FS Tell a Friend WordPress Plugin

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FS Tell a Friend WordPress Plugin

Version 2.0, FREE PLUGIN

FS Tell a Friend, v. 2.0 – Download Link from WordPress.org
Updated on 10th December 2018


image for wordpress plugin tell a friend, web developer vlad madejczyk


The FS Tell a Friend plugin management panel is split into 5 sections.

  • The top 2 sections are responsible for text settings on lightbox (basic and special),
  • the next 2 are: email template and CSS code for message lightbox.
  • statistics: in the last section we have 2 line charts updated automatically: number of emails sent via plugin during last 30 days, and emails sent by plugin during last 12 months.

The plugin comes in two forms: as shortcode ([ fastsheep_fstaf_basic ] or [ fastsheep_fstaf_special ]) and a widget. Both shortcode and widget options are further split into 2 sub-options: basic and special.
What is the difference between basic and special options? The special option is to fix scenario when a visitor fills a form, and after filling form is redirected automatically to some kind of “thank you” page. Now, let’s assume, that the happy visitor wants to share his/her happy experience with a friend sending URL to the page with the form. But, the form has been already sent, and now he/she faces than you page. Return to previous page can be or cannot be possible – depending on the cookies/business logic. To send URL of such “thank you” page obviously doesn’t make sense, especially that the page can be dynamic – as described above – depending on cookies or session variables: visible for the person who just completed a form or purchase, but for nobody else from other computer/device.
To cut the long story short: you can place Tell a Friend button or text on “thank you page” but the friend will not get the URL to Thank You page, instead the friend will get URL to the fixed page – see yellow field in the top second section with description: “SPECIAL REDIRECTION URL“. By default during plugin installation the special redirection URL is set to your blog home page and you can change it to any other URL.

The additional usable option both for basic and special modes enables to replace clickable text produced by shortcode or by widget with a graphic button. To enable graphic button you will need exact full button URL, taken from Media Library, for instance.

Email template and lightbox CSS code are fully editable. Also both modes – basic and special – share the same email template and the same lightbox CSS code. In case you are lost in modifications you have option to load the default email template and/or default lightbox CSS code and save it to have a fresh start for modifications.

The statistical section, with lines charts, is updated automatically. The chart lines vertices are active and by hovering your mouse cursor over them you can read exact values.

The FS Tell a Friend plugin doesn’t pollute WordPress options table. It adds only version number to WordPress options table. All other settings are kept in the plugin’s separated table, which is deleted on deleting the plugin.  The plugin deactivation DOESN’t delete the table. The table is deleted only if you want to remove the plugin totally from your WordPress installation by clicking the “Delete option below the plugin name.

After clicking the below shortcode you will get lightbox like the one visible in the below screenshot


The below text is active shortcode, which clicked produces the message lightbox. Option used: graphic button, instead just default black on white “Tell a Friend”.

IMPORTANT  ==> Please keep in mind, that the default CSS settings of the FS Tell a Friend message lightbox (how it looks like) can be affected by theme and/or other plugins CSS code. However, to overcome this problem the plugin provides full CSS code flexibility.

After the message is sent, the message box is resized and shows confirmation like in the image below.