here, you will find 6 spaces for your own social profiles.

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Modification of appearance of the icons is possible through the widget. It supports 3 sizes, 5 icon packs and 5 animations. You can also alter the opacity from 50 per cent to up to 100 per cent.

19. SOCIAL MEDIA TABS

This plugin will help you add a tabbed box displaying the latest entries from Google+, Twitter, Facebook, RSS, and YouTube feeds.

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It is possible to place the tabbed box in a widget area. You may even keep it floated in a fixed location on website. Box and slide-out speed size can be modified. There is a provision for displaying a social media profile for each tab. Since the plugin supports just five networks, it is easier to rearrange the icons.

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Users can enter URLs of social media profiles and even set the number of entries for each service in the settings area for widget.

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The plugin is available with eye-catching icons. You may even use your own. Other facilities include disabling of the default skin, opting for whether or not to display Google+ statistics and Twitter @replies, and set links to open in new tabs.

20. FOLLOW ME

This functional plugin will put a discreet icon on the page’s left or right side. The text can be changed easily from “Follow Me” to “Follow Us”.

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A box listing all of your social media profiles will pops up as soon a user clicks on the icon. To get rid of the “Grab This” icon linking back to the website of developer, you need to manually edit the plugin. 

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The follow button can be displayed in the widget region. Around 43 social media services are supported by the plugin.

21. SOCIALBOX

This is a very simple yet attractive plugin that presents a complete list of your social media profiles and counts for follower in a widget.

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It supports about 8 social media services. It is possible to change order of services. 

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There have been reports about some services, such as FeedBurner, not reporting follower counts regularly. The plugin combats this via letting users manually enter values to be displayed on unavailability of a follower count.

22. SOCIAL PRESS

This plugin can easily add a list of sharing buttons right below your content on posts and pages. In the event where a user hovers over a button, the other buttons simply fade out. It comes integrated with both small and large icons.

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With Social Press, it is possible to modify location of the icon folder and set the default width and height of icons. Addition, modification, and deletion of services, changing of the order of icons, setting links to nofollow, and setting of opening of links can be easily managed. Interestingly,

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Social Press allows you to see precisely the number of visitors that have been referred to you from various social networks. 

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23. SMART SOCIAL NETWORK COUNT

This is effective enough for displaying links to your social media profiles and counters. It precisely integrates with Facebook, FeedBurner, Twitter, Vimeo, Flickr, YouTube, and GitHub. The plugin can also be linked to your RSS email feed.

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You may select from three layouts

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And four icon sets.

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Customization of layout and style of the widget is possible.

24. MOST SHARED POSTS

This is a highly useful plugin that displays your posts that have been most shared on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Using a widget will help you add the entire list of shared posts to your website.

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It is also possible to set the number of items to display and the time period.

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25. SOCIAL METRICS

It effectively displays the overall performance of your posts and pages on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Digg, StumbleUpon, and LinkedIn. There are many benefits of using this plugin including clear layout, filtering of results by category and by date, 

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User friendly settings page, pro version to add functionality, and many more.

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In a Nutshell

It is not possible to deem any one social media plugin that’s perfect for everyone. This entirely depends on where you want to place the buttons and links and the number of services you wish to list. Lastly, the effective blending of plugin with your design also makes all the difference.

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