Wow … I never thought I would be saying this, but I’ve made the switch from Social Warfare to Social Pug. Both Social Warfare and Social Pug are social sharing plugins for WordPress. I’ve always promoted and loved Social Warfare, until now.
It all started when they made the big update to Social Warfare 3.0. There were major issues, and things started going downhill. And didn’t stop. The clincher for me was the latest news that Social Warfare had been hacked, and it was subsequently removed from the WordPress plugin repository due to vulnerabilities.
On the afternoon of March 21, 2019, the developers were made aware of Zero-Day vulnerability that affected the plugin. That wreaked a ton of havoc on many websites using the plugin, including mine! The URLs to my blog posts were directing everyone to a nasty looking site that was most likely caused by malware. Not good!Is your social sharing plugin a help or a hindrance?
Fortunately, their development team submitted an update/patch to the WordPress update-repository, which addresses the vulnerability, and undoes any changes it makes. That came out the following day, so we applied it to my site, and it looks like the problem is corrected. We’re running a couple of scans just to make sure.
So … since there have been ongoing issue with the plugin for quite a while now, this was just the icing on the cake. As much as I have loved the plugin, I decided to move on to greener pastures.
One of the ones most recommended social sharing plugins right now (by many people I know and trust) is Social Pug, so that’s where I’ve gone. It’s the same price (Pro version is $29 a year for someone with one blog), has all of the same features, PLUS social follow buttons. What really floats my boat is Social Pug has a migration tool that will convert all of your Social Warfare data over to Social Pug, including the Click-to-Tweets created using Social Warfare. I won’t lose a one. There is also a free version that doesn’t include the social share buttons or Click-to-Tweet, as well as options for those with multiple blogs.
If Social Warfare has been your social sharing plugin of choice, it would be my recommendation to switch. We are moving several clients from one to the other at their request. If you’re still happy and aren’t concerned and want to keep Social Warfare then, by all means, stay with them. I really like Social Pug, but it doesn’t really matter which one you choose … it’s totally up to you!
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In business since 1991, Terry Green is the founder/CEO/President of BizEase Support Solutions, an American-based, online marketing support company comprised of a team of talented professionals from around North America. BizEase excels at providing speakers and business coaches worldwide with seamless online marketing solutions, from setting up ecommerce solutions, membership sites, web design and maintenance, to writing blog posts and managing Social Media and PR campaigns. BizEase clients (who span five continents) take great joy in allowing the BizEase team to take care of the details so they can get back to doing what they do best! Click here to get our weekly tips ezine delivered to your inbox every other Friday, with tips on plugins, apps, and tools to make you more productive today!