wptouch logo

WPtouch

Mobile Suite for WordPress

June 12, 2013 – By Dale Mugford

Important Info for WordTwit & WordTwit Pro Users

Uh-Oh!

Yesterday Twitter depreciated the 1.0 version of their API. As a result, both WordTwit and WordTwit Pro are not functioning correctly at this time. We’re currently working very hard to restore capability – and we hope to release an update very soon.

Even at the best of times, it has been a tenuous relationship with Twitter – unfortunately, changing policies and company direction have made it more difficult for developers like us to continue creating products like WordTwit.

We’ll continue to service, improve, and develop WordTwit going forward, as long as Twitter will allow us to do so.

Big Update Coming

As some users may already know, we will be releasing a major update to the free version of WordTwit very soon— this update will include all of WordTwit Pro’s features (new publish widget with support for tags, multiple account support, multiple tweet support, & more). After discontinuing the Pro version, we decided it would be to everyone’s benefit to replace the code in the WordPress repository version with the Pro code, exactly like we did with Piggy.

For those that have used the pro version, you know that making this code available in the free repository makes WordTwit  possibly the best WordPress-to-Twitter publishing tool available on the free repository.

We apologize for the interruption in functionality using WordTwit— but we’re very excited to offer the new version for everyone very soon.

Best,
Dale Mugford
President & Co-Founder

Comments Off

February 13, 2012 – By The BNC Team

Announcing new updates to our Affiliate Program

We have two exciting announcements to share regarding updates to our Affiliate Program:

Tiered Commission

Affiliate Program participants now have the opportunity to earn a higher commission based on sales levels. 30% commission will apply to sales totaling less than $1000 in a calendar month. Sales over $1000 in a calendar month will earn 40% commission.

Commission breakdown:
All sales below $1000 in a month – 30% commission
All sales above $1000 in a month – 40% commission

New Affiliate Links

We’ve added some new links in the Affiliate Center that you can use to promote various BraveNewCode pages and channels on the web (WPtouch, YouTube, Flickr, etc).  These links will set the affiliate cookie prior to doing the redirect, so if the visitor makes a purchase after, it will be reflected on your account.

For more information on our new affiliate links visit our Affiliate Center in our support forums.

Comments Off

February 7, 2012 – By The BNC Team

Participate in our customer survey for a chance to win a BraveNewCode plugin

We’d like to make sure we’re giving you the best customer experience possible.

Please participate in our survey and let us know how we’re doing. All participants will be entered in a draw for a BraveNewCode prize pack. 2 winners will be chosen and each will receive a BraveNewCode plugin of their choice and a snazzy BraveNewCode t-shirt.

If you’re interested in participating in our draw, make sure to provide your contact information at the end of the survey. Good luck!

*Prize is available to North American and EU residents only. One entry per participant.

Update: Feb 20, 2012 – Our survey contest is now closed. The winners will be announced soon. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Read Comments

December 7, 2011 – By The BNC Team

WordTwit Pro 3.3: Critical Changes You Should Know About

Yesterday we were contacted by the Twitter API team and informed that WordTwit Pro‘s use of the API was not inline with the Twitter’s terms of service for third-party applications. The reasons given by the Twitter API team were:

“[WordTwit Pro] facilitates serial posting across multiple accounts, tweet/retweet automation, tweet branding and automated affiliate advertising.”

After reviewing the alleged violations by the Twitter API team, we are of the opinion that the reasons given are not justified based on the typical use cases of WordTwit Pro users.

First, WordTwit Pro does allow a user to push a tweet out to multiple accounts simultaneously. This feature is meant to simplify management of a website where new post information would routinely by posted to multiple accounts. For example, a WPtouch-related post on BraveNewCode could be pushed to the @wptouch and @bravenewcode Twitter accounts. This functionality is by no means specific to WordTwit Pro; it exists in almost all Twitter clients available today.

Second, while WordTwit Pro does allow a user to automate certain tweets or retweets, all of these essentially have to come at the request of the end-user. This represents a form of tweet scheduling, which is also a standard feature in many Twitter services and clients.

With regards to tweet branding and affiliate advertising, we are ultimately at a loss. Other than the WordTwit Pro application registered with Twitter (which ultimately causes each tweet to be associated with WordTwit Pro), there is no branding on tweets done by BraveNewCode or WordTwit Pro. Each user has the ability to manually edit a tweet before it goes out, which is no different than most Twitter clients. We also provide a very detailed Tweet Log in WordTwit Pro, which shows every tweet that is generated by WordTwit Pro, even if they were not successfully tweeted.

Ultimately Twitter has suspended the OAuth token currently used by WordTwit Pro, which has caused WordTwit Pro installations using the default configuration to stop working. We have tried to communicate with the Twitter API team to work towards resolving the misunderstanding, but as of right now the token is suspended and they have not responded to our most recent attempts to open a dialog or to educate them further about our product.

To simplify the process of setting up WordTwit Pro, we included a generic WordTwit Pro OAuth token registered with Twitter. Since we do not know the nature of the original complaint with Twitter, we can only assume a person or company witnessed some form of SPAM associated with an installation of WordTwit Pro and reported the application in violation. Since we do not control any portion of a WordTwit Pro installation or any tweets that are generated once a user installs the software, we are unable to intervene when any users potentially abuse the product.

Going forward we are forced to remove the default token within WordTwit Pro; this means all end-users will have to register a custom application with Twitter to use with their installation. That also means each user will be responsible for abiding by Twitter’s terms of service for use of the Twitter API. Since the feature to add a custom OAuth application already exists within WordTwit Pro, current installations already using this feature are not affected by the revoked token.

If you have been affected by this, please visit this page for information on how to create a custom application with Twitter and configure WordTwit Pro to use it.

We will release version 3.3 of WordTwit Pro shortly, which will require custom applications for new installations. If you have been using the custom application feature already and you upgrade, your installation should not be affected by this change.

We apologize to anyone who has been affected by this incident, but as the token was revoked by Twitter without any prior warning, we were not able to resolve any concerns without the downtime experienced by customers.

Comments Off

July 29, 2011 – By The BNC Team

WordTwit Pro Video Interview w/ JamesWoodcock.co.uk

Dale Mugford (our design lead & co-founder) recently did a video interview with Freelance Journalist James Woodcock regarding the release of WordTwit Pro, our premium WordPress to Twitter (and soon Facebook!) publishing tool.

James asks a variety of questions and delves into the details regarding impetus, feature set, and future plans for the new plugin.

Runs about 30 mins.

You can watch the video below, or see a larger version on James’ site, here.

Comments Off

July 29, 2011 – By Dale Mugford

Notice: Free Product Support Changes

This is a general notice to all visitors who currently do not have a License for our WPtouch Pro, WordTwit Pro or Piggy products.

As of September 1st, 2011 The Community Forums on our Support site are being discontinued in favour of community support for our free products through the WordPress.org support forums.

All Community Forums will be removed and become inaccessible via bravenewcode.com/support.

You will still be able to access community support for our free products via WordPress’ forums.

Customers with Licenses for any of our premium plugins will not be affected by this change.

Comments Off

June 14, 2011 – By The BNC Team

WordPress 3.2: What It Means For Our Users

WordPress 3.2 has two changes that may affect some users: the minimum PHP and MySQL versions required will be PHP 5.2.4 and MySQL 5.0. That means PHP 4 will no longer be supported by WordPress itself.

As a plugin developer, PHP 4 definitely makes life more complicated. Plugins end up becoming bloated when you need to have separate code for both PHP 4 and PHP 5. Removing the dependency on PHP 4 allows WordPress to remove old code and help streamline the entire codebase.

What does that mean for the users of our products?

Both WPtouch Pro and Piggy currently work with later versions of PHP 4 currently. Some time after WordPress 3.2 comes out, we will deprecate support for PHP 4.

Internally our policy has always been to try (when possible) to support the last two major versions, so when 3.2 comes out we’ll be supporting it and 3.1. But as development proceeds on the next version of WordPress, we’ll remove the PHP 4 aspects from our code and start using PHP 5 exclusively. That allows the code to be smaller, newer (usually more efficient) and we can use PHP 5 functions only, which in general results in a faster development cycle.

WordTwit Pro, which has just been released requires PHP 5 already.

So if you’re a WordPress user you should start looking at what your host provides in PHP support to make sure you’re ready when 3.2 is released. On many hosts switching to PHP 5 is as simple as clicking a button in the hosting control panel, and on others you can usually add a small snippet to your .htaccess file. Unfortunately there are still some hosts that do not provide PHP 5 at all, and for those you will probably have to find an alternate host, or explain to them why they should add support immediately to allow their customers to upgrade their WordPress installations.

Comments Off

June 6, 2011 – By The BNC Team

Introducing WordTwit Pro

WordPress, Meet Twitter

Today we’re excited to reveal what we’ve been working on for the past few months: WordTwit Pro, our premium version of WordTwit, the best WordPress to Twitter publishing plugin.

In WordTwit Pro you have complete publishing control over the tweets you send out using its sleek new publishing widget. Set schedule, repeat & delay options for a new status update; select and publish to multiple Twitter accounts; Authorize those account for shared use among other WordPress authors on your site; easily add custom hashtags and more— all on-the-fly in a few clicks with the new WordTwit Pro publishing widget.

Multiple Accounts

Multiple Account Bliss

In WordTwit Pro you can easily setup multiple Twitter accounts for publishing. And it’s easy to decide which accounts WordTwit Pro will publish to, on a completely per-post basis.

WordTwit Pro also supports setting accounts as shared or private— perfect for multi-author websites to control the publishing options available for each contributor, author or editor.

And you can even authorize other authors to add their own Twitter accounts securely.

Tweet Scheduling

Scheduling Galore

As with the free version, WordTwit Pro can immediately publish a tweet about your new post to Twitter. Now with WordTwit Pro we’ve added easy to use scheduling, which allows for multiple tweets to be published to Twitter separated by the time you specify, on a per-post basis.

For example, you can now:

  • Delay the first tweet from publishing right away for a certain amount of time
  • Specify that a tweet be published multiple times, at the interval you choose
  • And do both!

Custom #Hashtags

Hashtag Support

We’ve also added another often-requested feature, but went over-the-top in our implementation: totally custom hashtag support.

Instead of just accessing WordPress’ categories or tags to use as hashtags, we’ve built our own hash-tagging system which allows you to quickly and easily add hashtags to your tweets.

It also smart— the new publishing widget provides you with a list of your popular/recently used hashtags and in a few clicks you can add the ones you want to a tweet.

So whether you’re adding a hashtag that’s totally new or those you use often— it’s a breeze to add hashtags to your WordTwit Pro tweets.

Click To Edit

We’ve also added a new Manual Mode for the publishing widget. Simply click to edit-in-place your tweet’s text, title, tags and link. It’s 100% control over the tweets you’ll send out if you need it.

Per Post/Page

It’s also one click easy to decide whether a new post you’re publishing will have a Twitter update published with it. No more excluding by category— just simply flip the widget off with its publish toggle… that’s it.

Tweet Log

Tweet Log

With the new Tweet Log you can see past tweets, upcoming tweets, and any errors that occurred, and what the error message was from Twitter.

Manage, control and delete right from the Tweet Log— you now have more control after you click the ‘Publish’ button.

Admin Panel

 

 

Awesome Admin Panel

 
To top it all off, WordTwit Pro features the same intuitive, easy-to-use admin panel that we designed for our WPtouch Pro and Piggy plugins.

With its BraveNewCode admin panel, you can change settings, control your WordTwit Pro setup effortlessly, and do it all in style.

Licenses & Pricing

Licenses for WordTwit Pro include timely, professional customer support in our Support Forums, free upgrades through all 3.x releases, and automatic-upgrades in the admin panel, just like you enjoy with WordPress’ regular plugins.

License types:

$39 — Single license:
Includes support and auto-upgrades for one WordPress website

$79 — 5-Pack license:
Includes support and auto-upgrades for up to 5 WordPress websites

$139 — Unlimited/MU license:
Includes support and auto-upgrades on an unlimited number of WordPress websites, including WordPress MU/Multisite implementations

Available June 10th, 2011

WordTwit Pro will be available for purchase on Friday, June 10th, 2011. Click here to view the product page with even more detail about its features and capabilities.

One More Thing… Private Beta!

There is also a private beta available to all WPtouch Pro and Piggy customers, available today in the pro support forums. You’ll need to be logged in with your WPtouch Pro and/or Piggy account to view the post and access the download for the beta.

Comments Off

March 25, 2011 – By Duane Storey

Hot Off The Presses: WordTwit 2.6!

We just pushed out an update to WordTwit, version 2.6. The following changes/fixes have been incorporated into the release:

  • Added: Simple character count to post WordTwit status box
  • Added: Tweet error messages
  • Added: Ability to automatically adjust OAuth time offset
  • Added: Ability to utilize a custom Twitter application for Tweets
  • Fixed: Bug with apostrophes in category name
  • Changed: Stopped a CSS file from loading which isn’t used anymore
  • Changed: Logic regarding old Tweet times
  • Updated: Language .pot file. Please submit translations to translation (at) bravenewcode.com

One of the most exciting updates is the ability to configure WordTwit to use a custom Twitter application. So instead of having WordTwit Tweet on behalf of “WordTwit”, you can make it Tweet on behalf of your own website, for example “BraveNewCode”.

As you can see in the example on the right, the Tweet was on behalf of the custom application called BraveNewCode. So website owners are now free to create their own applications to enhance their personal or site branding with WordTwit.

Creating Your Own Application in Twitter

To create your own application, you can visit the WordTwit developer site at dev.twitter.com/apps. Once on the site, click the “Register a new app” button in the sidebar.

You’ll then be able to configure all aspects of your application:

The only real “gotchas” are that you must make sure the application is a Browser application and not a Client application. To do that, you must define callback URL, even though WordTwit will override it – simply specify your main website URL here. You must also make sure the application has Read & Write access as opposed to Read-only.

Once that’s done, you should be able to find the application’s OAuth Consumer key and Consumer secret tokens, similar to these:

It’s important to keep these two parameters secret, since someone who obtains them could Tweet on behalf of your application. But in the odd event that they are ever compromised, you can simply regenerate them via the Twitter developer site (we regenerated the ones shown in the example, so the tokens shown above no longer work).

Once that’s done, simply input the two tokens into the WordTwit administration panel and reauthorize WordTwit. If all went well, you should see an authorization dialog for your custom application similar to the one shown here. Then you simply have to grant access for WordTwit to Tweet on behalf of your custom application, and you’re good to go.

This will most likely be the last major update for WordTwit until we release our long awaited WordTwit Pro plugin which we’ve been working on in conjunction with WPtouch Pro 2.2. If you’re interested in being notified when WordTwit Pro is released, please sign up for updates.

We’ve also included an updated POT language file in WordTwit 2.6 – if you’re interested in translating it, please send us the completed translation via our contact form or via the email address included in the readme.txt file in the plugin.

If anyone has any issues with the release, please let us know via the forums or here.

Enjoy WordTwit 2.6!

Comments Off

January 18, 2011 – By The BNC Team

In-Depth Podcast Interview About WPtouch, BraveNewCode

Dale recently did an in-depth interview with freelance journalist James Woodcock about all things BraveNewCode, and in particular WPtouch and WPtouch Pro.

Topics Include: (from his show notes):

  • Who is Dale Mugford and how did BraveNewCode begin?
  • Why did you specifically choose to support WordPress?
  • Why would someone who has a website or blog powered by WordPress need WPtouch?
  • WPtouch install process
  • Free versus purchasable versions available
  • WPtouch celebrity endorsement from Stephen Fry
  • WPtouch Web-App mode
  • The opportunities with HTML5
  • WPtouch Apple iPad support
  • Supporting other tablet devices
  • Considering interface and screen sizes on a tablet
  • Options within WPtouch
  • Disabling plugins specifically for mobile themes
  • Prioritising content
  • Possible future developments for WPtouch
  • Dale reverses roles and interviews James on his experience of WPtouch onJames Woodcock’s blog

You can listen to the podcast here.

Comments Off

Previous Blog Entries