Official Twitter plugin for WordPress

It has cost them, but finally there is a official Twitter plugin for WordPress with which, in principle, power to dispense with third-party tools, which often gave connection problems, almost always because of Twitter, that everything has to be said.

The official plugin, available in the repository will at least guarantee us its updates, which will always allow a perfect connection with the social network avoiding those ugly widgets empty and other unwanted effects.

What's on offer? list is great and interesting:

  • Embedded tweets, being able to customize backgrounds and color schemes to fit the theme design of your site
  • Embedded Twitter videos
  • Twitter button to share the content in a simple way
  • Twitter Card s, officers, allowing the content of your site to be displayed in the best possible way by sharing it on Twitter
  • Twitter Analytics to track the most shared of your content on Twitter
  • Follow button to increase your followers in Twitter
  • Follow up on conversion of Twitter ads to easily follow the impact of your advertised content on Twitter or create audience from it
  • It is integrated into the ticket editor so you can customize it with hashtags or whatever you want when the publication is shared, very useful to get more audience.

Everything good?

Well either. It has a requirement that can take you head first, and that is that you need PHP 5.4 or higher and the funny thing is that if you do not have that version of PHP on your server activate it is activated but it is useless, you have the widgets or configuration page of anything, so if you install it and activate it you already know the reason.

The settings page is on a higher level, in tusitio.es/wp-admin/admin. php? page = twitter but I'm telling you that if you do not have the correct version of PHP you will receive a nice error message and it will not do you any good to have installed the plugin. The only way to detect it would be that you had active the WP_debug something unusual.

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The rebel settings page

The solution is to install on the PHP server 5.4 or higher, but go, they have gone a little hand.

Of course, if you meet the requirements works great and does well what it promises, much better than other plugins that incorporate buttons and other utilities of Twitter.

Especially interesting is the integration in the ticket editor, a jewel for the community manager which will be able to customize the diffusion of content on Twitter in a precise way , adding hashtags personalized text or even put to your liking the Twitter Card .

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Redesign of the WordPress.org themes directory • WordPress Help

The official subject directory, the famous repository of WordPress.org themes has been redesigned which it was already missing, with that aspect of the year catapun operative, unattractive.

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The old directory of topics

And the best thing is that you will not have to learn how to navigate the themes in the new design because has adopted the navigation aspect of the same WordPress yes, the one you have on your website, so you already know how to use it.

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New subject directory [19659004] This implies that you have the navigation for highlighted, new and popular topics, the same search engine and the filtering system by characteristics.

But the best of the best is the preview, which reproduces the customizer from WordPress with which the preview of a subject before downloading it, and the navigation itself between them, is really intuitive, practically perfect.

Disable the update of specific plugins • WordPress Help

Because, the truth, the idea of ​​ not allow the update of plugins in particular seems to me very good, even essential for developers, because this way you avoid a clumsy client to load your customizations, but the use a plugin to disable plugin updates, or even disable the whole check, it seems a bit too much.

It is much simpler to use a small code which you can also include in the file ] functions.php of the theme – if you have done it – or in a utility plugin specific to the site or your client, almost the best option.

You just have to change the route to the main plugin file (in this case /jetpack/jetpack.php ) for the plugin that you do not want to update and drive. Do you want to disable more plugins? You just have to add the relevant lines type unset ($ value-> response ['carpeta_plugin/fichero_principal_plugin.php']); after that of the example.

WordPress 4.1.1 – Maintenance Update • WordPress Help

It has just come to light, and you will have it on your desktop, version 4.1.1 of WordPress, a maintenance update that, like all of this type, is important to update instantly ]

WordPress 4.1.1 fixes up to 21 bugs detected since the release of WordPress 4.1 many of them related to compatibility with different browser versions Internet Explorer that, although on the way to extinction, it is still necessary to take it into account due to its implantation, waning but still great, especially in the business world.

Also solved some small defects visuals of the TinyMCE editor or in the visualization of certain plugins .

So to do this, to wait for WordPress to update itself, that the child is older and knows what is best for him.

Automatic hashings in the publications spread by JetPack • WordPress Help

Despite how much I mess with Automattic and JetPack we must recognize that some of its modules, connections apart they are great. The case of Spread is one of them, a small wonder that allows to automatically publish entries in your favorite networks .

But this module also has its limitations. The first and obvious is that you need the connection to WordPress.com to use it, but once saved this " toll " that Automattic asks us to access its virtues, I have always missed to be able to add automatically hashtags as if you can do in the configuration of the plugins to share manually.

I mean that, for example, if your entry talks about WordPress, you can automate that as long as your posts are published Add related hashtags automatically for greater diffusion of your content through a tag used by many other users of social networks.

And I say automate because you can customize it already. Before publishing an entry there is a small text box in the meta box of Publish from WordPress where you can modify the text to be sent and where, of course, you can add hashtags manually, but that's it Did you know?

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I mean totally automate, that you do not have to remember to customize the texts but [19659012] that a hashtag – or several – is always added to your posts on social networks . And for that the best option would be to use the tags ( tags ) of the entry as a hashtag so?

For this we will use our utilities plugin or to the file functions.php of your active theme if you prefer, where you have to add this code:

The code is self-explanatory and works on its own. Check if the entry has tags ( tags ) and convert them into hashtags that will come after the title . Simple and effective, as you like it.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Which JetPack modules require a connection with WordPress.com?

Following with the controversy about JetPack and its supposed importance in the future of WordPress would not it be nice to know what modules of JetPack requires yes or yes connection with WordPress.com ?

Because we have already seen there are ways to dispose of everything that JetPack offers without JetPack but first better to know which of its modules require connection to the service Automattic known as WordPress.com .

That's what Donna Fontenot offers us in a couple of images:

As you can see from the images above, there are many modules that require connection to WordPress.com to work surely more than what you imagined, and what is worse: it has not and nowhere to indicate that they require it.

If you want to use JetPack but only with the modules that do not require a connection to WordPress.com it is as simple as installing this plugin or use this trick you choose. Now, the problem is that there are the same modules that require connection that those that do not, nothing less than 17 .

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But not only that, but by default you can not use JetPack without first connecting to WordPress.com . It would almost make more sense to activate normally and, if the user wants, to request the connection to the Automattic service only if you want to activate any of the other 17 modules that require the connection, a kind of double pack, or split in two.

This all gets worse because, as JetPack is a very complete and useful package in general, the temptation of web designers / developers to install it to their clients is great, and not to bother them with " those things of connections and others "in many occasions they are delivered connected to the WordPress.com account of the designer / developer! with what is generates an additional dependency .

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To me all this really fucks me the truth, are bad practices motivated by the commercial policy of Automattic. They are things that we are swallowing little by little and of which – I hope I'm wrong – sooner or later we will regret not having been purists enough to never recommend installing JetPack while requiring a WordPress.com connection

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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Do you need FTP in WordPress?

The FTP protocol is an old Internet acquaintance, a protocol of file transfer between computers and servers that has been accompanying us for decades, but still in force and, sometimes, almost essential but also for WordPress?

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Every day it is easier to install and update WordPress, plugins and themes without the need for FTP, and for even very few languages ​​.

Hosting providers usually offer by default to install WordPress in a couple of clicks, although they are outdated versions that you can then update, and they also offer file decompression utilities and even decent file and folder browsers but we still need FTP?

Personally I think so, that the FTP protocol is still very useful, and as I show you I leave you a few situations in which, if not, if that is totally advisable to use FTP :

Create and modify child themes without touching a line of code

Create son ​​themes, known as child themes is a fantastic way to make changes to a theme WordPress without losing changes in case of updates. Now, it is a process that, despite how easy it is to create child themes a lot of people get uphill because of their irrational fear of touching code.

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For those who prefer not to mess with codes, for example, there is a great way to create and configure a child theme without touching a single line without having to connect via FTP and all those things geeks that we like so much the rest of us.

Another possible situation is when you have to make modifications to a child theme or create a new one and you do not have FTP access .

If it's your case you're saved, Child theme configurator is a jewel, the most of the most. Once installed and active it allows to create children themes (one or several, whichever you want) from any of the themes that you have installed in your WordPress .

Once created a child theme, from its configuration pages you can adjust it to your liking, being able to change styles, import rules, copy files from the parent theme to the son and all without leaving the WordPress desktop.

The best of all is that the process you do it without modifying anything of the parent theme. Once the theme is over, you can activate it like any other WordPress theme .

If you want to see the whole process, they explain it wonderfully (in English) in this video:

The son themes they have their advantages and disadvantages but they are a small wonder if you know how to use them properly.

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This is not a plugin for anyone either, yes, there is terminology that you must know, but is a fantastic tool to create or modify child themes so it's not for beginners but you can save yourself from more than one compromised situation so sign up this article in favorites to have it on hand in case you need sometime.

NOTICE : this publication is from two years ago or more. If it's a code or a plugin it might not work in the latest versions of WordPress, and if it's a news story it might be obsolete. Then do not say we have not warned you.

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WordPress without plugins is not competitive

The other day he got angry at a meeting of WordPress professionals called Pressnomics when, in an interview with Matt Mullenweg , someone released the pearl that " JetPack is a Trojan of Matt ".

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JetPack is a Trojan of Matt (the room is silent)

But almost worse was the answer of Mullenweg, who could not think of anything else to say more or less that WordPress has no future without JetPack .

According to the boss of Automattic and co-creator of WordPress, the future of this CMS alone is not very promising, coming to declare, verbatim, that " In the absence of JetPack I think WordPress would be in decline ". There is nothing. And of course, the mortal was bundled.

 In the absence of JetPack WordPress would go in decline

In the absence of JetPack WordPress would go in decline

To finish fixing it came to justify his statement alluding to the objective of ] WordPress should be reaching 50% market share of all websites, instead of the current 23% and that only with "complete" products such as a WordPress with JetPack could reach all type of users through the utilities offered by JetPack for integration in social networks and mobile adaptation.

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The statements are to frame them … the museum of horrors.

Okay, I can agree that for WordPress to become the world's largest web system has to offer those technologies necessary for any user but does that really go through JetPack? a product dependent on a service owned by the company of Matt Mullenweg, Automattic a product in which many of its modules only work through a connection with a private for-profit service .

That's the part where Mullenweg continues to confuse in my opinion, his sincere love for WordPress with interest in the benefits of his company .

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The golden rule is that the core must offer features that 80% or more of end users will appreciate and use true

But wow, that is not insurmountable, you can consider including in the default distribution some really useful plugins or plugins (not Hello Dolly ) but why JetPack?

There are alternatives to JetPack that do not require connection to the servers of the Automattic company, much less register a user in WordPress.com would not it be better to use those alternatives? Would it be worth choosing a couple of plugins to offer the basics? In fact it does not even need that.

There are ways to achieve without plugins that articles are shared on social networks from the theme WordPress and it is something that could take the default themes of the distribution of WordPress.

Regarding the adaptation to mobile devices that is already so without the need for plugins. The same desktop of WordPress is responsive as well as the latest themes by default.

The worrying thing about all this is that Matt Mullenweg has declared what he has stated, assuming that the future of WordPress passes through JetPack for the product of a private company. I think it's a huge mistake of concept and principles.

If we really believe in WordPress and we bet on its growth would not it be better to focus efforts on making a WordPress better for itself instead of making it dependent on external products?

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This reminds me of some other CMS that compromised its future, and even survival, by assuming that it "needed" to be compatible with certain modules that many users considered essential and, instead of seeing how to incorporate these functionalities in the core of the software, it was decided to guarantee the compatibility of the CMS with the external modules, and when these were obsolete, the CMS had also

I sincerely hope that you do not fall into the same mistake and will resume the basic principles of WordPress that what has made it great will be strengthened and that Matt and others who have done so much for WordPress recover the initial spirit instead of mix the common with the private .

I do not know what will seem to you but lately too many similar mistakes are being made by the same.

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