WordPress.com bloggers can enable social networking sharing buttons that appear below their posts on their blogs. I originally enabled Official buttons on this page > Settings > Sharing to appear on my Front Page, Archive Pages, and Search Results as well as on Posts and Pages. I have now chosen to enable display only on Posts and Pages.
Show buttons on:
__ Front Page, Archive Pages, and Search Results
I insert “the more tag” into each post to enable the display of more posts choices for my visitors on my front page but I found when sharing icons were enabled for Front Page, Archive Pages, and Search Results:
- page loading time was longer;
- the amount of space occupied by the sharing buttons and gravatars rivaled the space occupied by the post excerpts;
- the appearance was cluttered.
Reader Feedback on Social Networking Button Placement
I have posted before and after images above and now that I have made this change I’m open to hearing feedback from my readers. I may even change my mind based on your responses.
- Does removing the display of the social networking sharing buttons from the front page, archives and search results negatively affect your experiences as a reader of this blog?
- Do you consider the hiding of the social networking sharing buttons, which now only appear when the title of the post or comment bubble is clicked and the post is fully displayed on it’s own page, to be an improvement to your reading experience or not?
- Which choice have you made regarding the display of social networking sharing buttons on your own blog(s) and why?