Navigating the WordPress plugin directory to find the right plugin can be difficult. Some people may think that there is too much choice where as some will think there is not enough. Over the past couple of weeks I have tested some top time saving WordPress plugins from just under the 28,000 plugins that are on offer from the WordPress plugins directory to save you time, boost your productivity and possibly make your blog even better.
I would like to announce the release of WOW-Twitter WordPress plugin. Loosely based on the post WordPress – Display your Cached Tweets using PHP and OAuth it features a widget, optional shortcode, optional badge, backup and debugging feature. I do eventually plan to release it on the WordPress plugin website but would like to get some general feedback.
WordPress is the most popular used blogging/CMS software which is why I guess it is used by millions of websites around the world. Unfortunately there are some very bad people out there that will try their hardest to exploit any weaknesses in your blog. If you look through your logs you can guarantee that someone, or something, like bots for example have tried to gain access to your site by attempting to access your login page, registration page or even your forgotten password page. Of course you can never completely eradicate the bad boys but with a good knowledge of WordPress security can help you protect your site as much as possible.
The following tutorial will display your latest posts in a news ticker format. The code is basically the same as my popular post Display Your Latest Posts on a Static Page except that the output is in a unordered list for the jQuery news ticker to work. This tutorial is meant for non WordPress websites to access their WordPress powered blog although it can be easily adapted to work in WordPress pages and posts.
Primarily the focus on this tutorial is to display your cached tweets using PHP and OAuth on your WordPress website. We will be accessing the secure Twitter 1.1 API with PHP by parsing and caching the Json file using the WordPress API. It may seem a lot of code just to display your latest tweets on your website but the benefits are that you can style it to the taste of your theme with a little CSS and caching the Json file will not add extra load on the Twitter API.
New Update. I have packaged all of the features and more into a WP plugin. Please remember to remove any of the code used from this post before installing the plugin. Check out WOW-Twitter.
As you may, or may not know, Twitter are going to depreciate version 1 of their API next March. What does this mean to you? If you currently parse the Json file to display your tweets you will no longer be able to have access unless you use the authentication features. Why authentication? Various reasons I assume to limit users from making unnecessary calls to the API, Security reasons. How do I go about it? Well now you will have to create a Twitter App then use a form of authentication to make the API call.
Following on from the post Display Your WordPress Recent Posts on a Static Page which was used to display your WordPress posts on a non-WP website on the same server. I have had several people contacting me on how to display WordPress posts on another WordPress blog. This tutorial will show you how to display your posts, associated post thumbnail images and a snippet of the content from one blog to another by fetching the data from your RSS feed using the SimplePie RSS parser which is included in the WordPress installation.
So you want to start a career in web design but don’t know what to do. Over the coming weeks I will give you some excellent valuable tips, tutorials and resources to get you started from the very beginning. I will first start with a newbies guide to web hosting and the various types of hosting on offer.