Welcome to Plugged In, where we take a look at some of the most popular WordPress plugins in various categories. This week, we look into the best plugins for adding social media functionality to your WordPress site. (For more information on WordPress plugins, download our ultimate guide.)

Because social media has become so important these days, it’s beneficial to have your WordPress site fully equipped with social tools. There are many ways to do this using social media plugins, which can help build brand awareness by creating call-to-actions, highlighting important content, and increasing shareability.

Here are just a few awesome social media plugins we’ve compiled from the WordPress Plugin Repository.

Social Warfare

Plugged In: Social Media Plugins - Social Warfare

The Social Warfare plugin describes itself as “your ultimate social sharing arsenal for WordPress.” With this plugin you have a wide variety of social share buttons at your disposal. You can fully customize how your content is shared no matter your screen size or resolution.

Social Warfare also allows you to display how many times a piece of content has been shared and shows what your most popular posts are. On top of that, it provides click to tweet buttons, content protection, and share recovery, among other features.

Instagram Gallery

Plugged In: Social Media Plugins - Instagram Gallery

Instagram Gallery allows you to beautifully display your photos on any WordPress page. This is perfect for getting followers on your site’s Instagram account and interaction through a comments feature. You can even add multiple Instagram accounts to one page. Features include a transition effect, a load content counter, and a custom CSS option.

Flow-Flow Social Stream

Plugged In: Social Media Plugins - Flow-Flow Social Stream
Flow-Flow Social Stream brings many accounts together in one stream. One of the most highlighted features is its smart caching, which speeds up the load time of your content. This essential social plugin also has cross-browser abilities, smart loading assets, responsive layouts and is multisite compatible.

If you’re worried about security, the plugin description makes a point to emphasize they provide 100 percent security to sensitive data.

What are your favorite social media plugins? Let us know by leaving a comment below. And be sure to check out our list of the 10 most popular plugins our customers use on our platform.