Update – WordPress have brought back the ‘Press This’ sharing button, but it works differently. Click here to find out the details.
I never believed I would say these words to you but, if you have the ‘Press This’ sharing button on your blog, remove it now! Why? Because it no longer works, and anyone clicking on it will get an error message.
I was a big fan of the WordPress ‘Press This’ sharing button. In fact, it was recommended to me a few years ago by a WordPress member of staff. The person in question was shocked by how many of us were still using the reblog button rather than ‘Press This’ to share the posts of other bloggers.
According to the WordPress Happiness Engineer, I chatted with on Saturday morning, they disabled the ‘Press This’ sharing button to prevent phishing attempts. I had a long hard think about this and do recall a few occasions where some of my posts had been shared via “Press This’ on blogs that included very little. It did get me wondering if there were people out there who got as many links to their blogs as possible inserted in the comments section of other blogs, before changing their blog to something that would make my eyes pop out, and which WordPress would immediately remove upon discovery.
During my chat with the Happiness Engineer, I was informed that as a WordPress business plan user, I could install the ‘Press This’ plugin that was available to me. It’s also available on WordPress.org for WordPress users on self-hosted sites, but if your blog is hosted by WordPress at WordPress.com (like mine), plugins can only be installed for free if a site is on the business plan! Therefore, the ‘Press This’ plugin is not available to any WordPress users who do not have a WordPress business plan.
Tempted to install the ‘Press This’ plugin, I was stopped in my tracks when I got a warning that my blog would lose five features if I installed it.
- Comment Reply via Email:
- Follow Button:
- Writing Helper:
My eyes were immediately drawn to the loss of the ‘follow button.’ How on earth would new visitors to my blog follow my blog if they couldn’t find the floating follow button?’ ‘No problem,’ came the reply from the Happiness Engineer, ‘you can install a new follow button.’ They sent me a link on how to do this, and it transpires that for WordPress.Com users (like me) it’s a simple case of installing an external ‘Follow me’ button that looks exactly the same as the ‘Follow Blog’ widget!
Now needing some refreshments to get over the shock of my discussions with WordPress, I came to the conclusion that many visitors to my blog would look for the floating follow button that appears in the bottom righthand corner of all WordPress.Com blogs. If it were not there, then how many would look for the ‘follow blog’ widget in the widget bar? And, what about those bloggers that have WordPress themes where the widget bar is hidden behind a menu button? Would visitors really spend time looking for a way of following my blog if they could not see the floating follow button?
My decision was made, and I decided not to install the ‘Press This’ plugin. Instead, I would simply create a brand new post of no more than 50 words and add a pingback to the blog post I wanted to share. In fact, fellow blogger Sue Vincent had already mentioned this in a post she’d written about WordPress deprecating the ‘Press This’ sharing button. In the post, Sue goes into details of her frustrations with inserting the ‘Press This’ bookmarklet button in the bookmark bar, and the procedures you have to take to use the button. It’s not a ‘user-friendly’ tool.
Thankfully, Sue also goes into some other options available to bloggers now that the ‘Press This’ sharing button no longer works. So, I won’t go into them here but recommend you check out her post for all the details by clicking here.
You may ask why I just don’t go back to reblogging posts? Well, reblogging does have some pitfalls which I outlined in a post about the benefits of using ‘Press This.’ You can read about those pitfalls (which I listed towards the button of the post) by clicking here.
What about you? Now that the ‘Press This’ sharing button no longer works, what will you be doing when wanting to share the blog posts of other bloggers?
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