Do you want to add a social share button to get more share on your post? By adding the social sharing buttons on your site, you can allow visitors to share your blog posts quickly on social networking sites.
There are many social share plugins available in the market. Many of them are not well coded and they badly affect the performance of your site. But do not worry, this tutorial will tell you some of the best social share plugins that will help you add social share buttons to your site.
In this tutorial, I will use four WordPress plugins.
These plugins will help you add beautiful and stylish social share buttons to your WordPress site. It’s also very easy to use
So let’s start…
How to Add Social Media Share Buttons to WordPress
Jetpack is a very popular WordPress plugin created by Automattic for WordPress.com websites. With its Sharing module, you can add Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr and many more networks to your blog posts, page, archives etc. This gives you 4 different styles for social share buttons.
If you want to use Jetpack social share buttons on your site, you have to sign up for it. But if you are already using it, then let’s go ahead and add social share buttons to your site.
First click on Jetpack >> Settings >> Sharing.
Here, under the Sharing buttons section, turn on the Add sharing buttons to your posts button.
Now you need to click on Settings >> Sharing.
In the Sharing buttons section, drag the Social button from the Available Services to the Enabled Services box.
Also, you can change the button style, position and Sharing label of your social share buttons.
Once you’re done configuring the settings, You can see the live preview, what it looks like on your site.
As we saw, adding Jetpack Social Share Buttons is very easy. If you use Jetpack on your site, you can use its social button.
2. Social Warfare
Social Warfare is a lightweight plugin and comes with highly customizable options. With this plugin, you can add social share buttons on the homepage, archive page and post.
Currently, Social Warfare supports Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Mix.
- Share counts
- Responsive design
- Placement option
- Popular posts widget
- Analytics and link shortening
First, install and activate Social Warfare plugin on your site. Once activated, it will add a new menu item to your WordPress dashboard with Social Warfare. Just click on it. This will take you to the settings page of the plugin.
Under Social Networks, drag the Social button to Active box from Inactive.
In addition, the plugin allows to set position (You can place buttons before and/or after a blog post) and share counts. If you want to add Floating Share Buttons to your WordPress site, then the plugin also allows it. You can also choose a position (Top, Bottom, Left, Right) for Floating Share Buttons.
3. Social Sharing Buttons – Social Pug
Social Pug adds beautiful social share buttons to your WordPress site. You can customize it according to the design of your website.
The free version support top five social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
- Share Count
- Popular posts widget
- Floating Sidebar Social Share Buttons
- Retina Ready
- Mobile Sticky Footer Social Share Buttons
- Google Analytics UTM tracking
- Link Shortening
First, install and activate Social Pug plugin on your site. Once activated, it will add a new menu item to your WordPress dashboard with Social Pug. Just click on it. This will take you to the settings page of the plugin.
In the next step, select which sharing buttons you want to use on your site – Floating Sidebar or Inline Content. After selecting your favourites, click on Settings.
Under the Social Networks section, click on Select Networks and choose the social media platforms you want to display.
You can change the Button shape, Buttons position, Number of columns, Share text and many more. Once you’ve completed the settings, click the Save Changes button.
4. AddToAny Share Buttons
AddToAny Share Buttons is a very good and popular social share plugin. This plugin allows you to share content on Facebook, Twitter, PinTare, Google, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Reddit and over 100 more sharing and social media sites. You can place buttons before and/or after a blog post.
- Share counts
- Responsive and Retina ready
- AMP support
- Google Analytics integration
- Custom placement and appearance
First, install and activate AddToAny Share Buttons on your site. Once activated, click on Settings >> AddToAny. This will take you to the settings page of the plugin.
Its default settings work perfect for any site. But if you want to customize it, then you can. Here is a screenshot,
In addition, you can use it as a floating share button. You can also customize floating share buttons like Placement, Position, Icon Size, Background.
If you are having trouble deciding which plugin is best for you. Since all the plugins are free and are easy to set up, you can use any of them.
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