Best Light Weight Social Sharing Plugin

Every WordPress website needs Social Media sharing buttons. There are many social sharing plugins in WordPress repository. However, most of them are packed with features, which users rarely use. As a result these plugins brings down the website’s speed considerably.

Recently I found a truly lightweight WordPress plugin for integrating Social Media buttons with WordPress websites.

The plugin is Shared Counts – Social Media Share Buttons, developed by Bill Erickson & Jared Atchison. It’s a free plugin and you can download it from WordPress repository.

Buttons Included

The plugin comes with following social share buttons:-

  • Facebook Share Button
  • Pinterest Pin Button
  • Yummly Button
  • Twitter Tweet Button (using the third-party API)
  • Email Sharing (with reCAPTCHA support to prevent abuse)
  • Share Count Total
  • Print Button
  • LinkedIn Share Button

Styling and Display

The plugin has 8 different button styles like Fancy, Slim, Classic, Block, Bar, Rounded, Buttons and Icons as shown in the below image.

Social Share Button Style


  1. Download the plugin from WordPress Repository.
  2. Install the plugin. If you’re beginner, read our step by step guide on plugin installation.
  3. Navigate to Settings » Shared Control.
    Shared Count Settings Page
  4. Now choose the appropriate buttons and configure the plugin.
  5. Now click “Save Changes” to complete the configuration.


  • You can display the social share buttons automatically Before and After post/page contents.
  • You can also display it anywhere on the page/post using shortcodes.
  • The plugin (Shared Counts) is extremely optimized to work on large websites that get ten of millions of page views each month.
  • It has a unique built-in cache methods to save Server resources.
  • To retrieve share counts, register with Advantage of API is, you can retrieve entire share counts in a single API request.
  • Finally, the plugin is extremely developer friendly and can be extended via hooks and filters.

2 thoughts on “Best Light Weight Social Sharing Plugin”

  1. Hi there!
    Thanks for sharing this article. I like your recommendation and when I check the plugin development, the last update was 1 year ago. Should it be an issue?


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