First, there are too many of them! 1,000+ results for the term “share” on the WP plug-in site.
I just tried out about 8 of them for this blog and for a client’s blog. In the past I used to put the developer code in myself, but that seemed too tedious.
- AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget
- Digg Digg
- Share This
- Jet Pack
and four others I’ve already deleted and forgotten about:)
For this blog I am temporarily using WP’s Jet Pack as I’m curious how the WordPress.com stats compare to google analytics. I only chose 3 icons (FBlike, twitter & g+) so out of the box it doesn’t look so hot when you rollover, as there are spaces missing. I’ll wait to see if I keep it before I customize the css.
For the client’s site, Jet Pack feels a bit overkill at the moment. I liked AddThis, but didn’t like the way it added it’s own promo when you tweeted something. I found Digg Digg not so nice to configure. I ended up choosing Share This for the client’s site as I found it simple enough, effective and clean. A little bit of tweaking was necessary that involves “code” eg: you can’t select which icons you want to have – you need to manually type : fblike,twitter,plusone . So it’s not super intuitive. But it’s simple and seems good enough for now.
Updated to version 3.3 of WordPress (on my to do list for all clients) and this site got automatically updated to v3.4 – it’s that cutting edge thing again. I should probably switch back to the stability of 3.3 except right now it’s a risk I’m willing to take (using the unknown).
4th of July release: “… can’t think of a more fitting way to mark a day that celebrates freedom than by releasing more free software to help democratize publishing around the globe” – Matt Mullenweg
The hype is a tad much for the release of WordPress 3.2, but hey Americana rules today, so why not hype it up?
Here at Dia Media, we’ve been running WP 3.2 release candidate for a week of so now, and have noticed it feels faster and lighter. This feeling of lightness is mirrored by the default font – Helvetica Neue.
- the showcase template – haven’t figured out how to wrestle it into submission yet
- the Format options for posts – makes it simpler for Gallery posts
- the full screen mode – although would like to be able to see the full “kitchen sink” toolbar at glance
- Goodbye IE 6 – I know your death was greatly spoken of, but with this release you are now buried
- the Name – Gershwin – what’s not to like?
- Haven’t found anything super annoying or missing (yet!) and as was working with release candidate (until now) will wait and see if anything leaps out.
Am about to upgrade to the WP RC2 release candidate, – a bleeding edge* move.
Wait, need to catch my breath from laughing too hard, as bleeding edge is a wee bit too much.
The thing is, this blog is in its nascent state – no readers per se – so there’s no need to worry about installing something that’s not fully viable.
Naturally, I have backed up files, the database, the whole server in fact. Then I will leap into the unknown. 2011 here we come.
*Bleeding edge nightlies is the phrase used in the plug-in for beta testing wordpress.