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Review: The Wibiya Toolbar

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Update – February 22nd, 2010

As great as I thought the Wibiya Toolbar was, I’ve since uninstalled the bar because I did find one negative thing: it slowed the time it took for my site to load. Now, these days, this can affect traffic. I know that, for myself, when I try to visit a site and it takes to long to load, I give up and move on. After all, who’s got time to waste these days!

I did find a new bar, though, called “Skysa”, and I used it for a few months on my site as I found it loads a lot faster, and it has more functionality than the Wibiya bar has. It’s also completely customizable, and also free! Feel free to visit Skysa’s site to read more about how this bar works!

At this point in time, though, I’ve decided to not use either bar to save on the loading time, and also to not distract my visitors from what I want them to concentrate on (my content). I still think these bars are cool, and may go back to one of them in the future, but for now, I’m trying to simplify my website. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about web design, it’s this: simple is best! :)

Original post:

I’ve been using the beta version of the new Wibiya toolbar for the past few months. (See that little toolbar down below? That’s the Wibiya Toolbar.) I first saw it on someone else’s blog and thought it was awesome, and absolutely fell in love with it! Some of the reasons I love this toolbar are:


Do you see a common word in the above reasons, a theme? Easy! Easy is important – easy to install, easy to use, easy to manage, easy visitor interaction, easy easy easy! Okay, I think I’ve repeated the word enough time for it to stick in your mind.

I know some people prefer simple, and I like simple too, but I also LOVE gadgets – in fact, one of my nicknames is “Gadget Girl”, and in my opinion, this is one of the coolest website/blog gadgets available! Wibiya is still under development and is in a beta format, so changes and improvements are constantly being made, but I have never had an issue with the bar. The only downside is that it does take a little longer for my website to load, but it’s a small pain for a large gain that I am willing to deal with. The best part is that, it may look complicated, but there is absolutely no programming necessary on the user’s part – again, it’s easy to use!

Another awesome feature is that there are many colors to choose from, so you can ensure the bar matches your site colors!

The dashboard is also user-friendly, and it even gives you statistics based on your toolbar’s functions, such as clickthroughs from the links available on the bar itself (Twitter, RSS, Post Navigator, etc.).

I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this nifty gadget, and will continue to use it as long as it’s available! Click here to get Wibiya for your blog or website!


    3 Comments

  1. Hmm – Kyle, not sure if you changed your comment, but I was e-mailed the following comment:

    “Can I ask, why did you stop using the toolbar? I've tried it on my blog, but I'm not sure if I want to keep it, or if I should just have links to social sites in my sidebar. I think the toolbar might be too much and is only a distraction – even though visitors are still on my blog while using it.”

    In response, personally, I removed the bar due to the reasons you mentioned above – I found the bar to be more of a distraction (albeit it's really “cool”, but still a little bit of a distraction), and also, my site loads more slowly than I'd like it to, so until I go through a redesign with a lighter theme that loads faster, I've removed unnecessary plugins/features (such as the Wibiya bar) to help my site load faster.

    If you would benefit from the features of the bar, though, I do still recommend it! The decision to remove it was really more specific to my situation, rather than the bar itself.

    Ursula

    June 23, 2010

  2. Thanks for the info

    Guest

    June 23, 2010

  3. Hmm – Kyle, not sure if you changed your comment, but I was e-mailed the following comment:

    “Can I ask, why did you stop using the toolbar? I've tried it on my blog, but I'm not sure if I want to keep it, or if I should just have links to social sites in my sidebar. I think the toolbar might be too much and is only a distraction – even though visitors are still on my blog while using it.”

    In response, personally, I removed the bar due to the reasons you mentioned above – I found the bar to be more of a distraction (albeit it's really “cool”, but still a little bit of a distraction), and also, my site loads more slowly than I'd like it to, so until I go through a redesign with a lighter theme that loads faster, I've removed unnecessary plugins/features (such as the Wibiya bar) to help my site load faster.

    If you would benefit from the features of the bar, though, I do still recommend it! The decision to remove it was really more specific to my situation, rather than the bar itself.

    Ursula

    June 23, 2010

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