WP to Twitter FAQ: Version 2

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Frequently Asked Questions: Updated January 2014

Please Note: I provide support for the most recent version of WP to Twitter. If you are using an older version, please upgrade and re-test before requesting support.

  1. Why should I upgrade to WP Tweets PRO?
  2. 401 Unauthorized: Authentication credentials were missing or incorrect.
  3. I can’t get the OAuth authorization to connect to Twitter / Code 0: Twitter did not return a recognized response code
  4. What happened to my category filters?
  5. My custom field templates won’t return data. What’s up?
  6. Code 0: Twitter did not return a recognized response code (may also be Question 2)
  7. Does WP to Twitter support multiple authors?
  8. Can I post to Facebook using WP to Twitter?
  9. Twitter is blocking your application
  10. Do I have to have a Twitter.com account to use this plugin?
  11. Every time I edit a post, the revisions are Tweeted! Can I stop this?
  12. I used to be able to connect to Twitter over http, but that option is gone!
  1. Why should I upgrade to WP Tweets PRO
    Upgrading to WP Tweets PRO is a great way to simultaneously help support my work on WordPress plug-ins and get some more control over how your website interacts with Twitter. I hope you’ll consider it!
  2. 401 Unauthorized: Authentication credentials were missing or incorrect.

    This is the single most common issue with WP to Twitter. Usually, it can be resolved by re-generating your access token at the Twitter app developer page, verifying that the ‘read and write’ option is checked. Note that both your application and your access token must have read and write permissions; if the access token was generated before the application was set to read and write, then the access token will still only have read permissions.

    If that doesn’t resolve the issue, try these:

    • Go to Twitter Application Settings and revoke the access for your application then reauthorize it again. The recorded authorization may be read only.
    • Verify that your callback URL is the web site where WP to Twitter is installed and that your web site is publically accessible.
    • Delete your Twitter App and create a new one.
  3. I can’t get the OAuth authorization to connect to Twitter
    First, turn on OAuth Debugging at the bottom of the settings page. Attempt the connection again. A bunch of debugging gobbledygook will show up. If the http_code value is 0, then your server is failing to reach Twitter in any way whatsoever. You need to communicate with your hosting company to find out why your server can’t reach Twitter.
  4. What happened to my category filters?
    As of WP to Twitter version 2.8.0, category filtering is only available in WP Tweets PRO. Your existing category filters will still function, but are no longer editable. WP Tweets PRO provides support for filtering on all categories and custom taxonomies, so it’s a much more powerful set of filters.
  5. My custom field templates won’t return data. What’s up?
    If you’re using any kind of custom method to provide custom fields, the developer who programmed it may have made a common choice to add the meta data to the post after publishing it. Because of this choice, the post meta data is not yet saved with the post when WP to Twitter goes to publish your Tweet. It’s a simple fix: the post should be saved as a draft, then the post meta should be added, then the post should be published. Contact the developer of your theme or plug-in to get this changed! This can also cause problems with category limits or inclusion of tags with your posts, if your application is adding those to an already published post.
  6. Code 0: Twitter did not return a recognized response code
    There are a variety of reasons for the query to Twitter to return a Code 0 error. What it means is that the server was unable to reach Twitter, and so did not receive a reply. This is almost always an issue at the server level, and requires a conversation with your hosting service to resolve.

    • Contact your host to see whether there are any issues with Twitter API access on your server.
    • Verify with your host whether they are using cached IP addresses for Twitter’s API servers. They could be out of date.
    • Verify with your host that they support verifying 2048 bit SSL certificates, which is required by Twitter as of December 10th, 2013.
  7. Does WP to Twitter support multiple authors?
    No, but WP Tweets PRO does.
  8. Can I post to Facebook using WP to Twitter?
    Yes. Well, sort of. WP to Twitter only sends information to Twitter. However, there are numerous means to send information from Twitter to Facebook. You can configure a Twitter application to share information between your Facebook profile and Twitter. Install the application in Facebook, give it permission, then enable it in Twitter.
  9. Twitter is blocking your application
    I’m sorry about that, but there’s absolutely nothing I can do about it. This is one of the powers which Twitter wanted to gain from this change: they can shut down any individual application. If they decided they didn’t like yours, that’s something I am unable to help with.
  10. Do I have to have a Twitter.com account to use this plugin?
    Yes, you need an account to use this plugin.
  11. Every time I edit a post, the revisions are Tweeted! Can I stop this?
    Yes. Uncheck the setting “Update Twitter when an old post has been edited” to disable tweeting of post edits.
  12. I used to be able to connect to Twitter over http, but that option is gone!
    Yes, on January 14th, 2014, Twitter removed support for accessing the Twitter API over an http connection, and requires all connectsion to be secure. See Restricting api.twitter.com to SSL/TLS traffic at Twitter.com.

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