ShareThis: Bloated piece of (poo)
The geniuses who develop this plugin must have decided that just clicking once on the damn icon of what you want to share this to would be way too simple and elegant!
Even better, let’s make our (bad plugin) popup impossible to disable! What a great idea, guys!
I registered an account on WordPress.com JUST so I could rate your plugin one star as a way of saying thanks for helping me waste an hour on what should have been a two minute process of adding simple Share buttons to a WordPress site.
Who would have thought it would be this hard to find a plugin that wasn’t (poorly written by people) who (have a scent perception disorder) so much they think it should get thrown in your face every time you try to share something to Facebook?
(parentheses reworded by moderator)
Yeah, bit too harsh there. Edited.
That said, if you want some simple sharing solutions, try the new Jetpack plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/
It does a lot more, but it has sharing for a few sites built in.
I appreciate the nod to civility.
However, as (even part time) web designers, I think we all understand that there are more than enough frustrating wastes of time inherent in the job that implementing the most basic social networking functionality into a site using a widely-used plugin should not be one of them.
ShareThis has wasted my time and thus cost me money. I only wish I could do more to return the favor.
I just installed the plugin on 3 of my sites. The only issue I have with it is that it doesnt display correctly in IE. Compatibility mode or not. Any real browser is fine. Not sure what took an hour for you to do with this plugin. Seems pretty simple. Install, activate. Your done. Easy.
Is it just me or does ShareThis ask for permission now? It used to be just a simple link. Here’s plugin I’m using, it works perfectly for everything else: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/share-post/
The subjective comment is a little harsh, but the points are true. This is a bloated plugin. With not enough configuration to switch off the excess. the JS for example, is very weighty and for most, wholly unneeded. It does seem to have two http requests and detrimentally slows down the page load time.
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