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Shareaholic | share buttons & related posts

Adds an attractive social bookmarking menu and related content widget to your posts, pages, index, or any combination of the three.

18 reviews
Average Rating
3 stars
3.5 out of 5 stars
1 star
Plugin adds Google Analytics code to your site
By , for WP 3.6.1

Was working on my site and noticed another GA code popping up - UA-12964573-5. This is alarming as it means my sites analytics are being sent to a third party without my permission. Upon further research it appears that this code is being placed by the Shareaholic plugin without clearly identifying that this is what is happening.

I have now removed this plugin from all of my client websites and will not be using anything related to this plugin creator again. This constitutes a serious breach of privacy by the plugin creator.

There are other plugins that track information such as the Yoast SEO plugin but they do this in an Opt-In manner and further use a much less invasive approach as you can read about here - http://yoast.com/yoast-tracking/

Going whole hog and grabbing all Analytics data from a website is well beyond gaining simple insights into what version of wordpress is being used.

I see that this was brought up 2 years ago - http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-sexybookmarks-hidden-googleanalytics-code-in-v329?replies=4 and that the response from the creator was that you can simply turn it off.

This is something that should be off by default.

5 stars
Excellent support
By , for WP 3.6.1

Three days after I asked support how I could prevent titles from being cut off by the character limit, I got a message saying they'd changed the javascript to accommodate for longer titles. Very impressed with the support for this plug-in!

3 stars
SLOWS YOUR SITE BEWARE
By , for WP 3.6.1

(6:03:32pm)Justin A.:I am currently installing a secondary monitoring system to see if we can get some error logs from the software, the installation is called sys-snap. It is designed to record all error logs and records which will allow us to determine exactly what is going on.

(6:06:28pm)virgil :How long is this going to take?

(6:10:11pm)Justin A.:Okay, the installation is complete, it appears that Shareaholicbot is really what the cause of the high load on the server.
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6:10:29pm)virgil :oh really...

1 star
Disabled the entire blog
By , for WP 3.6

When I cantivated this plugin it completely deactivated all links in all pages in the blog. You couldn't click on any links at all.

I had to force delete the plugin from the server using rm -rf and restore the database from a backup to get the blog back online again.

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3 stars
Desperate to use but it has a fatal flaw
By , for WP 3.6

Really want to use this plugin, but unfortunately the recommended items lists shows posts that are set to draft and private - clearly not ideal, and the only way to exclude these is to add them to the 'exclude' list individually, which isn't in the average bloggers workflow (definitely not my clients).

So three stars for the potential awesome, please fix! Pretty please.

2 stars
No longer recommended
By , for WP 3.6

Perhaps two years ago I considered Shareaholic (aka sexy bookmarks) to be the #1 social sharing plugin. But not anytime recently. It is buggy, overbloated and overcomplicated, yet somehow lacks almost any customization options.

The most crippling issue is that from time to time the image for one or two of the sharing buttons disappear until wordpress and/or the plugin is updated to the latest version. This is not a 1-time bug, I have noticed it consistently occurring across different wordpress versions and themes, even today when I just updated wordpress on one of my sites (and removed this plugin). If visitors cannot see the sharing button, obviously they're not going to use it. Needless to say, completely unacceptable.

Regarding the plugin itself, there are many different options that have been added over time, like "classic bookmarks" and "related content". The issue with these is there is almost no customization options. You can't even have the "classic" bookmark bar independently from the "sexy bookmarks". At least, I couldn't after half an hour of trying to accomplish this and trying to understand why they would possibly design it they way. What this means is that if you use the "classic" bar, there will still be separate buttons for facebook, twitter, and google+ outside of the classic bar, whether you want it that way or not.

Now for most of my sites I just use a simple and reliable plugin for facebook, G+, and twitter.

5 stars
Awesome Plugin. Does exactly what it says it does and does it well.
By , for WP 3.6

Absolutely the best plugin I've ever found for WordPress. Makes social sharing a breeze, and greatly increases viewer attention span and page views per visit with the recommended pages plugin. It does all of this while the look is highly customizable, and no matter how you set it. It looks and functions great. I use it every time I attempt to customize a WordPress and each version gets better and better. Using it in my current major project right now.

5 stars
Works very well and looks fabulous
By , for WP 3.5.2

After testing LOTS of WordPress social sharing plugins, I've settled on this one.

Looks very nifty. The "printer-friendly version" button is an added bonus. As is the way it adds "you may also like" links and pics at the end of the article.

Has many options. You do NOT need to use them all.

You can re-arrange the share buttons by dragging them within the Shareaholic Dashboard.

You don't need an API key to share to Facebokok.

Very impressive.

Best Wishes,

PRODOS
Melbourne, Australia

4 stars
Good looking, but...
By , for WP 3.5.1

This plugin is very good looking and has a lot of possibilities.
I only found one point which kept me from giving 5 stars. Translation is not complete: some things cannot be translated (e.g. the popups above the icons).

5 stars
Excellent!
By , for WP 3.5.1

Nice, easy to use!

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