I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was after receiving an email today about an embeddable WordPress follow button, which can be used anywhere on the web to give visitors a quick-and-easy method of following your WordPress.com blog (such as the AudioAcrobat WordPress Blog). What happened next was a swift kick to the shins. Let me explain.
In the original blog post, I read the instructions for generating the code. All seemed well and fine. I followed the link to the WordPress.com Developer Resources Site and was asked to login. Still, all seemed well and fine.
On this page, I started entering my information, such as changing “wordpress.com” to “audioacrobat.wordpress.com” in the “Blog to follow” field, checking / unchecking the “show follower count” and “show blog name” fields and selecting “en – English” as a language. To my surprise, nothing happened in the “Preview and code” field. Was I going crazy? Nope, I just hadn’t clicked the blue “Generate” button at the bottom. Duh.
At this point, I was literally chomping at the bit to see how this new embeddable WordPress follow button would look on our sites… but as you probably read in the title, it doesn’t embed. Let me show you exactly where I got tripped up.
After clicking that blue “Generate” button, I saw the “Preview and code” field do the spinny-thing and update with my preferences.
Success! Or so I thought…
I promptly highlighted the code and proceeded to test pasting it into the “Text” view of a new post here for the AudioAcrobat WordPress Blog (as opposed to the “Visual” view, which doesn’t support HTML). What I saw was this:
“Well, that doesn’t look like the button in the preview…” I thought to myself, nervously checking the code to make sure it hadn’t been modified in some way, which it most certainly hadn’t. “Perhaps it doesn’t work on WordPress.com for some reason…”, I caught myself saying out loud.
Heck, I even tested the code on a non-WordPress site, and to my disbelief, saw the same thing there as well — no follow button, just text!
So, to make a long story short… I was really excited to hear that WordPress had rolled out this new embeddable follow button, but (for me at least) it doesn’t embed.
Is anyone else having a similar difficulty? If so, have you found a solution?
I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts and experiences with this new feature, which will be glorious when it actually works, methinks.
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