Note: As of March 2018, the Smart Layers WordPress Plugin is no longer available for download. If you already have it installed, it will continue to work per usual. To check out and install our supported WordPress plugins, click here.
We’ve been listening to your feedback about how to improve Smart Layers since it launched this summer. At the top of the list of requests from our users was an easier way to install Smart Layers on their Blogger/Joomla/Wordpress sites. And we heard you. I am happy to say we are now providing Smart Layers as a plugin for Blogger, WordPress, and Joomla.
We heard the news, Wibiya Users, and transitioning to a new tool might be challenging but we are here to help! AddThis offers an easy-to-implement solution so don’t miss a beat when it comes to engaging with your customers and visitors. You have a site to run, and we want to help make this change the least of your worries.
Smart Layers is an extremely user-friendly tool. It’s designed to invite your visitors to share your content, show them cool content, and even try to convince them to stay in touch with you on your social networks. But to some of your visitors, Smart Layers may come across a little “stiff.” Just like your parents and grandparents, Smart Layers isn’t always up on the latest slang or teen vernacular. That’s why you can customize!
You’ve probably installed the What’s Next, and Recommended Layers on your site/blog, and you’re thinking to yourself, “Why is that blog post with kittens doing yoga showing up in the layers?!”
Well, the easy answer is because people love watching kittens doing yoga. The not-so-easy answer is that your visitors are constantly sharing and driving more visitors to that page, which signals that the page is trending and should be recommended to other visitors. Then again, you have lots of other great content that you want to appear in those layers as well. So I’m here to help you take control of your layers.
During next Thursday’s hackathon, a group of AddThis developers will drop what they’re doing to work on integrating ValueClick’s emergency warning system into AddThis Smart Layers. They’ll focus first on creating AMBER Alerts that will dynamically display on tablets, smartphones, and computers in areas where abductions take place.
One of the key features of our new Smart Layers is something you can’t actually see. All the share buttons are personalized to each visitor. This makes it much more likely that people will share your site.
Once you’ve added the Smart Layers code to your page, there are a couple things you should know so you can optimize how the What’s Next and Recommended Content layers display on your site. Smart Layers uses Open Graph meta tags to determine how to display links to your pages, and to specify which content is shared from your page.
These days mobile and tablet rule the web, and we’re realigning our focus to create retina-ready sharing tools at AddThis. There are several trends happening, but we chose to focus on the following principles for Smart Layers: flat design, svgs, and the road to responsive, retina-ready tools. Continue reading →