Comparing the Best Social Share WordPress Plugins out There – Edgy Labs (blog)



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Edgy Labs breaks down the best social share plugins for WordPress based on price, page performance impact*, ease of use, and range of features.

Top Plugins of 2017

Easy Social Share
Price: $19
Ease of Use: Average

Page Impact:

Key Features:

  • Extremely lightweight
  • Allows for social share buttons on media
  • Choice between minimal icons or display networks and total followers
  • More advanced users can disable and replace default plugin styles and themes

WP Social Sharing
Price: Free
Ease of Use: Easy

Page Impact:

  • Pingdom performance grade: ?no change
  • Pingdom load time: ?(+0.11 sec)
  • GTmetrix page load time: (+0.2 sec)
  • GTmetrix PageSpeed score: (-1%)
  • GTmetrix YSlow score: (-2%)

Key Features:

  • Supports Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Twitter, Xing and Pinterest
  • CSS3 ensures high resolution regardless of device
  • Customizable text area on and in front of buttons

Monarch
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Price: $89/year (part of the Elegant Themes package that offers users multiple plugins as well as 80+ WordPress themes).
Ease of Use: Easy

Page Impact:

  • Pingdom performance grade: ?no change
  • Pingdom load time: (+0.38 sec)
  • GTmetrix page load time: (+0.5 sec)
  • GTmetrix PageSpeed score: (-2%)
  • GTmetrix YSlow score: (-6%)


Key Features:

  • Offers share button positioning on floating sidebar, above content, below content, pop up, fly in, and on media
  • Time control for share button display (after purchase, time inactive, etc)
  • Display networks and total followers for 40+ social sites
  • Audience tracking
  • Customizable buttons and design
  1. Social Warfare

Price: Free. Premium starts from $29/year (cancel anytime).
Ease of Use: Average
Page Impact:

  • Pingdom performance grade: ?(-9)
  • Pingdom load time: (+0.61 sec)
  • GTmetrix page load time: (0 sec)
  • GTmetrix PageSpeed score: (+0%)
  • GTmetrix YSlow score: (-2%)

Key Features:

  • Extremely limited features without Premium plan.
  • Sleek buttons and animations
  • Click to tweet feature (only available with Premium)
  • 20+ social buttons (only available with Premium)
  • Twitter cards (only available with Premium)
  • Highly customizable
  1. SumoMe

Price: Free. You can upgrade to unlock advanced features on this and all other Sumo apps starting at $240/yr.
Ease of Use: Advanced

Page Impact:

  • Pingdom performance grade: (-5)
  • Pingdom load time: (+0.9 sec)
  • GTmetrix page load time: (+0.81)
  • GTmetrix PageSpeed score: ?(+0%)
  • GTmetrix YSlow score: (-2%)

Key Features:

  • Email newsletter services across 20+ services including MailChimp
  • Heat map
  • Scroll box
  • Smart bar
  • Image sharing
  • Click to Tweet feature
  • Sumo advanced features include ways to improve overall site traffic and increase audience base

Which Social Share Plugin is Right for you?

When it comes to choosing a social share plugin there are lots of considerations to take into account. The best thing that you can do is find a developer and plugin that’s working toward providing the features you want on your site.

For example, if displaying page views in a dynamic way is important to you and your readers, you might want to go with a program like Social Warfare.

If overall page loading time and performance is your priority concern then it’d suit you to use Easy Social Share.

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In the end, there can be no end-all be-all WordPress social plugin. Everyone has different site aesthetics and priorities.

However, we highly encourage you to check out those plugins we’ve covered here and use your own discretion when making a final decision that’s bound to impact both your visitors and the design of your site.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to change your plugin approach as time goes by. New plugins (both paid and free) are being continuously released and may work even better for you.

Which social share plugin do you use? Why?

*Page performance impact data taken from case study conducted by DesignBombs.



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