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Social Essentials WordPress Plugin



What it's All About

Social Essentials is a WordPress plugin that mainly does two things:

  1. It allows you to easily add social sharing buttons to your posts and/or pages.
  2. It provides you an overview of your social sharing stats, across all of your posts and pages.

Plugins that add social sharing buttons are a dime a dozen, but we've taken things a bit further with Social Essentials. We've created an very easy-to-use interface where you can customize and style your buttons. Change the button order with drag-and-drop, pick small or large icons, automatically insert the icons at the beginning and/or end of your posts, pages and your homepage. In addition, you can easily add a call to action, such as "Share this Post!" next to the icons, to call attention to the buttons and increase your visitors' social engagement.

More importantly, with this plugin, you'll get an overview of your social sharing stats. You'll easily be able to see all the sharing stats for facebook, twitter, Google+, StumbleUpon and Pinterest, for each of your most recent posts and pages. Plus, you can see your top most successful posts, ranked by how much they've been shared across all those networks. This will help you determine what kind of content has the most viral potential, on your site and what topics to create more content about.

Where to Get Social Essentials

You can download Social Essentials from the WordPress plugins directory. Once you've downloaded the .zip file, unpack it and upload it to the wp-content/plugins/ folder on your server.

And easier method is to log in to your WordPress admin area, go to "Plugins" and "Add New" and then simply type "social essentials" into the search field. The first result that comes up will be this plugin and you can then install it simply by clicking on "install now":

Search Result for Social Essentials in WordPress

Setup

Note that when you first install Social Essentials, all the button options are deactivated. This means you can install and activate it and then set up the type and style of buttons you want to display, before anything goes live on your site.

There are two settings you need to activate and save, before buttons appear on your site:

Social Essentials Button Selection

1) Select at least one button to display.

Social Essentials Display Options

2) Select at least one of the display options.

Please note that especially on the homepage, the automatic insertion of the social buttons might not work. There are so many different themes with so many different homepage styles, we can't accommodate for them all.

Alternatively, you can insert the buttons within the contents of any post or page, by using this simple short code:

 [social_essentials] 

Or you can edit your theme's PHP files directly and add this code snippet:

 <?php echo do_shortcode('[social_essentials]'); ?> 

You can also use these short codes to insert large or small buttons, independently from the settings in the main setup menu:

 [social_essentials_small] 
 [social_essentials_large] 

How to Use Social Essentials

The stats mostly explain themselves. I recommend using the stats to figure out the "socially hot" topics on your site. If you have a post that was especially enthusiastically shared, it might be worth expanding on that topic and it might also be worth expanding, updating and re-publishing the post at a later date.

As for the social sharing buttons, I recommend not adding all of them to your site. We've already kept the selection of buttons to what we believe is a reasonable minimum, because we know that it's better to have buttons for the best, most popular, highest-traffic social sites than to have hundreds of buttons for sites no one's ever heard about.

In general, the more options you present to your readers, the less likely they are to take any action at all, at a certain point. I recommend using between three and four of the six available buttons. Of course, it's up to you. Different buttons make more or less sense for different types of sites, depending on the topics you cover and the types of content you publish.

If you haven't used buttons before, simply look at your stats and see what social sites people have been using to spread your content on, of their own accord. Or, if you previously used a plugin or widget with dozens of sharing options, check the stats to see which ones were used the most. Then, set Social Essentials to only display those buttons.

Updates and Bugs

Several updates are planned. If you have suggestions or if you've found a bug, please leave a comment below! Thanks!

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Marney - March 28, 2012

I have installed your plugin, PROBLEM! I can’t see where to place buttons on my page!!! Help

:?

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    Shane - March 28, 2012

    Hi Marney,

    Go to “Social Essentials” -> “Setup”, in your WordPress admin dashboard. One of the option fields is “Display Options”, where you can tick boxes to choose where the buttons should display on your site. Save your changes, then check your site again and you should see the buttons.

    If you’ve done this and the buttons aren’t showing, please let me know and share a link to a page where this is happening. If it’s a bug, we’ll try to fix it as quickly as possible. :)

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Juss - March 28, 2012

The SE plugin seems to be perfect and the user interface is really cool, but for some reason i cannot see any buttons on the web although I ticked and saved everything needed from the setup … and saved it. The theme is Ascetica 0.1.6, Galin Simeonov … Can it be, that the theme does not support this plugin?

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    Shane - March 28, 2012

    Hi Juss,

    Just tested it with this theme. Works for me:
    demo blog screenshot
    I’ll send you an email, so you can send me some more details and we can hopefully figure this out. :)

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daryl - March 28, 2012

having the same problem…. can’t see the icons on the page. http://www.superiorgaragesale.com

Let me know if you find a solution.

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    Shane - March 28, 2012

    Hi Daryl,

    Thanks for your feedback! On the current version, we are having some issues with the icons on homepages and pages (i.e. wordpress pages rather than posts). I’ll hopefully have an update by tomorrow, that addresses these issues.

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      Kelley Palomino - June 1, 2012

      Any word on the blank icons? uploaded today May 30th—no Facebook icon?
      Please advise. Thanks

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      Peter - June 13, 2012

      Same problem here Shane.
      I can get it working, but the icon for twitter is missing and G+ has nothing there at all.

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Jamie Bosworth - March 28, 2012

Hi Shane,
I got your plug-in loaded up and the icons are where they need to be but on the Home page, the share button shows a consistent count of 112. This doesn’t seem to be happening on anything except the posts visible on the home page.

I do have a Pinterest plug-in from another source already installed in case you think that might be causing a conflict.

Any ideas?
Thanks,
Jamie

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    Shane - March 28, 2012

    Hi Jamie,

    Haven’t seen that before. Perhaps it’s getting the total share count rather than the individual share count, on this page. Adding it to the “bugs that need fixing” list.

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      Jamie Bosworth - March 29, 2012

      Thanks… I’ll keep my eye out for the fix.
      Beyond that, the whole plug-in was really well thought out in my opinon.

      Later,
      Jamie

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tom - March 29, 2012

Hi,

I can’t get the buttons to appear on my site. When I post something, I see them in the preview screen but not when I publish it.

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    tom - March 29, 2012

    Nevermind, I just had to check the “below content on homepage” button.

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Kevin Z - March 29, 2012

Thanks for the plugin, it is simple and just what I needed to replace a previous social plugin on our website that was buggy. I have only one problem though, when you go to tweet a link from any of our posts it is includes “?div class=” after the title and before the link. for example, copy pasted from the formatted tweet:

“James Cameron And The Dawn Of DeepTruth?div class= http://deepseanews.com/2012/03/james-cameron-and-the-dawn-of-deeptruth/ via @DeepSeaNews”

I can’t seem to figure out where to change that. Any thoughts? Additionally, when searching your style sheets, I found a misspelling of checkboxes in a few places as “checkbocxes”.

Thanks in advance!

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    Shane - March 29, 2012

    Hi Kevin,

    It looks like an issue with the h1 tag. In your posts, the h1 tag is wrapped around the title text and a div containing an avatar image:

    bug 1

    The h1 tag should end right after the title text:

    bug 2

    The twitter button is trying to grab everything in the h1 tag, but it gets stuck half-way through the code.

    EDIT: So, apparently my theme doesn’t support the code-tag in comments, so I had to use images instead. Sorry for the mess, if you checked before.

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      Kevin Z - March 29, 2012

      Thanks so much for the prompt reply! I can see exactly what you mean in the source code. I’ve tried looking through my theme’s (Atahualpa) php and css files for “post_headline” and “avatar” but cannot seem to pinpoint a way to move that header tag. The plugin we use for to show the avatars in our posts (Display Avatar) is ridiculously simple too and I can’t find anywhere there to change the code. Do you have any advice or suggestions? Cheers, Kevin

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      Shane - March 29, 2012

      So, the avatar next to the title is being inserted by a plugin? If so, then I assume that’s where the problem is. Not sure how to fix it, though.

      Could you try taking the plugin code, deactivating the plugin and inserting the code manually, in the single-post.php and css files?

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holo - March 29, 2012

Hi Shane, on my Blog the Plugin looks not fine. Can you have a look? I think it`s a CSS Problem ?

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Bob - March 30, 2012

Great plugin and exactly what I was looking for. However, the icons (large and small) always display vertically. When I preview them they are horizontal but not on the page.

Any ideas?

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    Shane - March 30, 2012

    Hi Bob,

    What happens if you change the alignment from float-left to left or center?

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      Bob - March 30, 2012

      Hi Shane

      It makes no difference what setting I select. There must be something overwriting it. But what?

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    Shane - April 2, 2012

    I’ve checked your site and I can’t tell what’s causing this, sorry.

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Donna - March 30, 2012

Hi Shane. Great plugin. One question – I would like to display the buttons elsewhere in my template. Can that be done?

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Donna - March 30, 2012

Awww. sheesh. I see it now… *blush*

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    Shane - March 30, 2012

    Did you get it to work?
    With either the short code or the php code, you should be able to display the buttons pretty much anywhere. :)

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Alessandro - March 30, 2012

Plugin appear on the posts not on the page. I use the twenty eleven theme the site is http://www.studiorighetti.it/index.php (working in progress).
Thank you

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    Shane - March 30, 2012

    Looks like a bug. We’ll get that fixed in the next update. In the meantime, you can use the short code or PHP code to add the buttons to a page.

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Nathan - March 30, 2012

I can’t drag and drop the social media buttons in setup. Besides that I’m having troubles giving the buttons more padding. Because now buttons overlap and it’s not nice to see.

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    Shane - March 30, 2012

    Can you show me a link to a page of yours where you’ve added the buttons?

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      Nathan - March 30, 2012

      I’ve made a screenshot, because the wordpress page is still under construction and I have a pluggin activated for a temporary overlay;
      http://www.nathanlewis.nl/images/Spacing.png. And I can’t drag and drop because of my php memory I guess, but I’m not sure. The thing that I need the most is the extra padding between the buttons.

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Brandon - March 30, 2012

Hi Shane! Thank you for this great plugin. It goes unmatched in functionality. I just have one small issue. The Facebook Share image wont load. It just displays a text link. Every other bookmark displays properly except that one. Do you know what the problem could be? Visit my site to see what I mean. Thanks

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    Shane - March 30, 2012

    If you set a featured image for a post, then the plugin is set to use that as the share image. If there is no featured image, then it’s up to facebook to try and find images on your page, which doesn’t always work. I checked a few of your posts and facebook seems to be able to grab one of the article images in most cases, when I try the button.

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jim - March 30, 2012

Hi Shane – thanks for sharing! I was able to get the plug in to activate on my home page, tested it – it works! But I also activated the plug in on the below content on posts and pages too. Not showing up on posts and pages. I’m using the ancient 2010 Twenty Ten 1.2 – maybe why?

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    Shane - March 30, 2012

    I’ve tested it and it works on Twenty Ten 1.3. Maybe not on 1.2, though.
    You’ll still be able to insert it via short code or PHP code, though.

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jAY - March 30, 2012

Hi shane, i just installed the social essentials plugin but when i go to set up it only allows me to put in my twitter user name at the top, my question is how do i input my user name for my other social media sites if their different from the twitter ID ??

thanks!!

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    Shane - March 30, 2012

    The other usernames aren’t necessary for the sharing process. With twitter, the username field is used to append “via @yourusername” to the end of the automatically generated tweet text, when you click on a button.
    On something like a facebook share or a stumble thumbs-up, there’s no username reference that can be inserted anywhere.

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      jAY - March 31, 2012

      duh, im in idiot. it was clearly way to early for me to be thinking i guess lol, thanks a lot. sorry to waist your time! great plugin by the way!

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Aaron Holland - March 30, 2012

Hi Shane. Love the program. The facebook likes and facebook shares are not showing up right on their labels. It shows an inflated number on both. If i go in and look at the stats it says 34 likes and 12 shares but if you look at the page it says 87 likes and 87 shares. Am i doing something wrong?

http://zombieapocalypse-survivalguide.com/blog/?p=5

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    Shane - April 1, 2012

    I can’t figure out what’s going wrong, there.
    I just checked again and it looks like you’re using a different plugin now?

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Gregor - March 31, 2012

Using the “Small icons” option, the Google Plus icon is 15px, whereas the others are 20px high.

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/8YkVa.png

Is there an easy fix for this?

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    Gregor - March 31, 2012

    Ah I see, you pull the “small” (15px version) from google. Their “medium” is 20px.

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      Gregor - March 31, 2012

      If anyone is interested, I fixed it by changing line 314 in the social-essentials/social-essentials.class.php

      I just hardcoded “medium” for the size.

      $html .= ”;

      to

      $html .= ”;

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      Shane - March 31, 2012

      Thanks! Didn’t know they had a medium button as well. I’ll be fixing that in the next version. :)

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Scott - April 1, 2012

can’t seem to get it to work with any of your methods, (via setup, editing the php of the shortcode)
I am using Kingsize, maybe that’s the problem
I am still using the testpage as my dns setup hasn’t happened yet

http://www.spaingaroo.com.php5-3.dfw1-1.websitetestlink.com/

If you have any ideas, I’d love to get this to work

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iceman - April 1, 2012

im having a problem with the facebook button not showing… =(

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    iceman - April 1, 2012

    its showing on safari and firefox ut not showing on chrome which is my default browser

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      Shane - April 1, 2012

      Can you provide a link to the site where it’s not working?

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      iceman - April 1, 2012

      here is the site….
      http://www.dcfotograb.com/

      in chrome i cant see the facebook button but on safari it shows up…

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      Shane - April 1, 2012

      The facebook button shows up for me, in Chrome.
      Might be some caching issue, on your side. Open an new window in incognito mode and check out your site (that will ignore any previous caching). If it shows up in incognito mode, everything’s fine.

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      iceman - April 1, 2012

      its showing on incognito mode… but its not on my browser. i diable all my extensions and still its not showing up. =(

      http://twitpic.com/94e0bx/full

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      Shane - April 2, 2012

      It should be fine, in that case.
      Try doing a hard reset on a page, by pressing F5. I think that reloads completely, which the refresh button on the browser doesn’t do, but I’m not sure.

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      Paul - April 2, 2012

      Shane means ctrl + f5 for a hard refresh btw

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      Shane - April 2, 2012

      That’s the one! Thanks!

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Andy - April 1, 2012

Hi Shane
Great plugin. I’ll be recommending it to my students from here on. How about adding a feature to allow you to specify small or large buttons in each location. I love to have small buttons at the top to make them less intrusive, but large at the bottom to get their attention before they leave. Currently I use two plugins to achieve that.

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    Shane - April 1, 2012

    Hi Andy,

    Interesting suggestion!
    We could probably add variables to the shortcode and php code, so that you could add, say, social_essentials_small or social_essentials_large, to have different sizes in different places.
    I’m putting it on the to-do list! :)

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Ryan K - April 1, 2012

Thanks dude!

I am cunfused though? With so many social share plugins
availabel how do we know which is the best for our senario?

I use Sociable on a couple sites, and then there is Comment Luv,
Facebook Like, and I got one from Cossack on the Warrior, etc, etc.

How can we make sure it isn’t too much and how do we know we made
the right choice?

Thanks!
Ryan K

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    Shane - April 2, 2012

    One of the reasons I made Social Essentials is that with it, you can check what kind of shares you get the most of. You could, for example, have all buttons displayed on your site for a while and then see which types of shares you tend to get. Then, deactivate the buttons that are rarely used.

    The reason I recommend this is because you don’t want to overwhelm your visitors with too many choices. But instead of just guessing what to show and what to hide, you can now measure it and know for sure.

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Thesis Best - April 1, 2012

Hi Shane,

I am using the FlexSqueeze 1.5 theme and the plugin works only on posts, but pages and homepage don’t show the share buttons.

I hope you don’t mind if I decline to modify the theme php files; this is not just because of my relative ignorance, but rather more to do with version control. In the past I had done manual adjustments to the theme, them forgot about it when I upgraded. Obviously I lost my mods and had to retrofit code.

May I toss an item to the wish list and ask for linkedin sharing in a future version?
Many thanks

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    Shane - April 2, 2012

    Homepages can be tricky, but the button showing on pages should be sorted in the next update.

    And I’ll see if we can add linkedin as well.

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      Phil - February 6, 2013

      I’m going to chime in and add my desire for a LinkedIn button to make this superb plugin practically perfect!

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    Philip - April 2, 2012

    A little bit cheeky, I know, but I’d second that request for a LinkedIn button – useful for B2B marketers, contractors, and anyone building a career profile online.

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Ryan K - April 1, 2012

Thanks dude!

I am cunfused though? With so many social share plugins
availabel how do we know which is the best for our senario?

I use Sociable on a couple sites, and then there is Comment Luv,
Facebook Like, and I got one from Cossack on the Warrior, etc, etc.

How can we make sure it isn’t too much and how do we know we made
the right choice?

Thanks!
Ryan K

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Peter Sundstrom - April 2, 2012

Hi Shane.

Good to see you are using your design skills with Social Essentials.

I currently use the Socialize plugin. While I think the stats in Social Essentials is a great feature, the only thing stopping me from moving to Social Essentials at this stage is that I like the ability in Socialize to override settings on an individual post/page basis.

For example, on some pages, I don’t have any social buttons and on other pages I have different call to action text.

Do you think it would be possible to add an override feature to Social Essentials?

Cheers

Peter

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    Shane - April 2, 2012

    Hi Peter,

    I think that’s something we can implement, yes. I’ll talk to the developers about this, tomorrow.

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Benedict - April 2, 2012

Hi Shane

Been looking for a decent social plugin lately, and all have been a bit of a let-down in some way, but this looks brilliant! Plenty of customizability but done in an elegant way so that the options aren’t overwhelming.

Will be giving it a go soon – thanks a lot!

Benedict

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Gordon - April 2, 2012

Hi Shane,

Plugin looks great…just a couple of questions.

1. Will your updates include additional sites…LinkedIn springs to mind? I realise you cannot have them all but LinkedIn seems to be pretty huge.
2. Will there be a facility to print the report on stats. This would be useful to add to and offline customer when working on their overall strategy?

Keep up the great work!

Gordon

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Brian - April 2, 2012

Hi,
I don’t know if you have any experience of thesis but the plugin is working fine on the post pages but not the homepage.
Within thesis there is an open hook feature for the homepage but it will not accept the php code.If you have any ideas I would be grateful.

thanks,
Brian

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Louise - April 2, 2012

Hi Shane,
Installed the plugin. Looks great, thank you! What a great idea to not only have sharing buttons but track the activity as well.

One Problem: I selected the Google+ button to display along with others. It doesn’t seem to always show in Firefox. Sometimes it does, most often it doesn’t.
Any suggestions?

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    Shane - April 2, 2012

    Hi Louise,

    That’s strange. It’s not showing up for me, either. It’s in the source code, but doesn’t show on the page.
    Have you tried a different alignment to see if that makes a difference?

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Louise - April 2, 2012

Yes I did try moving it around, but with same results. I also thought it may have been related to my being logged into Google+, so logged out. But that didn’t make a difference.

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    Paul - April 2, 2012

    Hi Louise,

    Have you done anything to resolve this outstanding issue? When I check the pages on your site in my version of Firefox (3.6.7), I can’t seem to replicate the issue that you’re having for some reaons?

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Jamie Bosworth - April 2, 2012

Hi Shane,
I wrote last week about the inflated numbers on the FB Like and Share buttons and you said you’d add it to the bugs list. In reading through some of the other comments, I noticed that Brian was having trouble with his Home page vs his Post pages, like me. He is using Thesis as am I. Something in the theme itself?

Thanks,
Jamie

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Michelle - April 2, 2012

Hi Shane,
I’m really excited about the plugin, I love the layout. However, it is not showing up on my site. Admittedly I’m no web developer, so I am not really sure what to check. Any help is much appreciated!
Thanks, Michelle

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    Paul - April 2, 2012

    Hi Michelle,

    Are you referring to the site that’s linked to from your comment?

    If so, can you confirm what display options you are using in the social essentials setup? Also, which buttons have you selected to display?

    As it stands, I can’t see any of the code in any of your pages which makes me believe that maybe you’ve got it set to posts instead of pages or something like that?

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    Shane - April 2, 2012

    Can you tell me what option(s) you activated for displaying the buttons? I.e. “before content on posts”? Or using the shortcode?
    Thanks.

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Patrick - April 2, 2012

I’ve installed your plugin on my wordpress site and I am using all the buttons except stumbleupon and it seems the Pinterest button never aligns with the rest of the buttons no matter the order or the alignment. I have it setup the way I want it but that one button goes a line down right below another button. Anything I can do?

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    Shane - April 3, 2012

    I can’t figure out what’s causing that, from your site.
    We’ll be releasing a new updated version shortly, where the displaying of the buttons has been tweaked. Perhaps the update will fix this issue.

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Steve - April 3, 2012

Hey there, I’ve added the short code to this page and it’s not showing up: http://terraflamehome.com/collections/dwell/

Help?

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    steve - April 3, 2012

    any help would be great…

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    Shane - April 3, 2012

    Did you try adding it via short code?
    If the automatic insertion doesn’t work, that’s the best alternative.

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      steve - April 3, 2012

      yes, the short code is on top of that page that was linked above

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      Shane - April 3, 2012

      I can’t see the buttons showing up in the source-code anywhere. I’ll send you an email and maybe we can figure something out.

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BAC. - April 3, 2012

Hello,
This plugin seems to be great (having stats of the social sharings is a good idea !) but when i try it, the buttons are bunk so the number of likes, tweets… is not fully visible.

Theme used is Twentyeleven.

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    Paul - April 3, 2012

    Hi BAC,

    Could you provide me with a link where this occurs. Also what browser are you using?

    Thanks!
    Paul

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      BAC. - April 3, 2012

      I enabled it here : http://www.gameandgraph.com

      (please tell me when it’s ok for you, i use another plugin to replace, pending that this one displays correctly)

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      BAC. - April 3, 2012

      PS: i tried whith Chrome and Firefox, same bug for both.

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      Shane - April 3, 2012

      I see what you mean. It seems like that’s caused by the text on the twitter button being different.
      A quick fix would be to change the order of the buttons, so that the twitter one shows last.
      We are currently working on an update that will include language options as well as options for setting the margins between buttons.

      Also, if you’re familiar with CSS, you could add a right-margin to div.sebutton, which should also help out.

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      BAC. - April 3, 2012

      Well, i tried to change the order, but it’s the same problem with the FB and Twitter buttons.

      I’m not familiar with CSS, so if i don’t know exactly what to put in it, i will not be able to do.

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      Shane - April 3, 2012

      Just checked your site again. It looks fine to me. Here’s what I’m seeing:

      Screenshot

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      BAC. - April 3, 2012

      mm… This is what i see with Chrome : http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/663189social.jpg

      and with Firefox : http://img15.hostingpics.net/pics/808896socialff.jpg

      A friend tell me he see the same thing too.

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      Shane - April 3, 2012

      I see. The button language on facebook seems to change automatically.
      Try adding this to the custom CSS field on the setup screen:

      .se_button{margin-right:12px;}

      You can adjust the number of pixels from 12px to something else, if this is too much or too little.

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      BAC. - April 3, 2012

      Thanks, it’s better, but when count as a two-digit number, it’s always cut even if the next button isn’t bunk.
      Like this: http://uprapide.com/images/invite/social2.jpg

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Michelle - April 3, 2012

Hi,
Thanks for the responses.
Paul, I have the display options for ‘below content on pages’ ‘below content on homepage’. I also had it for ‘below content on posts’ as I may add posts in the future. I have the G+, Twitter, FB share, Pinterest and Stumbleupon buttons checked.
Shane, I believe my response to Paul answers the question? I didn’t use any short code.
Another thing to mention, on the set up page, right side, I have 3 warnings from you…about file access, suitable wrapper and invalid argument…

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    Paul - April 3, 2012

    Hi Michelle,

    Could you copy the warning into the comments box so we can see what they’re all about? We’ll have the devs take a look at that for you.

    Thanks!

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Sabine - April 3, 2012

Hi Shane, I’m a beginner and very happy that I’ve found your social essential, your tutorial and you – I’m using wp with a responsive themetrust-theme. I did the set up exactly how you’ve explained it – selected buttons to show as well as display options. Anyway, the icons don’t show up on my site (nowhere ;/) – I’ve also tried it with copying the php-code into the theme editor (stylesheet) – nothing again. Doesn’t it work with that theme or is there anything I could do wrong? Many, many thanks!!!

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    Paul - April 3, 2012

    Hi Sabine,

    I noticed that on this page: http://www.sabinefalk.com/2012/04/02/ac-art-in-kl/ The icons are showing up. Did you do something to fix it?

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      Sabine - April 3, 2012

      Paul, Thank you for your response. The answer is yes and no ;// I’ve changed the display options (at 1st I didn’t select “below content on posts” only “above content on pages/homepage” – they show up on the post, but unfortunately not on the pages… any idea? btw: for a beginner your site is very cool, one of the very few that doesn’t make me feel like a complete idiot – thanks!

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      Shane - April 3, 2012

      Display on pages should be working with the next update (and that’s going to happen in just a few days). There’s currently a bug in there, which makes the display on pages option not work, in many cases.

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Gregor - April 3, 2012

Shane, I am trying to figure out how to move Social Essentials above Outbrain on my site

So my goal is to have the following:

POST
SOCIAL ESSENTIALS
OUTBRAIN

I scanned through the plugin’s code but I don’t know where/how you tell WP where to insert the plugin.

Can you help me out here?

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    Shane - April 3, 2012

    Hi Gregor,

    I’m sure we can do this by using the php code. I’ll send you an email, so we can get this sorted out. :)

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Robin - April 3, 2012

I hope this plugin works for me. I like it. But right now, when i add it to posts, it shows this message on my homepage in my ‘latest news’

span.fb_share_count_top.fb_share_no_count,span.fb_share_count_nub_top.fb_share_no_count..

Any ideas how to get rid of this?

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    Shane - April 3, 2012

    This looks like a conflict, caused by the tabs. I see that the line appears within the tabbed content and there’s probably a conflict between Social Essentials and the plugin or feature of the theme that creates those tabs.
    Do the icons work outside of the tabs, on a “normal” post?

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      Robin - April 5, 2012

      On the page it works fine, but on the homepage it shows that extra code stuff. So is there any possible solution?

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Robin - April 3, 2012

yes, everything seems fine except on homepage

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Sarah - April 4, 2012

Hello Shane,

Love the plug-in, but currently it’s not working on my blog posts. I’ve gone through all of your procedures. Can you take a look at this? Thanks!

http://www.elliefunday.com

Bests,
Sarah

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    Paul - April 4, 2012

    Hi Sarah,

    I’ve had a look at the source code on your site and I can’t actually see any of the social essential plugin being loaded. Did you take the plugin out when you couldn’t get it working? If not, it seems there has been a problem with the activation.

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Zach - April 4, 2012

The facebook button is too narrow. It cuts off like counts greater than two digits. Something is inserting inline css code (I don’t know what), so this happens even in preview mode within the plugin.

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    BAC. - April 4, 2012

    Oh, that’s the same problem i have now (see my above comments).

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    Paul - April 4, 2012

    Hi Zach – what language is your facebook “like” and “share” button in?

    We are working on a fix for this that will be ready very shortly. In the meantime, I’m working on a CSS snippet that will help you overcome this.

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    Paul - April 4, 2012

    OK there will be an update to the plugin to fix this…

    If you want to fix it immediately then this is what you’ll have to do:

    1. Go to plugins
    2. find social essentials
    3. edit social-essentials.class.php
    4. then find this:-

    5. change the “72” to the width that you want to use. I recommend somewhere around 90.

    This is the temp hack until the new version of the plugin is released.

    Let me know how you get on!

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      BAC. - April 5, 2012

      Oh, it works fine !
      But now, for me, buttons are not shown it pages. Before i change social-essentials.class it was shown. Think your next update will fix this ? Or is there something to fix it pending the next version ?

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      Paul - April 5, 2012

      Got an example link I can see BAC?

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Michelle - April 4, 2012

Hi Paul,
I’m a bit nervous that posting may be exposing some confidential info?

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    Paul - April 4, 2012

    Hi Michelle – no problem – sending you an email now so you can send me the warning privately.

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Jamie Bosworth - April 4, 2012

Hi Shane,
Can I unplug from the traffic? I was expecting to just hear back from my own questions to you.

Thanks,
Jamie

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    Shane - April 4, 2012

    Hi Jamie,

    There should be an unsubscribe function in the comment field. However, you don’t need to do anything, as I’ve already unsubbed you from further comments. :)

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Chase - April 4, 2012

Hi Shane,

I was wondering if there is any way to adjust the SPACING between the buttons.

I want to make the buttons a little less crowded and separate them by a small amount of space.

Thanks!
Chase

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    Shane - April 4, 2012

    Hello Chase,

    For now, you can add the following line to the custom CSS box on the setup screen:

    .se_button{margin-right:12px;}

    Change “12px” to whatever you want the spacing to be.
    In the next update (due later this week), there will be a simple interface for adjusting the spacing.

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Pablo Brandon - April 4, 2012

Hi Shane,

Great plugin man! But in my case there’s seem to be a problem with de pinterest button. When the popup box appears it dosen’t “grab” any of the images of the post so i can choose and pin. It appears blank, so i cant finish the pin.

Here’s the link to the post: http://donabaronesa.com/website/?p=172

Please help me!

Thks,

Pablo.

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    Paul - April 5, 2012

    Hi Pablo – the devs are looking at this for you – should be fixed in next update which is due very shortly (possibly later on today).

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pinterests - April 6, 2012

pin not working

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    Shane - April 6, 2012

    We’ve made a change to the pinterest button that should fix this issue. Update will go live today.

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      Mark - April 7, 2012

      Good afternoon, Shane. I have disappointing news; I upgraded to version 1.1 and still no joy on Pinterest popup screen.

      When I click the ‘Pin it’ button, the popup displays with no image set. I enter description info and the ‘Pin it’ button is enabled but still no image set.

      I deactivated and activated the plugin after upgrade.

      I restarted both browsers.

      I’m running:
      * Mac OS X 10.7.3
      * Safari 5.1.5
      * Firefox 11.0
      * WordPress 3.3.1

      Thanks
      Mark

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      Shane - April 7, 2012

      Sorry to hear that. I’ll try to get this sorted asap.

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Mark - April 6, 2012

Shane, I’m so happy to have come across Social Essentials. When I saw the video then installed the plugin I felt fairly comfortable that I took the right action.

Now, after seeing how engaged you’ve been with your users and how responsive you are to problems, I know I made the right decision. Looking forward the Pinterest fix.

I’ll be checking out your other products as well.

Thanks.
Mark

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Alex - April 7, 2012

Hi there,

I’t is a nice plugin, but I’ve got a problem with the PHP Code.

In normal posts it works, but when I put in on Pages it does not show anything. Is there a way to fix that or do I have to activate something over the functions.php?

Greetings

Alex

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    Alex - April 7, 2012

    Oh ok,

    I updated to 1.1, but know, when I use the Code, he is cutting of the whole theme on the point of using-

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      Alex - April 7, 2012

      Reinstalled……working, sorry for posting…..

      The Margin option is a bit genius….thanks a lot for that great plugin

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      Shane - April 7, 2012

      Thanks for the update! Glad it’s working. There might be an issue with the auto-update. If there is, we’ll get that sorted in the next update and push it out quickly.

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Matt - April 8, 2012

Look’s like a great tool. I wasn’t happy with the plug-in I had on my WordPress site. Thank you.
p.s. – great webinar on Saturday, Apr. 7th/12.

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Jim Roberts - April 8, 2012

Desipte Shane’s bug warning, I just gave it a try. Looks and works fantastic! Only problem I could find is that the GOOGLE+ and STUMBLEUPON buttons aren’t showing up. I’ll give it an update and try again mid to late next week.

thanks-a-heap!
Jim

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Patrick - April 8, 2012

My previous problem has been fixed with newest update! Thanks much!

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Jamie Bosworth - April 8, 2012

Hi Shane,
Just tried your latest update and got a whole face full of fatal errors. I deactivated it and everything came back so that’s alright but can you tell me how to see if we can make this work?

I am running Thesis on WordPress 3.3.1

Thanks,
Jamie

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    Patrick - April 9, 2012

    Jamie, I had the same issue with the new update. I just deactivated the plugin then reactivated it and all was wel. Hope this helps you.

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      Shane - April 9, 2012

      That’s good to know. Of course, it shouldn’t be necessary to “restart” the plugin like that, so I’ll try to get that fixed.

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Andrea - April 8, 2012

Hi Shane,
I’m trying to use your plugin directly in php theme with the code but I have some problem.
I don’t active any “display option” in admin panel but social bottons appear both in my custom position and above content on post.
To test, I check “below content on post” but social bottons are always in my custom position and above content on post.
So I remove the code from theme and now the social buttons appear in the right position for each display options.
Am I doing something wrong or is a bug?

Thanks for your help,
Andrea

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Andy - April 9, 2012

Not working for me. Uninstalled and reinstalled but getting fatal errors.

Fatal error: social_essentials::generate_buttons() [social-essentials.generate-buttons]: The script tried to execute a method or access a property of an incomplete object. Please ensure that the class definition "Margins" of the object you are trying to operate on was loaded _before_ unserialize() gets called or provide a __autoload() function to load the class definition in —–/plugins/social-essentials/social-essentials.class.php on line 355

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Britt - April 9, 2012

Great plug in….any way to turn off the counts for twitter and pin shares?

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    Shane - April 13, 2012

    Hello Britt,

    Not in the current version. I’ll see if we can add this in an update.

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      erico - April 23, 2012

      Love the plugin and this would be a great option to add!

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      Wouter - April 27, 2012

      Hi Shane,

      yes, please make it possible to remove the count! Love your work…

      Tnx,
      Wouter

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      Mark - August 11, 2012

      You have so many cool features in the plugin, but the one that is missing is the ability turn off the counts, which results in four options, large or small, show counts or not. So help out Britt and me on this one :)

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Maria Campos - April 9, 2012

Hi I installed this plugin which is great by the way, but the next day all of my pages had an error and all of my content was gone. When I disabled the plugin everything was back to normal, what gives?

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Zain Gill - April 9, 2012

the shortcode [social_essentials] is working fine in the posts but its not working in the widgets…known problem or am i doing something wrong

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    Griz - April 9, 2012

    Usually shortcodes do not work in widgets.

    Support for shortcodes in widgets can easily be added. Let me know if anyone needs help with that.

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      Rick Daniel - April 16, 2012

      Hey Griz,

      I was reviewing all the comments here looking for info on inserting the short code in a sidebar widget. What is your recommendation?

      Rick

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      Griz - April 20, 2012

      Hi Rick,

      Sorry for the delay.

      Simply add the following to your theme’s functions.php file :

      add_filter(‘widget_text’, ‘do_shortcode’);

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      Shane - April 20, 2012

      Thanks for this!
      I’ll see if we can build widget compatibility into the plugin itself, with a future update.

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Pablo Brandon - April 9, 2012

Hi,

Shane I just updated the plugin but the pinterest button still goes blank (no image from the post can be chosen). Any news about fix this problem?

Here is a post example: http://donabaronesa.com/website/?p=117

Please help!

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Terence - April 9, 2012

Great plugin Shane. First version worked great but the latest version replaces all page content with an error message, once plugin is disabled everything goes back to normal.

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    Paul - April 10, 2012

    Hi Terence, there seems to be a known problem with the update process – we’re looking into it at the moment to try and fix this asap.

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BAC. - April 10, 2012

Now, with this new version, everything is OK for me :)

Thanks to the team, good job !

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RE Casper - April 10, 2012

Hello there,
I’ve been looking for a plugin with these exact features. Unfortunately I ran into an issue. After installation and activation, when I click the link on my dashboard to access Social Essentials, it just spools and never comes up.

Seems odd, but I’ve tried it on various browsers, but still cannot access it. Have since deactivated and deleted. But would love to use it.

Thanks in advance.

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    Paul - April 10, 2012

    Hi Casper, what browser are you using? It sounds like a problem with Ajax / jquery.

    If you use chrome can you load the page that spools, hit f12, click “console” and then copy any messages that you see in the console so I can try and figure out what the problem is?

    Thanks in advance!

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      RE Casper - April 11, 2012

      Weird. I had already reinstalled a few times yesterday. But after I saw your response tonight, I went in to retry and send you the info you requested… and it actually allowed me to the setup page.

      I will keep an eye on it, if it does it again, I will certainly get that information for you.

      Thank you anyway. Great plugin

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Richard Cross - April 10, 2012

Having installed and got the plug in working (great, thank you) – the stats do not seem to be showing up. All columns showing 0 (despite some posts having likes/tweets etc) – except the FB cols which aren’t displaying anything.

Have you come across this before?

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    Shane - April 10, 2012

    Hello Richard,

    Give it a little time. We can’t make too many requests to twitter, facebook etc. so the data needs to be collected slowly, at first. If you have a site with many pages, it can take a few hours before the stats are completed.

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      mark - April 13, 2012

      Hi, Great idea, well done.

      What i was really attracted to with this plugin was the stats, is there any way to get immediate update, as soon as a button is clicked the data is available immediately?

      Hope so,

      Thanks

      Mark

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Pablo Brandon - April 10, 2012

Hi Shane,

Now that I installed the new version the buttons wont display right, just facebook. They load all messed up!? Im using a mac, chrome & safari (same problem). Plus the pinterest button still dosen’t work for my site.

Here’s an example post with the button problem: http://donabaronesa.com/website/?p=117

Please help!

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    Shane - April 11, 2012

    Hello Pablo,

    I saw the issue on your page earlier, but when I went back to check it again just before, it looked fine.

    Did you find a way to resolve the problem?

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      Mark - April 11, 2012

      Hi Shane,

      I looked at Pablo’s site twice today. Immediately after his post the site was not displaying the button correctly, but later they were. Go figure!?!

      I noticed he is still having problems with Pin It just as I am. The popup does not display the page media.

      Mark

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      Shane - April 11, 2012

      Hi Mark,

      For the pins, we’ll be adding a custom field to enter an image URL that will be used for the pin, if no featured image is present. That should be included in the next update and will hopefully solve any issues.

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      Pablo Brandon - April 11, 2012

      Actually i drown graded the plug-in to the earlier version, because a a client was going to see the portfolio and I couldn’t show it with the error. But the problem displaying the buttons and the pin button still persists so if you can figure out what’s going on, it will help me a lot!

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Kay - April 10, 2012

Thanks for this great plugin (I love that it keeps stats). I have a suggestion for a future update. Would it be possible to have the option for the list to be vertical and have it floating so that it moves as people scroll up and down the page?

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Marius - April 11, 2012

Hi Shane,

Just installed your plugin and ran into a problem. Only Facebook like and Google+ buttons displays. I have tried different browsers, small and large icons, different placements, deleting the plugin and re-installing it but it still does not display the buttons for Twitter, Facebook share and Pinterest. Take a look: http://www.bilogmotorsykkel.no/kjopeguide-bmw-e30

Any suggestions?

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Leon - April 11, 2012

Nice Plugin Shane !! Can you please add several features for the plugin like:

– integrate with bit.ly or other URL shortening service
– Can add image to facebook share

Thanks,

Leon

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Mark - April 12, 2012

Hello Shane,

great plugin! just cant seem to align Facebook share. do you know how can i fix this?

Thanks,

Mark

http://blogs.lawcenter.ph/41/new-legal-wiki-entry-what-is-a-woman/

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steph - April 12, 2012

you cant remove the arrow after adding it!!

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    Shane - April 12, 2012

    Oh, you’re right… what a blunder. We’ll get that fixed in the next update. :)

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michelle - April 13, 2012

hi shane,

the plugin looks nice and sleek. i totally agree about having only the essential buttons.

any chance we can get a linkedin option in the near future? linkedin is pretty darn essential for anyone doing business blogging. :-)

thanks!

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Philip - April 13, 2012

Hi Shane,

Sorry to say, I’ve had to de-activate the plug-in. I was playing with the setup (arrows) when it stopped working, and the site now generates this error message when I view a preview post. I’m using the Optimizepress theme.

Fatal error: social_essentials::generate_buttons() [social-essentials.generate-buttons]: The script tried to execute a method or access a property of an incomplete object. Please ensure that the class definition "Margins" of the object you are trying to operate on was loaded _before_ unserialize() gets called or provide a __autoload() function to load the class definition in /home/bzzhcks/public_html/wp-content/plugins/social-essentials/social-essentials.class.php on line 390

P.S. Looking forward to the LinkedIn enhancement too!

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Shawn - April 13, 2012

wondering if it is possible to have 2 versions of the buttons? I want to have the large icons appear on individual post pages but also have a universal set of small buttons for overall sitewide social interaction (so people can like, tweet the site as a whole as well as individual posts).

Is it possible to set some configuration in the shortcode?

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    Shane - April 13, 2012

    Hello Shawn,

    This is already possible. Set up the icons the way you want them to appear universally, then use the shortcode followed by either _small or _large to display the different variation. This short code can also be used inside the php snippet.
    I’ll be updating the instructions here to reflect that.

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Art - April 13, 2012

I have added in small icons for Facebook & twitter but the twitter button doesnt show, just the word “Twitter” Why?

http://angeloesposito.com/view/blog/

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Andrea - April 13, 2012

Hi Shane,
no help for my problem? I’d like to use your plugin but I can not solve my problem. See: http://imimpact.com/social-essentials/#comment-68874

Thanks,
Andrea

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Shawn - April 13, 2012

so the plugin is working great locally but when I activate it on the dev server it blows up…

Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening ‘/nas/wp/www/cluster-1119/themessage/wp-content/advanced-cache.php’ for inclusion (include_path=’.:/usr/share/php:/usr/share/pear’) in /nas/wp/www/cluster-1119/themessage/wp-settings.php on line 62

Notice: wp_register_script was called incorrectly. Scripts and styles should not be registered or enqueued until the wp_enqueue_scripts, admin_enqueue_scripts, or init hooks. Please see Debugging in WordPress for more information. (This message was added in version 3.3.) in /nas/wp/www/cluster-1119/themessage/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3587

It basically loads the page to the first instance of the shortcode and then stops. In the admin you can configure/setup the plugin, save but upon return to the setup page it ends at the margin settings portion of the page, so there is no SAVE button.

Anyone else see this before, I would love to use this but it is not looking good at this point.

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S@ffz - April 13, 2012

Hi Shane

I have installed your plugin and its not showing, I watched your video and tried both the alternatives you showed and still I see no buttons
Any help you can give me would be much appreciated
http://www.graphicjunki.net/blog/

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Susan - April 14, 2012

I love this plugin, but it is having a slight glitch on my site. On the category pages with excerpts, the words Tweet Share Pin it appear at the beginning of every post. You can see it here.

http://www.learningonlineblog.com/category/technology/

It doesn’t appear to do that on posts that have a Featured image. What should I do? Thanks for the help.

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mark - April 14, 2012

Hi

I posted a nested comment on stats earlier, but seem to have another issue that they are not showing up at all, even after 12 hours.

This is installed on a plain page template, there are already several clicks.

link here

any suggestions

https://menupot.com/your-deatils

Thanks

Mark

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S@ffz - April 14, 2012

Hi Shane

Just to let you know that the plugin works on my pages now :)
Thanks for this plugin keep up the good work.

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Toki Tover - April 14, 2012

Hello Shane,

The plugin works great on everything for me, but when I went to insert “[social_essentials]” to a certain area of my homepage, it was blank.

Am I doing something wrong?

Thanks!

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Dick B. - April 14, 2012

Hi Shane,

I really love your plugin and have installed it on most of my sites, but there is a conflict with the W3 Total Cache plugin that I didn’t know if you were aware of it or not.

Will you be having an update that would provide a solution to this?

Thanks,
Dick

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JP - April 15, 2012

Using twitter and facebook share buttons. They don’t seem to be able to align horizontally. Tried different layouts, floats, center, resetting, etc. Nice plugin otherwise. I will stick with it a bit and see if there’s an easy fix.

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Stanley - April 16, 2012

When I activate the plugin I get an ERROR

Fatal error: social_essentials::generate_buttons() [social-essentials.generate-buttons]: The script tried to execute a method or access a property of an incomplete object. Please ensure that the class definition "Margins" of the object you are trying to operate on was loaded _before_ unserialize() gets called or provide a __autoload() function to load the class definition in /home/content/86/8439886/html/wp-content/plugins/social-essentials/social-essentials.class.php on line 390

Regards
Stanley

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Ken - April 16, 2012

great plugin and works like a charm. one question though: is it possible to increase the gap between postinfo and social tool and the gap between social tool and post? right now post info, social tool and post are pretty much squeezed with almost no gap between them. looks not so good … thnx

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Johan - April 16, 2012

Hello,

Great plugin. I’ve installed it manually on my homepage (after each excerpt), but unfortunately, when I select the Twitter button, at the beginning of each excerpt post, the word “Tweet” appears! (except on the first featured post)

http://johanlolos.com/wordpress/

Could you please help me with that? It’s kind of annoying.

Thank you

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Rick Daniel - April 16, 2012

Great Plugin Shane!

It works perfectly on my sites with no errors or issues. I did ask Griz above on how to use it in a sidebar widget.

Great work.

Rick
homeinspectorinc.com

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Lincoln - April 18, 2012

Hi Shane,

Thank you for your social essentials plugin. Actually there have already been many plugins similar to this, but this is kinda different because feature call to action and some graphics. By the way, I have some suggestion for plugin development:

1. Enable user to customize margin top and bottom in button margins. Currently, there are only right and left margins options.

2. Enable user to select or deselect arrow graphic. I can’t undo removing the arrow once I select it.

3. Enable user to put button on sidebar widget.

Thank you so much,
Lincoln

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Milan - April 18, 2012

Hi Shane,
I’ve updated plugin to version 1.2 and somehow Facebook Large Button(Icon) is missing.
Thanks
Milan

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Elizabeth - April 18, 2012

Shane, does this plugin only work on posts that have a featured image? Not just images in general, but where I had to actually select one of the images in the post to be the “featured image”? If so, I’m going to have to go back through 7 years of posts to put in featured images, yikes!

Also, I have the box checked for Facebook, but no matter how much I tweak the settings, it will not show up on either the homepage or individual posts. My blog is http://momcooks.net. Thanks!

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    Paul - April 18, 2012

    Hi Elizabeth, I’m assuming you’re referring to the Pinterest aspect of the plugin? If so, then the latest version (1.2) will extract all the images on a post or page regardless of whether they’re a featured image or not. This is something we really wanted to include in the latest release because just having one featured image to pin is no good.

    Regarding the Facebook problem – I see the Facebook icon when I load your site:-

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deb@lagniappemarketing - April 18, 2012

I’ve reverted to the prior version as the small fb button is mal functioning.. The size is cut off at about half the width and the count bubble doesn’t count. Further using the button, doesn’t pop up a share window.. just adds a like link.. not good.. not happy here in southern foodie land.

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Johan - April 18, 2012

Hello Shane,

Great plugin. I’ve installed it manually on my homepage (after each excerpt), but unfortunately, when I select the Twitter button, at the beginning of each excerpt post, the word “Tweet” appears! (except on the first featured post)

http://johanlolos.com/wordpress/

Could you please help me with that? It’s kind of annoying.

Thank you

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Starfish - April 18, 2012

Hi – love this plugin but I’m having a problem with getting the Facebook icon to show up properly. When I choose small icons it gets cut off and when I chose large icons it doesn’t show up at all. I’ve tried putting the icons in different order, putting them at the beginning of the post as opposed to the end, nothing seems to work. I’ve also changed the margins but it’s not helping either.

You can see on this post at the end, how it’s showing: http://www.chaosinunison.com/?p=1257

I’d really appreciate any help with this – thanks!

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Aneydar - April 19, 2012

plzz fixed ur bug …. when i active the plug in disable My Html Mode…Thanks :)

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Tamara - April 19, 2012

The plugin just updated and the FB icon is only coming through partially. In fact after updating it automatically turned off facebook. Is there a problem. The majority of participants on my site are in FB, so if you are planning on dropping the FB icon please let me know so I can look for yet anther social sharing solution.

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deb@lagniappemarketing - April 19, 2012

NOW IT seems the pinterest button is not pulling the images.. I have attached images.. just freaky

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    Shane - April 19, 2012

    Can you provide a link to an example page?

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      deb@simpleplate - April 20, 2012

      deactivated until you get the fb issue square.. just can’t have 1/2 a plugin working.. guessing the fixes for pinterest are also in the update.. please advise when fixed.

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Leslie - April 19, 2012

I installed and got it all up and going works great except I don’t have a facebook share button option. I have the like button. Also noticed in a screen shot up there that there was the fb like and fb share option to check during set up. My setup only shows an option to check for facebook. I really want the share and the like option that is what I had previously and want to stick with those options. What do I do? Love the simplicity and ease of use so far!!!

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    Joe Gee - April 20, 2012

    I’m having the same problem.. i don’t know what happened to the SHARE button.

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      Shane - April 20, 2012

      This will be fixed in the next update. We have integrated the new facebook button (the share button is officially not supported anymore). The new button is a combination of facebook like and share.

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    Shane - April 20, 2012

    We’re aiming to push out an update today, which will address the facebook bug.

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      Johan - April 20, 2012

      Is that possible to also fix this problem please? :

      I’ve installed it manually on my homepage (after each excerpt), but unfortunately, when I select the Twitter button, at the beginning of each excerpt post, the word “Tweet” appears! (except on the first featured post)

      Thank you

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      Shane - April 20, 2012

      Yes, I’ll try to find a fix for that as well.

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      Michele - May 19, 2012

      Hi, Shane, just downloaded your plugin today (it’s wonderful, best Pinterest pinning functionality of them all – and I’ tried them all!) but I didn’t get a facebook share icon option either in the package. Just wanted to confirm that the update you mention was NOT released yet, right? muchos gracias

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Muskegon Coupons - April 20, 2012

Thanks :) I love this plugin! It’s so easy to use and you can move the buttons over without knowing the code.

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Richard Hennessy - April 20, 2012

I have been through the setup process and got things just how I want them but when I click save I get a pop up box saying “display thumb and display title can’t both be unchecked to show related posts. So at least select one from both.”
Any idea what this means and how to fix it? Thanks for a great plugin! Can’t wait to get it on my site

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Patrick - April 21, 2012

The ‘share button’ allowed you to share multiple times…the like button does not. Bad move on getting rid of the share button.

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Susan - April 21, 2012

I love this plugin. It’s a great way for sharing. But I’m a little confused about the combining of the FB like and share features. I had a post with 16 FB shares and now those are all gone. There are just zero likes. If they are combined, shouldn’t I see 16 likes for that post? By the way, the stats page is really neat for this plugin.

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Abe - April 21, 2012

Hi

I have the Facebook option checked, but it’s not showing on the page. Can you please help out, everything else is good – http://ihomeny.com

Thanks

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VK - April 22, 2012

Love the plugin but I’m having a couple problems. In the “Latest IM Impact Posts” box, I get this error:

Warning: file_get_contents(): http:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_fopen=0 in /vservers/c101861-h222028/htdocs/wp-content/plugins/social-essentials/social-essentials.class.php on line 1759 Warning: file_get_contents(http://feeds.feedburner.com/imimpact): failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /vservers/c101861-h222028/htdocs/wp-content/plugins/social-essentials/social-essentials.class.php on line 1759 Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /vservers/c101861-h222028/htdocs/wp-content/plugins/social-essentials/social-essentials.class.php on line 1309

Also, I get empty stats even though the buttons in posts show numbers. This happens on WP 3.3.1 and 3.3.2.

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Pablo Olmeda - April 22, 2012

Hi,

I would like to find the way to change the language of the Facebook button. My WordPress and my theme are both setting in Spanish, but all the Facebook buttons on my blog (not only the one included in your plug-in) have became to English mode since I updated to the last version of Social Essentials, even if I insert the following code on the PHP template:

(function(d, s, id) {
var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;
js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/es_ES/all.js#xfbml=1&appId=237234252990555″;
fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));

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Leslie - April 23, 2012

I’m confused on what a combination of like and share would mean. I really like that my readers can just like the post or share with more details. I’m sure you are busy updating but maybe you could take a minute and explain that.
Thanks, Leslie

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Snarfkris - April 28, 2012

Love the plugin. best and easiest one I have used yet. Only one question … is there any way to remove or relocate the pinterest button that shows up on each picture? Sometime it shows up to the side and sometimes it shows up above it but most of the time it blocks content and would be nice to either remove it or move it some where out of the way. Here it shows up on the side http://somewhatnerdy.com/home/horror-review-freddy-vs-jason-freddy/ and here it shows up over some content http://somewhatnerdy.com/home/links/ . Any help would be nice. Thank you. :)

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Mark - April 28, 2012

Hi, Is this work only in wordporess, i want this in my php website , how to setup.

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Linda - April 30, 2012

Hi Shane! Nice plugin! I was thinking of replacing my current social plugin. Will your plugin pick up all the current Likes, +1’s & tweets or will I be starting over from the date I install?

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Brian - April 30, 2012

Hi Shane,

I have just noticed a bit of a bug with the plugin which i hope has an easy fix as the plugin is great and I don’t want to have to change.
The thing is my site has multiple pages and when searching on my site for a particular category the archives of the posts in that category are displaying the word Tweet at the beginning of the post intro text.
Do you have any idea how I can edit this please?
Thank you
Brian

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Tim MacKenzie - May 3, 2012

Great plugin guys!

Could you add some space below the buttons – it really crowds the initial text when you place it at the top of a post. I know that I can space out the top of my posts with a  , but if you already have many posts, that would be a chore!

Thanks.

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Beverly Familar - May 4, 2012

Hi Shane, I’m having an issue that the buttons are not keeping a count. And I don’t get any stats in my social essentials stat charts. I get a decent amount of traffic, but I think there may be something wrong.

Additionally, I’m also getting an error in the admin settings. The only buttons I’m using are FB, Twitter, G+ and stumble.

Here are the error msgs:

Warning: file_get_contents() [function.file-get-contents]: URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration in /nfs/c09/h03/mnt/133412/domains/xarm.com/html/wp-content/plugins/social-essentials/social-essentials.class.php on line 1759

Warning: file_get_contents(http://feeds.feedburner.com/imimpact) [function.file-get-contents]: failed to open stream: no suitable wrapper could be found in /nfs/c09/h03/mnt/133412/domains/xarm.com/html/wp-content/plugins/social-essentials/social-essentials.class.php on line 1759

Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /nfs/c09/h03/mnt/133412/domains/xarm.com/html/wp-content/plugins/social-essentials/social-essentials.class.php on line 1309

I’m using WP 3.3.2 and your lastest version.

Thanks. Beverly

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Michelle Lee - May 4, 2012

Hi,

Thanks for the awesome plug-in! It is really easy to use and it looks nice and clean. I just installed this plug in at http://www.insightmagazine.com.au/blog and I have a few questions.

1. When I share the post, there is no thumbnail to choose on Facebook. Even though I set the featured image on my blog, Facebook couldn’t recognize it. Same problem with Pinterest.

2. Tweeter has no button image. Is there any way to fix?

Thanks,
Michelle

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Nat - May 7, 2012

Thanks Shane – I watched your webinar on the panda update and noticed the facebook comments that were made (as opposed to a wordpress comment)

I am going to use the above-mentioned widget for blog posts (love the arrow feature), but I am wondering if you make a facebook comments widget that can take the place of the wordpress comments? This way I can encourage the cocial interaction to a larget audience by having it possibly post to facebook.

Thanks again for your help!
Nat

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edizzz - May 7, 2012

my facebook share off

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Alan - May 7, 2012

I see the facebook checkbox, but why isn’t facebook share included?

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Alan - May 7, 2012

Cool
Two issues:
1.When trying to use the php template shortcode, I would get two copies of my social media bar instead of one.

2.The shortcode that I placed in a page inside the page content area doesn’t show my facebook like button but it shows the rest. There is a blank space between the other buttons where facebook would go.

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melanie - May 8, 2012

hey, shane! thanks for the great plug-in!

one problem we’re finding is that when we reach double or triple digits for a share – for example, pinterest – the numbers are getting chopped off and are not visible.

i’m also finding that in the admin section, our numbers aren’t visible EXCEPT for pinterest.

any solutions?
melanie

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    Yb - May 9, 2012

    “one problem we’re finding is that when we reach double or triple digits for a share – for example, pinterest – the numbers are getting chopped off and are not visible.”

    I’m having the same problem.

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Johnathan - May 10, 2012

Although I installed and configured the plugin correctly when I post the shortcode into my site the social buttons do not load on custom post pages such as this: http://www.templatebasics.com/web_template/simplistic-photopink/

Now on my blog pages it works. Any help is appreciated!

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    Mia - July 26, 2012

    Im having the same issue. Social share only showing up on my regular posts, not custom post types. Will you post your fix if you repaired the issue?

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Gilles - May 13, 2012

Hi,
Great plugin for WP ! Thanks.

One interesting feature would e to allow users to choose to use secured access to resoures or not (checkbox option in setup panel by example).

This allows in browsers as Chrome to not have on SSL website the https part dashed and colored in red.
The modification in code is simply (I tested very quickly, so…) to change http by https in javascript assets URL in ‘social-essentials/social-essentials.class.php’ close to comment ‘Register scripts for social buttons’.

Thank you again for this plugin.

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