Social media is important. I know that, you know that. So why do I keep blathering on about it? Well, because understanding how you can best integrate social media into your websites can aid in the success of your site tremendously.
Today, we’re going to focus on the numerous ways you can add social media to your WordPress site and the best social media plugins for doing so. Taking one glance at the WordPress plugin repository, I know there are an overwhelming number of choices when it comes to social media plugins. So I’ve put together what I think are the best social media WordPress plugins available right now, their features, and why you might use them.
I’ve also broken down this guide into several categories including social media feeds, social sharing, social icons and buttons, scheduling, comments, and content lockers for easier browsing.
50+ Best WordPress Social Media Plugins
- WordPress To Buffer
- WP To Twitter
- Jetpack Publicize
- NextScripts Social Networks Auto-Poster
- Social Auto Poster
- WordPress Buffer
- Twine Social
- Feeder Ninja
- Flow-Flow Social Stream
- Feed Them Social
- Smash Balloon Social Post Feed
- Mongoose Page Plugin
- Simple Like Page Plugin
- WP TFeed
- Recent Tweets Widget
- AccessPress iFeeds
- Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed
- 10Web Social Photo Feed
- WP to LinkedIn Auto Publish
- Social Warfare
- Easy Social Share Buttons
- Simple Share Buttons Adder
- WP Social Sharing
- Custom Share Buttons with Floating Sidebar
- AddToAny Share Buttons
- Social Share Graphs
- Sumo Image Sharer
- WWM Social Share On Image Hover
- Pinterest Pin It Button For Images
- Share This Image
- Social Media Feather
- Social Media Widget
- WordPress Social Share Buttons & Analytics
- Social Media Floating Icons
- AccessPress Social Counter
- Easy Social Icons
- Social Media Share Buttons & Social Sharing Icons
- Follow Us Badges
We have a lot of ground to cover here, so let’s get started.
Plugins for Adding Social Scheduling
Another important component of adding social media to WordPress is social scheduling. Being able to automatically promote new posts when they’re published is a real time saver. And there are many tools that allow you to do this, so let’s get right to it:
HubSpot’s WordPress Plugin offers a ton of marketing tools for your WordPress site. You can use HubSpot to schedule social media posts ahead of time then use its built-in analytics tools to track the impact of those posts as far as engagement, audience, and ROI.
2. WordPress To Buffer
A plugin you should definitely check out is WordPress to Buffer. You’ll need a Buffer account, of course, but it can be well worth it, considering how much it can help you streamline the often grueling process of social media management.
Once installed, it’ll send your latest published posts directly to your Buffer queue for scheduling.
Details: WordPress To Buffer
3. WP To Twitter
Another option is WP to Twitter. This plugin focuses exclusively on sharing your latest posts on Twitter, which is perfect if that’s where you spend most of your time on social. With it, you can display recent tweets and tweets based on specific search queries in a widget, if you wish.
Other features include URL shortening, automatically converting tags to hashtags, Google Analytics support, and more.
Details: WP To Twitter
4. Jetpack Publicize
A staple in most WordPress users’ arsenals is JetPack Publicize. This plugin makes it very easy to share posts on social media automatically when they’re published.
Just install it, enable the Publicize module, integrate your social accounts, and you’ll be up and running.
Details: Jetpack Publicize
5. NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster
NextScripts is another plugin that will promote your newly published posts to social accounts you designate. It works with many social networks and can be used on posts and pages. You can customize each message that is sent to each social network, too.
Though CoSchedule is an editorial calendar plugin, it has social media publishing integrated that makes it a must for our list here. This plugin lets you schedule blog posts and their social media promotions within a drag-and-drop calendar view. It’s lightweight, allows for editorial comments, provides notifications to your contributors, and is all-around easy to use.
7. Social Auto Poster
A premium option is the Social Auto Poster plugin. It lets you automatically post to your social accounts when a new post is published. This definitely takes some of the guesswork out of social promotion and the plugin itself is very easy to set up and to use.
You can select what post types to publicize, use a link shortener, configure custom messages for each network, and it works with WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads.
Details: Social Auto Poster
8. WordPress Buffer
HYPESocial – Buffer is another plugin that connects your WordPress site to Buffer to make for seamless social media scheduling. You can automatically share new posts and even configure it to share old posts and pages if you’d like. It’s a definite time-saver and works to expand your site’s reach without requiring you to put in much effort.
Details: WordPress Buffer
Plugins for Adding Social Feeds
Here’s a huge collection of plugins that allow you to add social media feeds from all or specific social networks directly to your WordPress site. They are organized from those that are all-inclusive to those that focus on a single network. It’s easy to get lost here, as I’ve included a lot of plugins and this isn’t even all of those currently available. Hey, at least you have plenty of options to choose from, right?
9. Twine Social
TwineSocial is an all-in-one social media feed plugin that allows you to display your latest social content directly on your site. You can organize it all by accounts, hashtags, multimedia, or another variable you prefer. This plugin also provides you with a stylish presentation for your photos, videos, and text.
It includes support for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine, Tumblr, Flickr, and LinkedIn and you can set up rules to specify what social posts are included in your feeds and which are not. It also includes shortened URL support, a video player, permalinks, a responsive grid, infinite scroll, custom CSS, multi-language support, analytics, and more.
Details: Twine Social
10. Feeder Ninja
Another plugin worth checking out is called Feeder Ninja. It’s perfect for creating embedded feeds out of your social media content and includes support for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Vimeo, Pinterest, and RSS.
This plugin is free to use but you do have to sign up for a free Feeder Ninja account before you can create your custom feeds.
Details: Feeder Ninja
Juicer is another plugin you can use to add social media feeds to your WordPress site. Just input your social media account name or a preferred hashtag and a feed of all of your posts will appear in an embedded shortcode. The feeds auto-update and provide a stylish display for social content from all the popular, main social sites plus Yelp and DeviantArt.
This plugin also adds permalinks to your social posts, SEO optimization, a responsive layout, infinite scroll, auto-approval, custom CSS, and analytics.
12. Flow-Flow Social Stream
Another way to display social feeds from multiple networks is through the use of Flow-Flow Social Stream. This plugin displays posts in a masonry grid and uses smart caching to ensure your latest social posts display quickly. It’s also quite secure and keeps app IDs and tokens secret.
It includes support for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram and is speed optimized. It includes CSS3 transitions and animations, a responsive layout and also offers plenty of design options, multisite compatibility, and cross-browser compatibility. The Pro version comes with post-approval, more social network support, more design options, admin filtering, lightboxes, sharing buttons, grid content search, and more.
Details: Flow-Flow Social Stream
13. Feed Them Social
Feed Them Social is still another great plugin option for creating social media feeds from multiple networks and/or accounts. It’s responsive, so looks good on any device, and allows for photo and video display from Facebook Pages, Groups, Albums, Album Covers, and Events. It includes custom font colors, like and follow buttons, a shortcode generator, and more.
The premium extension lets you customize the number of posts displayed from each feed, includes infinite scroll, and full support.
Details: Feed Them Social
14. Smash Balloon Social Post Feed
If all you’re after is a way to display your Facebook posts, Smash Balloon’s Social Post Feed is a good choice. This plugin is responsive, customizable, and SEO-friendly. You can display feeds from multiple Facebook pages or groups and place them anywhere you’d like on your site using a shortcode.
This plugin also includes support for events, custom CSS, caching, the ability to show or hide parts of posts, as well as offers control over the height, width, padding, and background color of the feed as a whole. It also has support for tags, hashtags, and you can select the number of posts, a date range of posts to feature, and a maximum character length. Custom header and localization support is also included.
Details: Smash Balloon Social Post Feed
15. Mongoose Page Plugin
Another fairly popular plugin is the Mongoose Page Plugin, that uses the Graph API to ensure that your WordPress posts and info display on your site seamlessly. It comes with a widget that you can add to any widgetized area on your site or you can use a shortcode to display it within posts and pages.
It also comes with a shortcode generator and includes localization support.
Details: Mongoose Page Plugin
16. Simple Like Page Plugin
The last Facebook-only plugin option we’ll discuss here is the aptly named Simple Like Page Plugin, which lets Facebook Page admins embed their Page’s feeds on WordPress sites. It’s very straightforward and lets users see the number of people who like the Page, read recent posts, and Like the page.
Details: Simple Like Page Plugin
17. WP TFeed
A dedicated Twitter plugin option is the AccessPress WordPress Twitter Feed. It works by displaying real-time Twitter feeds anywhere you’d like on your site using a widget or a shortcode. You have the option of displaying a straightforward feed or a slider as well.
You have numerous options over the settings here as well like the number of tweets to display, 3 design templates, date and time format, and more. It also comes with caching, is easy to set up, and provides support.
Details: WP TFeed
18. Recent Tweets Widget
Recent Tweets widget uses the latest Twitter API to cache your latest tweets so it doesn’t have to query Twitter proper every time the page loads. Your site won’t be rate-limited then, and you can customize how often the cache is updated, too.
Details: Recent Tweets Widget
19. AccessPress iFeeds
Moving on to Instagram integration, the AccessPress Instagram Feed plugin is a good choice for displaying your latest Instagram posts in a mosaic format. It comes with three design layouts, a lightbox mode, a slider mode, and normal mode. It also has a widget and shortcode, a responsive design, and an easy-to-use interface for your visitors.
Details: AccessPress iFeeds
20. Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed
Another option for displaying your Instagram posts is the Smash Balloon’s Social Photo Feed plugin. You can use it to display posts from any non-private account in a single feed or multiple feeds. Other features include a responsive design and a customizable layout where you can select the height, width, columns, image sizes, background color, image spacing, and more.
Your feed can be inserted in a widget or in posts via a shortcode. It also supports thumbnail or full-size photos, a “load more” button, a follow button, a stylish header, and custom CSS.
Details: Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed
21. 10Web Social Photo Feed
10Web Social Photo Feed plugin is a responsive, SEO-friendly option for inserting an unlimited number of Instagram feeds onto your site. You can insert feeds based on account names or hashtags and opt to include user metadata if you wish. There’s an image browser layout, sorting options, load more and pagination options, a lightbox with captions, a follow me icon, as well as shortcode support.
Details: 10Web Social Photo Feed
22. WP to LinkedIn Auto Publish
Trying to target the more professional set? A LinkedIn feed might be a good idea. The WP LinkedIn Auto Publish plugin makes it so your latest LinkedIn posts are published automatically on your website in a dedicated widget. You can filter items based on categories, post types, and even publish messages from your site directly to LinkedIn if you wish.
Details: WP to LinkedIn Auto Publish
Plugins for Adding Social Sharing Buttons
Another way you should integrate social to ensure you get the most out of each visitor is to add social sharing buttons. These most often appear at the top or bottom of posts, or in a floating sidebar of sorts to give visitors a constant reminder to share content they love with their friends and followers. Here’s a solid selection of social sharing button plugins worth considering:
23. Sumo Share
Sumo offers a host of social media plugin tools but its Share plugin is of particular interest here. It adds stylish share buttons to your website so visitors can share your content with their followers and friends on the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. It’s mobile-optimized and offers “smart” share buttons that automatically optimize based on the page’s content.
Setting up this plugin is easy. With a drag-and-drop interface, these buttons can be up and running wherever you want them very quickly. Sumo Share is free but you can go Pro to add more features.
Details: Sumo Share
24. Social Warfare
Another great plugin to consider is Social Warfare. This social sharing plugin offers numerous tools all in one convenient package for optimizing the entire process of sharing on social media for your visitors. It’s designed to look great, load quickly, and to be completely customizable so you can achieve the precise look you want.
Other features include Pinterest image shares, custom tweets, shareable quotes, Twitter Cards, social share counts, a popular posts widget, shortcodes, content protection, analytics, share count recovery, and responsive design. Social Warfare costs $29 per year for a single website.
Details: Social Warfare
Another premium plugin option to consider is Monarch by Elegant Themes. This plugin offers a stylish selection of buttons for over 20 social networks that can be added to five different locations on your site including above or below content, on images and videos, in a popup, in a fly-in, and in a floating sidebar. The popups and fly-ins include a timed delay, as well as triggers for the bottom of posts, after commenting, upon percentage scroll, after making a purchase, and after inactivity.
Monarch gives you control over button shapes, colors, hover effects, and lets you display your social network account names, social share counts, and more. A Developer membership at Elegant Themes will give you access to this plugin for $89 per year, or $249 for lifetime access.
26. Easy Social Share Buttons
Another premium option is Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress. This plugin includes everything you need to offer social sharing and to monitor your shares. It works with over 40 social networks and allows for a simplified setup with the option to customize just about every aspect of the visual display.
It also includes shortcodes, mobile optimization, click log analytics, Google Analytics tracking, social metrics, 27 templates, a followers counter, social profile modules, and more.
This is a paid plugin.
Details: Easy Social Share Buttons
27. Simple Share Buttons Adder
The Simple Share Buttons Adder is another example of a straightforward plugin that does exactly what it says. It adds share buttons to pages and posts with one click. You can use the default button images or upload custom ones. It doesn’t get much more straightforward than this.
Details: Simple Share Buttons Adder
Another fantastic plugin option is Shareaholic, which acts as an all-in-one social sharing tool. It offers stylish sharing buttons, of course, but it also comes with content recommendations, follow buttons, social analytics, promoted content, and more. It also includes vector share and follow buttons, share counters, Google URL shortener support, integrated Google Analytics, as well as support for all the popular social networks. It even includes a “pin it” button for image sharing.
29. WP Social Sharing
Still another plugin to consider is WP Social Sharing. It adds responsive social sharing buttons for popular networks to your posts, pages, media items, and custom post types. It’s super lightweight and you can customize the text on each of the social buttons. You can change the order of the buttons, and best of all, the buttons aren’t image-based; they’re created using CSS3, making for a totally responsive experience.
Details: WP Social Sharing
30. Custom Share Buttons with Floating Sidebar
If a floating sidebar widget is a must-have for you, the Custom Share Buttons with Floating Sidebar plugin is a good choice. It’s easy to setup, supports 9 social networks, and is lightweight so it won’t bog down your site. Add custom images to the buttons, change background colors, plus you have the option to show/hide buttons, manage mobile display settings, and more.
31. AddToAny Share Buttons
AddtoAny really lives up to its name. This plugin lets your visitors share your content to over 100 different social networks and is very popular in the WordPress Plugin Repository. Besides standard share and follow buttons, it also includes share counters, floating share buttons, vector icons, and a universal share link. It includes third-party buttons as well such as the Facebook “Like” and Pinterest “Pin It.”
Details: AddToAny Share Buttons
32. Social Buzz
Social Buzz is another social share plugin that adds sharing buttons to your site but it offers a slightly different interface. It adds a “shares graph” to your posts and pages that let visitors see just how much “buzz” your content currently has. It’s a fantastic, visual way to display social proof. It comes with 3 styles, multiple browser support, and it’s responsive.
Social Buzz is a paid plugin.
Details: Social Buzz
Finally, Mashshare is yet another great free social sharing plugin that mimics the style and design of the share buttons of Mashable. This plugin is customizable, offers quick loading times and only uses local code—no external scripts. It supports social share counts as well.
Plugins for Adding Image Sharing Buttons
A few of the plugins mentioned above do offer image sharing options. However, if you really want to emphasize image sharing—like if you run an e-commerce site or style guide—a dedicated image sharing plugin might be best. Here are a few excellent options:
34. Sumo Image Sharer
We already talked about another Sumo plugin, so why not discuss another? The Sumo Image Sharer is a straightforward plugin that lets your visitors share the images on your site directly to social networks. A share button appears on hover. You have control over where on your images this button appears. A Pro version is also available.
Details: Sumo Image Sharer
35. WWM Social Share On Image Hover
Another option is the WWM Social Share on Image Hover plugin. This plugin lets you add social icons to the images in your posts that only appear when a visitor hovers on them. It supports six social icons, you can select alignment and it works within multiple browsers.
Details: >WWM Social Share On Image Hover
36. Pinterest Pin It Button For Images
If Pinterest is really all you’re interested in, the Pinterest Pin It Button for Images is a great choice. It adds the “Pin It” button on top of all of your images via a hover effect. It’s easy to install and set up, and can automatically increase the number of shares your images receive.
Details: Pinterest Pin It Button For Images
37. Share This Image
The last image sharing plugin we’ll discuss here is Share This Image. This plugin is easy to use and highly flexible, offering support for 11 different social networks. You can set the minimum image size on which the share button will appear, it supports auto-scroll, is dynamic, and comes with three different styles. It also promises to be lightweight and includes cross-browser support.
This is a paid plugin.
Details: Share This Image
Plugins for Adding Social Profiles, Icons, and Follow Buttons
We’ve talked about social feeds and sharing at length but we’ve yet to touch on another important aspect of Facebook social integration: social profiles and follow buttons. These provide an at-a-glance way for visitors to connect with you on social media:
38. Social Media Feather
Social Media Feather is a lightweight, all-in-one social plugin that adds social sharing and social buttons to your site with just a few clicks. You can select where these buttons appear, for which networks, and more. You can add these follow buttons to your site’s header, a widget, or even to your posts and pages.
Details: Social Media Feather
39. Social Media Widget
Another popular choice is the Social Media Widget. This plugin is a straightforward sidebar that displays links to your social profiles via icons. It doesn’t get much simpler than this and that’s precisely why it has such a good reputation on the plugin repository.
Details: Social Media Widget
40. WordPress Social Share Buttons & Analytics
Another free way to display social profiles and follow buttons is with GetSocial’s WordPress Social Share Buttons & Analytics plugin. It comes with 18 built-in tools including social sharing, popups, prominent follow buttons and more. Some of the features this plugin offers are premium, so make sure you read the fine print before making a decision.
41. Social Media Floating Icons
Social Media Floating Icons is another great plugin that is super straightforward: It adds icon-based links to your social profiles to your site. It works with all the popular social networks, includes over 20 icon themes, has shortcode and widget support, and can be set to float on top of the content. You can even set the icon size and order and the whole thing is easy to set up and use.
Details: Social Media Floating Icons
42. AccessPress Social Counter
If you’re looking to add a bit more social proof to your website, then AccessPress Social Counter is a good choice. This plugin displays icons that visitors can click to go to your social profiles but it displays the number of people that follow you on each account, too. It comes with five design themes and can be displayed via a widget or shortcode.
Details: AccessPress Social Counter
43. Easy Social Icons
Another option is Easy Social Icons. This plugin allows you to upload your own custom social icons, attach a social URL, and select vertical or horizontal display. You can insert the icons with a shortcode, a template tag, or a widget. It’s responsive and lets you choose the order in which the icons are displayed.
Details: Easy Social Icons
44. Social Media Share Buttons & Social Sharing Icons
Another way to have total control over your social profile icons and share icons is with the Social Media Share Buttons and Social Sharing Icons plugin. It works with over 200 social networks and lets you pick from 16 different designs, add animations, and you can opt to make the icons float or be sticky. You can also display follower counts, if you’d like, and opt to show a popup on certain posts and pages that ask people to follow you.
45. Follow Us Badges
Follow Us Badges is another plugin that’s exactly what it sounds like: it adds “follow” buttons to your WordPress site. It’s fully customizable though, so you can easily change their look depending on your industry, branding, and design scheme. It works with numerous social networks, and lets you display follower and like counts, too.
Details: Follow Us Badges
Plugins for Adding Social Commenting
Another category of plugin you should be aware of is social comments. These plugins allow your visitors to login with their social media credentials and make comments that appear both on your site and on social media streams. This can help to expand the reach of your site and improve overall engagement:
Disqus is a web commenting tool that integrates with numerous platforms all across the web. The WordPress plugin uses the Disqus API to sync your WordPress comments to social accounts. All comments are SEO-friendly, include threaded replies, include notifications, subscribe by RSS, social mention aggregation, and more.
This is a paid plugin (the free version hasn’t been updated for quite some time last time we checked).
47. Jetpack Comments
As I’m sure you already know, Jetpack is a highly popular plugin that connects your site to WordPress.com and adds a ton of modules to your plugin arsenal. Jetpack Comments is one such module that replaces the default comments with one that has integrated social login ability. It’s easy to set up and easy to use for your visitors, a definite perk.
Details: Jetpack Comments
48. Super Socializer
Super Socializer is a social sharing plugin that offers a well-rounded feature set, including the ability to comment with your social login information. It also comes with integration with over 100 social networks, share counters, icon customization, URL shortening, a responsive layout, floating buttons, and more.
Details: Super Socializer
49. Comments by wpDiscuz
Another commenting option is wpDiscuz. This plugin is an AJAX realtime commenting system that takes the default comment system and makes it faster, responsive, and can support millions of comments per post. It’s a great alternative to the likes of Livefyre and Jetpack if you’re particularly committed to the default comment system.
Details: Comments by wpDiscuz
50. WPDevArt Social Comments
WPDevArt’s Social comments WordPress plugin is great for those who just require Facebook integration but no other social networks. Visitors can login with their Facebook accounts to leave comments. You can also import the Facebook Comments box to your website with ease and change up various design elements as you see fit.
Details: WPDevArt Social Comments
51. Social Login
Social Login is another free plugin that allows visitors to login with their social accounts to make comments. It’s compatible with BuddyPress and you have a choice as to where the social login widget appears: on the comment form, on the login page, on the registration page, in the sidebar, or anywhere else you’d like with a shortcode.
Details: Social Login
Plugins for Adding Social Content Gateways
The last category of plugin we’ll discuss here today is the content gateway. Specifically, content gateways that are triggered or “unlocked” by some kind of social action your visitors take. This varies depending on the plugin and include things such as liking a post, sharing a post, or following one of your social media accounts:
52. OnePress Social Locker
OnePress Social Locker is a plugin that offers another way to add social buttons over your content so visitors have to like, share, or tweet your post or page before viewing it. This is a surefire way to increase your site’s social engagement. Features include three social buttons, custom URLs, advanced analytics, custom styles and effects, SEO compatibility, 4 content lock types as well as Visual Composer compatibility. This plugin is also fast, easy-to-use and mobile-ready.
Details: OnePress Social Locker
53. Share Locker
Share Locker adds a very simple share or like to unlock functions to your site’s content. Your options include: share, like, tweet, or VK to unlock. Your content is more likely to go viral this way and has an air of exclusivity. This is a paid plugin.
Details: Share Locker
54. Facebook Content Locker
Still another option is Facebook Viral Content Locker, which is great for those who just want to focus on Facebook marketing. It allows you to lock any content you want on posts or pages and allow access through a “Share on Facebook” button. And since this plugin requires visitors to sync their Facebook accounts (you can toggle on and off this feature), you can easily collect emails and user info to expand your lead potential.
This plugin also supports shortcodes, CSS customization, and lets you customize the title and message on the “lock” page. Facebook Viral Content Locker is a paid plugin.
Details: Facebook Content Locker
55. Social Content Locker
This is also a paid plugin.
Details: Social Content Locker
56. Viral Lock
The last plugin we’ll discuss here is Viral Lock. The idea is to help visitors make your content go viral by requiring them to like your content on Facebook or tweet about it to gain access. All you have to do is insert a shortcode around the content you want to lock and you’ll be all set. Visitors can write comments with their shares, you can create a custom share to unlock message, and the plugin is very easy to set up and use.
Viral Lock is a paid plugin.
Details: Viral Lock
I realize this was a massive list and it’ll take some time to get through all of the options but it’s my hope that by being comprehensive (within reason) you’ll come across a new plugin or two you’ve never heard of before and give them a shot. So many of the social media plugin collections out there focus on just a few familiar names. Why not expand your horizons a bit?