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WOW Update – New Theme and Key Tools

New Theme - Tools and Changes

It’s been a while since I have posted. I’m still here but if you are a past visitor you will have noticed that I recently updated my WordPress theme and WOW has had a bit of a major overhaul, bootstrap style. It took me a good few months to complete the design and make it as bug-free as possible but as I now work part-time in a school and being a widowed single mother time is very precious.

I’m Joining Team Alfie for the Kiltwalk – Please Sponsor

Alfie's Trust - Supporters Badge

On Saturday 7th June  I along with my daughter and many others will be participating in the Kiltwalk to raise money for Alfie’s Trust, which was set up to fund research into a rare incurable disease called Lymphangiomatosis.  The disease causes benign tumours to grow anywhere in the body which cannot be removed or shrunk using chemotherapy.

What’s Next for Cinema-Goers?

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The art of film-making has undergone a massive transformation since the time of its inception. Not all that long ago, viewers were famously jumping out of the way of an oncoming train- dazzled by the ‘high-tech’ innovation of moving pictures. It’s a little harder these days to get such a reaction from cynical crowds who have ‘been there, done that’ a thousand times before. So what can film-makers and cinema bosses do to keep their screens packed with punters?

Display Your Cached Tweets Using PHP and OAuth

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Primarily the focus on this tutorial is to display your cached tweets using PHP and OAuth on your website. We will be accessing the secure Twitter 1.1 API with PHP by parsing and caching the Json file to store on your server. 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 your own taste with a little CSS and caching the Json file will not add extra load on the Twitter API. For WordPress users you should use WordPress – Display your Cached Tweets using PHP and OAuth or my new plugin.

WordPress – Display your Cached Tweets using PHP and OAuth

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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.

Create a Twitter App For The New API

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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.

Display Your Twitter Posts On Your Web Site!

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There are lots of resources out there for displaying your latest twitter posts in your website. Some of them require plugins or some may require javascript to work. After trying a few scripts I came across a little PHP script from The Lylo Files that displays up to 20 of your posts on your web site. After using it for a little while I decided to make it more functional.

This script has been depreciated in favor of the the new Twitter API. Check out Display your Cached Tweets Using PHP and OAuth