Socialize Goes 1.0
It has been a long time since I last updated the socialize plugin. I made small updates here and there to fix some of the more common problems people were having but I never got around to making all the enhancements that had been requested. Well here it is, I’ve addressed every issue presented to me in the comments of the plugin page. I am very excited about this update as it basically brings the plugin back to stage 1 and I can build up from here. I also thought it was suitable considering the release of WordPress 3.0 to get these changes out the door so we can innovate on this new and improved platform.
How much different is this version than the last? Well here is a complete list of the latest changes:
- Added security to page meta box
- Added Yahoo Buzz and Google Buzz buttons
- Removed custom Facebook button and replaced with official Facebook Share button
- Created Delicious button with save count
- Provided options to float in-content buttons to right or left
- Provided options to display buttons on different pages
- Added option to hide alert box on specific pages
- Fixed CSS
- Plugin now updates upon activation and keeps record of version
- Buttons can now be displayed in feeds
I’ve added Yahoo Buzz and Google Buzz due to popular demand. I also went ahead and changed the old Facebook image I was using and replaced it with the official Facebook Share Button.
My favorite addition is the new delicious button. It was the only button without an official or nice looking share button with a save count. So I made my own, hope you like it.
New Position Settings
You can control whether buttons are displayed on posts, pages, archives, search pages and even your feed. You can also control if the buttons are displayed on the left or right side of the content.
What Is Socialize?
The idea was to create an easy to use plugin that allowed bloggers to selectively add social bookmarks to their post. Furthermore I wanted to only use actionable buttons with counters because I believe displaying a posts social activity gives it positive social proof and can lead to more shares and more views.
This plugin also includes what I like to call an ‘alert box’ that is selectively displayed below posts and pages to encourage comments and sharing. You can also insert buttons into this post to increase the sharing potential.
The plugin is designed to make it easy for readers to share your content and give you full control of what is displayed where.
So go check out the plugin page and try it out.
Remember if you are upgrading, be sure to deactivate the plugin first and reactivate it once you have uploaded the files.