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Light Weight Social Sharing Plugins For WordPressAdarsh M
I wanted to write something different this time! I have seen hundreds of posts about Best Social Media Sharing Plugins (Even I have a post about Best Social Media Sharing plugins on my blog 😀 ).
But I told you, I want to write about something different. And for that, I have been searching for the Best and Light Weight Social Media plugins for WordPress. And it’s not just for writing a blog post.
Did you notice the role of your social sharing plugin whenever you run a page speed test on Pingdom or GTMetrix?
I have noticed it, and I couldn’t do anything that time!
There are a lot of Free and Premium Social Sharing plugins available for WordPress. The premium ones always top the list of Light Weight plugins (And I couldn’t do anything as I wasn’t able to afford a premium plugin at that time).
The premium ones always top the list of Light Weight plugins (And I couldn’t do anything as I wasn’t able to afford a premium plugin at that time). So, I decided to stick with the free ones.
I didn’t mean that every free plugin posses huge load on the server. But most of them do.
So, here’s the list of best lightweight free and premium social sharing WordPress plugins.
image source: Elegant themes
It’s the best and lightweight plugin in my whole list. It’s beautiful as well as fast loading than other social sharing plugins. Isn’t it gorgeous? :p
Isn’t it gorgeous?
The plugin is developed by Elegant themes, the same developers who created the most customizable Divi themes 😀
But you can’t buy the plugin alone for a small price, but you should buy the membership of Elegant themes to download the plugin. You will also receive your access to the full collection of their themes and plugins.
They offer two types of membership subscriptions, lifetime and yearly. In which you have to pay a one-time payment of $249 for the lifetime subscription and $89 per year for the yearly subscription.
It’s the sexiest plugin I have ever seen! Really, it’s the best looking social sharing plugin. It has both free and premium features. In the free plan, it has some limitations in styling and social icons. The premium plugin has over 75 styling options.
It has a lot of features when compared to other social plugins (premium plugin). Also, it is a lightweight plugin.
It comes with yearly subscriptions. They plan starts with $29 per year for one site license. $135 per year for 5 site license and $250 for 10 site licenses for a year. But it still worth the price.
- Tracks social shares with UTM.
- You can add Tweet to Text on your posts.
- Can organize popular posts based on shares.
- Responsive design.
- Different themes for share buttons.
Lightweight and fast plugin (my personal favorite tool) for social sharing and many other purposes. The free version of the plugin is highly occupied with features 😀
So, you don’t need to install many other plugins for subscription box, related posts, follow buttons, etc. Also, the analytics is impressive and helps you keep track of your traffic.
By upgrading to the pro version, you can unlock more awesome features on AddThis.
- Analytics to track the shares.
- Responsive design.
- Floating share buttons.
This is a simple but beautiful social sharing plugin that is mostly used on tech and viral sites. It’s a premium plugin with lots of features. But you can download the free version of the plugin with limited customization here.
The free version of the plugin supports only Facebook and Twitter. You should buy their add-on to use other social sharing buttons.
The plugin loads no external scripts. Yes, it loads everything from your own site and that makes the plugin one of the best lightweight plugins. Since the files are being loaded from your own site, the site would be comparatively faster.
So, how’s the plugin? Isn’t it awesome?
- Simple design.
- No external scripts to load.
- URL shortening using bit.ly or goo.gl.
So, you know which are the best and lightweight social sharing plugins for WordPress now.
Still thinking? Which plugin to choose from this? It depends on your needs or requirements.
For business blogs, I recommend using Monarch or Social Warfare. And if you are running a viral site or any other type of blogs, you can use AddThis or MashShare.
AddThis also provides many other features other than sharing buttons. It includes follow buttons, related posts, etc. which can help you reduce the number of plugins you need.
So, which plugin are you using or which plugin are you going to use? Let us know your thoughts in comments.