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I've been wanting to update my share buttons but didn't know how to do it exactly. I stumbled across the Shareaholic plugin for WordPress when I was looking for an easier way to share sites from my toolbar. I realized it was what I'd seen on a lot of other blogs I visit but didn't know how they got the share bar on the sides of their pages and such. Then come to find out Shareaholic also has a You May Also Like feature...I'm SO psyched! It was also very easy to install and set up and has just about any social sharing site to choose from if you want to add it on. I'm super excited about this great plugin. THANK YOU to the developers who created this and made it SO user-friendly for an only minimally technical person like myself.
Took me a while to figure out which of my plugins managed to sneak in a Google Analytics tracking script. No direct calls for it in my page's HTML. Nothing in the theme. What the?...
Then I've noticed that under "Advanced" settings of Shareaholic there's a line that reads:
Disable Analytics (it is recommended NOT to disable analytics
Who would've thought that this is not Shareaholic's analytics, but the old (prehistoric!) synchronous ga.js?!
In short: ticked that "NOT recommended" option, got rid of redundant script, got an instant +7 on Google Pagespeed.
Plus freakin' seven!
PS: Just found out that this plugin also loads Jquery from Google servers. Again, silently, without printing any extra HTML code. Sneaky bastard.
+12 on Pagespeed.
Do me a favor and try turning the Adblocker off, and then reloading the page. Buttons will show back up! It's a known issue, so you will likely need to add an exception to the AdBlocker+ software so it does not block the buttons. But the good news is that it's local to your instance of the browser... other users are seeing the buttons!
It's really cool plugin. It's really easy to modify for beginner like me. Just reading articles at http://support.shareaholic.com/, I can modify several thing. Great plugin and thank to the author!
It's loading without an end and after that it's still in my plugin folder.
I love everything about this plugin but the one thing I cannot get past. The plugin's template takes too much control, and once I have accessed either admin screen, I cannot scroll to see the rest of the form. I cannot scroll up and down or side to side, at all. Which means that I cannot access options and the ability to commit changes.
And after reading the other reviews, my only intelligent option was to remove the plugin and find another. Bye-bye!
Rev. Barry Willie Black
I really love this app. I had it installed on my site for over a year. The icons are beautiful and I was able to customize them to fit my sites theme. But, I've been running into a few issues over the last few weeks.
The related content feature has been showing pages that don't exist on my site for quite some time. They were part of an installed plugin that existed for 1 day before I uninstalled it yet they are still showing in the related list which redirected to a 404 page. The support team was unable to address this issue after 2 cases were opened with them.
I also noticed that my site speed was awful. After doing some research and playing with plugins, I realized that this one plugin was accounting for 100% of my redirects and was causing the page to load super slow. After uninstalling the app and making a few other site adjustments, my site is now performing super fast.
Proceed with caution. I really wanted to continue using them but these two issues, I just couldn't continue to have this app installed on my site.
I've uninstalled it from all my sites, and am using AddToAny's plugin instead. If all you want is floating share buttons, without advertising, that's the way to go. This plugin compromises users' privacy.
Despite looking through many pages of confusing settings, mostly on their website rather than in the plugin's settings, I still couldn't find any way to completely deactivate all the advertising and tracking that are turned on by default. As others have noted, it's big and slow and they keep making sneaky changes to it that you have to opt out of after an update -- and the release notes don't mention these changes.
They also don't limit themselves to the share buttons, but also recently secretly released a function, turned on by default, to rewrite links in the rest of your web page with their affiliate IDs.
The company makes money off of your traffic and says you're making money too. Most people don't claim that money because they don't realize what'e going on. It's also unclear how they calculate your payments. Because the formula isn't published, there's no way to tell how much of the revenue goes to you. But I imagine if you want to get advertising revenue, you'll get a better percentage from someone who publishes their rates.
It's sad to see what this plugin has evolved into. As soon as I noticed VigLink in my browser script blocker, I immediately uninstalled this plugin.
Shareaholic is now making a buck using non-transparent affiliate marketing measures by hijacking links and unnecessarily bloating user's websites.
Other WordPress users can review a shocking professional analysis on the dangers of Shareaholic here: http://www.pamelahazelton.com/mistakes-that-kill/wordpress-shareaholic-viglink/
This plugin is completely against the ethos of WordPress and the world-wide open-source community.
Way to go on selling out and "joining the dark-side" at the expense of your users. I wouldn't use this plugin even if you fixed it. Truly free, honest and superior alternatives exist without compromising my website or the privacy of my website users.
The plugin is extremely versatile with all sort of modules, layouts, and customizations - it looks sharps and provides valuable info. Plus support staff was awesome in helping me tweak my layout.
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