I’ve recently decided to move askupasoftware.com to using a secure SSL connection. I’ve heard that Google was starting to use HTTPS as a ranking tool, and I couldn’t let that hurt my rankings. Since askupasoftware.com is a multisite – this process was a bit more complicated. On top of that, I had some redirection issues since the website was using a proxy. My goal was to have the site work properly without installing any additional HTTPS-enforcing plugins. I couldn’t find a comprehensive guide that explains how to complete this process for a setup like mine, so I’ve decided to share my notes with you in hopes that it will help anyone who runs into similar issues.
As a WordPress themes and plugins developer, I often need to provide additional information to my users after they activate my theme or plugin. For example, when a user installs & activates our Twitter Feed plugin, the plugin notifies them that they need to provide the Twitter API tokens in order for the plugin to work. Additionally, if their PHP version is too old, the plugin will ask the user to install a newer version of PHP. Notifying the user about these actions is a crucial part of a successful user experience.
Twitter Feed supports 4 different media types: Images, Animated GIFs, YouTube videos and Vines. Embedded media is designed to be responsive and fit tweet’s width. You can also select whether to expand the media by default, or show a “Show Media” button that the user can click to manually expand it. Continue Reading…
WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that is considered as the most popular blogging platform. Aside from that, WordPress is also popular for its simple 5-minute installation process. Most web hosts offer tools like Softaculous that can install WordPress automatically on your server. However, if your server does not offer such a service, or if you simply enjoy some manual labor, the following guide can help you.
The following is a live example of our plugin Twitter Feed in action. Here you can see how all the shortcodes (3 of them) work, and how all the skins (5 of them, as of now) look. You can also see the widget in action on the right sidebar.
Twitter Feed features 3 different tweet displaying types: static, scrolling & sliding. The following examples show how the different display types appear visually with the various available tweet skins.
The following tutorial will guide you through the process if creating a Twitter Application and using its tokens with our Twitter Feed plugin for WordPress. Once you have created a Twitter application, you can use its tokens to allow Twitter Feed to make authenticated requests to the Twitter API.
Twitter Feed uses Twitter REST API 1.1 to interact with Twitter.com. Twitter’s API version 1.1 (as opposed to version 1.0) requires authentication in order to return data to the requesting server. To make an authenticated connection, one must create a Twitter app and use the app’s access tokens when making authenticated connections to Twitter.com
Do not share the generated tokens with anyone. If you do, they will be able to make authenticated requests to Twitter API on your behalf, using up the resources that Twitter allocated for you. Twitter Feed stores the tokens you provide on your local database and does not share it with anyone else.