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WOW-Twitter WordPress Plugin Release

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.  Version 1.1 now includes an automatic update via GitHub from within the WordPress dashboard.

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This plugin has been tested on WordPress 3.1 and above, including 4.2.2 and requires PHP 5.3 with the Curl Extension installed. If your server is incompatible it will display a message on activation.

WOW-Twitter Features

WOW-Twitter includes a widget, an optional shortcode to add to your posts, pages or anywhere in your theme, an optional badge with a follow me button which you can display on your single pages, a backup feature, debugging feature and an administration area.

Widget Screenshot

Badge Screenshot

WOW-Twitter Admin Area

Simply add your Twitter keys, tokens and user-name in the corresponding fields. Set a number of tweets you would like to fetch and how often you want to synchronise with the Twitter API. Change the settings if you wish to style, configure mentions and retweets. The CSS check-box is enabled by default but if you wish to add the code to your own stylesheet then this can be safely disabled.

Admin Area

WOW-Twitter Debugging

The debugging area will display any error messages if they occur. The “Check Status” button will check that you have successfully connected to the Twitter API or display any error message as they occur.

Backup Feature

The backup feature automatically runs once a week in the background. If the Twitter API goes down then your latest tweets will be displayed from the backup, a confirmation message will appear in the debugging area.


Latest Version: 1.1 was released on 5th July 2015. Please upgrade to this version manually to enable future updates from within the WordPress dashboard.


How do I create an app on Twitter?

Follow this handy tutorial.

Why do I have to enter 4 token/secret keys as other Twitter Plugins only use 2?

WOW Twitter WordPress plugin uses SSL which requires 4 keys.

Why do I not see the total amount of Tweets I have set?

Unfortunately if you have set Exclude Replies and Retweets to False these are filtered from the results total fetched from Twitter. Currently there is no alternative other than to set your Maximum Tweets to a higher amount!

How many tweets can I fetch?

Currently the maximum allowed is 180

Can I add Twitter to my post, pages or Theme?

There is a shortcode to add your Twitter Stream to your posts, pages and also your theme. The shortcode to enter into WP admin editor for posts and pages is

To use the max tweets value set in admin


Fetches a proportion of the values set in admin

[wow-twitter max_tweets=30]

To integrate into your theme add the following.

<?php echo do_shortcode('[wow_twitter]');?>


<?php echo do_shortcode('[wow_twitter max_tweets=30]');?>

Can I style it myself with CSS?

You can style to your own taste using #wow_twitter .tweet if using a shortcode. The widget uses minimal CSS and can be styled using .widget_wow_twitter_stream There is also an option to remove the built in CSS file in the admin settings.

If you require any more information, have any bugs, requests or advice to make WOW-Twitter better then please feel free to post a comment.

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