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Best WordPress social media plugins in 2022

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The best WordPress social media plugins make it simple and easy to connect your social media accounts to WordPress for easy user sharing.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you just can’t get away from social media, especially if you want to cement an online presence for yourself or your business. So it’s really a given that you need to link up your site, created with one of the most popular website builders around - WordPress - to those services, thereby helping your fans and followers to spread your content far and wide.

Thankfully, there are a plethora of plugins that are here to help you do just that, and we’ve picked five we like the most for this list.

We've also highlighted the best social media management tools.


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1. Sassy Social Share

A very versatile plugin with a wealth of features, at an unbeatable price

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Free
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Highly customizable
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Large numbers of social media options

It’s good to start a list with a totally free product, and this is why Sassy Social Share (SSS) made the cut. But free does not always mean good - what does SSS have that sets it apart? For our money, it’s the incredible amount of customization available, as well as support for around one hundred sharing and bookmarking services, from the well known to the more obscure.

Customization options include being able to disable the floating bar when viewed on mobile devices, setting said bar at the top or bottom of the page, resizable icons, and access to vector icons, among many others. Having so many options could feel intimidating for newcomers, but the flexibility of the plugin is impressive - especially at that price.

There are a few add-ons available, such as ‘Facebook Comment Notifier’, ‘myCRED Integration’, and ‘Fancy Comments Pro’, and you can add them - for a fee  per add-on. There are also pricing options for 5 and an unlimited number of sites as well.

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2. Grow Social Pro

An elegant plugin with simple options

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Integrates with Google Analytics
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Easy to use
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Custom sharable content

Grow (formerly known as Social Pug) is a sharing tool designed for elegance. For instance, you don’t have the huge customization and connection options that Sassy offers you, as the aim here is to simplify the process. You can link up to the most popular social networks (the Pro version offers you more options on that front), and we really liked that you can create custom sharable content, meaning you can set the content of a tweet yourself, rather than just have the post’s title there by default.

The social media buttons can be displayed as a floating sidebar, inline - before or after your post’s content - for maximum flexibility, and you can integrate your shares through Google Analytics.

Regretfully, for those looking for a free lunch, nearly all of the features can only be accessed from the Pro version of the plugin. 

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3. Social Snap

Make social media a snap with this useful plugin

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Button customization options
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Useful features
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Integrated statistics and analytics

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Not as many features as Sassy.

Social Snap is a well known WordPress social media plugin which comes with many useful features. Its customization options aren’t as vast as Sassy, but should be enough to satisfy but the most ardent customization enthusiast.

You have for instance four options when it comes to choosing your buttons’ shape, and three sizes. You can also alter their colour and add animation. Those buttons can be set to be floating, inline, shown as a sticky bar, or placed in a share hub, amongst others. Like Grow, you have options to control how your post looks when it’s shared.

Share counters are also available (either overall or individual), and you also have access to integrated statistics and analytics.

Pricing is based on the number of WordPress installs you want to use the plugin with.

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4. Social Warfare

Manage, place, and customise your social media connections with ease

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Powerful customization
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Useful sharing features
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Popular widget

Social Warfare is a WordPress plugin created by the good folks at Warfare. There’s a free version available which lets you connect your content to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin and StumbleUpon. These buttons can be placed above and below your content, or you can opt to manually put them anywhere you wish. It also comes with a ‘popular posts’ widget (based on how often your articles have been shared), and ‘click to tweet’ quotes. You will also get 6 different Click to Tweet styles, and an option to create your own style via your theme’s CSS.

If you feel the need for more power, you can go Pro - for a price. The Pro license grants you access to additional social networks, such as Reddit, Tumblr and WhatsApp, amongst others. The ability to pin any image on your post for Pinterest fans is included, as well as more customization options so you can more easily custom your icon design and placement.

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5. Monarch

An elegant social media plugin from Elegant Themes

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Powerful features
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Easy to use
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Statistics
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No site use limit

We mentioned Elegant Themes when we discussed Divi, their landing page plugin. Elegant Theme’s package includes Divi, Bloom, Extra, and Monarch - which is their social media plugin.

Monarch gives you access to over 35 social networks. You can display the icons in a wide variety of ways, like a floating sidebar, inline, and even have buttons on images and videos, but our favorite is the automatic popup and fly-in boxes. There are a few customization options for them which let you control when they appear, like for instance, when the reader reaches the end of the article, after a set amount of time, or once they’ve commented.

You have a good amount of customization of the buttons’ shape, colour and hover effect to make sure they blend in perfectly with any chosen theme. And of course, you have access to statistics.

You can get the plugin on a yearly subscription or a lifetime access option, As an bonus you can install these plugins on a unlimited number of websites, which is actually pretty good value for money. 

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