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Very, Very Best Social Plugins for WordPress

Posted on 4.15.2014

If there is one thing that will make you happier than a camel on hump day, it should be a big list of social plugins for WordPress Wednesday.

Whether you need social-sharing icons, want to create a social community on your own site or simply need a more efficient way to post content onto all of your social profiles, this list has got you covered.

So, set aside some time for social media and take a look at the very, very best social plugins for WordPress.


Alpine PhotoTile for Instagram

Downloads: 91,954
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
The Alpine PhotoTile for Instagram plugin gives users the ability to add filtered-photo "funness" to their sites. Through the plugin, users can retrieve images from an Instagram user or tag and display them in a sidebar, post or page. Plus, the images can be linked to a Instagram page, specific URL or a Lightbox slideshow.

 


BuddyPress

Downloads: 2,006,406
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Turn your site into a social network with the BuddyPress plugin. The plugin offers features like user profiles, activity streams, user groups and more. That said, users are not required to use every BuddyPress feature, rather, they have the ability to choose which features work best for their sites.

 


JM Twitter Cards

Downloads: 45,205
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
The JM Twitter Cards plugin helps users integrate Twitter cards in WordPress. The plugin add the appropriate meta to websites and allows users to customize their cards per post.

 


Kebo Twitter Feed

Downloads: 102,864
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars
Attract new followers by displaying your Twitter feed on your site. The Kebo Twitter Feed plugin is simple to set up and refreshes Tweets in the background without slowing down page load times.

 


Kudobuzz Testimonial Widget

Downloads: 851
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Although this plugin isn’t as popular as some of the others on this list, it is still worth a look. This is because the Kudobuzz Testimonial Widget plugin enables users to display social testimonials or selected reviews on their websites. The plugin collects all of the positive things people are saying about the user’s brand on social media, filters them and displays them on websites with a customizable widget.

 


Microblog Poster

Downloads: 43,725
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Minimize the amount of time you spend posting on social networks with the Microblog Poster plugin, which automatically publishes new blog content to social. The plugin supports multiple accounts per social site and works with a variety of networks, including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, LinkedIn and more.

 

 


NextGEN Facebook

Downloads: 247,343
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Don’t let the name of this plugin fool you, because it actually supports more social networks than just Facebook. In fact, NextGen Facebook is a plugin that helps users improve the appearance, ranking and engagement of social shares. For example, the free version of the plugin adds open graph and rich pin meta tags, validates image dimensions to provide accurate media for social websites, renders content for accurate description text, includes author and publisher profile URLs for Facebook and Google search, includes author name for Pinterest Rich Pins, offers social sharing buttons and much more. Plus, the pro version comes with even more functionality, including Twitter card meta tags.

 


Pinterest Master

Downloads: 15,267
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Increase your Pinterest following with the Pinterest Master plugin, which gives users the ability to add follow and share icons for the image-based social network onto their sites. The plugin includes “follow me on Pinterest” and “pin it” icons, as well as displays profiles and boards.

 


Recent Facebook Posts

Downloads: 93,056
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars
Keep visitors up-to-date with your latest Facebook activity by displaying the most recent posts directly on your site. The Recent Facebook Posts plugin works with public Pages, is customizable and SEO friendly.

 


Sharing Buttons & Analytics by AddShoppers

Downloads: 16,216
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The Sharing Buttons & Analytics by AddShoppers plugin enables users to add customizable sharing buttons and track sharing activity for social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Polyvore and more. The plugin integrates social login to users' sites and lets them to reward social sharing - while providing ROI tracking for users running WooCommerce or WordPress eShops.

 


Social Media Feather

Downloads: 232,923
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Simply need some social sharing buttons? If so, check out the Social Media Feather plugin, which offers a lightweight solution that won’t impact your sites performance. The plugin supports retina and other high-resolution displays, as well as sharing major social networks. Plus, users can customize their icons with addons, like the Grey Fade Effect (pictured below). 

* Editor’s note: If the icons within this plugin aren’t your style, consider these popular alternative plugins: Simple Share Buttons Adder, Simple Social Icons, Metro Style Social Widget or Shareaholic.

 


Social Polls by Opinion Stage

Downloads: 73,995
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
The Social Polls plugin provides users with the functionality to engage their audiences and learn what their sites' visitors are thinking. The plugin can be used to add social (or standard) polls to websites and Facebook Pages.

 


Tumblr Importer

Downloads: 172,252
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Import posts from a Tumblr blog onto your WordPress site with the Tumblr Importer plugin. This plugin takes care of post formats and will also not create duplicate imported posts.

 


Did we miss your very, very favorite social plugin for WordPress on this list? If so, add it to the Comment Section below.


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