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Social Media Feather

Super lightweight, simple, nice, modern looking and effective social sharing and following buttons and icons on your site without the extra burden

6 reviews
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4 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
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2 stars
Easy to setup, but slows down page load time
By , for WP 3.9.1

I like that this plugin is lightweight and very easy to configure. HOWEVER....

I find it very frustrating that the plugin is scaling images using HTML, which causes slower load times, and is also not using properly optimizing images (see below). Using YSlow on my site How to Blog with Social Media Feather installed gave me a Grade D on Do not scale images in HTML, largely because the 7 png icons which Social Media Feather uses are 96x96, whereas a peek at the HTML clearly shows that each it displays one, the plugin is specifying a size of 48x48.

Now, I assume this is so people using retina displays (which double the pixel amount shown in images) have sharp social media icons. However, how hard would it have been to simply include a set of 48x48 png icons, as well, and then call THOSE if the user is not using a retina enabled display? Scaling down larger images through HTML code is a no-no in my book.

On top of that, when using Google Page Speed Insights, you will find that the png images provided by Social Media Feather are not properly optimized. Google says, "Properly formatting and compressing images can save many bytes of data" and it recommends Losslessly compressing all the icons from Social Media Feather. The amount of compression that Google Page Speed Insights says can be gained varies from 12% to a 40% reduction in size.

While these may seem like trivial matters, the fact is that Google uses page load time as a pretty significant factor in its current ranking algorithms, so the slower your site is, the bigger the SEO hit you're going to see.

2 stars
Overloaded and too commercial
By , for WP 3.9.1

Settings page completely overloaded. And why do I have to pay 14,99€ for a few .png icons you can find everywhere over the Internet?!

2 stars
Not quite there yet
By , for WP 3.8.1

I'm sorry I really wanted to use this plugin. I think the styling and service support are great. However there are just a few too many things that are either not documented well enough or just plain too hard to do.

Things that took way too much effort:

  • Centering icons on the page.
  • Adding a title to the sharing or follow sections (sort of like is showing in every single screen shot. So strange that it isn't just an option).
  • Adding the post title to ALL sharing links. Why doesn't adding %%title%% to the Default message just work.

I'm sure all of these things could be done with pre/post markup or CSS styling (the latter has no documentation on how it should be applied) but all of these things are simple and either on by default in other plugins, like the post title thing, or easily configured with options rather than extra mark-up.

It's ALMOST there.

2 stars
Don't Use This
By , for WP 3.6.1

This 'free' plugin is just a ploy to get you to buy *extremely* expensive "add ons" to the very same plugin. Features that should be built in to begin with. So far, there are 2 additional "add ons" to this plugin that you have to pay for.

While the social media buttons are pretty enough, they don't work as well as most of the other social media sharing plugins I've used (shareaholic, flare, et al).

I'll be going back to Shareaholic. I'd be asking for a refund of the add on I bought for this plugin but as it's not likely to get an answer, I'm not going to bother.

DO NOT buy into this cheesy way to get you to pay for plugin features that should be built in to this plugin already. Makes me feel like the dev is sleezy.

2 stars
Plugin is interesting but would rather use another one
By , for WP 3.5.1

I am currently using Add-This Social Media Follow plugin but it is painfull for my website as slow it having a tracker who checks customer's behaviours. So I am looking for a simple plugins to just allow me to share my posts.
I found this which on a certain point of view is better but has some things I would like to see improved.
First the plugins appends the buttons only at the end, but I would like to be shown below each post's title.
Setting page is quite annoying and not user friendly. Tried to do some settings but it is difficult.
Again, this idea is cool but need more improvement. Hope my feedback can help the author. Thanks

2 stars
fancy features are paid features
By , for WP 3.5.1

which is not clear on downloading the plugin, furthermore there are not a lot of social media sites supported.

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