One of the things I really like about the ShareThis.com team is the attitude they have about putting the needs of the user/publisher first.
When we talked about the new version of ShareThis that would be a widget and offer all the new features in version 2.0, we also realized that not everyone would want to switch to a widget based solution. Because of this, we have an updated version of the original Share This plugin that is still available – now called ShareThis Classic.
For those of you who have had trouble positioning the new ShareThis widget or need internationalization features now1, you can use the ShareThis Classic plugin for WordPress. The ShareThis Classic plugin adds three new and often requested features that were not in version 1.4:
- the ability to choose which tabs you want to display
- which order you’d like the tabs to display in
- Facebook as a Social Web option
These options are, of course, all available in ShareThis 2.0 as well. The 2.0 version is definitely the future of ShareThis, and it’s the version that gives you tracking stats, allows users to set their preference data, etc. However if you prefer the old version for whatever reason, upgrading to ShareThis Classic 1.5.1 is probably a good choice.
I think it’s great that the ShareThis team realized this could be an issue for some people, and we were able to work with them to take the necessary steps to address it by updating the Classic plugin.
There has been some great feedback in the comments on my ShareThis 2.0 post, and I can assure you that people are working hard to address the areas you’d like to see improved.
There are some additional strings that need to be translated in version 1.5.x compared to version 1.4, but there are localization files for version 1.4 available that may be useful to you.
- Localization options will be coming to the new ShareThis in the future. [back]