Platforms like Hootsuite, Buffer, and Sprout Social are very popular for social media management but you may not want to pay expensive monthly fees to access these kinds of services. Luckily, you don’t have to. Here are the best Hootsuite alternatives right now.
Best Hootsuite Alternatives
Stackposts is a PHP script that allows you to schedule and share posts to all of your social media accounts from one location. You’ll need your own hosting account, and if you know how to install WordPress, you’ll do just fine installing Stackposts. Once installed and configured, you’ll be able to schedule and share content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Stackposts is very robust, allowing you to see statistics and install additional modules to increase functionality. These additional modules allow you to post to Pinterest, Reddit, Youtube, Telegram, Linkedin, etc.
- Self Hosted “Data Privacy”
- No Monthly Fee
- Easy to use
- Start your own business.
- Facebook module requires API app approval.
- No native iOS or Android App.
I could see how running a PHP script might be off putting to some, but if you’re tech savvy in the slightest, running Stackposts is as easy as running WordPress. At the end of the day, this will save you a lot of money in the long run if you need basic scheduling, posting, and statistics. There is also another script called Midrub which is very similar. I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy to test it but it functions much like Stackposts.
If you’re running a WordPress blog or shop, there is no better social media scheduler and sharing tool than FS Poster. With FS Poster, you can share your blog posts, products, and images to all social media platforms. It supports Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google My Business, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumbler, Linkedin, and a few others that I’ve not tried.
The setup is quite easy and all that you need to do is configure your accounts to show up on your timelines the way you want them to. You will also need to setup an API for Facebook and I recommend doing this with all of your accounts. Twitter, Pinterest, and Reddit are easy to get but Facebook takes a little more time. You don’t technically have to go through the app review “API” process, but you might get locked out of your account if Facebook sees an unknown application posting to your account.
FS Poster also ties into the Bitly or Tinyurl service so you can shorten your links. In addition, you can see how many people viewed your posts, which platforms, and plenty of other statistics. There are no additional modules that you need to buy, what you see is what you get. Even if you’re not a WordPress user, it’s worth buying and setting up a WordPress site for scheduling.
The last option i’ll share with you is another WordPress plugin called Social Auto Poster. It’s much like FS-Poster but without the aesthetics. Social Auto Poster supports Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, Tumbler, and Pinterest. There is also an “unofficial” addon for Instagram.
The process is the same, install the plugin, turn on which services you want to use, and schedule or post your content. Between Social Auto Poster and FS Poster, SAP is very light, while FS Poster is a little more intuitive and has a better interface.
Social Auto Poster uses Bitly, TinyURL, Short.est, and the WordPress link shortening services, and has an easy to use graphical interface for viewing statistics.
There are a few more products that I’ll share at a later time. These four options, Stackposts, Midrub, FS Poster, and Social Auto Poster are great Hootsuite alternatives that will save you a lot of money in the long run. If you came here looking for online services to replace Hootsuite, check out Sociality.io. I found them while searching around myself and they look promising with plans ranging betweeen $3 to $12 per month. All of the items I’ve listed have live demos, feel free to follow the links and get the login information to check them out.