What’s great about the WP platform is that it’s backed by a huge and active community, and is therefore constantly updated with the latest internet technology like HTML5, CSS3, and Responsiveness. Because of this large online support, there are over 20,000 plugins available, ranging from social media widgets to fancy visual sliders. In this article we’ll go over 3 essential WordPress plugins that can help socialize your blog or site.
ShareThis is an essential plugin for anyone that wants to enable Social Media sharing on their WP site. It works by showing up as a vertical or horizontal bar of social media icons on a blog post or page. The reader can then share the page or post to separate social networks by clicking on the corresponding icon.
The admin of the plugin can choose which icons/social networks to appear – it’s also relatively simple to setup and doesn’t require the WordPress theme to be manually edited. Simply tell the plugin which types of pages you want it to show up on, choose orientation, icon type, location of page, and more. Sharing stats are also available so that the admin can track everything.
WP to Twitter is an extremely useful tool for anyone that actively uses Twitter to promote their blog or website. The plugin shows up as a sidebar in the WP admin panel when editing and creating post.
When the plugin is enabled, it’ll create a tweet based off of the headline of your page or post, and add hashtags based on any of the wordpress tags you’ve applied – and sends out the tweet once you publish or your page/post. It’s very customizable and is a great way to save time when posting your WordPress content to Twitter.
If you’re making the switch from Tumblr over to the more superior and feature heavy WordPress, Tumblr Importer is for you. When installed, the plugin works much like the other Import tools in WP – by importing Tumblr posts, drafts, pages and media. It even works in the background if you want it to.