Plugin Reviews

Social Media Feather - lightweight social media sharing and follow buttons

Lightweight, nice, modern looking and effective social media sharing and following buttons and icons - all your social media needs in 1 easy package!

13 reviews
Average Rating
4.6 out of 5 stars
You are currently viewing the reviews that provided a rating of 2 stars. Click here to see all reviews.
By , for WP 4.4.2

macht, was es will, und nicht, was ICH will!

wozu eine ellenlange konfigseite für so ein simples plugin? jeder idiot kann eine sache kompliziert machen!

Unnecessarily complicated
By , for WP 4.2.1

Lots of choices to make, which makes a very unnecessarily complicated setup.

By , for WP 4.1.1

This widget slows down my website. Facebook follow does not work on my website (tried on a clean wp site- same result).

I also don't like the messy looks and feels (original follow buttons)

Maybe in the future i'll try it again.

not sprites -- probably explains load time
By , for WP 4.1

I installed this and, wanting the grey-rollover effect, purchased what I thought was the extra icon pack with grey version. It turns out those are two separate products (my fault that I didn't check, but really 24 euros for both?!) and worse, the download .zip file I got was empty.

Having actually paid for it, but with no product in hand, I thought I'd just open up the image files and make my own greyscales. I was surprised to find that they don't appear to use sprites! This may be why some people have issues with page load times slowing dramatically.

I'll be uninstalling the plug-in. If I hear back from the company promptly I'll eat the loss on the purchase, but if they don't get back to me within 24 hours I'll challenge the charge. I have a hard time believing it's a scam with so many positive reviews, but I tried downloading the file twice, and there's simply nothing in the .zip.

By ,

It works but simple and silly properties. It should not be paid version.

Cannot see icons using Google Chrome browser
By ,

There is no point having icons that can only be seen in Explorer and Firefox. On my end of the world most ppl use Chrome.

By , for WP 4.0

did not specify that you had to purchase extra settings to have effects such as 'rounded icons' and 'fade effect'!
Only one set of basic icons, so not very appealing.

Easy to setup, but slows down page load time
By , for WP 3.9.1

I like that this plugin is lightweight and very easy to configure. HOWEVER....

I find it very frustrating that the plugin is scaling images using HTML, which causes slower load times, and is also not using properly optimizing images (see below). Using YSlow on my site How to Blog with Social Media Feather installed gave me a Grade D on Do not scale images in HTML, largely because the 7 png icons which Social Media Feather uses are 96x96, whereas a peek at the HTML clearly shows that each it displays one, the plugin is specifying a size of 48x48.

Now, I assume this is so people using retina displays (which double the pixel amount shown in images) have sharp social media icons. However, how hard would it have been to simply include a set of 48x48 png icons, as well, and then call THOSE if the user is not using a retina enabled display? Scaling down larger images through HTML code is a no-no in my book.

On top of that, when using Google Page Speed Insights, you will find that the png images provided by Social Media Feather are not properly optimized. Google says, "Properly formatting and compressing images can save many bytes of data" and it recommends Losslessly compressing all the icons from Social Media Feather. The amount of compression that Google Page Speed Insights says can be gained varies from 12% to a 40% reduction in size.

While these may seem like trivial matters, the fact is that Google uses page load time as a pretty significant factor in its current ranking algorithms, so the slower your site is, the bigger the SEO hit you're going to see.

Overloaded and too commercial
By , for WP 3.9.1

Settings page completely overloaded. And why do I have to pay 14,99€ for a few .png icons you can find everywhere over the Internet?!

Not quite there yet
By , for WP 3.8.1

I'm sorry I really wanted to use this plugin. I think the styling and service support are great. However there are just a few too many things that are either not documented well enough or just plain too hard to do.

Things that took way too much effort:

  • Centering icons on the page.
  • Adding a title to the sharing or follow sections (sort of like is showing in every single screen shot. So strange that it isn't just an option).
  • Adding the post title to ALL sharing links. Why doesn't adding %%title%% to the Default message just work.

I'm sure all of these things could be done with pre/post markup or CSS styling (the latter has no documentation on how it should be applied) but all of these things are simple and either on by default in other plugins, like the post title thing, or easily configured with options rather than extra mark-up.

It's ALMOST there.

You must log in to submit a review. You can also log in or register using the form near the top of this page.