I’m fairly new to wordpress, but have tried about 150 plugins in the past year. You know how it goes – searching google for recommendations & reviews, looking through the WP plugins repository, installing 3 or 4 different plugins before settling on the best one for your needs, and then spending a couple of hours customising the css to get it looking & working perfectly on your site.
Well, not with this plugin, and I’m so glad that I stumbled across it ! You simply signup at their site, add the social media feeds that you’re interested in, generate the customised ’embed’ code for your page (like google maps) and paste it into your site – very simple ! And you know how with most plugins, when you first activate them you groan at how they don’t quite behave how you wanted, and how poorly they integrate with your theme ? Well not with this ! Honestly, I published my page with some trepidation, only to be surprised at how good it looked and how it behaved exactly how I wanted, first time !
OK, that’s the praise over with, but this is still in beta so there are a few minor niggles.
Firstly, it’s not immediately clear how to add a twitter account that’s not yours (despite a helpful popup tip on the site, I didn’t quite get it at first).
Secondly, if you make the default display size too wide for your page, then nothing displays at all. No big problem, and better than breaking the site, but this did fool me at first.
Thirdly, it is a little slow at loading – but of course there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes here, plus the FB/twitter feeds I have linked to are image-heavy, so this is to be expected.
Finally, this is a premium plugin that is free whilst in beta – I hope very much that the authors can continue to offer this basic service for free (for small & non-profit websites). Will be happy to pay for fancy templates and 24hr support once our sites become a success ! 🙂
Thanks for all your hard work on this plugin – it really does seem to be one-of-a-kind – both in what it does (excellent integration of social media streams into WP) and how it does it (simple account setup, and excellent appearance without hacking any css).
Keep up the good work, and I’m happy to be involved in any further beta testing or development. Meanwhile, I need to go & tell some friends about this plugin … !
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