The content management system WordPress has more plug-ins than any of its CMS competitors several times over. While normally one might think that this dominance in quantity would affect the quality of the individual of plug-ins, in this case WordPress excels there too. WP is especially good at offering social media plugins for its users, and bloggers everywhere are experiencing the power of this medium in promoting, sharing, enhancing, and tracking their content and its performance across the Internet. Whether your blog focuses on white pages reverse lookup, recent releases in underground cinema, or the newest tools in astrological research, WordPress has a plug-in that can help you to promote your blog on social networking sites and tailor it to fit your theme. Here are seven to check out right away:
This plug-in has many competitors but easily wins out on its customization abilities alone. Share This gives bloggers the ability to pick which social media sites they want ‘share’ buttons for and then provides them the tools for creating a custom-made buttons that they can tailor to fit the tone and theme of their blogs. Many new plugins are being made so that they can integrate with Share This, which only shows how valuable it is.
A social bookmarking tool that integrates Digg, Share This, Reddit and Feedflare into one easily customized AJAX system. A healthy list of modules is included which requires you to do virtually no editing or speed configuration.
This plug-in focuses on providing WordPress users with the ability to submit their blogs to social media services like Digg, del.icio.us, Facebook, Reddit, StumbleUpon, Technorati and more. This is accomplished through a fairly simple yet exceedingly efficient drop-down list that uses SEO and XHMTL for optimal productivity.
Social Metrics allows WP users to keep tabs on how their blogs are doing externally on social media sites. This includes tracking the quality and quantity of shares on Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz, and others, the ability to filter these results, and sharing abilities using the ‘Social Metrics Dashboard’. The best part about this plug-in is that it does not burden your operating system—it offers low maintenance with simple, easy-to-understand settings.
Add a customizable box that contains links and buttons for all the popular social media tools out there. Sharebar allows you to add your “share” code earlier in the process than any other plugin.
Yet another way to add an incredible array of social media buttons at the base of your content.
Similar to Sociable in function, Notable attaches an icon bar which allows your readers to send your posts into the proper networking and bookmarking channels.
There are hundreds, possibly thousands of social media plugins for WordPress and a great many of them can carry tremendous value for your blog. Check out the ones listed above to begin your search for the perfect package to make your WP blog shine above the others.