AddToAny Blog

Flipboard button update

November 6th, 2014

This week we updated Flipboard across the AddToAny platform. Flipboard updated their sharing endpoint, AddToAny detected it, and the new endpoint was instantly rolled out to all AddToAny users. In classic AddToAny form, you don’t have to update your AddToAny plugins or code, but perhaps you’ll want to make Flipboard sharing more prominent on your site.

What is Flipboard?

Flipboard

Flipboard is a platform for readers to discover, collect and share new content. Millions of people use the Flipboard app for a beautiful reading experience, and the latest generation of Flipboard offers stories from over 34,000 topics to follow.

AddToAny always looks to provide the best possible integrations for major & nascent platforms. As with Twitter sharing templates, the official Pin It interface, and WhatsApp sharing on mobile, we’re keeping an eye on Flipboard for new opportunities for publishers and developers.

Below you can try out sharing to Flipboard’s web app, and you can add Flipboard to your site as a standalone button.



The new universal sharing menu design

August 14th, 2014

Next week, AddToAny is rolling out a brand new design for the universal sharing menu. As a matter of fact, one menu leads to another in the new design:

Menu 1 — The new “mini” menu of services in a classic drop-down

Service links are larger, legibly labeled, and closer in proximity to the universal share button. Email is a default service instead of a tab. The More button is more pronounced and serves to launch a brand new modal menu featuring all services.

New sharing menu drop-down design

Menu 2 — The new “full” menu of services in a modal dialog

This menu makes better use of space and is fully responsive for displays small & large across mobile, desktops, tablets and hybrid devices. Email services from the former design’s email tab are here, too, and finding multiple services is faster and friendlier on mobile & tablets.

New sharing menu modal design

The new AddToAny design modernizes the end-user experience by increasing usability and removing complexity. We bid farewell to tabs, thick borders, and superfluous text in favor of subtle refinements that include large touch targets, intuitive cues, native smooth scrolling, instant button responses, and a whole lot more that just works.

All web browsers are supported in this update, even Internet Explorer 6, which is decades old but surprisingly not difficult to accommodate. This continues AddToAny’s long tradition of efficiently supporting the widest array of browsers, devices, and configurations.

Backwards compatibility is another key feature of the new design. Configurations applied to previous AddToAny menus are aptly applied to menus of the new design. Typical customizations do not require publisher-side changes; custom menu colors and most CSS overrides port over perfectly.

The new design rolls out to sites starting next week, and we’re excited about the follow-on releases that build upon and enhance the new design.

While we’re working on the next release, please get in touch if you have any feedback at all. Enjoy!


Developers & Designers

Developers and designers should take note of a few changes that may affect deeper modifications to previous AddToAny menu versions:

  • Service links no longer have an HTML ID. Instead of hiding services using CSS, you can now exclude specific services with a single line of JavaScript.
  • Menu and service link widths have changed, and dimensional overrides (height & width) should be avoided generally. Such overrides to the old design may impact how the new menus display.
  • Custom margins are generally not recommended due to box-sizing calculations, so we recommend applying padding, if necessary, instead of margins.
  • Custom border sizes are generally not recommended due to box-sizing calculations. We recommend applying box-shadow to increase the visual size of a border, and we recommend matching the background color to hide a border altogether.

Taking the above notes and AddToAny guides into consideration, feel free to inspect and target A2A class names and IDs to override all sorts of other styling declarations. As always, let us know if you have any feedback.

Update: It’s live!

Joomla share buttons plugin available now

April 8th, 2014

AddToAny’s share buttons plugin for Joomla has officially arrived!

This brand new sharing plugin makes it easy to place AddToAny on Joomla sites and is compatible with Joomla versions 2.5 through 3+. Like our other platform plugins, you can definitely expect AddToAny to support future Joomla releases as well.

Joomla

Joomla publishers and developers have been asking about an official AddToAny Joomla extension for [far too many] years. Many used Bill Smith’s original AddToAny extension through Joomla 1.5, and those on a more recent Joomla release had to implement AddToAny’s general code or write their own Joomla extension. Code can be wonderful, especially for customization, but plug & play appeals to all, especially when it just works. We’ve struck a balance between both camps in version 1.0.0 of our Joomla plugin.

Once installed & enabled (it’s pretty easy), the AddToAny plugin automatically displays share buttons below each article. Each article’s buttons share the respective article. You can change AddToAny’s placement to the top, bottom, or top and bottom of your content. You can choose whether to display share buttons in articles on the Front Page, or to exclude certain categories. You can disable sharing for individual articles too.

The default share buttons are AddToAny’s mightily efficient and beautiful SVG share icons, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and of course AddToAny’s universal share button. You can add or remove services, use custom icons, and insert custom HTML.

Perhaps best of all, the AddToAny Options panel allows you to customize AddToAny with additional JavaScript from AddToAny’s JavaScript API. This opens up a great range of customizability, and each feature is usually just a few lines or a single line of code. Check out the docs for what you can do. For example: track shared links with URL shorteners, apply a custom Twitter message, apply a custom email template, customize the universal share menu, and so much more.

We’re excited to officially bring AddToAny sharing to more Joomla sites, and we look forward to your feedback to make the AddToAny plugin the best Joomla extension for sharing.