- By Kevin Muldoon
- Last updated: February 2, 2021
Social media has, without a doubt, revolutionised the way internet users share information online. When I first started blogging, it was common for readers to subscribe to blogs using RSS. Nowadays, however, it’s more common for people to follow a business or publication on Twitter or Facebook to be notified of new content.
Social media has become such an integral part of the internet that, for the majority of websites, it’s their second highest source of traffic!
As a website owner, you can take advantages of these changes by making it as easy as possible for people to share your content, which means including social media buttons on your website.
Let’s take a look at ten of the very best free and premium WordPress plugins for displaying social media sharing bars and buttons on WordPress posts and pages.
A Quick Word About Using WordPress Social Media Plugins
Whenever you activate a new WordPress plugin, you generally increase the total size of your web pages, which, in turn, increases page loading times.
The significance of this increase can, of course, be reduced by optimising your website with a WordPress caching plugin and using a content delivery network to distribute static copies of your website around the world.
However, you should be aware that WordPress social media plugins can be particularly detrimental to website performance.
My advice is to test the speed of your website initially using benchmarking services, such as GTmetrix and Pingdom’s Website Speed Test, and then run the tests again after you’ve installed a social media plugin. This will help you to see if the plugin has affected performance negatively.
Displaying the number of shares or likes a post has garnered showcases the popularity of an article and encourage others to share it too — but be aware that displaying the official social media share count of a page can increase page loading times significantly if it calculates counts by making API requests to external websites.
Certain social media buttons and icon styles can further slow down a page too, so play around with the plugin settings to get a good balance between style and performance.
1. Monarch — Part of Elegant Themes Membership
Created by Elegant Themes in 2014, Monarch quickly became one of the most popular WordPress social media plugins on the market — and it’s easy to see why.
Monarch is a user-friendly solution that allows you to display gorgeous social media sharing buttons that can be displayed in a number of ways, including above and below content, as a floating sidebar, as an automatic pop-up, embedded into images and videos, or in a fly-in box that slides onto the page.
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This article was written by Kevin Muldoon and originally published on WinningWP.