Implement Twitter Connect with Twit Connect

Implement Twitter Connect, check. This is somewhat old news as Twitter Connect or “Sign in with Twitter” has been out for quite some time via the Twitter API. For some reason it has been slightly quiet about it, not your regular boom-blast and video tutorials that we saw with the Facebook Connect release. It’s understandable though, as Facebook handles a significant higher portion of (personal) data.

I tried the Twit Connect plugin for WordPress to do my implementation. I believe it’s the first of its kind, at least for WordPress, created by Shannon Whitley. He has also written a short tutorial on how you go about implementing Twit Connect on your WordPress site. Sebastien Couture wrote another one on the same topic.

Getting it to work properly is really easy and straight forward. All you need to do is register an application with Twitter to obtain your consumer key and consumer secret. You’ll need this for the plugin settings later. Once you’ve entered all necessary information on the settings page for Twit Connect, you’re good to go. How’s that for out-of-the-box? Oh, if you get a “Can’t open secret file” when you try to save your settings it’s because of the file permissions of the files in your twitconnect folder.

The only negative feedback I have is that it seems to be ‘early beta’ for Twit Connect. It works as intended, sure – but it’s quite messy if you want to modify it in any way. I’m no whizkid when it comes to CSS, and as it’s all integrated in the twitconnect.php – it makes it a bit of a hassle. I’d prefer a separate CSS for the next release! I also wonder if it would be possible to have a Twitter user’s comment tweeted out on Twitter? Similar to wall posting via FB-connect. That’d be neat too.

Anyway, you’ll notice the ‘Sign in with Twitter’-button right below the FB-connect dito in posts now. You can use both to sign in and make comments without entering your details. Try it out!

WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane”, enhanced UI

Today I took the big step of upgrading WordPress to the latest version, entitled “Coltrane”. It holds some great improvements to the backend UI, mostly because this was something the community wanted most – WordPress developers led by Matt Mullenweg did indeed listen. The new dashboard have some really really useful additions, the drag-n-drop widgets is certainly one of them, it creates an instant snapshot – without a single click necessary – so all you lazy bloggers, this one’s for you.

I also noticed that has added a nifty showcase section. It showcases ‘the big guns’ (and some small) that use WordPress as the main tool for their site. Among these are I Love Typography, Ford (Global Auto Shows), and Playstation (Blog). As I’m a personal fan of the I Love Typography website, I was really happy to see the reception it has been given by the WordPress community.

Oh, and if you want to upgrade to Coltrane, just check out the extended upgrading guide, it has some easy step-by-step instructions on how to upgrade.