I ran across a new plugin today that will put a button at the bottom of each of your posts so that readers can email the post to a friend. Check out the plugin here: Email2Friend.
At first I was very excited at the possibility of the plugin. I downloaded it and installed it here to test it out. Once I saw the finished product I was disappointed. Here’s a quick rundown of the email2friend plugin.
The plugin adds a email2friend link at the bottom of each of your posts making it easy for visitors to share your content.
It also has a simple installation. Simply upload the php file to your plugins folder, upload and activate.
There’s no easy way to edit the text of the link. At the bottom of every post, a small envelope icon is displayed next to a hyperlink with the anchor text email2friend. I’m pretty sure this is an easy fix within the PHP file, but it would be a lot more user friendly to less php savvy bloggers if there was an admin page where setting could be adjusted.
Once you click the email2friend link, a new window opens up for you to personalize the email. Only problem is it’s hosted on the email2friend website. I’m not much of a programmer, so I don’t know how difficult it would be to self host the entire process within my own blog, but it doesn’t seem unreasonable.
Overall, if you’re looking for a quick way to add an email2friend link at the bottom of each of your blog posts, it doesn’t get any easier than this. In my opinion, this plugin is still very rough around the edges and I won’t be using it, however if more enhancements are added I will definitely take a look again in the future.