Support » Plugin: Simple Share Buttons Adder » How to backgrade Simple Share Buttons? Read Here!

  • D H


    Were you surprised at finding out about the acquisition of Simple Share Buttons and updated privacy terms *after* the recent routine upgrade? If so, be not afraid. You can backgrade to the last no-privacy-issues version and prevent it from upgrading to boot!

    Ah, but where to find the most recent version? As some of you have mentioned in this forum, the old versions of the plugin have reportedly been “disappeared”. I don’t know why that would be.

    I have 6.1.5, although I believe I made some tiny mods to it a few years ago to allow working with my particular theme. Anyway, you can download and try that version here at the link below for a limited time. Share and rehost far and wide. And if someone has an intact 6.1.5 please contribute.

    Delete the new version of Simple Share Buttons, then install this version of the plugin & customize to your liking.

    But how to silence the inevitable nags to upgrade the plugin in the WordPress dashboard? Install this very useful plugin…it’s called Block Specific Plugin Updates:

    Activate this plugin, then specify in the plugin settings which plugins you’d like to not be reminded to update (a simple checkbox list). Then you’re good to go.

    To the new owners: I’m sure your product is very useful, but it’s best to lay out the information about the product *before* the upgrade and give us the option to choose for ourselves what we’d like to do.

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  • Thanks DH. You are a lifesaver!

    I found another link to version 6.1.5 if anyone needs a copy.

    For those wondering, the new privacy policy allows ShareThis (who just acquired this plugin) to send your usage information to third-party advertisers and place tracking cookies/pixels on their behalf. It’s a very sneaky way for the new owners to further monetize the plugin. From their policy:

    We may share non-aggregate, non-personally identifiable Usage Information, including audience segments, with third party advertisers and publishers to assist us and them in delivering relevant, targeted advertising that is aligned with user interests. For example, these companies may use such information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Your preferences collected through this process may be used to influence which types of marketing messages you receive across sites that we work with.

    While using the ShareThis Services, We may place third party advertisers’ and publishers’ cookies and pixels on their behalf regarding Usage Information.

    This was such a simple, lightweight social sharing plugin… but I fear it’s now going to become much more bloated and trashy, like most of the others out there.

    D H


    Hi bobsled, thank you! And thanks for the additional link. I went through the code and my plugin is intact. I made changes external to the plugin code.

    Hi rbenhase, indeed. The solution is to backgrade, links in this thread. Good luck! D

    Props to SSBA for making some quick money selling their plugin, but seriously upset that it’s been soiled by ShareThis, a company I’ve been avoiding for this very reason. Thanks so much for the old version 🙂

    Also, if you know what you’re doing you can dequeue the st_insights.js script here:

    Remove lines 12-21 in that file.

    Of course editing core plugin files is bad yada yada but I just had to track it down and share with everyone.

    ^^^ SAFER WAY to remove st_insights.js :

    function wpdocs_dequeue_script() {
       wp_dequeue_script( 'ssba-sharethis' );
    add_action( 'wp_print_scripts', 'wpdocs_dequeue_script', 100 );

    add this to functions.php

    If anyone has any ideas how to safely remove the facebook SDK script, and the ramifications in doing so, please enlighten us 🙂

    Sorry, I didn’t fully test what dequeuing the script does. You’ll get a console error. It doesn’t break anything, but it’s annoying. Perhaps there’s not a clean way to remove this feature. I guess the best option might be to backgrade.

    I have the version 6.1.5 I also have the version light that no is more available and no have the widget. Thanks for the block update plugin.
    Is difficult find one social share with widget and light, I tried many plugins but back to this.

    Maybe one programmer with experience can add the plugin to the wordpress catalog and add the like button facebook and WhatsApp.
    And maintain it for future updates.

    can someone share the old version again? The link is now dead

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