After many long hours of toiling, testing and tweaking of code we’re happy to announce version 1.4 of Social Warfare has arrived.
This update includes a number of highly requested additions as well as some minor bug fixes as usual. The most significant additions are something that foodie bloggers and mobile-minded people will absolutely love.
We have now included Yummly and WhatsApp buttons inside your Social Warfare options! In addition to that, we’ve reintroduced the Email share button which we previously had to pull due to a number of issues.
And all the foodie bloggers said…
Now, let’s get into the finer details of this release. And then at the end, we’ll give you a bit of a tease about the next big release. #TweetCounts
Compatibility and Bug Fixes
As with most updates come a number of fixes for bugs that have been discovered. Not all of them are worth going into detail, so here’s a brief list of those bugs squashed in the 1.4 update.
- Subtitles plugin compatibility issue – There were some compatibility issues one of our users found. If you use this plugin, you’re welcome. 😉
- Click-to-Tweet HTML output – Click-to-tweets should now handle special characters properly.
- UTM parameter double question mark – In case your site already outputs a “?” in the URL, we’ve made sure it doesn’t break the UTM parameters being added by Social Warfare.
- Button alignment before cache build – The buttons would sometimes misalign before the cache had a chance to build. No longer.
- Hide body padding when floaters aren’t visible – No more unnecessary white space created when the floating buttons aren’t visible.
You’ll notice each item above is linked to its public Github issue in our repository. This is how we’re now handling all of our known issues and feature requests in an effort towards transparency and efficiency in supporting our many users needs.
What do we want? MOAR FEATURES! When do we want them? NAO!
While we are dedicated to keeping Social Warfare a lean, mean, highly effective social sharing machine, we do occasionally make the decision to add a thing or two behind the scenes.
Here’s the major features we’ve introduced with the latest version:
If you have a lower-volume site or just don’t want to wait for the cache rebuild trigger for the next page load to update shares on posts/pages, you’ll now have the option to go back to the legacy caching system.
If you don’t know what this means and want the best load time, stick with the new cache system.
For those of you who love the Facebook, you now have the option to have your Author tag displayed when someone shares a post that you’ve authored.
All you need to do is go into your WordPress profile and under the Social Warfare section add your Facebook profile URL. This will then allow your name to appear at the bottom of Facebook shares like you see below.
For a while now, users have had the ability to see a post’s total shares from within the posts/pages list in their WordPress dashboard. Unfortunately, though, the sorting function has not worked. Until now!
If you want a quick way to find your most shared posts and pages inside WordPress, just navigate to the posts or pages section and click on the Shares column to sort.
If you don’t see the Shares column, you will need to activate it by clicking on the Screen Options tab at the top of your page and checking the Social Shares box.
One of our most requested additions to the Social Warfare share buttons is WhatsApp. This mobile messaging app is hugely popular amongst smart phone users.
How popular? Well, popular enough that Facebook bought the company for $22 billion. That’s a lot of pocket change.
It’s also been requested by many of our users to be added as a sharing option. This was a significant addition because since WhatsApp is a mobile-only app, it required a level of device awareness so that the option was only shown on mobile devices.
So now, if you activate the WhatsApp option inside of Social Warfare, only those viewing your site on a mobile device will see the button. Desktop users will have it hidden from sight.
We’ve had many food bloggers come to us asking for the addition of a Yummly button. For those who don’t know, Yummly is basically like a StumbleUpon for foodies… on steroids.
In a short amount of time it’s grown into a thriving community and destination for discovering and sharing recipes. For savvy food bloggers, it’s also become a critical source of referral traffic and social proof.
To all our faithful food bloggers out there who have been patiently waiting for this addition— your wait is over!
A while back when we introduced a Reddit, StumbleUpon and Tumblr share button, we also introduced an Email button. Unfortunately, it ended up causing more problems than it solved and we had to pull it out.
After testing, and testing, and testing… it was finally time to bring it back! We think we’ve gotten all the bugs worked out, but do let us know if you see any issues.
One Last Thing
So, yea, you remember that whole Twitter fiasco? You know, the one where they decided to kill off your share counts? That was lame of them.
But we found a fix. And it will be available to all Social Warfare users very soon.
How soon? Subscribe to our list, and you’ll be the first to know.
Hey, I told you it was going to be a tease, didn’t I? 😉