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ExpressionEngine Add-on: MODL Social Widgets

This add-on is available on Github

One of the many reasons we love working with ExpressionEngine is the fantastic developer community and the myriad of open source and commercial add-ons members produce to extend the ExpressionEngine platform. Over the past year we have been working on a collection of client projects that have required custom add-on development. This combined with our attendance at the 2011 EECI (ExpressionEngine CodeIgniter) conference has inspired us to start crafting some add-on to help us do what we do better.

We continually work to help make our web projects more social, and one of the most basic ways is to offer visitors an opportunity to share content to his/her social network. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to go to Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and Google +1’s developer pages to either use their widget generators or refer to their docs to set up their unique share buttons. This is never much fun and though it doesn’t take that long to do, doing so over the course of multiple projects does add up. So we created a simple ExpressionEngine plugin that allows us to add in the needed JS and unique widget parameters for the above mentioned platforms using friendly EE tags.

This add-on is available on Github publicly so that others may benefit as well. If you check it out and/or take it for a spin, we certainly would welcome any feedback.

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This is just what I was looking for and it’s saved me a bit of tedious work and allowed me to keep my templates clean. Thanks! It’s great to see some small but useful addons being developed with the community spirit in mind.

By the way, this doesn’t seem to be listed on Devot:ee? You should probably post it there which is normally the first port of call when I need an addon to save me some time.


Glad to hear you found the addon useful. We didn’t hesitate to share what we had put together; however, wanted to use it for a while before sharing more broadly. Appreciate your feedback.

- Seth

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