I recently bought two social share plugins, one for this site, the other for Rasp And Rivet.
Super Socializer is by far the best free social sharing plugin. It’s lightweight and offers exactly what I like in a social sharing plugin.
The one I bought for this site, Easy Social Share Buttons, is a bit of a let-down, but the plugin for Rasp And Rivet, Social Warfare, is decent.
But I was looking for a free social sharing plugin, so I went on the hunt.
There are plenty of options, but most disappoint.
I created a table to compare the social share plugins I tried. These are my findings.
This table doesn’t explain why I disliked most of these plugins. Suffice it to say that some of these plugins are bloated, while others are thin on functionality.
For instance, Shareaholic, while a GREAT social share plugin, is too heavy. Aside from it adding weight to page load time, it might catch the beginner user off guard.
Shareaholic offers a built-in advertisement system, and if you don’t disable it, visitors to your site might be greeted with cheap clickbait type ads.
Here’s the table. These plugins aren’t listed in a specific order, the only exception being Super Socializer, which I placed at the top. It deserves that spot.
|Plugin||Verdict / notes|
|Super Socializer||The best free sharing plugin. Not as good as Social Warfare Pro, but good. The price tag makes it irresistible.|
|Easy Social Share Buttons||Facebook sharing shows error.|
|Lightweight Social Icons||Social widget, not share buttons.|
|MashShare||One of the better social share plugins, but not as good as Super Socializer.|
|Simple Social Share||Way too basic.|
|WordPress Social Buttons||Too expensive for something not that great. Facebook Like button is part of purchase package.|
|Social Media and Share Icons (Ultimate Social Media)||Not bad, but too involved.|
|Social Sharing (by Danny)||No Pinterest. Can’t remove social network’s names and have only buttons. Way too basic.|
|WP Social Sharing||No icons. Can’t place social icons before and after content.|
Get Super Socializer. It’s a fantastic free social sharing plugin. It’s well balanced.