WordPress is possibly one of the most user-friendly and seamless innovations whether you use it to power a website or blog. One of the key benefits of WordPress is that it can be easily connected to social media, and then later connect the social media via those well-designed plugins to your website.
The best thing about the social plugins is that by using the right plugins, you can make social content management simpler and even lessen friction when it comes to reader sharing.
So, if you’re looking to easily share your content on social networks – to either make content sharing easier for others or simply to make your own website more engaging, here are a few of the most popular and great plugins that will make your WordPress site more social.
One of the finest social plugins for WordPress, CommentLuv can be used to inspire more comments on your posts, and that is done by providing a little link-power back to your readers. As you know, reader comments are the lifeline of many popular blogs, and visitors of those blogs read the comments or post comments on the blogs with equal interest as they show for the blogger’s article.
So, it can be understood that comments in many cases may substitute an ecosystem of links that can also work towards generating a mini social network around a particular topic or community. With the CommentLuv plugin, you will be able to pull in a link to the latest post from the commenter’s own blog, based on the URL the commenter submitted when making the comment.
Moreover, this plugin is a simple way for comment traffic to flow. It also offers dynamic and up-to-date links, which your readers can automatically share with the rest of your audience.
Add To Any
Considered to be one of the classic social plugins, the Add To Any menu incorporates over a 100 social networks and bookmarking sites in a compact, drop-down list. Additionally, you can customize the opening menu to display the most common or preferred sites. It also offers users an option to easily bookmark your post in their own browser.
Although you may not consider it the most elegant of solutions depending on your theme, it will prove to be an asset for users as it will enable them to spread your links around any corner of the social web.
GD Star Rating
It is well-known to all concerned that user reviews are a great way for visitors to engage with your posts or products. The GD Star Rating plugin for WordPress is a classic example whereby you can integrate a 10-star rating system into your website for posts and comments, and all the more it is extremely customizable for advanced users.
However, the best part about this plugin is that with the help of some smart tweaking, it can prove to be a great social element for an e-commerce site, or even a blog that reviews products itself to determine which posts are most helpful to readers.
If you really want something ‘nice’ for your readers, Sociable is the plugin for you. Not only is it a great way to social sharing options for your readers; with 99 different social networks and bookmarking services, you can actually easily integrate your readers’ favorites and offer them with one-click sharing. Sociable plugin also offers you styling options that helps ensure that your new sharing bar is aesthetically agreeable with your theme.
Remember the good old days when visitors could leave public messages on a site or blog that didn’t pertain to specific posts? The WP Wall plugin gives to flashback onto that era wherein, in the Facebook age you can use this widget to add a fun way for readers to leave general feedback and shout outs for all to see in the sidebar.
The Tweetable Twitter plugin is is one of the most popular and versatile backend tool that connects WordPress publishing to your Twitter account with a multitude of features. You can set administrator privileges like using a variety of URL shorteners for links or incorporating a Tweetmeme button on posts; besides integrating analytics campaigns and utilizing auto-tweet functions (optional).
WordPress can be easily connected to social media, and then later connect the social media via those well-designed plugins to your website. Using the right social plugins can make social content management simpler and even help lessen friction when it comes to reader sharing. Some of the most sought-after social plugin are CommentLuv, WP Wall, Sociable, Tweetable Twitter, GD Star Rating and Add To Any to name a few.
Author Bio: Jack Sutton is a developer with VITEB-UK. He has experience in working on a number of projects related to wordpress website design and development. He likes to explore various forms of writing during his leisure time. You can view some of his write-ups on various guest-blogging sites.