22nd September 2015
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Social media: useful WordPress plug-ins for your website

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WordPress is one of the most popular ways to create your website, many professional developers use it as an open-source platform and many people use it to self-host websites. There are lots of useful features that can come with WordPress, but here I’m going to focus on the best plug-ins for social media for your WordPress website.

Social media follow buttons. If you’re using social media as part of your marketing mix then you need followers in order to make it effective. The easier it is for people to become followers, the easier your job will be to push engaging and relevant content to them, and then to also convert them into customers, it can be a long journey so including easy social following buttons will improve your chances of conversion. Social Media Feather and Follow Buttons by Add This are some of the most popular plug-ins for social media follow buttons.

Social media share icons. If you want to make your content visible on social media, then people need to be able to easily share it. So social media share buttons are vitally important, there are lots of options out there and they all feature different designs, shapes and tracking features. Add This have some useful Sharing Buttons which also include analytics so you can track the popularity of your content.

Tracking comments. Comments on pages, posts and sites are commonplace now, particularly with Facebook comment integration and other tools. Disqus (pronounced ‘discuss’) has over 200,000 users (including us!) and allows you to keep track of comments more easily and enables people to interact easier on your site, which encourages conversations around your business to happen naturally. Importantly, it allows you to fully manage spam filtering, blacklists and whitelists.

Head to the WordPress plug-in store to get started. Or why not try out our very own WordPress plug-ins? If you want people to be able to keep up-to-date with your blog posts and simply collect and collate their email addresses, then we have our very own WordPress plug-ins. Or if you want to talk about WordPress hosting packages then drop us a message: hellow@webfwd.co.uk

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Emily keeps the office organised, makes sure the clients are happy and is always in charge of the tea round. When she’s not designing websites or drinking coffee, you’ll find Emily knitting, reading or accidentally setting her Sims on fire.

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