Ever since it was launched, Google Plus or popularly abbreviated as G+ is trying to rival the most popular social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, and we must admit it is doing a great job. When compared to its rivals, Google Plus has a completely different platform and offers loads of fun through its new services such as Circles, Sparks, Hangouts, and Huddles. Of course, folks at G+ aren’t the only ones with their hands full, WordPress widget and plugin developers have been busy as well creating some of the most useful tools for incorporating this social network into your website or blog. Following are 6 currently most popular WordPress widgets and plugins for G+.
Scriptrr Google Plus Profile Widget gives users the opportunity to add a widget on their website/blog or to invite their visitors to Google + Profile. When activated, this widget shows the number of your followers and can even be customized to show any other of your social profiles defined on your Google+ profile. Apart from being a few click installation, this widget is also customizable for width and color.
If you like those WordPress sites that show user’s Twitter stream, and would like to display your Google + stream too, this widget is a perfect option. By placing this widget anywhere on your WP site, you will definitely encourage your visitors to add you to their G+ circles. You won’t have any trouble installing this widget either as it is one of those cut & paste widget installations that requires just a bit of tweaking and is good to run.
GoogleCards WordPress Plugin adds a widget to your website/blog that will then show a link to your G+ profile so your visitors that have a Google + account can add you to their circle (similar to Scriptrr Google+ Profile Widget). Apart from your name and avatar, this plugin also displays the number of people who have you in their circles. GoogleCards uses caching in order to store your G+ profile information and data without the need to check Google+ on every page load.
Google +1 Button
Google +1 Button is one of those plugins that you just shouldn’t miss. This plugin ads Google’s +1 button to all your pages, posts, or lists. It gives you an option to choose your preferred language, button size, placement location as well as an option to display or not to display the +1 count.
This plugin is quite similar to Google +1 Button in its core but it’s more advanced when it comes to customization. Plus One does not only add the +1 button to your pages and posts, but it also offers you a range of advanced settings including JS callbacks and the HTML code if you want to customize your button placement. This features can come in handy for an advanced user and can prove to be a must-have for those who are extremely picky about where your Google +1 button should be placed.
WP PlusOne This is a plugin similar to the Google +1 Button plugin but requires absolutely no configuration at all. All you need to do is install the plugin and activate it. The result? A Google’s +1 button on every page and post on your website/blog. If you want to play with the further positioning of your G+ button however, you can simply specify it via CSS.