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Google+ support (26 posts)

  1. adyo
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi -
    LOVE the Social Media Widget. Super slick and easy to use.

    Any chance that Google+ functionality + updated matching button graphics will be incorporated soon?

    (I can send invites if needed for dev purposes)

    Alternatively, any tips on how to use the custom fields to set it up myself?

  2. marcfuller
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Bump for the Google+1 field and button functionality.

  3. denemc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    +1 for Google plus

  4. vwz1
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Bump G+ thanks

  5. gnistrategies
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Does anyone know how we can insert Google's +1 icon into the Social Media Widget so that it will display inline with the other social media icons?

  6. brianfreytag
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    My development server hard drive crashed during my recent move, so I won't be able to add it until I rebuild that machine.

    Until I get this thing running, you can use the custom services boxes to add an icon.

  7. pkohn11
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    brian, have you been able to work on this yet?

  8. brianfreytag
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sorry pkohn. I have not :*(. New job has me working 70hrs/week so I'm in bed or sick of developing by the time I get home.

    I promise I'll pump out an update by mid-September adding Google+ support.

  9. swazzi
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi. Cannot figure out where the google 1 url is to be found. Can you help with this? I hate to add another widget just for that.

    Otherwise, great widget!

    thanks

  10. bestguitarsolo
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Anyone figure the +1 thing out yet?

  11. naomi1
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Anyone? I really need Google Plus for my guide ( how to study for the mcat !

    Please, I really love this plugn so much :).

  12. cgully
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Until the widget is updated, here are a series of steps to get a Google+ button on your WordPress site, based on my experience and the information already provided in the readme.txt of the widget.

    1) Download a set of Google+ icons
    There are a number of different icon sets out there. Here's a link to the set I chose, which features "g+" and regular "+" icons in all standard sizes: "http://www.seriftuts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/google_plus_icons.zip" This particular set is free for use, without attribution. You may want to rename the particular icons you want to keep them straight. For instance I renamed "32x32.png" to "googleplusicon.png".

    2) Upload the icons you need onto your site
    As per the readme.txt included in the Social Media Widget, you need to upload the icons into a web-accessible directory. Do NOT put them in the Social Media Widget directory, as you will then lose them when the widget is uploaded. What I did is FTP to my site, and created an "icons" folder under "wp-content".

    3) Figure out the URL of the icon you want
    Once you've done the upload, you can figure out the full path URL to the icon. For me, it ended up being: "http://blogname.com/wp-content/icon/googleplusicon.png"

    4) Figure out your Google+ id
    For some reason Google has only provided your profile as a long string of numbers. To figure out what your id is, go to your Google+ profile and look for the string of numbers in the URL bar. Mine, for example, is "102754391066567417046". My profile URL is therefore "http://plus.google.com/02754391066567417046".

    5) (OPTIONAL) Make a nicer looking Google+ profile URL
    If you want to make an easier to remember URL for your Google+ profile, there are a number of services. I used "http://gplus.to" On their site you can enter your profile ID (the string of numbers) and a nickname that you want - they'll then give you a nicer looking URL that redirects. So for example mine is now "http://gplus.to/cgully"

    6) Bring it all together!
    Now you have your icon, and your Google+ profile URL. Go to the Social Media Widget in your WordPress Dashboard. Look for "Custom Services". For "Custom Service Name" write "Google+"; for "Custom Service Icon URL" enter the URL you figured out in STEP 3; for "Custom Service Profile URL" enter your Google+ Profile URL as in STEP 4 OR STEP 5.

    That's it, that's all. If you have any questions about this particular method, I'll try my best to help.

  13. iice74
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    There is actually a very simple solution to this.

    1) Go to http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button/ and build you Google+1 button. You'll get two pieces of code.
    One that will say: <!-- Place this tag where you want the +1 button to render -->
    and one that will say: <!-- Place this render call where appropriate -->

    2) Open up your header.php file and add the code under <!-- Place this render call where appropriate -->

    3) Go to the Social Media Widget (this plugin) in the widgets area, in the settings for Widget Text add the second set of code: <!-- Place this tag where you want the +1 button to render -->

    and voila!

    You can see it here: http://www.appsplit.com

  14. brianfreytag
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Social Media Widget update with Google+ support should be coming either tonight or tomorrow night.

    As I've stated in previous posts, my web server(and all files) died in my recent move. My new job was also having me work 60-70 hrs/week, so I neither had the time nor the desire to continue with the project until things slowed down and I got more time to devote to this passion.

    Unfortunately, my web server was a complete loss, so I'm just working with a VM from scratch. Downloading and installing CentOS as I type this so I can properly test.the coding is completed, but I won't release it until I'm sure it works... which is why I say it'll possibly be tomorrow.

    Anyway, I want to thank everybody for their patience as I worked through these issues and definitely for your continued support. I also want to thank everybody in this thread who has offered advice to get G+ added to the widget while I was MIA.

    I will definitely continue supporting this widget over time and hope you can forgive my tardiness and complete neglect of my project.

  15. adyo
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for your work on this Brian.

    Do you need some webspace/wordpress install to work on things in the meantime? Perhaps I could lend something for a time if it's appropriate or practical to you.

  16. brianfreytag
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    adyo... Thanks for the offer, but I should be good. I've got my VM installed. Gonna get Apache configured, phpMyAdmin and WordPress installed and then I can test it.

    Thanks!

  17. adyo
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Cool.
    Loved the plugin and am very grateful for it.

  18. swazzi
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Love the plugin but still have a question...is there any way to centrally put in the data for different media, or do i have to repaste them each time i use the widget (ie: on every page?)

    also, forgive the noob, but i can't find a simple place to find my google +1 URL to input into the plugin

    The advice above about the two urls and the php header doesn't apply to the plugin, right?

    thanks so much

  19. swazzi
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    So, i just moved my wordpress site to its real url and all of my widgets got deprogrammed. This means i'd have to re-input 6 urls manually on all 43 pages? There must be a way to have one setting for all instances where the widget is used. Am i missing it? Please help.

    Otherwise, the plugin is fab.

    thanks

  20. brianfreytag
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Swazzi... I'm really not sure what you're asking... you put your URLs in the widget control panel... once for each site. If you're putting it on every page manually you're doing something wrong.

  21. radioscooter
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Bryan, I appreciate the update and the Google +1 functionality. We're using your widget for a site, but I'm still unclear as Swazzi is in two posts above this one. Where do you find the actual URL that we need to put into the +1 url field in your updated widget?

    Is it just the site's home url? Or is it something Google has to generate? In that case, it would have to be a personal profile as they don't seem to be allowing +1 profiles for businesses yet.

    Or am I missing something?

    Can you advise?
    Thanks.

  22. radioscooter
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Woops. Sorry I spelled your name wrong. people do that to me all the time and I hate it. :)

    To clarify my question:

    As I understand it, Google +1 is different (currently) than FB etc in that it doesn't support profiles for business "pages" yet. So you can easily add a "like us" style button which is connected by the USER's Google profile (and it only allows you to use this if you do have a profile) and then registers a "like" tick on your site's +1 counter. ( We've got this button currently in our blog section with individual posts here: http://www.johnswildwoodpizza.com/2010/10/best-pizza-in-erie-again/ )

    But we're using the "Social Media Widget" to actually take users to our individual Soc. media PAGES (FB, YouTube, Twitter etc) via our home page here: http://www.johnswildwoodpizza.com/ and thois doesn't seem to correlate for +1 since there's no current +1 "places" or "profile" option for businesses.

    So Brian, I am asking if you intended that icon to simply house the current available +1 tag info and function as a "like" ticker? Or did you intend it to link to the site's (eventual) +1 profile if Google rolls out an option for organizations/businesses?

    Any advice would be great.

  23. brianfreytag
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The only functionality this button provides is to link to your profile. If you only use company "Pages" then you'll have to wait to see if Google supports this in the future. This button is NOT used to "+1" something.

    You can get your Google+ profile URL by going to View Profile in G+ and copying the URL. That is the URL you need to use.

    Again, this entire widget's ONLY purpose is to link to profiles. Nothing more, nothing less.

  24. swazzi
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Brian,

    Thanks for the reply. My problem is that i'm using custom sidebars, and each one needs social media. As far as i can tell, the only place you can enter in the urls is after it's been placed in a sidebar. I was hoping there was a way to enter in universal values, so that it'd display the same info wherever once placed it.

    thanks

  25. swazzi
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    and now i get the google thing. thanks

  26. brianfreytag
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sorry... Each SMW instance needs to be filled out. There aren't any "universal values."

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