Flare is a simple yet eye-catching social sharing bar that gets you followed and lets your content get shared via posts, pages, and media types.
This plugin was great, but now it messes up my meta data for social sharing and is harmful for SEO.
I saw this on Jon Loomer's site and thought I'd give it a try. So far the only negative is that it is difficult to style the positioning of the vertical bar (I'd like to move it a little to the left).
I have tried the older version of this in past, and deleted it. Then I read some reviews of the ones praising it. So I guessed on trying it again. What a mistake. I put in on pages, and above content it only showed two icons and were not click-able. I went to blog posts to check it out and I lost my posts. Posts just disappeared completely gone. What the crap. That is when I went to installed plugins and deleted it. If they have a Pro version. I do not see how it could be any better than this. If the free version is this bad, I would not want to try the Pro version at all.
Really useful plugin. And with the new version 1.2.4 all critical reviews seem moot.
I have some issues with the offset of the floating sidebar as well, but I'm confident that this will be addressed in a future version.
BTW, if it hadn't been for the "ad", I wouldn't have found the plugin so I'm happy it was there.
I was getting depressed looking for a decent social share plugin with floating left option that didn't require membership or all kinds of up-sells. Then through all the dreck comes Flare. Quick-loading, straight-forward setup, and no attempts to datamine. THANK YOU!! Five stars if you add the option to change the name "3 Flares" to "3 Shares".
UPDATE: Okay, after using this plugin for a few hours, I realized it's doing something to add spacing left + right that activates horizontal scrolling, even when the window is super-wide. (Windows FireFox) So until that's addressed I have to reluctantly use another plugin...
loved it like hell :) keep up the good work guys :)
Love the plugin. After searching and trying a lot of plugins, this one stands out for Social Sharing.
Overall, a great plugin - 5 stars because they said they're removing the forced ad in the next update. I only wish it had options to adjust the offset of the floating sidebar.
The only aesthetically pleasing share plugin there is :)
Advertising your company, brand or website is a must. Users understand this. However, it must be done in a fashion that doesn't associate your brand with negativity. By adding the advert on the plugin without an opt-out you are turning any potential buyers of future plugins off automatically. Sometimes you just have to give something away.
Let me explain:
I saw the flare on a site and liked it so much that I inspected and researched the code and the plugin directory to find it. I was even going to email the website owner if I couldn't find anything. I wanted it and therefore I went after what I wanted.
I had a very positive opinion of your company and even went so far as to decide to purchase the future plugins when they came out. I had formed my opinion on you based on your generosity of the fine looking and well functioning flare plugin. That is worth more than any link or ad. That is the very thing that marketing companies strive for: to make you want the product and do whatever it is they need to in order to acquire it. You had a golden ticket and a perfect concept of marketing your company and product. Then you got greedy. By adding the link and ad you limited your audience drastically because now no one is going to want to use the plugin. Sometimes you just have to give something away but the future rewards more than make up for the present losses. Anyone that saw such a nice plugin did the work they needed to do to find it. They didn't need the link. I hope you reconsider your marketing strategy and whomever it was that decided to add this plugin really, really needs to study marketing better.
in the newest version a "hidden" ad was added to the plugin without the option to remove it.
Yes it's a free plugin, but there should have been a head-up that there will be ads BEFORE updating. OR giving you the opportunity to pay a small fee with pro-features...
I went back to the previous version and as soon as I find a replacement I will switch to another plugin.
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