Interaction is integral to the blogging experience. We’ve just redesigned sharing and reblogging on WordPress.com to make joining the conversation even easier.
A New Design for Sharing and Reblogging
Today, we’re launching a refreshed sharing and reblogging experience. We’re bringing both visual and functional improvements to how reblogging, sharing, and liking posts on WordPress.com works. Let’s take a look at some of the changes we’ve introduced.
We’ve redesigned reblogged posts for clearer attribution and more intelligent excerpting. If the reblogged post contains pictures, those images now really shine — even in the reblog.
To accompany the new reblog design, we also crafted a brand new Reblog button to show next to the Like button, and both have a fresh, clean look:
Speaking of new buttons, we also overhauled your blog’s social sharing buttons:
With a more subdued, streamlined feel, these buttons lend your posts’ footer an airier, lighter look. They now also share the same visual style as the Like and Reblog buttons.
We replaced the previously-used graphics with an icon font — which means the new icons look great on any screen, regardless of resolution, even when you zoom in. In fact, if you have the Custom Design upgrade, it’s now easier than ever to customize these buttons further. Changing the color of an icon font is as simple as one line of CSS.
If you miss the colors, we made an extra-colorful option for you, but still kept things simple:
To select this gorgeous, round version, pick the “Icon only” option from your dashboard, by going to Settings → Sharing.
We really hope you enjoy these improvements!
- Feb 10, 2014 @ 4:55 pm
Feb 10th at 5:41 pm
Loving your new design. Easier for the newbies here. 😄
Feb 10th at 5:48 pm
Great additions. Would love to see a Zemanta-like feature return too!
Feb 10th at 5:48 pm
@JoenA ~ That’s the way it should be. Thanks for the response.
Feb 10th at 5:50 pm
Love the round version. Just changed over to those on my blog.
Feb 10th at 5:54 pm
I guess we are not going to see Google +1 Button make a comeback now (in Jetpack). #sadpanda
Feb 10th at 5:58 pm
I love it that you are constantly developing! But it’s a shame that one can’t have also the icon-only sharing buttons in the new grey colour. I don’t like to use the text or icon-text sharing buttons because they take up too much space. I always had icons-only, but now they look a bit too large, bright and striking. Just one person’s opinion…
Feb 10th at 5:58 pm
Looks good to me!!
Feb 10th at 6:00 pm
Nice to have some explanation to go with the changes!
Feb 10th at 6:15 pm
thank you !
Feb 10th at 6:16 pm
This sounds really good. I’ve never been that sure how reblogging works, or if it credits the original author of the post, so this seems like a great idea.
Feb 10th at 6:25 pm
About time too!
Feb 10th at 6:28 pm
Hi, what about the themes where round images are not a good match? For example, where the comment icons are in square, things just don’t match with round and square together on the same blog.
Feb 10th at 6:39 pm
The colors are much sharper than face book. If it is as easy to post, I have friends that have been looking for a different talk space than face book.
Feb 10th at 6:45 pm
Pompous opinion: Reblogging should not be allowed on WP.com, and the new social buttons are not good. Instead of this nonsense, the ability to remove unwanted “for profit” followers that skew your actual follower number, and the ability to remove disingenuous “Likes” would actually be useful.
Feb 10th at 6:49 pm
I just tested all the available options. I am not finding any to my liking. The previous small/square icons were most appropriate for my blog. Now the big round ones are over empowering the font size, space and the style of the blog. I am now hoping that you would bring back the small sized square icons for those who may not prefer to have round icons. Please.
Feb 10th at 6:54 pm
I’ll have to give this a try…
Feb 10th at 6:58 pm
I dig the options and its nice to see you letting us know too!
Feb 10th at 6:58 pm
Good, really good
Feb 10th at 7:03 pm
Feb 10th at 7:06 pm
Looks good to me!!
Feb 10th at 7:07 pm
I guess it would have been even better if the buttons were a little bit more subtle…
Feb 10th at 7:08 pm
Very nice! You know what might make it better? A way to reblog on a schedule, like “reblog at 4pm tomorrow”. Or a queue of some sort. That way as I go through my feed and find things I like, I could reblog several things at once, but not spam my own followers or have things get lost in the shuffle.
Feb 10th at 7:13 pm
Super beautiful update, thanks! Love the new, circular, Share button icons!
Feb 10th at 7:30 pm
I’d very much love the option to block “profit” followers too. And perhaps people who indiscriminately like ALL your posts. I’m not sure if it’s even people or some spambots. Maybe some food for thought for future?
I feel obliged to add that even if I may not be happy with absolutely all about WordPress, I’m still extremely happy with the platform on the whole.
Feb 10th at 7:35 pm
Thank you for giving us the ability to decide whether to allow our content to be reblogged from our sites, even if one can still reblog from the Reader. It’s truly appreciated.
(Also, FYI-just posted to the forums about a problem with existing reblogs where the full post is appearing instead of the earlier excerpt.)
Feb 10th at 7:39 pm
To shoreacres and Joen A: I apologize for expressing my question so badly. I was not asking for the ability to edit the original post content being reblogged. What I meant was the ability to save, as a draft, the portion of the reblog that contains my introductory comments. I believe it used to work like that in the past. I agree the reblogger should never have the ability to edit the original post.
Also, at least on my blog using the Greyzed theme, the reblog is visually glitchy.
Feb 10th at 7:45 pm
What about a pinterest icon button?
Feb 10th at 7:49 pm
new blog’s social sharing buttons: am I the only one who cannot read the numbers inside?
Feb 10th at 8:09 pm
I had an intuition that WordPress people must be working on the “Reblogging” option. And what a pleasant surprise! This is really good.
A couple of questions:
Can I pre-select my category while re-blogging? Will I be able to select how many words / pictures I want to appear in my reblogged post?
Feb 10th at 8:15 pm
That’s a great development! Can we embed some portions of the reblogged post on a page?
Feb 10th at 8:17 pm
I do not like the new share format. I liked being able to see how many shares a post received and that function disappeared with the new look.
Feb 10th at 8:18 pm
Excellent and easy to update!
Feb 10th at 8:20 pm
I like the design, but I wish the like button were a little larger. With the colorful icon buttons, “like” kind of gets lost, especially since the font below it (that says how many people have liked the post) seems to have gotten smaller.
Feb 10th at 8:53 pm
This is cool!
Feb 10th at 8:57 pm
Thanks for updates. Sorry for naive question, but can you quickly tell me what “reblogging” actually does?
Feb 10th at 9:03 pm
The icons are interfering with my last post layout and images. Not rendering very well at all.
Feb 10th at 9:28 pm
Looks great. Well done!
Feb 10th at 9:47 pm
Much more streamlined! Thank you
Feb 10th at 10:04 pm
You should give us the ability to remove the reblog button, because I don’t want it at comments.
Feb 10th at 10:25 pm
It’s great. Thank you.
Feb 10th at 10:29 pm
Sounds great…looks good!
Feb 10th at 10:31 pm
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Feb 10th at 10:31 pm
Hmmm. I would prefer to be able to turn off that reblog button.
Feb 10th at 11:01 pm
Thanks so much for the ability to nix the ability to reblog posts. Now what we need is a high powered education campaign for those, who rely on reblogging as a substitute for publishing original content. It seems many need to learn how to actually blog properly by creating their own unique posts and posting only a brief (75 consecutive words or fewer) properly attributed quote backlinked to the original post, rather than using that reblog button at all.
Feb 11th at 12:05 am
Thank you for this improvement!
Feb 11th at 12:33 am
Pleased to have such an improvement. Thank you.
Feb 11th at 12:34 am
Feb 11th at 12:43 am
I see we can turn off the new Reblog button next to the Like button, and it looks like it also turns off the Reblog button in my Admin bar. But does this prevent others from reblogging my material, or, as I suspect, is it just hiding the button from me? I’m very much opposed to the Reblog function and am not happy that you are making my images even better looking on someone else’s blog. People should have to come to my blog to see my material.
Feb 11th at 12:46 am
Awesome improvements Looks great.
Feb 11th at 12:48 am
I like the streamlined full buttons; they’ve got a nice muted look. Also like the icons only, but they are a little too colourful with the likes gravatars right underneath. Good stuff.
Feb 11th at 1:40 am
In response to John with the “pompous opinion”… I certainly understand where you’re coming from. I, personally, will never ever ever reblog anything. I’ll cite a portion— not a lot, not all— and give credit. That’s about it ’cause I my blogs are my body of work and as authentic as possible. But some folks do like to reblog.
I’m reminded of Newton’s theory on “equal and opposite reactions” as well as Khalil Gibran’s philosophy.
The blogging world has lots of diversified thinking, eh? And so we learn to give and take… and aspire for a happy medium.
What say you?
Feb 11th at 1:42 am
Correction: That’s about it ’cause my blogs are my body of work, and I try to keep them as authentic as possible. But some folks do like to reblog.
Feb 11th at 4:31 am
this morning i saw that, wew, new design, look flat and modern
Feb 11th at 5:45 am
Feb 11th at 7:07 am
I find the new icons more obtrusive and visually disturbing. I now changed to Icon + text. But I want the old icons back!
Feb 11th at 7:30 am
yes I support this.
Feb 11th at 8:40 am
Hot very good
Feb 11th at 8:48 am
very aesthetic idea all we need to do it in spartan way.
Feb 11th at 9:33 am
The grey option is a gift for those looking for a subtle option for their blogs. And congratulations on keeping us informed about any changes you apply. One more testament of the “ideology” of WordPress team!
Feb 11th at 9:45 am
I preferred the visual style of the old social sharing buttons. But why do your custom buttons only display share counts for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn? What about the other services?
Feb 11th at 9:50 am
Really like the new style of the buttons! I would love to use the Pinterest button too, but it is invisible in Settings > sharing on my desktop computer, it is visible on my tablet but there I can’t drag the button to Enabled Services. Can you help?
Feb 11th at 10:48 am
I saw it just now when I opened my blog! I was at first stunned, thinking of what I had done to make my blog this improved, then I saw this post. I love the new feature, it’s way cool
Feb 11th at 12:05 pm
Love the cute little round icons! I also love how often you guys bring out these little reworks to continue to make wordpress better and better! Thanks, and keep up the good work!
Feb 11th at 1:56 pm
Sorry, but I’m NOT jumping for joy on this one. At my age, my hand once in awhile will shake – one false move on the Like button and I’m re-blogging someone’s post.
Feb 11th at 3:01 pm
Feb 11th at 3:08 pm
Thank you for the improvement. I am ready to reblog some more.
Feb 11th at 3:08 pm
great idea. in the digital age, it is especially important to move with the time.
Feb 11th at 3:39 pm
Just happened to drop by and immediately disabled the new reblog button manually on my 16 blogs. I suggest as a default setting new buttons or features should be turned off and anyone who wants them on they blog can then enable them.
Feb 11th at 7:00 pm
Question, please… Do we have the option of not having the “reblog” button on our posts? Or is this a one size fits all decision? Thanks.
Feb 11th at 7:09 pm
Can you re-blog for example one of your own posts… without all the original comments? Diane
Feb 11th at 7:12 pm
I’m trying to reblog a post I wrote on another blog site on my private blog, but it isn’t working. Is there a delay? Will try again later today.
Feb 11th at 7:37 pm
Looks good – Thanks !
Feb 11th at 8:38 pm
This should be an option, not something automatic. Not really fair to those of us who liked the old version. Besides, it is something on our websites. It is one thing to have an update for WordPress or editing, but something that appears on our site? No. That’s absolutely wrong.
Feb 11th at 11:20 pm
I am astonished to find out that after being disabled the reblog button still appears in the Reader. Why is that? Only those who are logged in could use the reblog button in the first place, so why are we being provided with this phony baloney disabling reblogging option that’s ineffectual? I don’t get it. Please explain.
Feb 12th at 9:40 am
Great well done
Feb 12th at 3:41 pm
Feb 12th at 7:54 pm
I started a Forum topic on re-blogging and feel very strongly that WordPress should make it an option, giving the author creative control. I suggest adding an “Allow Re-blog” box next to the “Allow Comments” and “Allow Pings” under the Quick Edit.
Feb 12th at 10:09 pm
Is this update not yet working with all themes? The sharing buttons don’t seem to be functioning on my blog (Chateau theme). I can no longer see sharin/like buttons on my posts/pages, nor enable them on the dashboard: http://slywit.wordpress.com/about-2/technology-issues/
Feb 14th at 2:10 am
i really love new design with circular icons
thanks Joen, well done sir!
Feb 14th at 6:55 am
Question: When I reblog, the images on the reblog sometimes get saved into my Media list as well. Why is that? Is there any way that I can disable this?
Feb 14th at 6:52 pm
Can anyone confirm whether these design changes to the buttons will be added to the Jetpack sharing module?
Feb 15th at 9:49 am
CSS code for editing the sharing buttons has been posted here: