Social media is a crucial part in the SEO process. Many WordPress plugins have been created to make management of social media a heck of a lot less cumbersome (and even a joy!). Here are listed our top 8 social media plugins for WordPress (Part 1).
Socialbox allows you to display a list of up to eight social networks that your site is connected to, along with a like, follow or share button. Next to each icon is a current follower/like count and, unlike other tools, if the count can’t be reported for whatever reason, you can manually add the count yourself. With a simple, yet elegant design, Socialbox provides a sophisticated solution for connecting with your users.
Share This is one of the most popular plugins of this type in the world and is being used on over one million websites! Facebook users are able to both share & like and there’s also support for Twitter and Google+. Counts can be displayed next to each icon to give you a running total of how many times your page has been shared or liked. A total of seven types of display are available for you to choose between, including the classic ShareThis button and horizontal/vertical counts.
One of the best features of ShareThis is the ability to select between two modes – multi-post and direct-post. Multi-post allows visitors to share content without leaving your site, whilst direct-post takes them to the appropriate site to share content directly (as you might have guessed!). When the ShareThis button is clicked, users can select from a list of services including all the major ones or they can use the ‘more’ link to share with almost a hundred more!
3. Slick Social Share Buttons
This plugin adds a fixed-location floating button which can be placed anywhere on your site. Slick supports Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Digg, StumbleUpon and Pinterest. It has a pretty extensive control panel and you are able to have it at a fixed location or you can choose to have it slide into place wherever you want. Other options include the ability to choose whether or not a counter is displayed, the orientation of the button and where the button should be displayed on the site e.g. only on the home page.
Be sure to check out part 2 of the top 8 social media plugins for WordPress series …