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Review: Automatically Tweet Your WordPress Posts with WordTwit Pro

There are quite a few plugins available for WordPress that will tweet out new WordPress posts automatically when they are posted. By having your posts automatically tweeted you have one less thing to worry about in the day.

Even though there are auto-tweet plugins aplenty, none that I have found is quite as extensive as WordTwit Pro. This plugin gives you pretty much what you need to share your links more effectively and saving you more time.

Scheduling Multiple Updates

WordTwit Pro will offer you the option of tweeting your post to the world multiple times of the day. You can choose, on a post-per-post basis, how many times you want it to be tweeted out and, if more than one, how long time that should pass in-between. You can also have your tweets delayed from the start.

It would be thoroughly useful if WordTwit Pro allowed you to set a default setting for this in its settings. Currently, you can only set this per post, which is slightly more time consuming than ideal when you usually use the same time settings for posts.

Post to Multiple Accounts with WordTwit Pro
Post to Multiple Accounts with WordTwit Pro

Tweet to Multiple Accounts

While many freely available plugins allow you to tweet to one account, fewer allow you to set-up more than one account to tweet to. By default, all accounts are selected for each post but this can be customized per post in the WordTwit box.

Even though I typically publish to all accounts that I select, I could see a setting similar to what should be there fore multiple updates. This would be a setting that allowed you to change which accounts it tweets to by default. Maybe there is an account you only occasionally use?

Tweet Controls for a Post
Tweet Controls for a Post

Hashtagging, Tweeting and Short URLs

As you would expect any auto-tweeting plugin to do, WordTwit Pro manages hashtags easily and will of course allow you to customize the tweet for each post.

The plugin has settings that lets you add tracking links for Google Analytics, as well as choose a URL shortening service of your choice and also use the APIs of these service providers. This means that if you have a custom URL set up with bit.ly, WordTwit pro would use this in your tweets.

Conclusion

WordTwit Pro is a paid WordPress plugin but at $39 for a single site license, it is very fairly priced. If you are a developer, you may get a 5 site license for $69 or opt directly for a Pro Unlimited version at $99 that gives you installation rights on an unlimited number of sites, including WP MU installations. There is a free version available which provides a much limited feature-set.

If you need to be able to tweet to multiple accounts or want the added comfort of being able to tweet automatically multiple times of the day, WordTwit Pro is a good fit for you. Even though it does lack some default settings that would highly improve the plugin, it still is a very nice plugin as it is that is far superior to other auto-tweet plugins currently available.

WordPress 3.2 Released. What’s new?

This week, the WordPress team released WordPress 3.2, (codenamed Gershwin) available directly from within the updates screen in the dashboard of your WordPress install. Before upgrading (which you should do), make sure you download a working backup of your database.

Given that WordPress 3.2 is a major upgrade, the risk that it breaks certain themes and plugins is more present than smaller upgrades. Be extra careful if you are using plugins that are mission-critical to your website. Check that the plugins that you use are set as compatible with the new version, or try the upgrade on a test installation before upgrading your production website.

What’s new in 3.2?

It is always nice to see what new features are included in a new WordPress version and this one has quite a few news.

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Baseline—A CSS Framework

I quite fancy the idea of frameworks to help speed up the daunting parts of web development. For some projects I have wished for an easy to use typography framework that gives good basic styles for basic paragraphs, lists, blockquotes, tables and forms. Baseline is a framework that seems to offer this.

Baseline CSS Framework

What is it and what does it offer?

Baseline is quite an extensive framework, offering styles for most typography tags as well as forms and tables. As an addition it also offers a grid, which to me is not as useful given the extensive 960 grid system that I tend to lean towards using.

This is a quote from their website:

Built with typographic standards in mind, Baseline makes it easy to develop a website with a pleasing grid and good typography. Baseline starts with several files to reset the browser’s default behavior, build a basic typographic layout — including style for HTML forms and new HTML 5 elements — and build a simple grid system. Baseline was born to be a quick way to prototype a website and grew up to become a full typographic framework for the web using “real” baseline grid as its foundation.

Not All Things Golden Are Gold

I have one issue with the Baseline framework. While it offers some excellent styles, specifically the tables which I find excellent, I am not convinced that this framework is all that I want as a base. The reason is not so much the rarely used tags which are mainly good but rather the main headings and paragraph tags. It takes a while to recover from its reset code and the way the paragraphs are set up.

If you like an indent as a paragraph starter, this should fit you perfectly, if you don’t you will have to work around this to be less “old book style” and more modern.

Conclusion

For the right project I will try to use Baseline, at least a few parts of it such as the tables. In the short time I have had playing around with it so far, I am torn between impressed and finding it useful and finding it a pain to use.

Updates to My.XLD Studios, Our Online Client Center

Our online client center, My.XLD Studios has been updated to a new version. The new version brings many exciting new features with it, most of them to our backend that ensures that we can offer you a better service and experience.

My.XLD Studios is what we use to provide support to web hosting customers and is used for all of our billing to all customers. The upgrade is part of a bigger structural change to be able to provide WordPress templates for sale in the near future.

Alongside the upgrade, it has been fully integrated into the new website design with a slightly new design to the main system itself.

Take Advantage Of Free Weekly Stock Photo Downloads

Stock photography is great when building websites. Not only does it provide you with necessary images for client websites, such as images in a rotating banner or enhancing content, but it also works brilliantly for sample content for photo galleries until the client has had time to upload their own photos.

Normally these stock photos are quite inexpensive for projects even though you probably will not purchase them just to use as sample content.

What you can do is to take advantage of the stock photo websites’ free weekly downloads. Each week my to-do list alerts me to the fact that I need to download the free weekly offerings from both iStockPhoto and Shutterstock, two high-quality websites that each offer free photos and illustrations every week. All you need is to become a member which is free.

What are you waiting for? Increase your stock photo library with some free downloads!

Adobe Simplifies HTML5/CSS3 Animations with “Edge”

Adobe posted videos yesterday previewing what they currently call “Edge“, an application for simplifying the creation of HTML5/CSS3 animations. Given that animations are rather tricky to get right this is a welcome app to help with this. Hopefully it will be available in Adobe Labs for everyone to download shortly. Meanwhile, you can watch this video (below the jump) to get an idea of Adobe Edge.

I also wanted to take this moment to highlight the HTML5 camps that Adobe is putting on for free. You’ll catch it in San Francisco on July 22nd, Tokyo on August 4th, New York City on August 5th and Berlin in mid-October.

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Välkommen till den nya hemsidan för XLD Studios!

Jag är mycket stolt att kunna presentera den nya hemsidan för XLD Studios. Vi har jobbat mycket hårt på den nya sidan för att få in många spännande nya funktioner, framförallt bakom kulisserna. Sidan har varit på gång under lång tid och jag är mycket nöjd med att se den lanserad eftersom den bättre speglar vad vi på XLD Studios gör som designföretag.

Fortsätt gärna kolla på hemsidan och följ gärna bloggen för design- och utvecklingsrelaterade inlägg och videos från oss. Detta är speciellt bra om du vill lära det lite mer om webben.

Welcome To The New XLD Studios Website!

I am very proud to be able to present to you the new XLD Studios website. We have been working hard on this website, bringing a lot of new features to it especially behind the scenes. It has been a long time coming and I take great pleasure in being able to present the updated website, better reflecting what XLD Studios does as a design company.

Keep checking back here on the blog for design and development related articles and videos from us, perfect if you want to learn a little more about the web.

Launching New Website for The Lightroom Queen

We are pleased to be launching a brand new website for The Lightroom Queen today. Victoria Bampton (The Lightroom Queen) wanted to update her website to a more modern feel featuring the Adobe Lightroom interface. At the same time, Victoria wanted to easily be able to update the entire website through a web admin panel.

The new website is designed closely around the Lightroom interface, featuring similar UI conceptions and colors. On the backend, the site is powered by WordPress which is easy to use and appropriately sized for her website. In addition, the website features advanced book templates which makes adding new books simple.

View the website in our portfolio »