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Shareaholic | share buttons, related posts, social analytics & more

The easiest, most effective way to grow your website traffic, effectively engage your audience, monetize, and gain insights for free.

11 reviews
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3.5 out of 5 stars
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too Confused
By , for WP 4.2.1

too Confused

Your pagespeed gonna suck
By , for WP 4.1.1

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.

Beautiful Icons, Slow Page Speeds
By , for WP 4.1

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.

Mixed Feelings
By , for WP 4.0

I have extremely mixed feelings about this plugin. On one hand, I like the plugin and what it offers. On the other hand, it comes across as rather presumptuous. I am sick of having advertising rammed down my throat.

I know advertising can be a necessary evil when it comes to maintaining any free service. I already use advertising on my blog, but that is -my- choice and I have full control over the advert content I allow on my website. It's incredibly annoying to log onto my website to check something and find an unwanted, unrelated advert present in a conspicuous place.

I understand that the logistics would make it impossible for them to notify all users of the new advertising features, but I do not understand why it is an opt out service when it should be opt in.

Disappointingly difficult to configure
By , for WP 3.9.2

Disappointed that this was not easy to set up at all.

[1] In order to get the side-floating bar, it was necessary to create a login account at shareaholic.com. I can handle that part, but the configuration of the side-floating bar is then configured at shareaholic.com, so you have two places to configure your share icons rather than (simply) your WordPress dashboard.

[2] For the life of me I could not work out where to configure the look of the side-floating bar. Once I found the settings on the shareaholic.com website (a tiny cog icon), I was disappointed to see that I couldn't configure the look of the side-floating bar icons (e.g. make the corners rounded or change the count number format)

[3] The pop-up configuration screens within the WordPress dashboard are annoying and do not fit within the framework of the WordPress dashboard look. And it took me a while to work out that the save settings button was hidden below the bottom of my screen, so my settings were not being saved when I assumed I just had to close the popup window.

[4] The floating side-bar seemed to load every time I clicked on a new page, which makes for slow reloading.

[5] One the dashboard settings (remember you have to check *either* the dashboard or the shareaholic.com website for the settings you need), mentions the 'index' location for the share buttons, but I could not find information about where that is. At first I thought it might have referred to the floating sidebar, but no.

[6] The floating sidebar did not show up on my responsive theme on mobile.

Overall I was disappointed and frustrated enough to specifically log back in to WordPress.org to give this review. It is just not intuitive to setup and it's a shame because it looks like it has potential. But the setup interface is just a nightmare.

Great plugin but absolutely ZERO support
By , for WP 3.7.1

I've submitted no less than 2 support tickets through their website. When I log in the status says, "open".

One was submitted over a month ago, another over a week ago. They're still open with no replies or anything.I've received their automated emails acknowledging their having received my tickets.

So don't expect any support from these guys. Otherwise, the plugin works great.

Using Bluekai
By , for WP 3.8.1

Bluekai is used by this plugin - collecting data for someone else's purpose is not on, particularly without the site owners permission - Ghosting identified this for me. This can be turned of by disabling the analytics.

The plugin should be clear when this type of activity is builtin.

No support
By , for WP 3.8.1

Like many others, I'm getting the "processing" message when I ask the plugin to put related posts at the end of my content. Two unanswered emails and a week later, and I've given up. The share buttons are great and work perfectly, and the interface is easy to navigate, but the fact that it just doesn't work and that the developers can't even give me a "sorry, we're working on it and will get back to you" response makes me want to switch. So I'm going to.

Related content not working
By , for WP 3.7.1

Related content stopped working with the latest update. It was one of my favorite features. I'll give five stars once it's fixed. Without it, it's just another social sharing plug-in.

Register with SA before you share?!?!
By , for WP 3.6.1

The plug-in is very nice, a little slow loading, but nice.
Service support is very fast, I have one issue and they solve it quickly. But! Unfortunately mtaus is right. SA ask the user who want to share to register first to SA website. Is not a fair approach.

Now I just need to find another share plug-in.

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