Social Widget Plugin for WordPress (Twitter, Facebook, RSS)

Back Admin Panel (Left) - What it Looks Like (Right)

[Note: If you've downloaded the first one, please make sure you update to this completely new plugin!]

About three months ago I released the first iteration of my take on what a “social widget” WordPress Plugin should be and since then it’s been used so heavily that I’ve decided to up the ante, so to speak, and re-write it literally from scratch, with the help of my good friend and amazing developer, @MoreTom.

From the outside it looks like almost nothing has changed but internally (the code) has been almost completely re-written and is completely optimized. The difference is so large that I decided to not even call it a “version 2″ and just re-release it and also get it hooked up into the WordPress Plugin Repository!

So, without further ado, the new and improved (but completely different) TentBlogger Social Widget! Here’s the official description:

A lightweight, fast loading and clean looking social widget to capitalize on the “Big 3″ on your blog: Twitter, Facebook, and RSS. Share your tweets from Twitter, your Facebook Profile or Page, and a RSS Feed of your choice.

Think of it as a Twitter Widget, Facebook Widget, and a RSS Widget all in one with a slick and simple unified appearance.

For those that are a little bit more “geeky” here are some of the improvements and changes that have been made:

The Sweet 411:

  • Built and tested against WordPress 3.0 and up. Ideal environment is WP3 and PHP5. Highly recommend you move to PHP5 since WordPress itself is recommending that you upgrade!
  • Built using jQuery 1.4.4. The relevant code uses its own namespace so it shouldn’t interfere with any other plugins or widgets that use jQuery.
  • Localization files provided. Just need to use POEdit to provide the local translations.
  • Tested in IE8, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.
  • If a user is comfortable editing CSS, the widget’s styles are located in the plugin’s /css directory but it’s built to theme nicely with whatever theme is being used.

Go and Download it Here from the WordPress Plugin Repository!

Of course (for those interested) here are the differences from “version 1.0″ (which was more of a BETA):

  • Completely re-written (100%) from the ground up.
  • Lighter-weight – uses CSS for effects when possible so not to require as much JavaScript.
  • Implementation is cleaner and should gracefully handle some of the errors experienced in the first version.
  • Uses updated WordPress API functions (no more deprecated function calls).

So, if you’ve download the previous version then you need to update and get this new one immediately!

Thanks so much for all of your suggestions and the amazing response to this plugin! Let us know your thoughts and whether you’re using it in the comments!

  • Adam

    Sweet! Downloading and updating mine now.

    • John Saddington

      thanks adam for your support!

      • http://www.jonstott.is christina

        Hi there. I’ve downloaded your plugin. Looks great when it works which isn’t all that often at the moment. I keep getting this error message:
        Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::get_items() in /var/www/jo/jonstott.is/public_html/wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 160
        I also decided to drop my facebook account on this plugin because it didn’t show anything. Can you please advise?

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          taking a look.

          • http://www.jonstott.is christina

            great thanks. How’d it go? :)

      • http://www.jonstott.is christina

        Hi there.

        I’ve downloaded your plugin. Looks great when it works which isn’t all that often at the moment.

        I keep getting this error message:
        Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::get_items() in /var/www/jo/jonstott.is/public_html/wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 160

        I also decided to drop my facebook account on this plugin because it didn’t show anything.

        Can you please advise? Thanks

  • http://8bit.io Tom McFarlin

    hawt!

    • John Saddington

      word up.

      • Chris

        hey John,

        How did you get your Avatar to sit flush with the text? My avatar is almost on top of the test. Any way to lower the avatar? Great job on the widget man, this thing rocks

        • John Saddington

          what’s your site?

          • Chris
            • John Saddington

              remember that it takes your current styling. the next version we’ll have an option to ignore your styling (theme) and just use the plugins’ by default.

  • Adam Shields

    how does this work with StandardTheme. Doesn’t it have the first version built in?

    • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

      Standard Theme doesn’t have this built in but this works well with it.

      Standard was actually one of the themes we used in the suite of tests when we were testing the plugin :).

  • Brian Notess

    Nice work fellas.

    • John Saddington

      word up brian.

  • http://www.fredmckinnon.com Fred McKinnon

    looks cool, John!

    • John Saddington

      thanks fred!

  • http://www.abrahamchronicles.com Dustin

    Nice! Looking forward to testing it out!

    • John Saddington

      thanks dustin!

  • http://www.davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    Hey man, thanks for this! Awesome plugin.

    • John Saddington

      thanks david!!

  • ThatGuyKC

    That’s awesome! Will install tonight when I get home.

    • John Saddington

      sweet! thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/jon_stem Jon Stem

    Sweet!! I’ll make the switch! Thanks!

    • John Saddington

      great jon!

  • http://laceyraewilcox@gmail.com Lacey Wilcox

    This is great. Where do you find your feedburner username?

    • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

      That’s the last part of your FeedBurner URL.

      If your blog’s FeedBurner address is http://feeds.feedburner.com/tentblogger, then the username is tentblogger.

      :)

  • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

    Sweet. Gonna install right now.

    • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

      It doesn’t look just right on my site. The tweets are double-spaced for some reason.

      • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

        Any ideas as to why I’m getting double-spaced tweets on the Twitter tab?

        • http://rocketplantstudio.com Brian Notess

          It’s happened on my site as well. I believe the issue is its inheriting the line-height (from the .widget class) style as way too big. Like 32. I haven’t tried it yet, but in theory, by changing the line height of your .tentblogger-social-twitter class to something more reasonable (like 14) should fix the problem.

          • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

            Sounds good, but, unfortunately, you’re speaking a language I can’t speak. :-(

            • http://rocketplantstudio.com Brian Notess

              In your WP-Admin go to Plugins>Editor and on the top right choose “Tentblogger Social Widget” from the Plugins dropdown.

              Under plugin-files choose “tentblogger-social-widget.css” and add this line to the bottom:

              .tentblogger-content-wrapper li { line-height: 22px !important;}

              FYI, I’m not to be held responsible if you break your site ;-)

              • John Saddington

                haha! thanks brian! that’s awesome.

              • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

                Sweet. That did it! Thanks, Brian. You’re da bomb!!

                • http://rocketplantstudio.com Brian Notess

                  I’m glad you didn’t break anything :-)

              • http://alexspeaks.com Alex Humphrey

                I had the same issue. Thanks for the fix!

  • Jeff

    John

    I loaded the plugin but I can’t locate the Link for the admin panel! Where is it?

    Sorry I have thesis theme. I purchased a developer edition before you came out with ST.

    • Jeff

      Never Mind…its a widget…duh!

      • John Saddington

        widgets rule.

  • Matt Macola

    Any idea on how to make the facebook section of your plugin like Brian Notess (who commented above) has gone above @ http://gothreestory.com/

    That’s so awesome!!

    • Brian Notess

      https://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like-box

      I used a “Like-Box” instead of a badge.

      • Brian Notess

        But it doesn’t look like you can do that in the most recent version

        • Brian Notess

          NM, you totally can.

          • John Saddington

            ;)

          • Sara

            Hey Brian – How’d you add the FB Like Box instead of badge? Would love to do that, too :)

            Thanks!
            Sara

            • Sara

              Figured it out – all you have to do is paste the FB Like Button Code in the box – wow – easy!

              Thanks!!!

              • Brian Notess

                Awesome! :-)

        • Matt Macola

          Awesome! I actually got it working! Thanks :)

          • John Saddington

            sweet matt!

  • Evan

    This looks great! Would love the ability to follow multiple twitter accounts. i.e. all authors on the blog. Would be a great feature I think.

    • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

      Dig it. Gonna make a note. We’ll see what we can do in the future :).

  • http://www.davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    I noticed that the Twitter & RSS within the widget hasn’t updated since I loaded it. Any idea why? Thanks.

    • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

      If you’ve got a caching plugin installed, that may be the culprit.

      If not, give it an hour or so and let us know if it refreshes. Both Twitter and FeedBurner may both be caching data on their end.

      • Chris

        Hi Tom, I’m having the same issue. It’s been about 24 hours and Twitter and FBurner still not updating. I’m not running that many plugins either.

        Thoughts?

        • John Saddington

          URL?

          • Chris

            weird. it’s working now

  • http://tommartinatl.com/learning-to-pause/ Tom Martin

    I installed the widget but for some reason I can’t move it from available to sidebar to activate, any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

      Did the plugin activate without any issues?

      What browser and version of WP3 are you using?

      • http://tommartinatl.com/learning-to-pause/ Tom Martin

        Uninstalled and reinstalled to be safe

        Successfully installed the plugin TentBlogger Social Widget – Twitter, Facebook, and RSS 1.0.

        I’m using Version 3.0.4 with Internet Explorer XP

        Same issue not able to move to sidebar

        • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

          Sorry, Tom. Can’t reproduce the plugin on this end.

          We’ll make a note and see what we can do for the next version.

        • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

          Hey Tom – I identified the bug. We’ll have an update for this pushed out later this week :).

          • cenzi

            same here. It works in the footer but not sidebar… is it a width issue?

  • Becky

    Love this plugin!

    • John Saddington

      thanks becky!

  • Chris

    I can’t seem to get it to look like it does on tentblogger.com…is it supposed to be edited with code or something to get it to look like that? Or just simply upload/activate? I’m using a Headway theme

    Thanks

    • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

      Hey Chris,

      The latest version of the plugin looks different than what’s here on TentBlogger.com.

      This is by design so that it integrates more closely with whatever theme a user is running.

      You can, however, update the included stylesheet to skin it like this.

  • Chris

    Hi guys, I downloaded the widget but it looks nothing like the picture. Do I need to know code to get it to look like that? Or just simply install/activate?

    • John Saddington

      it inherits your CSS. We’ll release one that ignores your template css soon.

  • http://resourcejunkie.com Jeff

    Hey John,

    Is there a way to add multiple social widget widgets to the front page? I want a total of 3 of these (3 different columns)tracking 3 different #hashtags.

    BTW…I am getting this error: “Error establishing a database connection” when www. is not on the front of the URL. Might be a temp issue.

    • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

      Yep – you can use multiple widgets on the page.

      • Jeff

        Is there a way to make it display only hashtaged terms? Not looking to display my twitter feed.

        • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

          This particular plugin only supports your username. We’ll consider hashtags for a future release.

  • http://fredrikhulth.se Fredrik Hulth

    A little flaw is that the little “Link”-link on the tweets do not like to be that easily translated. Apart from that, I like it big time!

    • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

      Sweet, Fredrik.

      Look for that patch in the next version.

  • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

    Love it. Adding to my blog soon.

    • John Saddington

      thanks daniel!

  • http://erikscottberg.com Erik Scottberg

    Just added it to my blog. I need to play around with the styling a bit still (out of the box it came up with a transparent background and was hard to read), but it’s up and running.

    Not sure if anyone else had this issue, but when I checked the “Use Fade Effect on Tabs?” box, it broke the tabs. They would show up and the content for Twitter was visible, but then clicking on either of the other tabs just brought up an empty content area. Then when you clicked back on Twitter, it wouldn’t repopulate. When I turned it off, it worked fine.

    • http://erikscottberg.com Erik Scottberg

      By the way, I love it. Thanks!

      • John Saddington

        sweet! thanks erik!

    • John Saddington

      it takes your styling. a new version will help you opt out of this.

      • http://erikscottberg.com Erik Scottberg

        That will be a nice feature. But I have to admit, I’m kind of glad that it wasn’t in this version. It forced me to figure out how to change it on my own. I’m not sure I would have attempted that before I came across your blog and the 8-Bit Network. I still don’t know what I’m doing half the time, but you guys have inspired me to learn more and have fun in the process.

        Thanks!

        • John Saddington

          erik,

          i LOVE that initiative! thanks for your support!

  • http://www.andyallen.com Andy Allen

    Thanks for this John. I dig it!!!

    • John Saddington

      sure thing andy!

  • http://www.growingpublic.com Nathan Reis

    What is my Badge ID? I keep getting a badge but it gives me a ton of code? You’ll see your widget on my page… I have twitter working, but I can’t get profile badge working… What do I dig out of that huge string to paste in there..

    • John Saddington

      you just copy and paste the code they give you..!

  • Craig Allen

    I have version 1.2 which had been working, but now I am getting this error (and I have changed nothing before it stopped working):

    Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::get_items() in …/wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger_social.php on line 63

    • John Saddington

      will take a look.

      • Craig Allen

        Well, it’s working again now. Didn’t do anything this time either.

        • John Saddington

          k. we’ll take a look.

    • http://www.casadeblundell.com/jonathan Jonathan Blundell

      Mine was working earlier today… and now it’s stopped with a similar error.

      Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::get_items() in …/wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 154

      • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

        This has to do with a recent change that was made to how the plugin caches your Twitter feed.

        We’ve adjusted that rate and just updated the plugin. You should see an update in your WordPress dashboard soon.

        Let us know if you see it again!

  • Pierre

    Hi, John. I read other’s positive comments and I was excited to install it. But I cannot see anything after installing and activating it. Thanks!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      it’s in your widgets section.

  • http://biblicalmen.com Chad Gray

    Love the plugin guys! How often should it pull data from Twitter? Mine hasn’t updated since early this morning. Thanks again.

    • http://biblicalmen.com Chad Gray

      Never mind, I got it. Thanks again for the awesomeness!

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        :) sweet!

  • http://hellotravis.com Travis Clark

    Hi, I just installed this plugin and for some reason it doesn’t seem to want to update the twitter feed? Maybe I did something wrong?

    website: http://hellotravis.com

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      do you have cacheing?

      • http://hellotravis.com Travis Clark

        I’m kind of a noob to this. So I’m not sure. I just uploaded it to my plugins like every other plugin. How would I check cacheing?

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          any plugins?

          • http://hellotravis.com Travis Clark

            The plugins I currently have are: askimet, clicky for wordpress, Contact Form 7, Google Analytics WordPress, Slidedeck for WordPress – Slider Widget, Tentblogger Social Widget, Theme Tester, Widget Logic, WordPress Importer.

            Not sure if any of those may effect the Twitter feed?

            • http://john.do John Saddington

              shouldn’t be… i don’t see it on your site….?

              • http://hellotravis.com Travis Clark

                I changed up some of the CSS (Maybe the issue?). It’s the thing that says “Tweet Tweet” and looks like a piece of paper.

                • http://john.do John Saddington
                  • http://hellotravis.com Travis Clark

                    It’s displaying that tweet but I tweeted something new a couple hours ago and it still hasn’t refreshed? Does it normally take that long?

                    • http://john.do John Saddington

                      might be twitter. whos’ your host?

                    • http://hellotravis.com Travis Clark

                      My host is with BlueHost.

  • http://hellotravis.com Travis Clark

    I deleted the plugin because it didn’t update all day and then reinstalled it and styled it. Still isn’t pulling my most recent tweet though. Really bizarre, not sure what else to do?

    Sorry to bug you about this. It’s really a great plugin that I hope will start updating!

    ps…This may be a long shot, but could it be something involving my actual Twitter account? Maybe there is a preference that isn’t allowing me to share? Ha, I don’t know but thought I’d throw it out there. :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      very interesting. i can take a look but we’re not having that problem with most installs.

      try changing that setting on twitter.. that would be interesting.

    • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

      Hey Travis,

      This issue has been patched and a new version of the plugin should show up in your dashboard soon (if it hasn’t already).

      It will refresh your feed every 30 seconds.

      Cool,
      Tom

      • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

        ..and by 30 seconds, I mean 30 minutes. ;/

      • http://hellotravis.com Travis Clark

        Thanks so much man. It’s working great now!

  • http://aaronconrad.com aaron

    I too have that issue with delayed if not all day lack up updates to the plugin. I like the look of it and really like the plugin, but the tweet feed seems to be as much as 24 hours off at a time. What is showing right now I said 12 hours ago for example. It seems to only pull the tweets like once a day and then not refresh again. I’ve looked everywhere for a setting but can’t seem to find one. Any ideas? I only have Standard theme widgets and Flickr RSS feed running.

    • http://tommcfarlin.com Tom McFarlin

      Hey Aaron,

      Just patched this – a new version of the plugin should show up in your dashboard soon (if it hasn’t already).

      It will refresh your feed every 30 minutes.

  • Evan C

    Hey John. I just installed the plugin last night on a new site that I’m setting up and I’m getting a fatal error on line 154. Any insight?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      can you show me a screenshot?

      • Evan C

        I pushed it live so you can take a look: http://www.bystandernomore.org

        • Evan C

          Weird…just clicked the link I posted and it seems to be working. Not sure what happened.

          • http://john.do John Saddington

            perhaps it’s twitter.

  • http://lovebunni.org Heyallo

    Love the plugin, however when I chose to display my avatar for twitter, it still displays my username (unlike the image demonstrating the plugin above

    • http://lovebunni.org Heyallo

      also the text/layout look alot bigger/different compared to the last version.

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        we’re going to release the next version so you can keep the original look.

        • http://lovebunni.org Heyallo

          You sir, are AWESOME!

          • http://lovebunni.org Heyallo

            Please do let us know when that is or if its out (because if its the 1.4, it still looks different)

            • http://john.do John Saddington

              it’ll be in the next update.

  • http://www.mariageimages.com vicky

    Hi,
    I Installed the plugin in the admin but i can not get it on the Home page of the site can you give me any help whit this?
    Thanks,
    Vicky

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      widgets.

  • http://www.mariageimages.com vicky

    Hi,
    I Installed the plugin in the admin but i can not get it on the Home page of the site can you give me any help whit this?
    Thanks,
    Vicky

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      this is dependent on your wordpress theme. should be wigetized so you can throw it up on the front page.

  • http://personalwinemerchant.com Jack Korpi

    Is really ready? Appears to work for some and not for others. I’m in the latter category.

    After putting the widget in the sidebar and entering what believe to be the correct info (more detailed description of what is required is needed) I see the following error:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::get_items() in /home/personx9/public_html/wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 154

    I see the three chicklets, but nothing happens when you click on them.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      we’ll be workign on this in the next release! thanks!

  • http://talenttutorials.com Abhimanyu

    All the things below the widget vanish! If I place it as the last widget, the footer vanishes. What is this? Any help?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      hm.. this must be a theme issue or your plugin in your facebook code incorrectly?

      • http://talenttutorials.com Abhimanyu

        Probably you are right. I tested this on my other sites and it worked fine.

        One more question, John. Can I have facebook tab appear first by default? And, my widget space is less do you have some tips to customize the plugin for good.

        http://whysodumb.com

        Its on the homepage. Thanks!

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          you could swap this via the code.

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    Awesome!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing dylan!

  • Eric

    Hi, is it possible to have the rss feed show from more than one source?

    I am using it to shows feeds from other sites that I am associated with, but I can only show the feed from one of the sources, is it possible to make it show it shows from a couple?

    • Eric

      Also is there any way to show

      - Author or where the feed is coming from
      - Date

      Instead of just the title in the RSS feed?

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        you could do a lot of this with custom code but not sure if we plan to add it. we’ll take a look.

  • Cody

    About 25% of the time, the widget is displaying the following error:
    Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::get_items() in /data/10/0/108/70/923722/user/944593/htdocs/wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 154
    Please advise on what I can do to avoid this error.
    Thank you,
    Cody

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      that’s due to twitter.

      • http://codymcburnett.com Cody

        Now it’s doing it almost all the time. What can I do to prevent this? There must be a fix… It also makes the Facebook tab display nothing.
        Here’s the site I’m using it on: http://jsberck.com

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          we could look into cacheing it.

  • Joe

    Hey, love this plugin but wondered if there was a way to add a youtube channel icon & links? hehe, cheeky I know :D

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      we could take a look.

      • Joe

        If you do it would be fantastic :D thank you!

  • http://ohiobrews.blogspot.com darren

    John,

    Don’t suppose you could easily adapt this widget for blogger? Or know where I can get something similar. I have done a lot of google-ing, but cannot find something comparable.

    Thanks!

  • Nadia

    Hi there
    I am having trouble with the widget – can I please email you?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      nadia, what specifically?

  • http://www.balanceyogawellness.com Jessica

    Hi,
    I really like this widget so far. I’ve had trouble finding a simple one to feed from my Facebook Fan page to my website sidebar.

    This is probably going to sound stupid – but how to figure out the badge? I’ve tried facebook.com/balanceyogawell and the Facebook name: Balance Yoga Wellness + Ayurveda, and even copying all the Badge code from the facebook page that you give the hyperlink to.

    Twitter works great.

    Can you help?

    Thank you,

    jessica

  • http://www.momonamission.me Jackie Brown

    I uploaded the plug in and filled out the info. What does this error mean? How can I fix it? I’m still trying to figure out how to get to the template welcome with the generic text. Got ideas?
    Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::get_items() in /home/content/75/7586375/html/wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 154

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      that’s an issue with twitter. did it fix itself?

  • http://gloriousgardenliving.com Simone

    I LOVE your widget and use it on a few different sites (both mine and my clients’). On one site (referenced above)the widget border does not fit into my sidebar – how do I change this?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      you have to code a little…

  • http://jonmanna.com Jon Manna

    ON both my sites (http://jonmanna.com and http://worshipdrummer.ca) Why doesn’t the twitter text start at the top? 8Bit support said to ask you here.

    Thx

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah, you have to change some of the CSS… you up for the challenge?

      • http://jonmanna.com Jon Manna

        i am :) …and I know girls like guys with skills. Unfortunately, I just don’t have CSS skills lol

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          your goal is to learn. seriously. you could be deadly-awesome with even some knowledge.

  • http://www.medicalling.com Dave Delfin

    Hi! This plugin is cool. But how do I change the position of twitter and facebook? I want facebook to be in the first sequence. Please Help me,

    Another question, what is the social plugin that floats on the right side of this side? the one that follows when scrolling…Thank you guys!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      you’d have to adjust some of the code.

  • Jeff

    Hi John,
    Cool widget. Is there any way to just show the badges?
    Thanks, Jeff

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i’m sorry, what do you mean?

      • Jeff

        I do not want it to have the tweets or the rules around it. Just the badges to link to my pages.

        Thanks!

  • Max

    is it possible to link with a facebook group? (not just page)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      you could if you’d like. you can edit the code.

      btw, get a gravatar: http://john.do/gravatar/

  • KeAsha Rogers

    Hi there, I love to get your plug-in installed on my site. Unfortunately I cannot get it to show up in the sidebar. FYI-I am using a custom template. I know the sidebar is widget-ready because I am able to insert other widgets. Is there a specific shortcode I am supposed to use? Here is the code I have:

    Let me know. Cheers!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      not seeing the code. if it’s widget ready then you should see the widget as an option.

  • Aleina

    Nice plugin. I have installed it in my photo blog. Thanks.
    http://greatpicx.com/

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thanks so much aleina! enjoy.

  • Wilfredo Mora

    Mine is not working for Facebook neither rss. And twitter just work at the
    First time when i open the page. Please more detail in the instructions
    To filo the field fir FB and RSS

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      can you show me a screenshot or two?

  • Regina

    First of all, your daughter is adorable! Second of all, I am having an issue with the plug-in. Probably something I did, but I have deleted it and reinstalled it 4 times already. On my homepage, it is showing up fine, except under the RSS tab. I am getting the following error:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::get_item_quantity() in /home/rvelie/public_html/wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 174

    Which is also making me unable to access my widgets under wordpress admin. (http://thetampabaysaver.com/wp-admin/widgets.php)

    Your help is appreciated!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      that’s related to twitter itself. just give it a sec.

      • Regina

        To Twitter? It’s the RSS that is messing up, I think. It has been 4 hours since I installed it.

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          can you delete it via ftp?

  • Regina

    I believe it is because I think I put the whole URL for feedburner, not just the user name. I can’t access my widgets to edit it though.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ah. did you get this fixed?

  • http://john.do John Saddington

    can you show me a screenshot(s)?

    • Regina

      No, not fixed yet. :(
      Yes, I can delete it via FTP, but when I reinstall it the same thing happens. Here are the screenshots:

      http://thetampabaysaver.com/wp-content/uploads/plugin_screenshots.docx

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        try using the plugin first. uninstall it right now.

        • Regina

          I uninstalled it and reinstalled it and it is still doing the same thing.

          • http://john.do John Saddington

            and you can’t change it via widgets?

            • Regina

              No, I can’t access any of my widgets. It seems it is saving the settings, even when I uninstall and reinstall.

  • Regina

    When I uninstall it, then I can see my widgets. However, once I reinstall it, I get the error on my widgets page.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      un-install it for now. seems to be a bit wonky. i’ll have to take a look.

  • http://www.wolforg.eu Wolforg

    Hello and congratulations for this great plugin :-)
    I’ve translated it in french today but where must I put the files and what name this file must have?
    Feel free to download this translation for next versions here : http://www.wptrads.fr/extension/tentblogger-social-widget/

    Best Regards,

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      awesome! you are the best!

      • http://www.wolforg.eu Wolforg

        Thanks but it’s not very hard to translate your plugin :-) Could you say me where I must put the file and wht must be his name please? :-)

        • http://8bit.io Tom McFarlin

          Check out this page, Wolforg.

          We follow those practices – you should see a /lang/ directory inside of the actual plugin directory. All localization files go there.

  • matt c

    Hey,
    Thanks for a great widget and nice blog too, i’ll be back.

    I was wondering whether it would be managable, or easy to change the facebook aspect of this to the linkedin feed?

    thanks,
    Matt

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      you could if you wanted!

  • http://lovebunni.org Heyallo

    Hey John, how do I get the widget to only show my Twitter avatar and not my username? because when I enable my avatar, it shows it right next to my twitter name instead of how it looks in the screenshot.

    There’s also a white line displaying on the tabs now when its on a background other than white.

    (see my website lovebunni.org for what I’m talking about)

    Otherwise I love your work!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      you could edit it in the code if you know how.

      • http://lovebunni.org Heyallo

        yeah, I don’t know how =(

        what would I have to change?

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          time to learn a bit of code… jump in the plugin and poke around.

          • http://lovebunni.org Heyallo

            I know basic PHP, enough to keep myself out of trouble, however this poking around just made me very confused.

  • Yetunde

    The plugin disabled my footer and other sidebar widget content.

    What’s likely the issue?

    Regards

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      not sure. theme incompatibility perhaps.

  • Yetunde

    having issues with my rss feed link.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      did you refresh? sometimes twitter has issues.

      • Yetunde

        yeah..thanks I got it correctly now.

        THANKS

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          awesome.

  • http://www.nickblevins.com Nick Blevins

    I’m getting the same error others have gotten:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::get_items() in /home/therealk/public_html/wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 154

    It doesn’t fix itself and other widgets work fine. Also, line 154 in the file doesn’t seem to even reference get_items()?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i’ll have to take a look.

  • Michael

    Yikes. I’m getting weird results. My admin toolbar disappeared as well as any widgets UNDER this one, I cannot see anything when I click the facebook or feedburner tab and the twitter tab gives me the following:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::get_items() in /home/content/37/7895137/html/wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 154

    Help?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      have to take a look at this.

  • http://8bit.io Tom McFarlin

    This can be due to a couple of things (either Twitter or the frequency of requests that are being made to Twitter from this plugin on your blog).

    Disable it for an hour or so, re-enable it. If it still happens, let us know.

    Regardless, we’re making a note and will aim to patch this soon.

    • http://www.nickblevins.com Nick Blevins

      That’s cool. I used another one for now but would really like to use this one.

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        thanks nick!

  • Michael

    Just an additional note. I only today installed this and had these issues immediately. :(

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      ok. thanks. will check.

  • http://ilovethechurch.com Romey Ritter

    Hi John,

    I started using this a couple of days ago and liked the way it looked, plus it is easy to use.

    Occasionally it would show an error on my twitter feed, which would go away if I refreshed my page.

    Then just about an hour ago it stopped working, and all the text disappeared from my blog with it. After I removed the widget, all my text reappeared, my blog was fine again. So I reset the widget back into my sidebar and whammo, all my text disappeared from my blog again.

    So now I have disabled the widget and I am wondering what is going on. I am noticing others having some problems.

    Thanks
    Romey

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      that is possibly twitter acting up as it does occassionally. i’ll make note though.

      • http://www.nickblevins.com Nick Blevins

        It would make sense since Twitter is crazy like that but other twitter widgets work fine.

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          definitely will take a look.

          • http://ilovethechurch.com Romey Ritter

            Good to know, thanks.
            I did put it back up after a few days with no problems at all.
            Thank you for the plugin!!! and every thing else.

            • http://john.do John Saddington

              sure thing romey!

  • Michael

    I get the update for this plugin the other day. Unfortunately it still seems that there is something about my site it doesn’t like.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      what’s wrong now?

  • Michael

    Well pretty much the same as before. I get an error message on the twitter pane, nothing in either facebook or rss panes and it makes my admin bar at the top disappear. I haven’t tried disabling other plugins to see if one of them may be the culprit, it’s on my list of things to do after work tomorrow…I’ll let you know what I find out..

  • Michael

    I’m at a loss as to why I can’t manage to get this to work.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      so sad… ther’es something interfering if you’re using standard theme…

  • http://frndwrk.com Jesse Phillips

    Hey, I’m having trouble with the plugin, the code generated in the sidebar adds a few , which is weird. So it messes-up the markup on my site. The weird part is that these ending div tags use the same comment style as the theme I’m using. It produces:

    (((note, this closes the opening div for the sidebar widget )))

    (((Note: see here, it adds these here :( )))

    (((this is my code after the dynamic sidebar code))))

    Anyone know why this is? Or how to fix it?

    • http://frndwrk.com Jesse Phillips

      LOL, this didn’t work, I showed some html here, that didn’t display:

      • http://john.do John Saddington

        you definitely might need to do a little work to get it to display correctly.

  • http://www.rainestorm.com rainestorm

    I would like to thank you for your plugin. Imagine my surprise when I noticed that it altered the paragraph formatting of every article on my website. Now I get to go in and reformat all of them. It’s only 81 posts, though. How long can that possibly take? I can’t wait to redo all of that work!

    Thanks again!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      it shouldn’t do that…! hmm.

  • http://www.jofr.org John Lyman

    While I greatly appreciate the fact that you’ve created an easy to use tabbed widget might I suggest that you design it more inline with similar ones used by Washington Post and the New York Times with their widgets.

    The look of your widget, while good, I feel could be greatly enhanced by making it more similar to theirs and this would definately increase your downloads.

    Thanks and this isn’t meant as a slight against your plugin.

    Only my assessment.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure! let me take a look.

  • http://www.steckinsights.com Steck Insights

    @Michael and @JohnSaddington, did the issue with Standard Theme and Tentblogger ever get smoothed out? We are having an issue (similar to most users’ “Fatal error” problems), so we are eager to find a solution to that, but we are using Standard Theme from 8Bit as well, so I was just checking in to see if there was an update.

    Thanks

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      this is typically a twitter issue.

  • Zapra Corporation

    Hello guys..
    I have an error when active your plugins..
    the error message like this :

    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 238

    Hope you can solve this problem.

    Thank you..
    Best regards

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      you still having this issue?

  • http://www.inch-rims.com Inch Rims

    Thank you I was looking for this

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      cool!

  • Jamie O’Donoghue

    Wow! I have no idea how I missed this one. Just implemented this John. Thank you so much for your hard work.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      awesome! you’re welcome!

  • Big D

    Is there a way to post this in with php code?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      you could extract it if you’d like.

  • http://www.galleykitchen.net Bake Up, Little Suzy

    Very cool plugin! Thanks so much. I have a couple of questions, if you don’t mind:

    1. The Twitter feed hasn’t updated in about 16 hours.

    2. The right side of the Facebook box is cut off.

    Can you help? Many thanks!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      do you know any css?

      • http://www.galleykitchen.net Bake Up, Little Suzy

        I’m afraid not. I think I’m in over my head. That’s why I’ve been too intimidated to change my theme. I don’t want to goof up my little blog!

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          no need to change then! it’s not worth the anxiety!

  • http://youcandoanything.com Justin

    This looks great but doesn’t seem to work (using wordpress 3.3)

    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/content/79/8667579/html/wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 238

  • http://www.anidolheart.com Grant Jenkins

    I just DLd this plug-in and am getting the same “Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in … wp-content/plugins/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 238″ error that Justin is getting. Help?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      updated this. try again.

      • http://www.realblueorange.com rbo

        This error on line 238 is still there. It disappears when you activate one of the three options in the widget. The error triggers another error: Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cache limiter – headers already sent (… in the si-contact-form plugin. That disappears as well after activating one of the options.

        I am using WP 3.3.2.

        By the way: checking Show avatar for twitter does not show the correct avatar for tweets that have been retweeted. I’ve switched it off now, but it would be nice if this works correct.
        Great plugin though.

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          thanks. i’ll have to see.

  • http://www.itechcode.com Amit Shaw

    Thanks for this plugin. Am gonna include on my blog site. Just awesome Plugin. Thank again,

  • Ahmed

    hi,
    i just want to notice you that the plugin not working with wordpress 3.3.1

    it hide my footer

    thanks

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i’ll take a look.

  • Kulwant Nagi

    Thanks a lot for such a wonderful plugin.. I am going to add this on my blog and going to squeeze it full :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      awesome! rock it!

  • http://amethystwebsitedesign.com Marcy

    Do you have plans to add Pinterest sharing soon?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i have thought about it… but i’m not sure i have an image focus as much as some do. thoughts?

      • http://amethystwebsitedesign.com Marcy

        No, you’re more into words, and you do a really great job with what you do. I’ll just look at one of the dedicated plugins for that site then. Thanks, John!

        • http://john.do John Saddington

          ah. there are a few good ones out there.

  • Candice

    I’m replatforming (can’t even believe I’m using that word) and love the elegance of this plugin. My twitter tab looks great. I’m having trouble getting the Facebook badge code for my fan page (wishcraftworkshop). Any advice? THANK YOU SO MUCH

    • Candice

      duh. found it. laugh now if you must.

  • http://www.realblueorange.com rbo

    I just got the following error:
    Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::get_items() in ………/tentblogger-social-widget/tentblogger-social-widget.php on line 160

    I deactivated the plugin. I use WordPress 3.3.2.

    See also the bug I published earlier today in this list.

  • Astrid Wirawan

    Hi There John,

    somehow My facebook icon is in a new line instead of beside the twitter icon?

    How can I fix this???

    Thanks!!!

  • http://www.sharingfarm.ca sharingfarm

    twitter hasn’t updated for us in about 5 days. I tried deleting the widget and the plugin and reinstalling. It’s not reading the values in the widget options. Even if I change the twitter name to someone else, it is still displaying our tweets from days ago. Any pointers on what we should try?

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      i believe twitter has updated their settings. i’ll have to take a look.

      • http://gravatar.com/daniilsimkin Daniil Simkin

        Waiting eagerly for an update ;)

  • Omar

    Hey John, when I try to use twitter in your widget it gives me the error “There was a problem retrieving your Twitter feed.”, what could it be?

  • http://gravatar.com/daniilsimkin Daniil Simkin

    Hoping that the issue is going to be resolved soon. I also fight with the problems of the posters above. It just stopped retrieving my Tweets some time ago and now is just displaying the old tweets.

  • Kay

    Noticed John is no longer updating the plugin. First THANKS for an awesome plugin.

    Found this hack on WordPress and it worked for me to resolve the twitter feed issue. http://wordpress.org/support/topic/twitter-change-url-to-rss-simple-patch

    Also noticed that I can no longer use the “fade effect” option as it complete wipes out any of the feeds.

    Good luck and hope this might help some other people.

    Thanks again John! You do great work.