How would one move the sharedaddy buttons included in Jetpack to be placed before a post's or page's content, rather than after it? I see that in sharing-service.php the function that prints the buttons is hooked to the_content filter hook: add_filter( 'the_content', 'sharing_display', 19 );

I'm not sure what to place in my functions.php file to override that, though. I'm assuming I somehow need to cause the output from sharing-service.php to be prepended to the_content rather than appended to it.

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Basically it line 480 in sharing-service.php where it says:

return $text.$sharing_content;

and it should be

return $sharing_content.$text;

now changing that file won't keep your changes on updates so you can copy that function (sharing_display) to your functions.php and rename it to something different say my_sharing_display and make the change there.

Next you need to remove the filters that plugin adds and replace with your own so in your functions.php add:

//remove old
remove_filter( 'the_content', 'sharing_display');
remove_filter( 'the_excerpt', 'sharing_display');
//add new
add_filter( 'the_content', 'my_sharing_display', 19 );
add_filter( 'the_excerpt', 'my_sharing_display', 19 );


the remove_filter hook is not actually removing because it's missing the priority parameter , from the codex:

Important: To remove a hook, the $function_to_remove and $priority arguments must match when the hook was added. This goes for both filters and actions. No warning will be given on removal failure.

so change :

remove_filter( 'the_content', 'sharing_display');
remove_filter( 'the_excerpt', 'sharing_display');


remove_filter( 'the_content', 'sharing_display',19);
remove_filter( 'the_excerpt', 'sharing_display',19);
  • Thanks for the tip. That partially worked - the sharing buttons still appear at the bottom of posts (as well as at the top, now). I'm not sure why that remove_filter isn't working, but it isn't. Any thoughts? Mar 23, 2011 at 14:29
  • @tnorthcutt: yep, i updated the answer
    – Bainternet
    Mar 23, 2011 at 14:36
  • You can check the return value of remove_filter or remove_action, if it is true the hook was found and removed, otherwise it will be false. So you won't get a warning, but you can check the result if it doesn't do what you expected.
    – Jan Fabry
    Mar 24, 2011 at 18:10

try this:

if ( function_exists( 'sharing_display' ) ) {
    echo sharing_display();

worked for me


Another option, would be to edit the Jetpack plugin files directly. Take out both add_filters() for the_content and the_excerpt from sharing-service.php.

Then you can manually put <?php echo sharing_display(); ?> in your theme's loop wherever you want the sharing bar to be located.

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