Back in 2010 we introduced the exciting new ability to Like the individual posts you’ve read all around WordPress.com. It’s been one of our most popular features since then, as evidenced by the chart below that goes up-and-to-the-right as an indication of great success and achievement.
Today I’m happy to announce a few enhancements to the way Likes work that we think you’ll really like.
Show Likes on Pages
In the past, we’ve always restricted Likes to individual blog posts. Given the success of Likes, we want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to Like what they are reading, wherever they are reading it. Likes now share the same display settings as your sharing buttons (which you can change from Settings -> Sharing in your dashboard). In addition to showing Likes on single posts, you can now show Likes on all of your site’s content:
Here’s an example of Likes displayed on a blog’s front page:
Show Likes on Gallery Images
In addition to making Liking posts easier, we wanted everyone to be able to Like all of the things you publish on your blog, including media. So, we’ve also added the ability to Like photos directly from inside image galleries, like this:
What You’ve Liked
Now that it’s super easy to Like everything you see, you need a place to see what you’ve Liked. To make this as convenient as possible, we’ve added a link in the Reader that lists all of the posts you’ve liked across all of WordPress.com. You also have instant access to your favorite posts through the official mobile WordPress apps for all your favorite mobile gadgets.
We think these tweaks really improve the Liking experience, and we hope that you enjoy them!
Did you think I was going to say “like” again? :)
- Apr 26, 2012 @ 8:28 pm
Apr 26th at 8:37 pm
I like to like things.
Apr 26th at 8:38 pm
I don’t just like this, I love it!
Apr 26th at 8:44 pm
I love the “like” button since I can give a heads up to the blogger that I read it, especially if I am rendered speechless which isn’t often!
Apr 26th at 8:47 pm
I think my visitors are not used to the like button yet. But I’m pretty sure that seeing it more often they will notice it – and like it lol
Apr 26th at 9:00 pm
Reblogged this on Colby is Mega.
Apr 26th at 9:13 pm
I love the “like” button — appropriately enough. I only wish we could also “Like” comments from readers. Of course, I’d probably spend all my time liking their comments instead of writing new content, so I can see how that might be a catch-22!
Apr 26th at 9:17 pm
I like the fact that you’re enhancing the likes but I disliked the thing that all my previously liked blog posts were gone when the last time you made changes to the like button.
Apr 26th at 9:46 pm
Finally! Likes for all.
Apr 26th at 9:55 pm
I like liking things that I like to like,
Apr 26th at 10:18 pm
I would “like” to have a “love” button with a heart for the o. Just a thought. A girl can dream.
Apr 26th at 10:31 pm
Apr 26th at 10:46 pm
I dig liking things, too.
Apr 26th at 11:10 pm
Apr 26th at 11:11 pm
Nice! Thank you!
Apr 26th at 11:45 pm
Hmmm…I “like” this with every pun intended ;-D
Apr 26th at 11:56 pm
Lovely update! Any plans on making it possible to “Like” a comment?
Apr 27th at 12:01 am
Had to wake up from my nap to let you know how much I like this
Apr 27th at 1:34 am
Ooh, I’m a fan (hey lookee that, I managed to avoid saying like – yay me!) of being able to see everything I liked, thanks for the new feature
Apr 27th at 1:35 am
Love the like button. It would be nice if readers who weren’t bloggers could “like” posts too.
Apr 27th at 1:44 am
For some people, how many likes accumulated for particular post is kind of scoring. Anyway, some people view it as spam to link to other website. I personally like the way “likes” work, it handy and quick way to tell author, I like it…
It better then comment, because we not always got something to feedback, and just simply like.
Apr 27th at 1:47 am
Apr 27th at 2:25 am
i have only been with WordPress about six weeks, and I love this blog site. The people here are great. Everyone is so kind to each other. I am amazed at how many followers I have received with my short stories. You do an awesome job with this site. Thank you for doing above and beyond to keep it great!
Apr 27th at 2:31 am
I thought this one has been going on for long time ago?
Apr 27th at 2:36 am
The like button is very cool thanks for this post!
Apr 27th at 2:39 am
Excellent! Thank you~
Apr 27th at 2:45 am
Like, yes I did expect you to say “like” again. Thanks!
Apr 27th at 2:51 am
Apr 27th at 3:16 am
Likes on the archive page are an awesome addition, though I still hope that people will comment as comments always mean more than likes
Apr 27th at 3:23 am
Finally we can like pages, thanks so much… love the continued development you guys put into wp thx!
Apr 27th at 5:34 am
Needless to say I “like” it all all tips and info are appreciated.
Apr 27th at 5:37 am
This is nice
Apr 27th at 6:26 am
Thanks!! was struggling to figure that one out – Made my life much simpler!
Apr 27th at 8:03 am
Apr 27th at 8:42 am
yes nice love the pup
Apr 27th at 9:06 am
Has been tremendous for discovering other’s blogs and vice versa
Apr 27th at 10:03 am
I like the ‘like’ button as a way to let someone know that someone out there has read their blog. It makes me feel that I have left some positive vibes in my wake.
Apr 27th at 10:06 am
Apr 27th at 10:38 am
Apr 27th at 11:10 am
Like is a great option. The iPhone app needs to be spruced up a little so we can like & share on the go
Apr 27th at 11:42 am
Been waiting for this brill’..;)
Apr 27th at 1:12 pm
When are you bringing it to JetPack?
Apr 27th at 2:06 pm
Apr 27th at 3:46 pm
Its a good development, though I’d wish it would still be possible to show or hide the “likes” and “shares” on the frontpage…i.e we would prefer to have only the shares on the front page and then both shares and likes on the individual posts as many likes start distracting from our images for our blog… maybe something for the future
Apr 27th at 3:58 pm
yes you are right. Alternatively maybe one could hide the gravatar images on the front page, so that it just displays “like this…xx people like this” which would then still allow immediate likes but be visually less dominant, but you are right – sometimes the less options one can tick, the better
Apr 27th at 4:23 pm
I ‘LIKE’ this.
Thx for this great upgrade!!
~From one Happy Camper. xox
Apr 27th at 4:23 pm
Reblogged this on Jan Deelstra and commented:
Apr 27th at 5:56 pm
I like to like
Apr 27th at 6:24 pm
Apr 27th at 7:56 pm
I can’t seem to find this on my blog, where to turn it on or anything. There is no ‘sharing’ under ‘settings’ anywhere on my dashboard that I can see. help?
Apr 27th at 7:58 pm
Yes YES YES finally. I have been trying to have that done for a while now. THANK YOU
Apr 27th at 8:46 pm
Like wow, man!
Apr 28th at 1:08 am
thx for the info
Apr 28th at 8:07 am
Apr 28th at 8:27 am
Oh… I been waiting to be able to Like individual photos long enough. So this is great.
Now, when can we Like the bloggers?
Apr 28th at 11:26 am
OAK likes the’like’ button very much.In ten days time OAK received applause from 107 followers and 427 likes for 16 posts.
Apr 28th at 3:36 pm
Great stuff. Wish people made it easier to like their stuff and will be “liking” much more from now on!
Apr 28th at 5:43 pm
Thank You, Awesome information.
Apr 28th at 9:26 pm
I must be one of only a handful who doesn’t like the “like” option. I think it is a lazy way of interacting with a blog. I’d rather people commented on my blog as I feel the “like” button simply says “I’m only pretending I read your article in a hope of hijacking some of your traffic”. I’m considering disabling it entirely.
Apr 28th at 10:20 pm
Loved the comic finishing post. And I also appreciate the like feature, even though I haven’t tested it with any other media’s than the written post yet.
Apr 28th at 11:06 pm
Reblogged this on Egill.
Apr 28th at 11:25 pm
I´m an absolute begginer with wordpress and have just arrived here. This is what I need, simplicity for everything. Thanks, I´m going to check my “like option”
Apr 29th at 1:00 pm
I had to click the like on this article just for the irony (…is that actually ironic? Irony is hard to understand, I think Alanis Morissette confused the whole concept for me…). I love that I can use this to keep track of the posts I enjoy when I don’t want to subscribe to the entire blog.
Apr 29th at 8:22 pm
I always like to say ” Like” so, always like for wordpress.
Apr 29th at 8:35 pm
Do you think there could be an additional button at some stage – you know for things that really move you, or affect you, but where like doesn’t seem appropriate – for instance, if it’s a sad post?
Apr 29th at 10:42 pm
I like this “Like” post !!
Apr 30th at 2:43 am
Suggestion to WordPress Staff: Contact the Guiness Book of World Records and start a new record for the word “like” appearing on the internet outside of facebook. I really LIKE that idea. I mean, it’s just soooo LIKABLE just LIKE WordPress itself.
Apr 30th at 11:48 am
Thank you! I really like this “likes” feature, and it makes so much more sense! Genius!!
Apr 30th at 4:36 pm
I agree, this is a “likable” post.
Apr 30th at 6:51 pm
Apr 30th at 7:08 pm
Thanks for it. It is nice
Apr 30th at 10:30 pm
Awesome and thank you!
May 1st at 5:12 am
May 1st at 8:21 am
Reblogged this on imcarolperdue and commented:
This is good news.
May 1st at 12:41 pm
Me and some others do have a problem with this new “Like”-stuff. We cannot see who and how many people liked our posts anymore. Is it because we are doing something wrong or does this have another cause?
May 1st at 1:43 pm
‘like’-buttons are not working!
May 2nd at 2:10 pm
Reblogged this on getpaidinksh and commented:
i like the ‘like’ button . i think my visitors will like them too.
May 3rd at 12:38 am
Thank you so much. This was very helpful! I had my setting on like per post and now i changed it and am seeing results! AWESOME!
May 3rd at 8:45 am
does this work on wordpress.com site, I can not seem to find the links to update this
May 3rd at 3:11 pm
I like the way everybody like this
May 3rd at 5:30 pm
May 3rd at 8:10 pm
Like, Favs, and +Reps all around!
May 3rd at 8:34 pm
Wondering if you ever thought about a ‘Dis-like’ button? Just wondering.
May 3rd at 11:23 pm
One last question: Ever consider offering the option of a ‘Who’s viewed me’ button? Maybe I should direct this question elsewhere, but again, just wondering.
May 4th at 12:21 pm
To me, ‘Likes’ are very similar in purpose to the old fashioned ‘Calling Cards’ that my grandmother used. I think ‘Likes’ are a wonderful way to say you’ve visited, but you have nothing to add to the conversation because it has pretty much all been said. I think there should be a section on the My Stats page that aggregates the people who ‘Like’ your blog, just like there is a section for those who leave comments.
May 4th at 9:39 pm
Hmm hmm good! Terrifico! Y’all are amazing! Keep up the superfine work!
May 5th at 8:41 am
Simply awesome. I love WP readiness to progress and amaze
Let the Force be with you, guys!
May 6th at 12:44 am
Yes, I like the encouragement that the Like and comments can give for a novice writer to keep trying. (or an artist of anothre genre too, as matter of fact.)
May 6th at 2:39 pm
How possible for me to make like icon all my under post in my different pages.?
May 8th at 5:38 am
So as far as everybody can “like” the post (or whatever) is concerned..does it mean that now one doesn’t need a wordpress account to “like” something on my blog? Because that’s the issue I have been facing recently. If yes, then how do I change that setting? I am fairly new to WordPress and don’t really know all the tips and tricks. Thanks for your help!
May 8th at 7:38 am
nice blog, I LIKE this blog…!
May 8th at 8:51 am
i like this its very good
May 8th at 11:32 am
Liking to like, as you like it, seems a lighthearted way to sift through the page, and make passing contact with so many we may never meet, yet that fleet passing can lift our day. It has done mine – so thank you.
May 9th at 9:06 am
Likes are great because the give the option to say ‘I read/saw this, and it is good’ and in the same time save the post/content. A way to say thank you to the author.
A ‘Like’ feature on comments would great too, because then the bloggers can say to their readers: ‘Thank you for your comment, I have read it and it is good.’ with one easy click, when there is nothing else to add. The positive feedback can also serve as encouragement and quality indicator for the comment authors.
I currently use the thumbs up/thumbs down feature as a substitute for a ‘Like’ feature on comments. It works, but it isn’t perfect… People don’t really use it. It seems better suited as a voting-feature for big forum-type discussions. All I want to way to say is ‘Thank you!’… ‘Like’ is perfect for that.
May 9th at 9:34 pm
you should have it so that you can like a post right from someones dashboard, instead of having to go the specific page for that post