8 Social Media Plugins for Your WordPress Website

Jun 23, 2016 | Social Media, Website Plugins, WordPress

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Kevin Fouche

8 Social Media Plugins for Your WordPress Website

Posted by Kevin Fouche, Pixel Fish Director

Kevin handles the planning, design, launch and training of every website that Pixel Fish creates. He ensures that every website is highly engaging and aligned with our client’s goals. With over 20 years of design and web industry experience to draw upon, Kevin aims to pass on his knowledge to our clients and like-minded businesses wanting to grow their online presence.

In todays business environment, including social media efforts in your marketing strategy is no longer an option. Considering the ubiquity of the medium, it’s an absolute must.

Your target audience spends almost two hours every day on their favourite social media networks, so a presence where they spend their time helps you reach them effectively.

Traditionally, social media and website marketing efforts have been relatively separate. Sure, you can link from one to the other, but ultimately, maintaining a web presence was a very different task than running a social media page.

But your audience is beginning to expect a more integrated presence that seamlessly connects all aspects of your online presence.

To help you get to that level of integration, here are 8 great Social Media plugins for your WordPress website.

1. Monarch

This plugin keeps it simple: it allows you to add social sharing buttons to all of your individual WordPress pages, enabling your audience to share the content they love most. A floating social sidebar is especially beautiful and functional.

2. Flare

This plugin adds to share buttons similar to those of Monarch, but adds another feature: the ability for your users to follow you on social media with a single click. Now, you can easily keep in touch with visitors who have been intrigued by your website.

3. Ultimate Social Deux

We love this plugin because it can be almost anything you want it to be. You can include buttons with or without current share counts, which can help increase the social proof on your pages. In addition, you can design buttons that change color or design when users hover over them, while still loading exceptionally fast thanks to a light use of JavaScript and CSS.

4. Floating Social Media Icon

Especially if you have longer, scrolling pages on WordPress, this plugin is perfect for you. It stays at the edge of your visitors’ screen, no matter where on the page they are. As a result, they never lose track of their social sharing opportunities, while appreciating the dynamic nature of your website.

5. SumoMe

This app is more than just a social share plugin, offering you a variety of functional features to grow your website. For the purposes of this post, we’ll focus on its social capabilities, which include desktop and mobile-optimised buttons that can be placed anywhere on your pages in order to maximise effectiveness. And it’s user friendly: just click on where you want your buttons to appear, and they will be inserted for you.

6. Social Media Feather

The name of this plugin says it all: especially if you are already running a number of other plugins, you need to be sure that a social plugin does not slow down your page load time. Social Media Feather completely stays away from JavaScript, and as a result integrates your website with your social media accounts without slowing down your website.

7. Shareaholic

If you are into website analytics, consider this plugin. In addition to offering buttons with or without share counts, it integrates with your Google analytics to set up tracking URLs for easier determination of where your traffic came from. If even offers integrated support for Google’s URL shortened.

8. Image Sharer

The team of SumoMe is also responsible for this plugin, which works especially well if your website features an abundance of visual content. It adds share buttons to your images, allowing audiences to more easily share your content without having to find the buttons elsewhere on the page. Audiences across demographics love visual content, and this plugin helps you make the most of it.

Each of these Social Media plugins has the same general purpose: to help you better integrate your website with your social media efforts. To learn more about the necessity of that integration, and to get help in building a website that achieves it, contact us.

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