Here at WordPress.com we care about making things look good. Automattic, Inc., our parent company, invests heavily in design: every engineering team has a full-time designer. We know making things look and feel great is important and we love making things people love to use.
Over the last few weeks we’ve studied the most popular features people add to their blogs. Things like Sharing, Likes and Ratings. Previously when you turned them on it made your blog look cluttered, defeating the purpose of the features themselves. This made us sad.
After much research, prototyping and testing by Beau and Hugo, we’ve released a simplified, more attractive design. These features now appear as friends, lining up in orderly columns, sharing attractive styles and working together to get you the activity from your visitors you want to have.
You may notice the designs for individual buttons have changed. One specific difference is now the ‘smart button’ setting is now global (renamed “Official Buttons”) and not per button. If you had mixed buttons before, you’ll now have them unified. This was a necessary tradeoff to make the larger design changes possible.
We think you and your visitors will appreciate this new design. If you haven’t used features like Sharing before, now is a great time to turn them on.
:) really appreciated!
Aww! Please don’t be sad! The improvement is truly beautiful.
It looks beautiful, thank you! :)
“like” button is not working on my blog anymore. It has turned into an ordinary Facebook button which only shares posts. Why???
Much nicer now than before!
Looks good – except the Google+ button. That one looks out of place with the rest.
Its very good! It really is beautiful. ;-)
I love the way that changes happen before your eyes, this is a definite improvement – thanks!
It looks great thank you! :)
Only problem is the Google+1 does not align properly with the Facebook and Twitter buttons which have a different button height.
About time, glad to see you guys looking out for these small details wrongly presented and correcting them. Thanks
Much more aesthetically pleasing! A bit confusing when I first saw them w/o the benefit of having read this post, but much nicer than it was before. One suggestion: I think that in your mention of the “unified” buttons, you should mention the button styles available & where to find them. I’m not sure I would have understood how to change the different button types if someone else hadn’t mentioned it in a forum post. To display smart buttons, go here: Settings > Sharing > Button style > Official buttons.
Great work! I always thought the sharing scheme was too cluttered before…this is a big improvement. Thanks!
Yep, that’s a keeper!
Yeah it looks nicer.
Nicely done. Thank you!
Thanks to MMadfan for a few instructions! I was just wondering when I read your input. Yea!
Beautiful sure, but there’s not the ‘Facebook like’ button anymore nor the ‘tweets counter’ button.
I’m probably out of line here with this reply. I don’t know what I’m doing yet. I’m new to blogging and so… If the above is designed to show people something and if I missed the boat here, well sorry for this but I just wanted to respond to the words within ‘This is for you’ So I’m so warned but I don’t think my world is so precious that I must monitor and maximize each and every second of it. The other things I can do are nearly infinite. So! My life is rich and full. I’m am the only judge who can adjudicate that fact so just leave it alone. What are you talking about when you say there are things I’m supposed to be reading? Where is this rule book of yours which would tell me what to read, and why? As to your comment regarding thinking thoughts I’m supposed to think? What the hell is that all about? I don’t need to read any thing at all. Ask the newspapers how many are reading their products. Don’t you know people just don’t read much anymore…
Ok, it seems I can’t read. Sorry :-)
I love this! So clever.
Thank you for the email. Look forward to the ever improving workpress :) I would say an overall success!
This is great; it looks so much better!
Very neat. I really like it. Thanks :)
I LOVE IT!
It looks so much better.
Thank You and keep up the good work!
Every day I’m more impressed by WordPress. My only request would be to have the new, cleaner buttons while retaining the counter. The counter is a subtle way of showing readers that there is some activity on the site. I’d like the best of both worlds, the new buttons and the counter..
Is it possible to get an option in the Top Rated widget where the blogger can select which tab to show as a default?
It used to show Today as the default tab until you introduced All as a default first tab. I had to stop using it because my blog is a fast moving blog and I have no use to keep All as a default tab for this widget. This also made me remove Rating stars because it was useless.
looks better,smaller less cluttered.
That looks really nice. Thank you!
Great work, thank you very much. Now it looks much cleaner.
Suggestion on the print button, could you think the way you print to print only the text of the article?
This is pretty cool.
Nice! Practical and simply labeled makes it easy to choose.
This is useful 4 me,thanks
you could have written something of value that would uplift people, an then their time would have been well-spent. A thought?
Not to be a Debbie downer, but I don’t get it.
I dosent works. In my Blog is writen only: Rate, but not Share. So the whole does not appear uniformly left-justified! It looks more mess than before!
I have solved the problem. But i still like it more how it was before. Now there more lines, more unrest, more words…
Love it. Beautiful. Thank you!!!!
that’s more of an eye candy now.. :D thanks! :D
Sweet. Thanks for all your hard work!
Hi Scott, thanks for at this. I too have social buttons at my blog posts, but they do not seem to be aligned properly and look cluttered. Please tell me some solution. Here is the address to my blog:http://cellcustomize.com
I don’t have Sharing listed under my settings. What am I missing? Still learning how to use WordPress.
I like it, but I don’t see the change in my page :( Do I have to do anything or is it automatic?
Never mind. Retract last statement. Figured it out. Installed Sharedaddy.
Looks really bad on the K2-Lite theme :/
Hi. Great looks! But…
1) My “LinkedIn” button isn’t loading, all the rest do, or maybe my connection is slow. 2) With these new changes, does the difference between normal buttons and smart buttons still exist? i.e. when people click, are these new buttons registering the clicks in the stats? Thanks
Nice and organized! Beautiful :)
Thaks !! It’s great
I like I like….keep up the awesome work
WP.com is Great! Thanks!
This improvement automatically fixed a bug in WPTouch mobile theme. When viewing with my mobile browsers, I did never see any sharing buttons on the posts or pages , however in general(nontouch) mobiles, in which WordPress Mobile Theme by Alex King works, there buttons were shown. Now, everything is okay and I can tweet, share via my touch phone because these beautiful buttons are there. I have a doubt, when I tweeted one post from my blog, ‘via @wordpressdotcom’ was suffixed with the tweet. Can I change or eliminate it?
Excellent work – Keep it coming!
I like it :)
It’s so better than earlier.
good job. keep working hard ^_^
Great, looks so much better! :D
we are….. god team……oke
…Se nota que el equipo de WordPress se preocupa por mejorar cada día. Great work!!!
I really like this. It looks so much cleaner.
How can I insert these features in my blog?
Thanks again wordpress I really love this new feature. You are right – it does streamline the page and looks much better.
it’s look very nice.. thanks
Hi Beau, Many thanks – looks great. BTW – the friends are aligned in rows, not columns :)
All very nice and good thinking. But its a very weird piece of text that comes along with the change….. couldnt you have picked a better text instead of “You just wasted 2 seconds bla bla. Is your life that empty bla bla…”
Pretty organized! Loved it :)
…yes,thank you for the email…
Certainly adds beauty to a blog. Go tmine turned on and loving the effect. Thats great
Like this. Posts look more neat now. First I got a shock when I found this on my homepage, too, in a place where I did not care to have it at all, but then remembered that I can still switch it off for a specific page so everything is just perfect right now. :-)
Thank goodness. I really didn’t like the way the ‘share this’ stuff looked when I put all the ones I wanted on there, so I felt I had to limit my selections for the sake of beauty. Now I can enable sharing with reckless abandon and no concern that beauty will suffer. Well done!
Neat, Tidy, clear, AND aesthetically pleasing – win!
Thanx for sharing this info =)
Looks better than the previous one. :)
Very nice! I just noticed this today before I received this message and was really please. I appreciate these small but aesthetically pleasing changes! Thank you.
Beautiful, but how i can add “Rate This” to my blog?
thanks for sharing! :)
Gr8 work… Looks pretty cool than earlier… thanks! but font for “Rate this”, “Share this” & “Like” is increased automatically, which I couldn’t resolve in anyway… Plz help me out.. :)
Thanks for your efforts in polishing the already well-polished WordPress even further! I would like to ask if the option for Facebook “Like” button (with counts) and Twitter counts will be available again. These two features are quite important for us. Many thanks!
Unfortunately it screw up the font size for the ‘share this’ text.
And google+1′s button it’s horizontally aligned.
Good change. Many thanks
I like the looks. But miss the numbers of twits on the page and find a little cheecky to have add /via @worldpress on all twits!!
Much better! I like it.
But there is minor issue in my theme. there is no label “Share This”
Please change the color of lines in dark color scheme.
I noticed the changes but thought it had to do with something else, like my version of windows or internet explorer. I love it! K
>>> If you switch to “Official Buttons”, then the button is now a Like button. In the text/icon only modes, it’s a standard share button.
Thanks for the tip, Beau! I was crazy trying to enable the FB Like.
I should try this, thanks!
You’ve convinced me. Just hope I can find out how to do it.