Having WordPress tweet when you publish a blog post

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:

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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:

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Which turns into a tweet like this, whenever I publish a new post:

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Done, and done!

Posted in Computers and Internet, Infrastructure, Professional Development, Uncategorized
3 comments on “Having WordPress tweet when you publish a blog post
  1. Binoj Daniel says:

    Sure, WordPress has its own loopholes but its one of the best blogging engines our there which is very search engine friendly. The ultimate purpose of any blog is to be seen or found by users and WordPress sites do top this. WordPress group constantly updates and fix security issues.

    In the past few months i have learnt a lot about WordPress internals and it was fun working on it. You can write good OOP style code in PHP.

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    • Robert Seder says:

      Yeah – I totally agree, that’s why I use it!! But I have just had bad luck with breaking it… somewhat constantly, whenever I’ve had to configure it or do anything with plug-ins. I’ve had more than few catastrophic failures!

      But yes, it’s probably the best engine for blogging though, and there are tons of plug-ins!

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  2. Binoj Daniel says:

    Yes, badly written plugins and themes break the WordPress engine.

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