We’ve been listening to your feedback about how to improve Smart Layers since it launched this summer. At the top of the list of requests from our users was an easier way to install Smart Layers on their Blogger/Joomla/Wordpress sites. And we heard you. I am happy to say we are now providing Smart Layers as a plugin for Blogger, WordPress, and Joomla.
We’ve received some questions lately from folks whose AddThis buttons seem to have disappeared. Naturally, this would be really disconcerting, so here are a few things that you can look into to calm your nerves!
WordPress continues to be one of the most popular platforms with a diverse landscape of many great blogs and other publishers. This is why we’ve put so much focus in making our AddThis social tools easily accessible for the WordPress community.
Recently, we launched a page on the AddThis site highlighting and summarizing the current solutions we support for WordPress. This includes our web-leading share buttons as well as some additional engagement and traffic driving plugins.
If you ever have any questions about any of our WordPress plugins, please do not hesitate to reach out.
If you are a user of the AddThis plugin for Blogger or WordPress, by the end of the month, we will be turning on a recently launched feature called text copy tracking in our AddThis sharing tool. This feature will give you awesome insight into keywords that your audience is copying from your content to their clipboards. Your audiences’ copies will show up in your analytics live view. You may have a few questions about text copy tracking so below we have some answers to common questions about click back tracking.
What is Text Copy Tracking?
Text Copy Tracking is a new feature that measures the text users copy to their clipboards from your site. We do not track what users do with these copied keywords, but it is likely that many are put into a search engine. These keywords should give you a better idea of your audience’s specific interests and reveal opportunities to keep users engaged with your site. For privacy reasons, we omit any copies that appear to be a URL, an email address, or a phone number. You can use it on any page, but it will only be active for site visitors who are using a supported browser.
Do I need to upgrade my AddThis plugin to get text copy tracking?
No, we will be able to push this change automatically, all you have to do is sit back and start watching your analytics live view. If you want to turn off text copytracking you will have to update to the latest AddThis plugin for either Blogger or WordPress.
What happens if I want to turn off copy text tracking?
We understand some users may not want this feature, and we will still give users a way to disable text copy tracking. If you are a WordPress user make sure you have installed the latest version, 2.3.2 or greater, you can find the text copy track preference under the AddThis settings’ Advanced tab. On Blogger, if you installed our gadget you can check the box to opt out of text copy tracking via the settings page. For our Blogger widget you need to edit the code in the widget to include the addthis_config and set data_track_textcopy to false.
As always feedback is appreciated via comments below.
EDIT: Some themes lacked the proper hooks for us to work properly. We added in some additional code to help make sure those themes could still take advantage of our plugin and thus have now released 2.0.3.
We are proud to announce that we have just released version
2.0.2 2.0.3 of the AddThis for WordPress plugin. This version includes multiple fixes and some enhancements to customized versions of what you see.
Enhanced Template Tag
To take advantage of our enhanced template tag, you just need to add the following code to your theme:
do_action('addthis_widget',$url , $title, style);
Url is the url that you want to share, title is the title you want to pass with the share, and style is the AddThis style. Take a look at the $addthis_new_styles array inside addthis_social_widget.php for a list of the styles. Another option is to pass an array for creating a custom toolbox. To do this, just create an array like the following and pass that as the $style.
$customAddThis = array( 'size' => '16', // size of the icons. Either 16 or 32 'services' => 'hyves,joliprint', // the services you want to always appear 'preferred' => '8', // the number of auto personalized services 'more' => true // if you want to have a more button at the end );
You can now select custom as the option for which AddThis widget you want to display. This will allow you to choose the size of your toolbox, the services that you want to always appear at the start of the toolbox, the number of auto personalized services, and if you want to include our iconic orange share button.
WordPress has a tradition of each release having a haiku, so I present to you:
AddThis for WordPress
Easier to make your own
Sharing made simpler
Now head on over to The WordPress plugin repository and grab this update.
I just pushed live the 2.0.1 release of our WordPress plugin. In addition to a handful of bug fixes and theme compatibility issues, we’ve added a couple of filters to make it easier for you to customize your plugin. For example, it’s now easy to implement a custom toolbox. All you need to do is include a filter (learn more about how WordPress uses filters) in your theme’s functions.php file or an additonal plugin that you create. The following filters are available:
- addthis_above_content – For the sharing buttons above the content
- addthis_below_content – For the sharing buttons below the content
- addthis_sidebar_style_output – For the widget sharing style
For example if you want to have three preferred services followed by the pillbox style share counter above the content, you can use:
return '<div class="addthis_toolbox addthis_default_style" %s > <a class="addthis_button_preferred_1"> <a class="addthis_button_preferred_2"> <a class="addthis_button_preferred_3"> <a class="addthis_counter addthis_pill_style"> </div>';
One thing to notice with this is the inclusion of %s in the container div. This allows the plugin to set the title and url for the specific post you are viewing.
Here at AddThis we love your feedback. If there are any more bugs you encounter or changes you would like to see, please don’t hesitate to visit our support forums.
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.
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.
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.
Hi! I’m Aaron Jorbin, the newest member of the AddThis team. I joined a little over a week ago as a web developer and am loving every moment so far. One of my areas of expertise is WordPress and as such I’m going to be speaking at WordCamp NYC this weekend.
As a holiday present from us to you, we’ve finally updated our WordPress plugin. It’s way more customizable, and integrated with the WordPress dashboard so you don’t have to know anything about PHP to make changes.
Download it here:
As always, we appreciate your feedback! Many of the features of this new plugin came straight out of forum discussions.
1) Download it on your computer, and unzip it
2) Upload it into your wp-content/plugins directory
3) Log into your WordPress blog, click on the ‘Plugins’ tab, and click ‘Activate’
And yes, the Plugin also supports Stats. If you want to get bookmarking statistics (e.g. top bookmarked posts over various time periods), open the .php file and set the ‘addthis_username’ variable to, well, your AddThis username.
We updated our plugin. You can download the new and improved version here: