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  • Evan Herman

    (@eherman24)


    As the title states, I’m not one to leave a negative review without first discussing things with the author or trying to come up with some form of solution, but the issues with this plugin are way beyond a small patch to fix it.

    First off, this plugin has caused a tremendous number of issues on one of our clients sites.

    First, this plugin saves the settings via ajax, so if there is any js errors on the page things just won’t work.

    Second, the amount of time/weight that this plugin has added to the site is astronomical. This has increased our clients page load times 10 fold.

    Finally, and most offensive, each time the settings page is saved a javascript function is fired, st_log(). This function is actually tracking user activity and sending data over to the plugin authors Google Anaalytics account. This is strictly against WordPress plugin repository rules.

    http://wptavern.com/phoning-home-to-plugin-authors
    https://wordpress.org/support/topic/wordpress-phone-home-privacy-issues-why-is-it-there?replies=20

    I have used this plugin in the past without any issue. But since this major re-haul of the plugin there have been some extremely major bugs and errors that have gone un-resolved.

    Anyone looking to integrate share this, I would stick to the standalone embed code that you can generate on there site.

    Do avoid this plugin as it has far too many problems to be run on a production ready site.

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