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Social Media Widget

Adds links to all of your social media and sharing site profiles. Tons of icons come in 3 sizes, 4 icon styles, and 4 animations.

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Putting banner advertisements in the admin interface is unacceptable
By , for WP 4.2.3

I administer a WordPress network for a University with about 300 sites. I was appalled to find that a recent update of this plugin snuck a banner advertisement into the WordPress admin dashboard (the top of the plugins page). Advertisements within the plugin's own settings pages are sort of okay, but this crosses the line.

I am considering removing the plugin from our network, but first I have to inventory which sites are actually using the widget and manually configure a replacement.

For now at least, I was able to add the following code to a custom plugin.

function remove_spam_social_widget_notice() {
	if ( function_exists( 'socialwidget_global_notice' ) ) {
		remove_action( 'admin_notices', 'socialwidget_global_notice');
	}
}
add_action('admin_notices', 'remove_spam_social_widget_notice', 9);

function remove_spam_social_widget_menu() {
	if ( function_exists( 'socialwidget_top_level_menu' ) ) {
		remove_action( 'admin_menu', 'socialwidget_top_level_menu' );
	}
}
add_action('admin_menu', 'remove_spam_social_widget_menu', 9);
Admin spam is a deal-breaker.
By , for WP 4.2.2

I've been on the fence about this plugin for a long time; it's convenient enough, but I always find myself having to add custom icons for networks that seem pretty standard to me. (I mean: no Spotify? Really?) And I always ended up tweaking the appearance of the icons, but whatever.

These things were annoying, but with the last update they have added a separate, unnecessary, valueless tab to the admin interface that ONLY exists to get people to sign up for their email lists and use their other plugins. No function, just marketing. NOT OKAY. Real estate in the admin page tab bar is valuable; this is a violation of your users' trust.

I've had it on my list of things to do to replace this plugin with my own code for quite a while; now I'm motivated to get it done.

Suddenly, Admin Spam
By , for WP 4.2.2

I wasn't the one that selected this plugin to use on the site in question, but I hadn't had any real troubles out of it (other than the inability to order the social links if using custom icons). Today, updated the plugin to find that it added a banner to admin panel trying to get me to sign up for some service and use other plugins. I would be fine if this was just on the plugin's settings page, but its all over the admin which is highly unwelcome. At little as social media accounts change, when I find time I'll be adding these URLs via a widget myself and uninstalling this plugin.

Unsure
By , for WP 4.1

It was my favorite plugin for social follow, but now that i read about the spam stuff, and indeed, the last reply from the author was 2 years ago, so i would not trust it anymore. Even if he didn't put on purpose and fixed it, it's a too long time meanwhile. I liked the simple display in the sidebar, and found two alternatives, Floating Social Media Icon and Social Media Feather, both even smaller in size than this one, and especially: up-to-date

malware alert
By , for WP 4.1

ok. guess I can request reconsideration from Google now.
I am indebted to this forum for confirming my suspicions.

it really is a shame, because this plugin did exactly what it claimed. I still have it in a back up and I just might have to hack it to bits and see what might be reclaimed from the wreckage. i'll take what I want in compensation for my time.

so much talent wasted on the malevolent and desperate.

Great Concept but has MALWARE & is Dead
By , for WP 3.9.2

Love the way this looks and the ease of configuration. BUT my sites have been hit with MALWARE. After investigating, we found out this plugin has a history of injecting MALICIOUS CODE on sites and was banned from WP. The author convinced them to put it back after an update that was supposed to remove the bad code. BUT it has not been updated since then (April 2013) and the author has not visited the Forum to answer questions or offer help in over a year. It would appear this plugin still has some backdoor SPAM INJECTION CODE and is dead and should be removed from the repository. Too bad, because it did exactly what I wanted a SM plugin to do!

Crashes Site
By , for WP 3.9.1

Inserts Trogan and Crashes Your Website. Do Not DOWNLOAD!

Shame on you for that trojan
By ,

Your programming such a nice and trendy widget and inserting a trojan horse? Are you nuts?

Seems like, you are in a sore need of this crab, is this really neccessary to torpedo this community with that? I don't think so.

Hope you'll find the straight and narrow again...

Hiding Spam
By ,

Malicious code was added when they launched the version 4.0 of the plugin. My hosting company recommends not using this plugin.

Beware: Code insertion!
By , for WP 3.5.1

Reviewing the source code before going live with my blog site I discovered this code had been inserted by Social Media Widget:

<p class="omde">By LANSAVIO payday loans and By INSURANCQUO car insurance</p>

Shame on you :(

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