This is the biggest news we’ve shared since the inception of Social Warfare.
For the past year now we’ve been planning a major upgrade to our flagship social sharing plugin. This update was based on a combination of feedback and requests from our users as well as our own desire to push the plugin further than we originally thought possible.
And it’s time to unveil it to the world.
This update will not only bring a drastic upgrade to the admin user interface, add several new features but it will also mark a gigantic shift in our business model.
Are you ready?
The first obvious upgrade is to the backend user interface. The admin settings page has gotten a complete overhaul— and even that seems like an understatement.
This could be compared to when Doctor Who regenerates— it’s still the same plugin you love, but a lot has changed.
Navigating between admin tabs
We’ve tried to emphasize both simplicity and beautiful user interface. With as many options as Social Warfare has, things can get really complicated, really quickly.
So we first streamlined the navigation between tabs as well as greatly reduced the number of tabs needed to navigate between. We’ve gone from 14 admin tabs to now only 5.
Additionally, the tab navigation is now at the top of the page, rather than the side, and will follow you down the page as you scroll for easy navigation no matter where you are on the page.
The very first option you’ll notice is one that we’re really proud of. It’s our new drag/drop interface for selecting your active share buttons.
Instead of a long list of on/off switches to determine which social networks you want to show, you now have a simple drag/drop interface. Simply drag the buttons you want to be active on your site into the Active section and drag any buttons you want to be inactive (or hidden) from your site into the Inactive section.
Pretty simple, eh?
Additionally, you can order the buttons in the Active section by drag/drop or choose to have the buttons dynamically order themselves based on the number of shares using the Button Ordering section.
You’ll enjoy this same level of simplification throughout the rest of the admin interface. And though we understand that big changes can often feel a bit cumbersome at first, once you’ve gone through all the settings, everything should feel just fine.
We’ve gone through great lengths to make sure every single option is organized in a way that should make sense and is easy to find.
Important: Since this update involved reworking the entire interface and rebuilding how many of the admin functions worked, you will need to go back through and check your settings to ensure everything is how it was previously.
New Features Added
Along with a revolutionized new user interface, we’ve added a handful of new features that we know you’ll love.
Popular Posts Widget (Updated)
We’ve leveled-up our Popular Posts widget to allow for a number of highly-requested features:
- Post Thumbnails: Display your featured images
- Visual Themes: 9 different themes to choose from along with the ability to select your own color
- Time Frame: Decide what time frame you want to have your popular posts displayed from
- Size Control: Easily set the image and text size for the widget
You can now display your most popular posts based on how many shares they’ve recieved, and display them with style.
Button Shortcode Options
For those who have been utilizing our shortcode to manually place sharing buttons, you will now have precise control over which buttons display with each instance of the shortcode.
If you have a page where you want different buttons to appear than what you’ve set by default, you can simply use our updated shortcode modifiers. For example:
[social_warfare buttons=“Google Plus, Pinterest, Twitter, Total"]
In that example, the shortcode would produce only the Google+, Pinterest, Twitter and Total Shares. The full list of modifiers are:
- Google Plus
- Stumble Upon
- Whats App
- Hacker News
You can find further documentation on how this feature works in our Support article.
We know that when someone shares our post on social media, it’s nice to thank them. But it’s hard to thank them if you don’t know that they’ve shared it. That’s why @mention’s are so helpful— by adding your @username to a social share, you get notified of the share and can thank the person who shared it.
We’ve always had this ability built into the Tweet function, and have now added it to Pins when a visitor uses your Pin button. As long as you have filled out your Pinterest username in the Social Identity section of the plugin, you will be @mentioned every time someone Pins your posts/pages using the Social Warfare Pin button.
You want Flipboard? Well you’ve got it now!
Oh, you like HackerNews? We’ve got that too!
Small improvements that may go unnoticed
Throughout the plugin we’ve done a great deal of fine tuning that most people won’t ever see. But you can rest easier knowing that, yet again, we have made sure that Social Warfare is running better, faster, and stronger today than it was yesterday.
One More Thing
And this is probably the biggest announcement of all.
Social Warfare is now available to all, for free, with a slimmed down feature set. Social Warfare is first and foremost a best-in-class premium plugin. For those who simply want to give Social Warfare a feature-limited test-drive before purchasing, you can find us in the official WordPress.org repository.
That’s right, for anyone who simply wants a free, lightning fast sharing plugin with very basic share functionality, Social Warfare can now be your first choice.Whoa! A slimmed down version of Social Warfare is now available in the WordPress repository!Click To Tweet
For quite some time we’ve wanted to build a version of Social Warfare that was free to use for those who don’t need the premium features. And now finally we’ve been able to make that a reality.
This marks a new chapter for our team, and a new chapter for our business. As we continue to improve the premium features along with improving our support of the product, we can now begin to reach a critical mass of users which will give us more insight and feedback to continue making Social Warfare the best social sharing plugin on the market.
We still have much more coming down the pipeline that we weren’t able to include in today’s update. So stay tuned for even more improvements and features in the weeks and months to come.
Oh, and P.S.
We’re extending Social Warfare’s previous pricing for another 48-hours! So you still have two days to get your license(s) at the lowest price they will ever be before we increase them on Thursday.Grap a Social Warfare license before the prices go up! This is a steal of a deal!Click To Tweet
Our gift to you for being with us for this momentous launch!
Note from Nick (The Developer): It seems that whenever you attempt something big, the journey is always filled with roadblocks. When we first launched version 2.0 this morning, there was a bit of a glitch. For some reason, the CSS file didn’t make it into the packaged plugin and the registration function was broken.
Fortunately, these issues were brought to our attention right away and we were able to spend the morning getting them fixed. So if after upgrading, the buttons are gone and only appear as text or if your registration isn’t working, simply update to version 2.0.1 and everything should be right.
This was a simple mistake that resulted in a big, ugly problem. It’s my fault and I’m really sorry to any of you who experienced a headache because of it.