8 Social Login Plugins for WordPress Compared

wordpress-logo-simplified-rgbI’m doing a survey of 8 popular social login plugins for WordPress, including WordPress Social Login, Social Login, Social, LoginRadius, Users Ultra, WP-OAuth and Social Connect.

Whether you’re interested in a free light-weight plugin, a premium (paid) plugin, or a subscription-based plugin whose experts will custom tailor their solution to your needs, then you’ve come to the right spot.

The following is a table of results, as of this writing in November, 2014. Some of the info required investigation of the plugin’s source code.

WordPress Social Login Social Login Social LoginRadius Users Ultra WP-OAuth Janrain Social Login Social Connect
PLUGIN OVERVIEW
Developer: Miled Claude Schlesser / OneAll Alex King / Crowd Favorite / MailChimp LoginRadius Users Ultra Perry Butler Byron / Janrain Rodrigo Primo
Rating: 4.1 (135 reviews) 3.9 (235 reviews) 3.4 (108 reviews) 3.4 (113 reviews) 4.8 (129 reviews) 5.0 (2 reviews) 3.5 (78 reviews) 4.2 (110 reviews)
Requires WP version: 3.0+ 3.0+ 3.8+ 3.4+ 3.0.1+ 4.0+ 3.5+ 3.0+
Total number of downloads: 153,977 328,353 362,033 256,620 59,000 710 133,147 86,697
Number of downloads over 1 week: 2,216 (+1.4%) 1,677 (+0.5%) 4,227 (+1.2%) 2,354 (+0.9%) 3,132 (+5.3%) 207 (+34.3%) 47 (+0.03%) 232 (+0.26%)
Last updated: 9 days ago 29 days ago 331 days ago 20 days ago Today Today 90 days ago 68 days ago
Cost: Free Freemium or $8-$158 monthly Free Freemium or $150-$450 monthly Freemium or $50-$160 yearly Free Freemium or $10-$2,250 monthly Free
PLUGIN FEATURES AND LIMITATIONS
Social login included with free version: Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Number of providers: 25+ 25+ 2 25+ 5  8 30+ 5
White label / unbranded: Yes Requires paid plan Yes Requires paid plan Yes Yes Requires paid plan Yes
Login / registration limits: No >2,500 users requires paid plan No No No No >2,500 users requires paid plan No
Site / domain usage limits: No No No No Paid plans allow usage on 1 site or unlimited sites No No No
Creates (registers) new WordPress user accounts automatically: Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Paid plan) Yes Yes Yes
Link third-party providers to WordPress user accounts: Yes Yes No Yes Yes (Paid plan) Yes Yes No
Works with existing user accounts: Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Provides login widgets or shortcodes: Yes Yes No Yes Yes (Paid plan) Yes No Yes
Import friends, contacts, etc. from third-party providers: Yes No No No Yes (Paid plan) No Yes No
Social commenting: No No Yes Yes No No No No
Social sharing: No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No
Includes login and registration tracking / stats: No No No No Yes (Paid plan) No No No
Customize where users are redirected after login/logout: No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Compatible with WordPress Multisite: Yes (Paid plan)
Compatible with BuddyPress: Yes
Compatible with bbPress: Yes
Compatible with Theme My Login:
PLUGIN TECHNOLOGY AND SECURITY
Authentication method: OAuth OAuth OAuth OAuth OAuth, OpenID OAuth, OpenID Connect OAuth OAuth, OpenID
Users are authenticated through a proxy, middleman, single integration point or online service that sits between the WordPress site and the third-party providers: No Yes, OneAll Yes, MailChimp Yes, LoginRadius No No Yes, Janrain Engage No
Identifies authenticated users via their permanent unique user identifier: Yes, with email address No, identifies via email address No, identifies via username No, identifies via email address Yes, with email address Yes Yes No, identifies via email address
Requests and/or stores private or sensitive user info from the third-party: Yes, the user’s email address Yes, the user’s email address, avatar, full name, etc. Yes, the user’s username Yes, the user’s email address Yes, the user’s email address No No Yes, the user’s email address
An open-source library included with the plugin handles authentication: Yes, HybridAuth No No Yes, LoginRadius PHP SDK Yes, Google API PHP Client, LightOpenID, Twitter OAuth, etc. No No Yes, Facebook PHP SDK, LightOpenID
Uses an outdated or deprecated technology / library: No No No No Yes, LightOpenID No No Yes, LightOpenID
Calls third-party provider APIs that are secured with SSL via insecure (non-SSL) URLs: No No No No No No No Yes
Educates users/admins about good security practices when using the plugin: No No No No No Yes No No
Includes one or more settings related to security: No Yes No No No Yes No No
Warns admins when configuration changes may affect security: No Yes N/A N/A N/A Yes N/A N/A
Installs with and defaults to a secure configuration: No Yes N/A N/A N/A Yes N/A N/A
Mentions SSL / HTTPS at all: No Yes No Yes No Yes No No
Recommends the WordPress site to use an SSL certificate: No No No No No No No No
Requires the WordPress site to use an SSL certificate: No No No No No No No No
SSL features are enabled by default: No Yes N/A N/A N/A Yes N/A N/A
Performs SSL host verification: No No N/A No No Yes Yes No
Performs SSL peer verification: No No N/A No No Yes No No
Performance overhead – tested with P3 Performance Profiler (lower is better): 84%, 0.0362 sec 52%, 0.0107 sec 77%, 0.0354 sec 89%, 0.0705 sec 95%, 0.1087 sec 51%, 0.0114 sec 89%, 0.048 sec 77%, 0.0212 sec

Performance Overhead

I used P3 Plugin Profiler to gather these results. In the table above, I tested one plugin at a time and recorded the performance overhead. In the following graphs, I tested with all plugins enabled at the same time. The system used for testing was a typical consumer grade PC with Intel Quad Core Q9400, 8GB RAM, Windows 7 SP1.

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Conclusion

Since I’m trying to provide high quality information for my readers, while at the same time promoting my own plugin (WP-OAuth) as a viable option, I’ll let the results of this study speak for itself as to which plugin you should choose.

Would you like to see something added to the table, or did you find this data to be inaccurate? Let me know in the comments!

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3 Comments

  1. Your plugin is great man! Love it, the only thing which unfortunately has become a deal breaker for me (and others it seems) is that it auto suggests a username. I get where you’re coming from trying to keep privacy of users, but if we want users to sign up or login via social media, 99% of the time we want to make it easier for them, and also get their details from the network. I’m running a community website and “user61” just wont work unfortunately. I’ve tried the others and theyre allr really heavy. So if you had to add the feature to pull profile picture, name and email from facebook that would make your plugin the best in the market.

    • I understand William, that is the very next feature on my list. Everyone has requested it. I thought that allowing the users to change their nicknames would be good enough, but it sounds like that’s not the case. Your last sentence is definitely a motivator 😀

  2. Hi Perry,
    thanks for the time and energy .
    what about
    Super Socializer : https://wordpress.org/plugins/super-socializer/
    seems to be a great value
    could you add it to your table or in your complete test
    I found it very complete and simple, free,
    before I got your post, and during hours of testing and searching best plugin.
    Wiliam is pretty right
    thank you
    cheers

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