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Share Buttons by AddThis

AddThis Share Buttons help drive traffic to your site by helping visitors share, bookmark and email your content to over 330 services.

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41 reviews
Average Rating
3 stars
3.3 out of 5 stars
1 star
Limited options and updates not backward compatible
By , for WP 3.5.2

Very limited options.

Latest updates changed settings and made them not backward compatible, breaking my site the moment I went to the AddThis admin settings and saved them without changing anything.

You're better off just copying and pasting the HTML snippet into your theme than installing this.

2 stars
Unintuitive, undocumented
By , for WP 3.5.2

I give it 2 stars because my client likes it.

My thoughts on this plugin can be summed up by the comments that I just added to my CSS file after 3 hours of research and pain:

/* AddThis */
/* The list of services included in the ADDTHIS SIDEBAR WIDGET currently can not be customized in any way except by editing the plugin directly. The above/below page share bars have a "Custom button" option, the sidebar widget does not. In plugin settings, Advanced > Display Options > "Custom service list" does absolutely nothing (yes, really).
 * File to be edited: wp-content/plugins/addthis/addthis_social_widget.php
 * Line to be edited: (of writing, line 85) 'large_toolbox' => array( 'src' =>
 * Change the list of <a> tags as needed from their available services page (look on google)
*/

/* AddThis adds a scrollbar to every page with a 1px x 1px iframe in bottom left. It is already position: absolute; */
div#_atssh { top: 0px; }
1 star
A FEW PROBLEMS.____SOME THEMES IT DOES NOT WORK.
By ,

a few problems.____some themes it does not work.

it wont show up on the front page of a few themes.

the support department did not know what to do

[Please do not post in uppercase & shout at us. Post de-capped.]

2 stars
problem display profile BuddyPress
By ,

Does not work with 1.7 buddy press and no help (the author should contact me by email)

1 star
Terrible!
By , for WP 3.5.1

Can't customize the email templates as advertised, support is nonexistent, and noticeably slows down page load time.

Avoid this awful plugin!

1 star
Stay Away! Worst Social Media Plugin!
By , for WP 3.5.1

If only I could give negative negative ratings, AddThis's Share Buttons would have received a straight negative 5* reating!

It seams that having successfully grown the company by now, they are more focused on large accounts and completely ignore the small clients. This is obviously their right, but they at least have the decency to update the marketing materials to reflect the following facts:
1) There is almost zero customer support on their site or on WP forums - many basic questions (that look more like other mislead clients...) go unanswered for long period
2) when they do get answered, the official answers contradict the official marketing materials regarding customisation functionality (that doesn't work...)
3) Customisation is almost impossible - you get stuck with their default service list and cannot customise it, even though there are a few ways advertised officially that explain how to customise the service/buttons list.
4) It has extremely basic customisation options - compared to other more modren plugins.
5) Even when I try to follow their instructions, it still gets completely messed up by wrong and limited CSS - makes me feel they were simply lazy....
6) Forget about the entire marketing bla bla bla about a long list of services - you get stuck with what they "think" is the best list (and somehow basic outdated....) for you and that it - take it or leave it.

Why negative review then?
Simply because they completely mislead us in their marketing materials!
If only were they honest a little - c'est la vie.

Stay away!

2 stars
Not enough customization options
By , for WP 3.5.1

While the plugin is easy-to-use and set up, the plugin wouldn't fully pay attention to options I did select, and it loads a ton of junk on every single page on WordPress even though you are/are not using AddThis on those page. I found way more control by manually adding just the simple AddThis generated code to the sections I needed.

3 stars
Would like more customisation options
By , for WP 3.5.1

I would like to see a greater choice of buttons, I'm having to find button code from the main website so I can use preferred buttons, and entering that into the custom button box.

Really like the filter for selectively allowing the buttons to display on certain category, tag, archives pages and individual posts and pages. Would be really neat to be able to mix up top and bottom of page displaying within the plugin settings.

5 stars
Muito Bom
By , for WP 3.5.1

Atendeu oq eu queria!

5 stars
Love the Plugin, Love the Support!
By , for WP 3.5.1

The plugin is easy to install and use. It works well with my themes. But what I appreciate more than the awesome plugin is the support! Great help, quick and kind!

Keep up the excellent work -- it is appreciated!
Lan

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