The Ultimate Collection of WordPress Social Network Plugins
Today we have put together an interesting collection of WordPress Social Network Plugins for you. These days, social networks have become a part of our everyday life. Social media is a wonderful medium to get your posts and information shared with millions of users. This is the reason why the majority of websites include social media sharing options in their websites. One of the effective ways is to include social media sharing options in your blog posts and let your readers share your piece of writing through different social media platforms. The more options you include, the better it is, at least to a certain extent. Therefore, we have compiled the most useful WordPress social network plugins collection for you. We hope that you will find this list useful.
Shareaholic is a highly configurable plugin, that can be integrated with WordPress in order to add “sexy bookmarks” to your posts, pages, home page, category archive and RSS feed.
With this plugin, you can easily add social media sharing buttons to your posts, pages and RSS feed. The plugin supports almost all popular social networks. You can choose from simple icons or buttons that display how many times your article has been shared.
WordPress Social Ring adds sharing buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
This puts a toolbar at the bottom of your website. Your latest tweet is displayed just above the toolbar, and on the right you’ll find buttons and counters for Facebook likes and retweets. On the left is a horizontal list of all of your social profiles (making this both a sharing and following plugin).In the settings you can modify the color scheme of the background, border and icons and set whether tweets link to your home page or to individual posts and pages.
The simplest way to turn your standard WordPress website with a standard WordPress theme into a Social Network.
Facebook Like Box Widget is a social plugin that enables Facebook Page owners to attract and gain likes and recommendation comments from their own website. The Like Box Widget enables users to see how many users already like this page, which of their friends like it too, read recent posts from the page and like the page with one click, without needing to even visit it.
Automatically add links to posts or pages that are being published to your Facebook wall, pages or groups. Its simple one time configuration goes as set it and forget it. The way links appear on Facebook can be customized.
Add a widget to your sidebar to show your latest tweets.
The WPMU DEV Google+ Plugin lets you add a +1 button to your website so that people can tell the world how awesome they think you are. It integrates with Google+ Posts and Pages so that people can easily add you to their G+ Circles.
Google+ badge allows visitors to directly connect with and promote your brand on Google+ from your website. Now you can add a Google+ badge to help your visitors find and engage with you on the new social network by the search giant.
Add a Pinterest “Pin It” Button to your site to let your visitors easily pin your awesome content!
Your all-in-one share-buttons plugin. Add a floating bar with share buttons to your blog. Just like Mashable!
With this tool, you can add a vertical sharing box to your website that supports Twitter, Facebook, Google+ (and Google Buzz), StumbleUpon, Digg and Blend.
ShareThis is the most popular and most widely used sharing solution on the web. It allows Facebook users to share and like your content. This plugin also supports Google+. You can change the order of icons from settings.
Provides an easy way to selectively add actionable social bookmarks to your posts content or below the post in a call-to-action box.
This tool allows you to add a sharing button to your website that supports Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Digg, Google Buzz and Pinterest. The menu can also be slide out.
Another amazing solution for making your blog more sharable is the plugin from AddThis. Similar to ShareThis, but slightly less focused on design, it gives you a great solution to have trackable buttons on your page. A big plus for AddThis is that it also includes automatic translation in over 70 languages. So if you have a large number of different people from different countries visiting your site, this might be helpful.
Sharebar adds a dynamic and fully customizable vertical box to the left of a blog post that contains links/buttons to popular social networking sites.
The Follow Me widget allows you to display links to all your social media profiles in one, easy-to-access button or window.
Lifestream is a plugin built on top of the WordPress platform. It allows you to effortlessly integrate your social network activity across the web with your blog. It actually transforms your blog to a lifestream, which has it stand out from the rest of the crowd a little.
When someone comments on your blog and writes a comment with his/her URL, they are leaving more information than you might think. This WordPress plugin displays web pages and profiles of those users in the dashboard, so you can add them as friends if you are in the same social network. You will be able to know the profiles of your visitors in social networks like Flickr, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Downsides are that the info is not reliable as the users can easily claim to be owner of a certain profile by using a meta-tag. In some countries data-protection laws might prohibit this kind of data-mining.
A WordPress plugin which adds a sidebar widget containing a subtle list of all your social homes as linked favicons.
It is a WordPress plugin that contains all the features that you had expected from WordPress. It turns your blog into a social network hub and can greatly enhance your blogging experience.
The Social Media Page WordPress plugin will add a list of links to your social media profiles on a page or post of your choice. This plugin also creates a widget that will display your social media profiles in the side bar of your site.
You can choose from more than 100 different social media sites such as Facebook and Google+ with the help of this button.
A very useful plugin for WordPress that allows users to search the website via Google and also translates the website content into more than a dozen languages if needed. Furthermore, it also comes with a text-to-speech feature.
Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com. The plugin supports Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Digg and Reddit.
Add social media counters to your blog so users can share your content and see how many others have shared. This useful plugin shows sharing buttons for Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Digg, Google+, LinkedIn and AddThis.
The Social Media Widget is a simple sidebar widget that allows users to input their social media website profile URLs and other subscription options. It will then show an icon on the sidebar to that social media site and more. Social network platforms are opened in a separate browser window.
Social Media Tabs allows you to add a tabbed box that will show the latest entries from your Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS and YouTube feeds.
With this plugin, you can display your most shared posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Social Metrics is a Social Media Analytics tool you can use to track your WordPress blog performance on popular social networking websites and services.
This rounds up our collection of social network plugins for WordPress. Did we miss out on anything? Leave your comments below.
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