Google+ plug-in for WordPress that Passes Validation

February 6th, 20120 Comments »

Update. The makers of Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons have updated their plug-in and Google+ now works without throwing out validation errors.  That’s the great news.  The bad news is I have had to remove my FB like button because it is taking over a full minute to load.  Definitely not good.  I don’t know if this is inherent to the FB share button itself so I am, of course, going to investigate but I  am glad to see that Google+ is working. I’m deleting the Add Google Plus one Social Share Button because as mentioned below, the placement options don’t really work for me. End Update

If you’re looking for a Google+ plug-in for WordPress that actually passes validation, then you will want to keep reading because after 2 very frustrating days, I found one

Just how important is site validation.  Depending on whom you speak with, the answer varies. Logically, a well run site with little to no errors most likely helps with Search Engine Optimization.  Large corporations have the advantage of employing a team to administer and monitor sites. Most Bloggers, especially newbie’s don’t.

I spent a very frustrating 2 days, trying to find a WordPress plug-in that works.  I’m using a plug-in for sharing at the end of my posts called Really Simple Facebook Twitter Share Buttons.  It’s a great plug-in and provides the simple  functionality I wanted.  I then signed up with Google+, eagerly created my profile and added my Google+ info to the Really Simple Share Settings.  Big mistake.  Site Report Card validation showed I had 18 errors all because of Google+.  I then deactivated the plug-in and still had the errors so I had to delete the plug and then go back in and add it again without Google+.  I spent countless more hours trying other plug-ins which yielded similar results.

I then decided to give it one last go and tried Add Google Plus one Social Share Button. To my amazement it worked.  No HTML errors.  Now the plug-in isn’t perfect.  On the plus side, as mentioned, there are no errors.  That’s very significant.  The flaws I have found is that the icon is placed on the main posts page but not the home page.  I looked in the options and there is an option for you to place the short-code for the button where you desire in the template.  I wanted to place it next to the Really Simple Share buttons.

After another few frustrating hours, I finally figured out that if I turn off the default position option of placing the Google+ button in the top, bottom or top and bottom of posts, then the read more button on my posts is disabled and if you click on a post title to view it in its entirely, it’s blank.

Determining the actual source of the problem is a bit beyond my technical skills. Although I am pleased to finally have the Google+ button on my site, it is not in an ideal location.  I did send an email to the plug-in author and when I receive a response, I’ll pass along any relevant information. He also has a site that has great information.

Bottom line is that if you want a Google+ plug-in for WordPress on your site that passes validation, you now have  a viable option.



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A Las Vegas "native" by way of New York, I'm a professional blogger who favors all things Las Vegas and offers a unique, witty and sometimes controversial perspective. You can count on me to tell it like it is. Please visit my other sites Las Vegas World News and Celebrity Feast Connect with me on Google+ Chellies World on Google+

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