Support » Plugin: Profile Box Shortcode And Widget » Good plugin but contains hidden link (fixed)

  • The plugin itself is good and very easy to use. It offers all the options you need to display your facebook widget.

    However, today I discovered that the plugin includes a back link to the developers website, which is hidden from view using display:none styling. I’m fine with developers including an option to turn on/off a back link, which is also stated as in the plugin development guidelines. But hiding these links from view without consent of the user is not only undesirable but I believe it also violates the plugin guidelines:

    The plugin must not embed external links on the public site (like a “powered by” link) without explicitly asking the user’s permission. Any such options in the plugin must default to NOT show the link.
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    Where the guidelines say, “default to NOT show the link”, I don’t think they mean that it is ok to hide it by using css.

    Also, such hidden links can inflict your SEO score, since Google and other search engines don’t like these.

    So, although the plugin is very good, only one star because of such very bad practice.

    UPDATE
    The author fixed the issue, so now the plugin is worth its five stars.

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  • Plugin Author A WP Life

    (@awordpresslife)

    We have removed it last day. Could you please reconsider your rating?

    Thread Starter Ruude4s

    (@yakti-ruud)

    I’ll definitely do that, as soon as the version number is bumped to trigger the update. You’ve used version 0.2.1 twice 😉

    Plugin Author A WP Life

    (@awordpresslife)

    Sorry for that, now it fixed. Update to version 0.2.2. please reconsider your rating now.

    Thanks

    Thread Starter Ruude4s

    (@yakti-ruud)

    I’ve changed my rating accordingly. Thanks for fixing it.

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