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The Best-Of Series: Social Bookmarking

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Social Bookmarking; we’re all guilty of it these days. But where does WordPress fit into it? If you’ve done any amount of WordPress plugin browsing within the last few years you’ve undoubtedly come across at least one or two so-called social bookmarking plugins. You can find them on an increasingly large amount of websites all across the web. Today I want to talk about the best of the best. The best plugins I’ve found for social bookmarking with WordPress.

  1. Sociable
    I chose Sociable as my #1 social bookmarking plugin because of its utter simplicity and easy control over the look and feel of the overall output. Most social bookmarking plugins I’ve come across have a pre-defined way of outputting the bookmarking links that is not as easy to control. In fact, more and more plugins of this type are moving to a drop-down format with complicated CSS. I love Sociable because it only outputs what I want. Just the linked icons. Nothing more. I can customize it as much as I want very easily. It’s also not dependent on JavaScript which is a big plus as well.
  2. Add to Any
    I’m sure most of you have heard of Add to Any. It’s actually one of the most popular social bookmarking plugins around. Going by statistics, it’s actually the most popular social bookmarking plugin in the WordPress Extend repository at this time. If I wasn’t using Sociable I would most definitely be using Add to Any. Its wealth of features is the big attraction point for me with this particular plugin. It seems to have it all.
  3. ShareThis
    ShareThis is another great one. It has a wealth of features as well. What’s really great about it is its advanced statistics. You can get detailed info on the different social bookmarks used from your site, what is most popular, and much more. I actually used this plugin for a long time on my personal site.
  4. AddThis
    I’ve seen AddThis used all over. It actually has a pretty recognizable interface. I think some people may prefer using the same social bookmarking tool on the sites they visit. I have used this plugin before and it was pretty nice. Just not my cup of tea. It has all the functionality you would expect and also has some statistic functionality. Much like ShareThis you can see how different social sites are performing and what content is most popular.
  5. Tell A Friend
    Tell A Friend is another plugin that uses a website service as its engine. You can add the user interface to your site and allow social bookmarking as well as a Tell a Friend area and an Add to Favorites option. So this plugin is much more than a simple social bookmarking plugin.

So, those were the best 5 plugins for social bookmarking that I’ve found so far. Did I miss any? Feel free to post about it in the comments. I’d love to hear about it! Also, feel free to list your top 5 social bookmarking plugins in the order you prefer.

Do you have a good idea for the next article in the Best-Of series? Drop a comment here or contact us and your idea just might be next in the series!

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  1. Guillermo (2 comments.) says:

    Good list… I love sociable just for the reasons you named: simplicity and “to the point”

    What about a “WordPress SEO Tools” for the next “Best-Of”?

  2. Matt Algren (3 comments.) says:

    I became a big fan of Add to Any mainly because of their support for the open source share icon. Now that I’m with them, I can’t imagine going to one of the others. A HUGE plus is that I can (and do) give the button a click trigger rather than the far-too-ubiquitous mouse-over trigger. I hate that.

    Add to Any does have the option of using individual icons, at least in the WordPress plugin. I don’t use that, but it works well and displays a dimmed version of the icons until hover. I actually prefer the dropdown because it prioritizes services based on what the visitor uses. It looks cleaner and people get their preferred service right up top. We both win!

    Also, you can check the plugin’s stats through google analytics by drilling down on content. A2A is currently my 3rd most popular page.

  3. gestroud (3 comments.) says:

    Some good plugins, but most of them have given me styling problems with some of the themes used on my sites. I’ve been using obsocialbookmarker http://wordpress.org/extend/pl.....ookmarker/ but I may switch to the Ssociable plugin.

  4. Tukancheez (1 comments.) says:

    A nice list of plugins, but I did not find here “SexyBookmarks” plugin.

    WordPress.org: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sexybookmarks/
    The Homepage: http://sexybookmarks.net/

    I was using Sociable for a while, but then I have moved onto Sexy Bookmarks.

    • Chip (14 comments.) says:

      Count me in. I quit Sociable as it seemed bloated (the word is too harsh). SexyBookmarks looks… sexy and it loads fast.

  5. Sharif (2 comments.) says:

    Nice Post.Till now I didn’t installed these type of plugins.But after read your this post I will use.

    Thanks a lot.

  6. kalista (1 comments.) says:

    I figured I might as well see how it was put together, I prefer the sociable plugin, it’s easy to configure.

  7. Vilmis @ Travel Tips (1 comments.) says:

    @James, thanks for review. I am just right now looking for social bookmarking plugin and will be easier to choose from your short list.

  8. ~Kat~ (1 comments.) says:

    I have used Sociable and AddThis and I have to agree, that while they are all great plugins Sociable is the easiest to use.
    I have just downloaded the sexy bookmarks plugin. I am going to give it a try.

  9. robb (5 comments.) says:

    add to any is definitely on my top of the list !!
    it’s just dead simple.

  10. Babs (37 comments.) says:

    I had been using ShareThis since I first started my blog as it was heavily recommended to me. However, it seems ever since they made their changes a few months back I keep losing the customization code in the settings page, meaning every time I want to change where the link is displayed I have to go to ShareThis and recreate the whole thing. That, and the fact that even though I tell it only to include certain networks it still includes every one they’ve got, has been turning me off. :(

    Since Add to Any now covers all the social networks I subscribe to I decided to give it a try. I may further tweak it to include only certain networks, but for now the knowledge that the ones the readers use pop up at the top is rather cool.

  11. Sriraj (6 comments.) says:

    SexyBookmarks again..Looks like you’ve have to add this plugin to your list of top Social Bookmarking plugins.
    I’ve used Sociable but that was too heavy.

  12. DaveZatz (5 comments.) says:

    Another vote for Sexy Bookmarks.

  13. Street.Walker (1 comments.) says:

    Now i am using sociable plugins for my wordpress blog, its nice then another :D

  14. Christian Hollingsworth (1 comments.) says:

    Sociable has to be my favorite. It’s very easy to use – and offers the perfect blend of graphics and usability. Great plugin review!

  15. Surinder (1 comments.) says:

    Hi,

    Sexy bookmarks thanks for sharing such nice list..i am still using only all in one seo and head space only..but looking forward for the Sociable (especially)

  16. Sattarmalik (1 comments.) says:

    I am using Sociable. its very easy to use and I think it done all my work

  17. Robert Lönn (1 comments.) says:

    Nice list of plugin. I am using the sociable plugin and am satified with that. Even though after reading the comments I must check out the sexier cousin of sociable.

    Do you have a similar list of Twitter or microblogging plugins?

  18. Jessi says:

    These aren’t bad, but I guess I’m in the minority of people that just hardcode the social links into my template.

  19. Gary says:

    > Social Bookmarking; we’re all guilty of it these days.

    We most certainly are not all guilty of it. I wouldn’t know where to start if I had to begin today.

  20. Josh (4 comments.) says:

    Thanks to everyone who mentioned SexyBookmarks in the comments! (even if it didn’t make it into the actual list itself)

    Also, for all of you hardcore “sociable fans”… I have nothing against the plugin itself, but have any of you noticed what’s happened to the documentation/support since it was sold recently? haha

    Anyway, thanks to all!



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