Best Social Media Sharing & Following Plugins for WordPress

Social media platforms are playing utmost important role in marketing. Social media sharing is a great way to stimulate the web traffic. Your efforts will go in vain, if producing the best quality content on your website, but not providing the convenience to the reader to share the content across its social networks. Or, you are not giving the social sharing and follow buttons on your website the way they should be.

In this scenario, following social media plugins are paramount helpful. These plugins provide you easy facility to add social media icons to your site in an interactive manner. You may pick any of these plugins that looks interesting to you. If you would like to go with our recommendation, it is in the end of the rundown of all the plugins.

We know that you would like us to give you concise recommendation. So, we bring you only four plugins that are best.

Share Buttons by AddToAny

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You can install this plugin at no cost from the WordPress directory. After activation, you can find the plugin in the settings menu of your WordPress dashboard. This is an awesome plugin to use for social sharing. You can facilitate people sharing, saving and mailing your posts using nearly every social platform and bookmarking website.

What we expect the most from a plugin is that it doesn’t slow down the loading of content. This plugin takes care of this and loads asynchronously after the content. There is one more specialty of this plugin. This plugin offers floating share buttons which are customizable for mobile and desktop.

Social media icons supported by Share Buttons by AddToAny

You can choose as many icons to display from the list as you wish. Plus, you can select to show the count of social share with each icon. There is a universal button offered by this plugin. This button has the menu of all the icons of social media websites that this plugin supports. It is up to you whether you want to display this button or not. You are even offered a Menu Styler to customize the menu of universal button.

Menu styler for universal button

You can choose the placement of the icons as per your preference. This plugin offers to display the icons at top & bottom of posts on front page, archive pages, and in the feeds.

Social media buttons placement options given by Share Buttons by AddToAny

If you have a custom icon to upload, you may use advanced options.

Option for uploading custom icon

Active Installs: 200,000+

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Social Media Widget

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This plugin comes in if you want to display the social media follow buttons. It allows you to show your social media profile links in the widget areas. It is a nice solution to you if you want to show the social media icons in the sidebars of your pages, however you are not restricted to show the icons in the sidebars only. You can display the icons anywhere in your website by creating custom widget area in your theme. Since, this plugin creates a widget as you activate it.

Social Media Widget

You just need to drag the widget to the preferred widget area and set the options. It supports more than fifty social media websites belonging to these categories- social networking, images and video, gaming, chatting, social news and feeds, blogging, business reviewing, music and audio, scheduling (PlanCast) and portfolio ( It even allows to upload up to twelve custom icons and profile URLs to the user.

This plugin offers three interesting icon packs besides default icons pack- cutout icons, sketch icons and heart icons. For the icons, you have four animation style options- Fade, Scale, Bounce, and Combo. All in all, this plugin is pretty good for increasing your fan following.

Social Media Widget general settings

Active Installs: 200,000+

Rating: 4 out of 5

Social Media Feather

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This plugins offers you both social media sharing and follow buttons. You can provide your readers the convenience of sharing your content in one click as well as you can provide them convenience to become your follower. You can do the settings of this plugin by navigating to Settings–> Social Media. It supports all major platforms, which are around a dozen in count.

The options allow you to set the share/follow buttons position, the size of icons, spacing in between the icons, and alignment of buttons. It is the only social media sharing and following plugin that gives icon resolution option.

Social Media Feather buttons settings

As you activate this plugin two types of widgets get created in the widget list. One is “Social Media Feather: Follow Us”, another is “ Social Media Feather: Sharing”. You can place these widgets at the widgetised area of your website, however the right sidebar is considered most suitable for these widgets. All in all, this plugin is a pretty good if you need both sharing and following social media buttons on your website.

Social media feather widgets

Active Installs: 100,000+

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

Simple Social Icons

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To use this on your website is as simple as simple its name. This plugin is suggested to those who believe that simple is good. It allows to include sixteen most popular social media icons. Although there are limited options of icons, yet you get the most popular ones as options. You can display the social media icons at any widget area of your website.

After activating the plugin, you can configure it by navigating to Appearance–> Widgets.

Simple Social Icons widget

There are a handful and very simple settings to make. You are given the options to set the icon size, icon border radius, width and alignment of icons. Font, background and hover color options for the icons are also there. After this, the fundamental task for you is to describe your social media profiles in the given fields. All in all, you can display simple yet beautiful social media following buttons on your website in a breeze with the help of this plugin.

Simple Social Icons widget settings

Active Installs: 100,000+

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Recommendation & Suggestion

You must be expecting a clear and concise recommendation from us. So, we are clearly stating you two plugins: Share Buttons by AddToAny and Social Media Feather. Both the plugins give enough options to add social media buttons in the website. To decide on which is to choose between these two, you can consider following parameters: Asynchronous loading, floating share buttons, display share count, social following buttons, and which plugin supports more social media platforms. The Share Buttons by AddToAny is fit on all the aforesaid parameters apart from one that is it doesn’t allow social media following. If you can overlook this parameter, then, go for this plugin with confidence. But if, you give the preference to the social media following over other parameters, then, pick the Social Media Feather.


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