Introducing AddThis for WordPress 2.0

We’re proud to introduce version 2.0 of our plug-in, AddThis for WordPress. WordPress has a mission to make it easier for anyone to publish content, while AddThis has a mission to make it easier for everyone to share content, so it only seems natural that we contribute a high quality plug-in for WordPress.

Choose the sharing widget that works best for you
Choose the sharing widget that works best for you

The updated plug-in features a number of enhancements from the last version. First, you’ll notice a redesigned settings page. This page now allows you to select from our most popular sharing tools, including multiple sizes of toolboxes, the share counter, and the pill style Like, Tweet, Share counters. You now can also easily place your sharing widget either above the content, below the content, or if you want to do what our research says is the best way to increase your number of shares, both.

You’ll also notice a preview button at the bottom of the options page that works just like the WordPress theme selector. Click preview and see how the selected options look without needing to do the save/reload the front end cycle.

The next feature you’ll notice is an updated dashboard widget that gives you a quick insight into how your content is being shared. You’ll see the share count, click count and viral lift for the past day, week and month. You’ll also see a quick visual overview of the top services people you to share your content, and the top ones at bringing content back.

Get a snapshot of how your visitors are sharing your content

Finally, there are numerous bug fixes and enhancements. We would love to improve our sharing plug-in even more. Have a feature that you would really like? Comment below and we will see about adding it to the road map. Download it today.

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  • This plug in broke the custom excerpt functionality in WordPress for me. Installing it made wordpress only use the first x words from the post. Where there was a custom excerpt it added a second “continue reading ->” item to the post. Deactivating the “AddThis” widget fixed the issue.

    Please fix! Great upgrade other than the whole breaking things thing!

  • @Matthew, thanks so much. Just forwarded your comment on our lead engineer in charge of the plug-in. He’s looking at it now.

  • Updated to 2.0 plugin today. The widget doesn’t show up in the preview but does on the actual page. Additionally, using the widget in the sidebar as I do pushes all other widgets below it down to the bottom of the page. Previous version worked fine. Viewing in Firefox 3.6.13 on Mac OS X 10.5.8, latest WP, and theme Minimalism. Hope that helps.

  • @Bill C. Thanks so much for the comment. We really appreciate it. Will have a dev look at it ASAP.

  • Had to roll back to previous version, plugin was displaying share buttons at the top of page. We are running WP 3.0.4, thesis 1.8. I thought it was a conflict with a cache plugin, but it did the same thing on another site without the cache plugin.

  • Would like to see the ability to customize the toolbox added back in. Other than that it looks great.

  • Steven Mandzik

    Wow this looks interesting. We are doing an update to our 1×57 site using a new wordpress theme. I think I’ll try this out..

    Say, are there more stats about how best to use these widgets?

  • @Steve, thanks! Definitely want AddThis on the top & bottom of your page. Plus, I’d recommend using the ones with the chiclets.

  • this plugin is it valid for all versions of wordpress or only for 3.0.4 ?

  • @Patty, just shot you an email.

  • @Mike, thanks so much for the comment. I’ll file a ticket to have them look at that. FWIW – we have it setup to auto-personalize what services come up based on what someone has used before and their browser’s language. It has really good results. –

  • @Pierre, requires 2.9 or higher.

  • I am having a similar issue as Patty – it’s fine on my homepage, but when I click on a specific post Add This appears ABOVE my header instead of below the post. It worked fine before the upgrade even though I also use SexyBookmarks.

  • @Beautifully Invisible — Looking into it now. Thanks.

  • I have the same problem as Patty. Love your plugin in my WordPress site but now I’m considering to deactivate it. This messes up my website. Please try to fix the bug asap!

  • Just tried out the new version, 2.0. Overall, it seems to be a good step in the right direction for a casual user. The new admin interface is cleaner and easier to use. Inclusion of new default settings and displays are great, again for the casual user.

    However, for the power users who want more customizations, it’s a bit of a step backwards. While I understand the benefits of the data driven decisions regarding the personalization services and display styles, it would still be nice to have advance settings where the user can customize as they choose. Hopefully, the AddThis team will be able to bring back more advanced customizations and settings in the near future. Until then, I will have to keep running my own custom version of the plugin.

    In regards to the button at the top of the page as reported by a couple of the users, it appears that the AddThis plugin is using the same filter/function that the theme is using for the meta description field in the header. Hope that helps the engineers fix the problem.

  • @Wes – working to fix the problem as fast as we can.

  • @Ming – We appreciate the feedback. Going over it with the team.

  • Thanks for helping me out with the zip-file. The most important problem is solved now! Great job! Keep it going.


  • Wanted to leave a follow-up note for others re: my problem mentioned above where the widget in a sidebar pushed other widgets down to the bottom of the page.

    Aaron tracked the issue to a css conflict with my particular theme (minimalism), and supplied a quick fix for it. Still needs a tweak, but main problem solved. Thanks Aaron and Justin. You guys a great.

  • (make that “are great”, as in: on. the. ball.)

  • Since I upgraded to this version of the plugin the toolbar that is supposed to be below each blog post is instead shown in the upper left corner of the screen. The main page looks good however.

  • Red

    Looks great but the new version is adding some “phantom spacing” at the top of every post, between the title and the photo. We have AddThis chicklets running at the bottom of each post, but it seems to be adding space at the top as well. Any chance this can be corrected? Never had this problem with the previous version. Thanks!

  • Red

    One other thing I wanted to point out, in addition to the “phantom space” the plug-in adds at the top of the post (between the title and the photo), it also adds the chicklets to the “teasers” at the bottom of the homepage (I’m using Thesis for WordPress), which looks awful. Never had this occur with the previous version… is there any way to keep it off the teasers?

  • Hi,

    I have a problem with the update. I run wordpress 3.0.4 and thesis 1.8 with the Nexis Skin. The button at the home page is perfect, but inside the post, it gets messed up and sits at the top of the site (even before the header page). :-( Kindly help me.

  • @Prabhu, thanks for the note. We’re working on this bug right now.

  • @Red, thanks. We’re working on it.

  • @Jens, thanks. We’re working on squashing the bug.

  • Grabbed the latest update from today (2/3/2011) and now nothing works. I guess you guys missed something. Good luck!

  • @dgodfather – will have our WP engineer drop you an email, so we can better understand the issue.

  • Yakov

    In the previous plugin version, when adding a style
    div.addthis_container {
    display: inline;
    float: right;
    I was able to float the toolbar nicely to the right of the GD Star Rating plugin’s toolbar, as shown at .

    Now, when I add a style div.addthis_toolbox {
    display: inline;
    float: right;
    the AddThis doolbar does float to the right, but isnstead of showing on the same line, it shows on the line NEXT after the GD Star Rating’s.

    How can I achieve the same effect as before?

  • @Yakov, I’m going to have someone shoot you an email.

  • Yakov

    In the “Custom service list:” field, I inputted “facebook,twitter,email,print”. As expected, the plugin only shows the requested services’ icons to the right of the red plus. Unexpectedly, however, that when hovering over the “addthis” red plus, it does NOT show all possible services, only the same four custom services.

    The previous version of the plugin showed ALL possible services when using the same setup, and that was better.

  • Thanks Yakov. I’ll take that into consideration as I work on version 2.1. I also sent you an e-mail so I can try and help you with your css.

  • Yakov

    Aaron, I can’t find your email – not in my inbox, not in the bulk folder. (Could I have accidently deleted it, I wonder?..)

  • @yakov you can do this the same way as all of our other configuration by defining the addthis_share variable. Make sure to include it before the wp_footer tag in your theme. Check out for more information on how to configure addthis_share to use a specific twitter template.

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  • Firstly, thanks for a great add on!

    One query though, when sgaring to facebook all shows fine and it displays the image from the article I am sharing, however, when using google+ it displays the header image by default and not the image from the article being shared.

    If I copy the link and put it manually to my google + account then I can select the correct image using an arrow button, however, this feature is not available when sharing directly from the blog,

    Is there a way to make it so that when a visitor clicks the google +1 button the correct (actual blog post) image displays by default as it does when sharing via facebook?

    Thanks in advance

  • Tan

    I updated by now I can’t find settings page!! Please help…it’s off alignment and making my posts look very unprofessional.