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Get a Sneak Peek of Our New WordPress Share Buttons Plugin

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Interested in checking out our new WordPress Share Button Plugin? Get a sneak peek before we release it to the public and help us make it even better.

Here’s the deal. Last Fall we released a new version of our Sharing Buttons plugin for WordPress, part of our AddThis WordPress Social Plugins. We wanted to give WordPress users access to all the tools in the AddThis Tool Gallery, like Follow Buttons and Recommended Content.

But many of our users just wanted to manage their sharing buttons from their WordPress dashboard. We heard from the community loud and clear, and now we’re getting ready to release a revamped, refreshed sharing buttons plugin for WordPress. We’re hoping our community can help us make sure it’s the best WordPress sharing button plugin on the Web. We’re also including the sharing sidebar – our best performing sharing tool.

Here’s how it works:

  • Set up sharing buttons from your WordPress dashboard
  • Control which kinds of pages they show up on
  • You no longer have to go to AddThis.com to make changes
  • You no longer have to provide an email address unless you want optional analytics

Here are instructions for trying it out:

1. Download the plugin here.

2. Deactivate the AddThis for WordPress plugin in your Plugin settings.

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3. Delete your 4.0.x series plugin from the Plugin settings.

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4. Yes, delete these files and data. Don’t worry, your settings will carry over to the new installation.

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5. Select “Add New” in the Plugins settings.

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6. Select the “Upload Plugin” button.

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7. Use the Choose File button to upload the zip you downloaded from Step 1.

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8. Once uploaded, Activate the plugin.

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9. Select the Settings for the AddThis Sharing Buttons plugin.

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10. You should see the updated plugin now.

11. Use the red/green sliders to enable the sharing buttons you’d like to see on your site.

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12. Your existing AddThis Profile ID will have been retained. You can view this from the Advanced Options tab.

13. If you’d like to retain the primary 4.0 experience where sharing buttons are controlled from the AddThis Dashboard, you can select that at the bottom of the Advanced Options tab. Similarly, if you find yourself in the AddThis Dashboard mode and would prefer to control your sharing buttons in WordPress, you can do that in the Advanced Options tab as well.

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Once you’ve installed, you can provide feedback on the WordPress AddThis plugin forum.  Looking for follow buttons? Be sure to also check out our WordPress Follow Plugin.

  • Just installed this but the red/green sliders don’t work. They just don’t do anything when I try to click or slide them across. Any thoughts?

  • Brad

    Hi. Thanks for installing our preview and we’d love to help you out. One of our developers will reach out to you directly for some more info about your environment.

  • I have the same issue with the red/green sliders

  • Brad

    We’ve been researching the slider issue and have a fix. When it is tested we’ll update the download link here.

  • Brad

    It looks like there is a script compatibility issue with some plugins that people have installed. We are looking at workarounds and reaching out to the authors of the conflicting plugins.

  • Julka Grodel

    We haven’t seen that effect before, but we will take a look and see what we can do.

  • Julka Grodel

    A 5.0.1 version of the plugin is now available for download. This update corrects conflicts with other plugins that broke the red/green sliders (among other things), improves configuration migration from our 4.0 plugin and improves the setting pages layout on mobile devices.

    http://s7.addthis.com/icons/addthis_wordpress_plugin_5.0.1.zip

  • It is nice to know I am special. Thanks.

  • I get this error when trying to active the 5.0.1 version of the plugin: Fatal error: Can’t use method return value in write context in … /plugins/addthis/addthis_social_widget.php on line 2185

  • Julka Grodel

    The 5.0.2 version of the plugin is now available. This version resolves some issues with WordPress instances running on PHP versions below 5.5.

    http://s7.addthis.com/icons/addthis_wordpress_plugin_5.0.2.zip

  • Julka Grodel

    Thanks Are. 5.0.2 should resolve this issue. Please let us know if you have any problems with it.

  • Julka Grodel

    The 5.0.3 version of the plugin is now an official build and is available via the usual install and update within WordPress.

  • Dorian

    It looks like your flickering content is not specifically related to the AddThis for WordPress plugin. It results from your specific combination of other WordPress plugins, your theme, and the multiple requests for AddThis code on your page. In that case, we’ll have the support guys for our Client code take a look at your issue and see if anything can be done on our end. Thanks for helping make our tools better!

  • Adding the manual code only worked correctly with version 4.0.3

  • Update. With 5.0.3: Pages and Posts seem to be working properly, but on the home page nothing works.

  • The flickering is still happening. Sometimes quickly and sometimes longer.

  • Brad

    Hey WordPress admins, we’ve started seeing some reports of a PHP error with the plugin. The problem has been diagnosed and we will be pushing 5.0.4 shortly.

    If you have 5.0.3 installed and are one of the few that run into this issue, please reach out to support and they can assist you.

  • Julka Grodel

    Hi Hussain. Thank you for reaching out to us with your issue. Can you email us at help@addthis.com so that we can troubleshoot with you further?

  • Brad

    Thanks again everyone for your feedback. 5.0.4 is released to the WordPress site. You should see the upgrade notice in your admin dashboards if you already have it installed.

  • John Henry Gaspay

    Is it possible to unblock external javascript file using robots.txt from external site. I tried to fetch and render a URL but it keeps saying blocked though I already set my robots.txt with.
    User: *
    Allow /

  • John Henry Gaspay

    Is it possible to unblock external javascript file using robots.txt from external site. I tried to fetch and render a URL but it keeps saying blocked though I already set my robots.txt with.
    User: *
    Allow /

  • John Henry Gaspay

    Is it possible to unblock external javascript file using robots.txt from external site. I tried to fetch and render a URL but it keeps saying blocked though I already set my robots.txt with.
    User: *
    Allow /

  • Brad

    Hi John, if you email help@addthis.com we will be better able to assist you. Thanks for your interest in our WordPress plugin.

  • Jeff Scotland

    DOES NOT WORK ON HOMEPAGE of wordpress site – DESPITE SETTINGS

  • Jeff Scotland

    DOES NOT WORK ON HOMEPAGE of wordpress site – DESPITE SETTINGS

  • Hi Jeff, we can certainly help you out. Please send an email to help@addthis.com and our support team will assist. Thanks!

  • Hi Jeff, we can certainly help you out. Please send an email to help@addthis.com and our support team will assist. Thanks!

  • Aaron Stone

    I am using 5.1.1 plugin on wordpress 4.3.1 with a genesis raven child theme. I completed all of the plugin set up and moved the sliders to green but get no addthis buttons showing on opera, firefox, or chrome browsers. Any suggestions?

  • Hi Aaron, would you mind please sending an email to help@addthis.com with these details? We can certainly help out and take a closer look at this issue for you. Thanks!