We’ve got some great news about the future of our flagship product, Social Warfare and how your website will reap the benefits.
tl;dr – Social Warfare 2.2 (and all following versions) will now be a standalone free plugin and all the premium features you love will come in the form of a separate “Pro” add-on, which you can download here (only after you update to 2.2). You may also access it at any time from your Account page. But please, read the full details below (they’re important).
While continually adding to the powerful features that drive results, we always want be sure to stick to our core values of creating the lightest weight and most powerful sharing plugin for our users.
In order to do this, as well as fall inline with WordPress’ strict plugin guidelines (which dictate that no plugin can have “locked” or “gated” features) we’ve decided to finally open up the door to plugin add-ons. This will enable us, as well as third-party developers, to greatly extend the functionality of Social Warfare moving forward.
You’ve likely seen this same thing done with other popular plugins such as:
- Ninja Forms
- Easy Digital Downloads
What this allows for is a free and super lean core plugin (Social Warfare) and the ability to “add-on” extra features in an à la carte manner. To introduce this concept the first add-on is, naturally, the same set of features that you’ve been utilizing with your premium license. We’re calling it Social Warfare – Pro.
For current users, nothing changes regarding your license subscription. Simply update to Social Warfare 2.2.0 and then download the Social Warfare – Pro add-on, then install and activate it in your WordPress dashboard. Here’s a quick video showing you just how easy we’ve made this process:
As you can see in the video above, when you update to version 2.2.0 inside of WordPress you will get an admin notice that tells you to download, install and activate the Social Warfare – Pro add-on. Clicking on the download link in that notice will begin the plugin download immediately. Then all you need to do is go to
Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin and upload the
social-warfare-pro.zip that was automatically downloaded for you.
Important: Please make sure you update to Social Warfare 2.2.0 before activating the Social Warfare – Pro add-on.
Once you activate Social Warfare – Pro, all your premium features, settings and configurations will return exactly the way you had them before.
And that’s it!
As is good practice for any update, please clear all caches, CDN (including CloudFlare if you use it) and even your browser caches just to be sure the most current files are being shown for your website visitors.
Even More Add-ons Coming Soon!
In addition to Social Warfare – Pro, we have a handful of new add-ons we’re working on and hope to introduce them very soon. Here’s a quick look:
- Social Follow
- Shortcode Expansion
- Social Analytics
- AffiliateWP Sharing
- Advanced Button Display
- Pop-ups and Fly-ins
In addition to our own home-grown add-ons, we’re already in talks with third-party developers who have ideas for integrations with other apps and services. This is going to be a very exciting chapter!
The 2.2.0 update will also include dozens of performance enhancements, bug fixes and overall improvements to make Social Warfare better, faster and stronger than ever before.
If you have any questions or run into any trouble upgrading, please login to your Account page and send our team a message. We’ll have all hands on deck ready to help make this transition as smooth as possible.