Ever since I moved onto my own instance of WordPress, I’ve been somewhat scared to really do much with it. WordPress feels like such a delicate, fragile, buggy, touchy thing, and it breaks so easily – I really don’t want to end up breaking the site! That means many days of learning internals of WordPress that don’t care about – so, I’d rather leave it alone!
Anyhow, today in staff I was saying how I like to batch together a few blog posts and future-publish them, to spread them out over the week. Well, I will start doing that more, I should say. However, when I future-date a blog post, I often forget to tweet about it.
Ideally, I’d like the two to coincide. I would like whenever a blog post get published (or auto-published, in the future), a tweet would also be sent.
On my old wordpress.com site, I had a plug-in that did this. So, today, I tried to find a twitter plug-in for my own instance of WordPress that would auto-tweet when I published a new post AND it wouldn’t tweet UNTIL the post is in-fact published.
Well, I found one. It was pretty easy to configure and does all of these things. It’s called “Twitter Auto Publish” by www.XYZScripts.com. Once you install and enable the plug-in you’ll see a new item on the left of the admin navigation:
You just follow the directions on that page. You need to create a new “application” on the dev.twitter.com site, grant read-write access, and then put in the ConsumerId/Secret and the AccessToken/AccessTokenSecret – and that’s about it! I like the tweet to read like this:
Which turns into a tweet like this, whenever I publish a new post:
Done, and done!