Everyone has likely heard of the most popular social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, and tumblr. There is also Instagram, Snapchat, Vimeo, Flickr, StumbleUpon and many more. Each social media site has its own icon. Wordpress social media plug-ins allow you to add the social media icon along with various customization. There are many plug-ins on Wordpress that provide this functionality but here are some of the top rated plug-ins that each have over 50,000 active installs on the web.

Social Media Share Buttons and Social Icons (Ultimate Sharing)

This plug-in has over 200 social media icons built-in and allows you to upload custom icons. This is the most popular Wordpress social media plug-in.

  • Several actions for one social media icon
  • Animate icons or make them “float” or “sticky”
  • Social sharing counters available

Social Media Feather

Something to consider when installing a social media plug-in is how it will affect your page load times. This plug-in is lightweight and easy to use.

  • Full support for Retina and high resolution displays
  • Customizable sharing and following for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn and tumblr
  • Customizable titles and URLs for each site
  • Social sharing counters available

Social Media Widget

A sidebar widget is ready to use with your Wordpress theme and will display in the designated area of the theme; typically the side or the bottom of the page.

  • Supports all the top social media sites plus 6 custom configured icons and URLs
  • Customizable icons (size, animation, hover-over text, number per row, order of icons)
  • 4 icon packages available

Social Media Widget

The icons will fly from top left to bottom right, floating as the user scrolls, if you choose to display them automatically.

  • 30 icon themes
  • Instagram and Pinterest support
  • Easy to use and light-weight
  • Floating can be disabled
  • Drag and drop reordering of icons

Social Media Widget

This plug-in doesn’t slow down your page load because it uses no external scripts which also ensures your visitor’s privacy. It uses publicly available API endpoints for social media sites. Twitter and Facebook shares are summed to show the total social media count.

  • High performance, high resolution icons for the most popular sites
  • Total social media count
  • Drag and drop sort order of icons
  • Add-ons available for additional social media sites
These top 5 plug-ins also have received a 4 or 5 star ranking based on user reviews on Wordpress. They are well tested. The features listed are for the free version. Many of the plug-ins have many more features available with the purchase of the premium version. If no other version is available, the plug-in is likely an open-source project which means it’s free and the source code is free and available also. Each plug-in has a support site where you can look for answers to issues you might be having or post a new issue. And if you are not pleased with any of these or there is something specific your site needs, there are many, many more plug-ins to choose from they just might not be as well known yet.