7 Best WordPress Social Sharing Plugins: Our Picks + What We Use
Searching for the best social media sharing plugins for your WordPress site?
Social share buttons can be a great way to boost your WordPress site’s visibility on social media, which is why we include social share buttons at the top of every blog post on WPLift (look up!).
To help you choose the best option for your site, we’ve collected some of the best social share plugins for WordPress. Some are full-featured social media plugins that help with lots of different features, while others are lightweight options that give you the bare minimum that you need.
Let’s get social…
Note – we originally published this post in 2016. In May 2020, we completely rewrote it to account for new plugins and changes in the space.
Seven Best Social Sharing Plugins for WordPress
Social Warfare is the sharing plugin that we use here at WPLift. The social share buttons and share counts that you see at the top of this post? Those are powered by Social Warfare.
Social Warfare comes in both a free and a paid version.
With the free version, you can add stylish social share buttons for popular services such as:
You can place your share buttons:
- Above or below content
- As a floating bar
- Manually using a shortcode or block
You can also display share counts with the free version (except for Tweet counts, which require the premium version).
Social Warfare can also help you create your own click-to-tweet buttons.
With the Pro version, you gain access to even more social networks including Reddit, WhatsApp, Pocket, email, and more.
You also get options to control how your content looks when it’s shared. In addition to customizing Facebook and Twitter titles/descriptions, you can also upload a dedicated Pinterest image (which is important because taller images do better on Pinterest).
Other Pro features include:
- Set a minimum number of shares before displaying public share counts
- Recover lost share counts
- Link shortening
- Google Analytics Event Tracking and UTM tracking
Price: Limited free version. Pro version starts at just $29
You can choose from 17 different social networks and 5 pre-made designs.
Where this feature gets really powerful is when you combine it with the other Elementor Pro features. You can learn more about these features in our full Elementor Pro review.
For example, you can use:
- Elementor Theme Builder to automatically inject share buttons in your post or page templates.
- Elementor Popup Builder to display share buttons in a popup and trigger them at any time. Or, you could add them as a static notification bar or slide-out.
Plus, you can still use all of the other Elementor Pro features beyond social sharing, which is part of why Elementor Pro offers such good value.
Again, if you want to learn about everything that you can do beyond social sharing buttons, check out our full Elementor Pro review.
Price: The core Elementor plugin is free. However, you need Elementor Pro to access the share button widgets. Elementor Pro starts at $49 and gets you access to every single premium feature.
Scriptless Social Sharing is an excellent plugin if you’re looking for something lightweight and performance-friendly.
However, it is not your best option if you want something with fancy features and styles.
It only includes 10 sharing options, but that list has all the important names including:
You can automatically add share buttons before or after your post content. Or, you can manually place them using a shortcode.
All in all, this one is basic, but that’s the point. If you want the most performance-friendly social share button plugin, give it a look.
However, keep in mind that you will be missing out on features such as share counts and the ability to control your social media descriptions.
Price: 100% free
Easy Social Share Buttons is the most popular social sharing plugin at Envato’s CodeCanyon marketplace, where it’s been purchased over 29,000 times with an excellent 4.67-star rating on over 1,250 reviews.
Easy Social Share Buttons is more than just a social sharing plugin, it’s like an entire social media suite for your WordPress site.
In terms of the number of features that you get, I don’t think any plugin competes with Easy Social Share Buttons.
To place your share buttons, you can choose from 8 preset content positions and 20 site locations, including floating buttons and a unique floating icon. Or, you can manually place them using a shortcode or block.
You can display individual and total share counts, along with a share count recovery feature if you ever changed URLs. You can also set a minimum share count in order to display shares.
To control how your content looks when shared, Easy Social Share Buttons also lets you set Facebook/Twitter descriptions.
Other notable features include:
- 40+ different social share button styles
- Dedicated Pinterest images
- Option to add a Pinterest “Pin” button to images
- Real-time FOMO notifications for shares
- After-share events. For example, you can display follow buttons after someone shares your content
- WooCommerce product social share buttons
- Built-in click logging and share analytics
Beyond social sharing, Easy Social Share Buttons can also help you:
- Create email opt-in forms that connect to nine popular email marketing services.
- Add live chat via Facebook Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp, or Viber.
- Display an Instagram feed on your website.
Price: $22 with lifetime updates for a single site (Envato license)
AddToAny Share Buttons is the best WordPress social sharing plugin if you want to give your visitors the option to share your content to pretty much any social network.
Whereas most of the other tools support 5-20 different networks, AddToAny supports well over 100 different social networks.
You can choose to feature the most important networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Then, you can add an extra “universal” share button that lets visitors choose from the full selection.
You can add both in-content social share buttons as well as vertical or horizontal floating share buttons. Or, you can manually place them using a shortcode.
Other notable features include:
- Share counts
- Google Analytics integration to track how effective your buttons are
- Link shortening with Bitly or other URL shorteners
Overall, the main reason to use AddToAny is if you want that “universal” button. Otherwise, one of the other plugins might make a better option.
Price: 100% free
Shared Counts is another free, lightweight social sharing plugin. It’s sort of like the Scriptless Social Sharing plugin in that respect.
However, as the name suggests, it does include one key feature – social share counts.
It can even help you recover your share counts if you’ve changed from HTTP to HTTPS, which is a feature that most other social media plugins charge for.
Shared Counts supports all the most popular social media networks, including:
- Email sharing
In addition to displaying share counts for individual networks, you can also display one overall share count.
All in all, if you just want lightweight social share buttons that also include share counts, this is a great option.
Price: 100% free
Ultimate Addons for Gutenberg is a set of new blocks for the WordPress block editor.
It comes with a bunch of blocks for everything from buttons to columns, price lists, testimonials, and more.
However, the block we’re interested in here is the Social Share block.
With this block, you can easily insert share buttons anywhere in the block editor.
This block is a good option if you just want a simple, lightweight way to include social share buttons in the block editor. However, this block is definitely not as flexible as a full social sharing plugin, which is something to keep in mind.
For example, you won’t be able to display share counts or control your social media descriptions.
Price: 100% free
Which Is the Best WordPress Social Sharing Plugin?
As is always the case with WordPress plugins, the best plugin depends on your specific needs.
Overall, if you want the most features, you’ll want to take a look at:
If you want the most networks, you won’t go wrong with AddToAny.
Novashare is also an interesting option from the same developer of the Perfmatters plugin. I didn’t include it in the list above because it’s fairly new and it only comes in a premium version, but the team behind it always builds good performance into their plugins. If you’re mainly focused on the performance optimization of your share buttons, I would also give this one a look.
Do you have any questions about choosing a WordPress social sharing plugin? Ask away in the comments!