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Twitter Follow Button Plugin

Postby leeturner » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:35 pm

The Twitter Follow Button is a small widget which allows users to easily follow a Twitter account from any webpage. This plugin allows you to add the Twitter follow button to your site. It is implemented as a widget so you can place it in any container.

Twitter Follow Button Plugin
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Re: Twitter Follow Button Plugin

Postby edoc7 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:20 am

I have downloaded and unzipped this but do not find instructions as to how to install it.

Help, please?

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Re: Twitter Follow Button Plugin

Postby leeturner » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:52 am

It is the same process for every plugin:

1) Unzip the file
2) Upload the unzipped directory to your qp_plugins folder on your server
3) Login to the admin for your blog and head on over to 'Global Settings' -> 'Plugins'
4) You should now see a list of plugins installed on your blog. At the top right of that table should be a link called 'Install new'. Click on that.
5) You should now see a list of plugins available to install. There should be 'Install' links to the right of plugins that are available to install.
6) Find the plugin you want to install in the list and click the 'Install' link for that plugin.
7) Once the plugin has been installed you should be able to find the docs for that plugin (if the plugin author has provided them) and they should tell you about all the settings for the plugin. The docs can be accessed by clicking on the little question mark icon.

Hope that helps.
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Re: Twitter Follow Button Plugin

Postby edoc7 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:32 am

Perfect!

I have printed the instructions this time and added them to my quick-reference ring-binder ... the old fashioned method!

One additional question, please?

What does "Apply rendering" mean to a plug-in like Twitter Follow?

It seems a somewhat obscure term to use.

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The code to call the plugin by code. This is also used to link renderer plugins to items.
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Apply rendering:
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Re: Twitter Follow Button Plugin

Postby edoc7 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:31 am

OK, I discovered that I needed to got to Widgets and add Twitter Follow there as well - and fill the fields.

Now it appears to be working. :-)

Thanks!

Still unclear about "Apply rendering".
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Re: Twitter Follow Button Plugin

Postby edoc7 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:29 am

Ooops!

I just made my first blog post after adding Twitter, and received this:

Pinging twitter.com...
You must configure a twitter username/password before you can post to twitter.


I did not see a place to add my Twitter password, only my Twitter account name.

What step am I missing, please?

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Re: Twitter Follow Button Plugin

Postby leeturner » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:53 am

edoc7 wrote:Still unclear about "Apply rendering".


Apply rendering is for plugins that render your post/page content in some way. For example, the Smilies plugin renders certain characters into smilie images. When you are writing posts you have a list of renders installed on the right hand side of the write screen. The value for 'Apply rendering' determines whether the renders are preselected (ie active) or not.

I generally set all my render plugins other than auto-p to opt-in which means they are not selected by default. I then select the ones I want on a per post basis. If I wanted all the render plugins selected by default I would set them all to opt-out in the plugin settings.

The twitter follow button plugin is a widget and not a render plugin so the 'Apply rendering' should be set to never.

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Re: Twitter Follow Button Plugin

Postby leeturner » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:55 am

edoc7 wrote:Ooops!

I just made my first blog post after adding Twitter, and received this:

Pinging twitter.com...
You must configure a twitter username/password before you can post to twitter.


I did not see a place to add my Twitter password, only my Twitter account name.

What step am I missing, please?

Thanks!


Just to be clear, this isn't anything to do with the Twitter Follow Plugin but the Twitter plugin that EdB maintains. I don't remember off the top of my head but I think you need to go and authenticate your blog install with twitter. I think it is a tab on the tools menu in the admin section of your blog.

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Re: Twitter Follow Button Plugin

Postby EdB » Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:09 pm

Yup. TwitterFollow doesn't need login stuff because it is for other people to use. Twitter (which is a bad name for a plugin) creates a tools tab that requires registering your application, then each user can give their username and password on their profile page.
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Re: Twitter Follow Button Plugin

Postby edoc7 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:27 pm

I just noticed that even though I toggled Read-Write Twitter shows this app as Read Only - that may be the problem.

I will see about changing it so that it sticks and report back ...

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