Social media begin so popular these days that everyone wants to integrate their official social media to their sites. The popular social medias are Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Instagram, VK, Github, Amazon, Meetup, etc. Social media integration involves pulling latest social media posts, page content into the site itself. Also it works the other way around where content from the site can also be pushed from site to the social media via different tools. Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups, Twitter Streams and LinkedIn Company Profiles are some of the often used contents. Facebook Open Graph tag and Twitter Card tags are used to manage the looks of all content shared from site.
If you are interested in social media integration, consider the following list of available plugins and choose which one fits best into your social media marketing strategy. There are things to keep in mind though, as you will want to choose extensions that suit your site. For example: if you have a hyper local site you may just pick the most popular platforms amongst you and your friends, but if your site is going to be international then you will need a wide variety of social media, as Facebook may not be as popular in Japan as it is amongst your friends.
Here are some popular tools and extensions in Joomla to integrate with social media:
Simple Social Network Authentication
One-click registration and login for 10 major social networks. Let your users access your site quickly and easily with no forms, passwords, and usernames to remember.
Ultimate Social Bookmarking Plugin
The Ultimate plugin is similar to AddThis but has a different look. Some consider the plugin a little more cluttered than the more basic plugins as it has up to 60 social platforms that can be accessed. This is great for those looking to cover all their bases with the throngs of social networking sites available.
Automatic Social Sharing Buttons
Add Facebook Comments, Facebook Likes/Shares, Google +1, Twitter Share, LinkedIn Share and Pinterest Pin buttons automatically to your content. Include or exclude any categories or articles.
Show the news feeds from Facebook Pages & Facebook Groups, Twitter feeds and LinkedIn Company Pages. Streams are fully customizable and can chose posts from multiple providers merged into one feed.
Facebook Page Stream
Smartly Stream Your Favorite Facebook Page Updates Inside Your Joomla Site. Simple & Fast A smart module to display Status and Share from Facebook page as stream. After Authentication, simply select the FB page from dropdown, select style and enjoy. Keep your visitors on your site while giving them all important updates from your FB page.
Facebook Group Stream
Smartly Stream Your Favorite Facebook Group Page Updates Inside Your Joomla Site. Simple & Fast A smart module to display Feed Stream from any Public Facebook Group. After Authentication, simply select the FB page from dropdown, select style and enjoy. Keep your visitors on your site while giving them all important updates from your FB Group.
Facebook Profile Stream
Smartly Stream Your Favorite Facebook Page Updates Inside Your Joomla Site. Simple & Fast A smart module to display Status and Share from Facebook Profile as stream. After authentication, simply give your Facebook username, select style from built-in styles and layouts. Keep your visitors on your site while giving them all important updates from your FB profile.
Easily 'push' your content along with a custom comment and URL to Facebook Pages & Facebook Groups, LinkedIn Company Page or Twitter stream. Works with all extensions!
While there are a wide variety of modules created just for Twitter, one of the Twitter Timeline Module.
Responsive & Realtime Twitter Timeline in Module Position, Smart and Easy. A module to display your Twitter updates of your twitter streams based on recently released widget features from Twitter. Simply give your Twitter widget ID, select style and enjoy.
Twitter Feed is a simple yet great Twitter module that allows you to configure how many tweets display on your Joomla site based on the Twitter search API. You can also display or hide certain tweets and filter the results with advanced search capabilities. You can also apply customized CSS styling to the extension.
3rd Party Profile Integration
Import user profile information including avatar and cover photo. Fully control your site's fields and what social network data should be imported into each one. Works with the User - Profile plugin, JomSocial, EasySocial, Community Builder, Kunena, K2, Virtuemart and more.
Let your users invite their Facebook friends to your sites. Configure a customized 'welcome' page for recipients as well to woo them in.
Don't mess with Facebook App settings yourself; JFBConnect can configure your Facebook Application automatically and check for common mistakes and errors.
Includes translations for nearly a dozen front-end languages.
Detailed configuration guides take you step-by-step through all social network integration features available for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, VK, Github, Amazon, Meetup and Windows Live.
As every grandma, butterfly and barstool already knows social media plugins are a great way to promote your site. Joomla thankfully makes this easy, and you should be able to install a solid social media strategy within a couple of hours, and it should require little-to-no maintenance.
If you chose Joomla for the additional developer options that it has over WordPress, then you may find the extensions a little too cookie-cutter. If this is the case then consider using one of the article footer plugins, which will allow you to create your own social media plugin by choosing your fav social media sites, selecting your own images, and building your own links.
At JoomlaKave we have a wide variety of Joomla Extensions to better integrate your site and social media.
Google Plus Reader
Google Plus Updates Inside Module Position, Smart and Fast. A module to display your Google Plus updates inside you joomla site.The module has a nice interface with three styling themes. Simply give your Google Plus User ID, select style and enjoy.
Social Profile and Followers
Display Your Social profiles and Followers in Joomla Site, Attractive & Easy Social Profiles & Followers is a Joomla module that helps to show various social profiles with nice 32px icon. We have added lots of social site icons and currently it’s possible to show at most 10 industry leading social network icons at a time.
Pinterest Showcase Gallery
Create Your Own Pinterest Showcase Inside Joomla Site A smart and light weight Module for Joomla site to show Pinterest Pins in showcase style. It’s extensive feature also enables you to show pins from only a particular board as well. Easy, beautiful and attractive. -
Pinterest Showcase Plugin
Display Pinterest Showcase Inside your Joomla Site. Easy & Attractive A smart shortcode based Plugin for joomla site to show Pinterest Pins in showcase mode in your joomla site. It’s extensive feature also enables you to show pins from only a particular board as well.