Social Sharing and Bookmark Plugins

3 WordPress Academy Picks for Social Sharing and Bookmark Plugins

Once you have your WordPress blog created and have your content in place, you need to add your social sharing and bookmarking plugins. These plugins give your readers the opportunity to follow you on your social media channels such as Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter, but they are also able to share your content through the same channels using their own network of followers. Though WordPress Academy recommends not overloading your site with to many plugins, Social Sharing and Bookmarking plugins are a must have.

There are many choices out there when it comes to Social Sharing and Bookmarking. One way to narrow down your search is to have a look at the WordPress extensions page and read the descriptions of the plugins to determine which one suits your needs. Some plugins will put social bookmarks in your header, widgets, or posts and pages. You can even have floating or sliding social sharing and bookmark bars that can be used with any design layout. Below are the WordPress top picks for Social Sharing and Bookmark plugins:

Wibiya

Wibiya enables blogs to integrate the most exciting services, applications and widgets of their choice into their blog through customized web-based toolbars. It’s a little more than just a social share or bookmarking tool because it offers a one-stop solution for integrating, managing and tracking third-party applications such as youtube, chat, news feeds and more.

Sexy Bookmarks

With Sexy Bookmarks sharing is easy with services you already know and love like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Mail, WordPress, and lots more! You’ll always have your favorite social networking, bookmarking, blogging, and e-mail services at your fingertips.

Slick Social Share Buttons

Add facebook, twitter, google +1, google buzz, linkedin, digg, stumbleupon social media buttons to your website in either a floating or sliding panel and see summaries of all your social metrics in the admin social statistics page. Floating social share is particularly useful when your layout or design doesn’t accommodate buttons in headers or widgets.

Features Slick Social Share Sexy Bookmarks Wibya
“floating” button or a “Sliding” tab Yes Yes  No
Location – Select the position of the button panel. Yes Yes Yes
Button Options (Twitter, Facebook, Google +1, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Digg, FourSquare, other) Yes Yes Yes
URL Shortening (bit.ly, digg, su.pr, tinyurl, goo.gl, other) Yes Yes Yes
Metrics Yes Yes Yes
Email and Print Options Yes Yes Yes
 Customizable Interface Yes Yes  Yes
 Youtube Videos No No Yes
 Chat/Video Chat No No Yes
 Follow/Bookmark option Yes No Yes
 Pros Fantastic customization options with various floating configurations Comprehensive collection of bookmarking and sharing sites. Well known and well supported. This plugin offers a lot of flexibility beyond follow and bookmarks such as chat features and youtube videos.
 Cons Depending on site design, closed tab could be overlooked by visitors Doesn’t have a floating option Depending on the layout, the bar at the bottom of the page can tend to be overlooked by visitors

Though there are many choices when it comes to social sharing and bookmark plugins, the top WP Academy’s top choice is Sexybookmarks. It’s well known and pretty intuitive. Readers are familiar with finding bookmarks at the end of posts and are likely to share when presented with the multiple options available with this plugin. Here is a quick overview of Sexybookmarks by Shareholic.

 

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