If you’re looking to build a professional sports website, full with team profiles and individual player profiles, league tables, fixtures and results, here’s the perfect WordPress theme for you. ThemeBoy has released an all new Football Club theme, which is totally compatible with the SportsPress plugin, the most popular sports plugin available on WordPress. The theme makes use of the SportsPress plugin for its league management capabilities. The theme also supports the use of the premium version of the SportsPress plugin, SportsPress Pro.


A Little about SportsPress Pro

This powerful plugin is built specially to provide a sports website with advanced tools to make it unique. Its beautifully written code reflects careful development. This single plugin can be the answer for all you’ll ever need; from building league tables to advanced statistics to easily accessible season archives, it does it all! What’s more, you can choose the ideal plugin license for you, based on your requirements, from the three different options available.

Theme Features

Team Profiles

This Football Club theme lets you build team pages for not just a single team, but for all the teams in your league. The theme lets you feature each player’s roster.

FootballClub list of players

It also lets you display upcoming events and latest scores.

FootballClub results fixtures

Event and Schedule Management

The theme provides dynamic event calendars that let you add a zing to your website when showcasing upcoming matches. With this setting, you can create and select match venues that will be featured on an interactive Google map, giving easy directions to your club members on how to make it to a particular game. This setting also lets you create and share an event schedule with your club members through Apple, Outlook or Google calendars. Additionally, you can have a live countdown widget on your website, displaying the number of days and hours until the next event.

The theme’s simplicity lies in the fact that your team’s stats will get updated automatically once you enter the results for a certain game through your WordPress dashboard.

Individual Player Profiles

The Football Club theme lets you feature a list of your players, where each player is linked to his own profile displaying his career stats. These stats get updated as and when you enter the results of a game. Moreover, the theme lets you rank teams and players according to their performance. These charts also get automatically updated as and when you enter the results.

FootballClub player profile

Theme Design

Although the Football Club was initially designed with Soccer teams in mind, it is flexible and can therefore be used for other sports teams as well. It comes with multiple language translations. It also comes with loads of customization options, which require no coding knowledge at all, thanks to the simple drag-and-drop interface. Social media icons of Facebook and Twitter are present on each post and make social sharing extremely easy. The Football Club theme has a fully responsive design, which makes it ‘pixel perfect on any platform’.

Licenses and Pricing

The standard license for this theme is priced at $79. It can be availed by sports clubs and teams with a single website to manage. The developer license for this theme is priced at $199. It can be bought by web developers who handle multiple sites. Both these licenses receive free updates for a year after purchase of license. After that, you’ll have to pay half the original price to renew your license and continue receiving updates.

The lifetime license can be bought for a one-time fee of $499, by agencies and organizations that run multiple sites. Unlike the other two licenses, this one comes with a lifetime of free updates, with no recurring fees.

Bottom Line

The new Football Club theme for SportsPress is classic; it’s versatile. With it by your side, you don’t have to be a tech-wiz to build a professional sports website. What’re you waiting for then? Go get your theme license now and start playing with it!

Before making a big change like using a new theme, do remember to keep your site completely backed up using BlogVault!

So you’ve just installed WordPress on your system and are raring to go. You’re thinking of how to start and what to start with. However, before you embark on the journey of developing your website, there’s a tiny little thing you need to do – prevent Google and other search engines from crawling your site.

I know what you’re thinking. As a webmaster, one of the most important, and perhaps the most obvious thing you would want is to bring traffic to your site. And getting Google to index your site as fast as possible would surely help with that, right? Yes, it will, but you need to wait just a little longer for it. Trust me when I say that you don’t want web crawlers and robots all over your site just yet.

Blocking GoogleBot

More often than not, you would be directly working on your live site and it is only natural for things to get messy at this stage. It is for this reason that it is advisable to temporarily block search engines from crawling and indexing your site until you’re past the initial development phase.

You might also not want Google or other search engines to get their hands on your site’s content for a variety of other reasons. So the question now is, how do you stop Google from indexing your WordPress website?

Blocking Google and Other Search Engines

Using a Robots.txt File

The most basic thing to do would be to manually create and upload a simple robots.txt file to your website’s root directory, instructing all search engines to stay away from your site and not index any part of it. The text file will carry the following syntax:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

You can also use an inbuilt feature on your WordPress dashboard to block search engines from indexing your site. For this, you need to

1. Go to ‘Settings’, select ‘Reading’.

Block indexing using WP tool Step01

2. Check the box next to ‘Search Engine Visibility’ that says ‘Discourage search engines from indexing this site’. Click on ‘Save Changes’.

Block indexing using WP tool Step02

This automatically adds the following syntax to your site’s robots.txt file:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /

It also adds the following line to your website’s header:

<meta name='robots' content='noindex,follow' />

Although this method protects you from most of the search engine crawlers and robots out there, it isn’t a hundred percent safe.

Password Protecting your Website using cPanel

Web crawlers cannot access password-protected files. Hence, if your web host provides you with cPanel access to manage your hosting account, you can password protect your website files from your cPanel dashboard. For this, you need to

1. Log in to your cPanel account and click on ‘Password Protect Directories’;

cPanel password protect directories

2. Select the document root in the pop-up window and click ‘Go’;

cPanel directory selection

3. Select the folder where your WordPress is installed;

4. Check the box next to ‘Password protect this directory’, type in a name for the protected directory, and click on ‘Save’;

5. Once you receive a success message, go back to create user;

6. Add a username and password, and click on ‘Add/modify authorized user’.

cPanel security settings

And you’re done! Your WordPress site is now password protected, and therefore, can’t be crawled upon by search engines.

Password Protecting your Website using a Plugin

Another way to password protect your site is by using any one of the various plugins available on WordPress itself.

password protect pugins

All you need to do is install a plugin (it is advisable to select one that has been updated recently) and activate it. Once it’s activated, go to ‘Settings’. Enable the plugin and set your password. Click on ‘Save Changes’, and you’re done! No search engine crawler or robot can access your website, let alone index it.

Whatever your reason may be, if you want to keep search engines from crawling on your website, you can choose any of the above mentioned methods to keep your website data safe, depending on your requirements and the resources at hand.

With restaurants opening on every street corner and their numbers rapidly growing, today, gaining a foothold in the food industry has become that much more difficult. Seeing how much time people spend on the internet, as an owner of a small food business, having a great website that showcases your food is a must. The Juice & Co. WordPress theme by PixelCake is just the boost you need to take your blog to the next level.


Catering specifically to the niche of small food businesses, the Juice & Co. theme allows you to tell your story in a clean and classic manner. It offers various post formats such as standard, gallery, quote, video and slider post. The theme lets you choose between three different styles of menu for your restaurant or store, namely accordion style, shuffle style and tab style. It also offers three different navigation menus: always hamburger, two level menu and single level menu.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Having mouth-watering photos of food on your blog is sure to gain your reader’s attention in no time at all, but it might not always be possible to put up amazing photos. One of the major problems faced by small businesses has been found to be the mediocre quality of their product photographs – it’s not bad, but it isn’t eye-catching either. In such a case, it is advisable to stick to just the content, sans photos. The Juice & Co. theme lets you choose if you want to feature photos in your blog or not.

Juice&Co blog layout without photo
A simple yet elegant blog layout offered by the Juice & Co. theme which does not contain any photos

The Juice & Co. theme provides 4 design options, which are: a full-width design, a sidebar design, a grid 3 columns design and a grid 2 columns with sidebar design. It also provides a flexible contact form by making use of the Contact Form 7 plugin. Juice & Co. is easy to use, and almost all of its settings can be managed through the WordPress customizer. It uses a simple slider with CSS3 for its home and slider shortcode.

The Juice & Co. theme is extremely adaptable, and can be used to build recipe pages, menus, and so much more! The highlight of the theme is the fact that unlike other themes, where content often gets lost while migrating to a new theme, migrating from Juice & Co. to another theme does not cause any loss of content. So you can rest assured that if you ever want to go experimenting with different themes down the line, your content will stay safe. This versatile and easy-to-use WordPress theme is available online at the Mojo Marketplace for a one time fee of $49. Do check it out!

Before making a big change like using a new theme, do remember to keep your site completely backed up using BlogVault!

Looking at the Colorado theme, the first thing that pops into mind is ‘elegant’. Its stylish design is a visual feast that provides an incredible reading experience. This premium blog theme by Little Neko is not just a pretty face though. It has a clean code base and a mobile-first responsive design. All in all, the Colorado theme aims to provide you with well-coded solutions to make your life easier.


The theme uses a built-in WordPress customizer. You can use it to customize your blog and apply your changes in real time. Else, if you would like to start off simple, you can choose to install any one of the 6 demo layouts that come with the theme. The Colorado theme provides both standard and grid blog layouts. It offers multiple menu styles options and page header options. Additionally, this theme supports all WordPress post formats.

Colorado different blog layouts
Different Blog Layouts

Colorado provides a responsive retina-ready user interface. Based on the Bootstrap 3 framework, it is mobile first, but looks perfectly fine on any device.

Colorado Retina-Ready UI
Retina-Ready UI

Some of the plugins supported by the Colorado theme are:

  • Contact Form 7, a plugin that provides a simple yet flexible contact form;
  • Instagram Slider Widget, a plugin that showcases your recent Instagram images in a responsive slider widget;
  • Recent Posts Widget with Thumbnails, a plugin that can be used to display a list of your most recent posts in the sidebar;
  • Sharify Social Share Buttons, a plugin that lets you easily add share buttons to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter;
  • TweetScroll Widget, a plugin that displays your latest tweets in the sidebar; and
  • Flickr Badges Widget, a plugin that displays your Flickr photostream in the sidebar.

The support team at Little Neko is always ready to help you in case you have any issues. They have a dedicated support forum for quick resolution of customer queries. The Colorado theme is priced at $49, and is available online at the Mojo Marketplace.

If you’re looking to make your content stand out, this easy-to-use responsive blog theme might just be the perfect one for your WordPress blog. Take it for a test drive, won’t you?

Before making a big change like using a new theme, do remember to keep your site completely backed up using BlogVault!

The house of Wiloke has come up with a new minimalistic WordPress theme called Beverly. Simple yet stylish, this magazine theme is just perfect for creative bloggers. Although this theme is primarily designed for creating travel blogs and such, you can use it to develop any kind of website or blog with compelling content.


Theme Features

Feature Slider

The most impressive feature of the theme, to me, was the large feature slider at the top of the homepage, which lets you display your posts on a slider. You can choose to display your sticky posts here, or the posts belonging to a specific category. You can also choose to feature your most recent posts in this space in order to grab readers’ attention to your latest content. On the other hand, if you would rather not have the slider feature displayed in your homepage, there’s always the option to disable this feature using the theme options powered by the WordPress customizer.

Beverly slider feature

Multiple Layouts

The theme offers four different layouts for you to choose from (Standard, Grid, List, and Parallax). With each layout comes the option of choosing a desired sidebar position (No Sidebar, Left Sidebar, or Right Sidebar).


The Beverly theme comes with a full widget Instagram/Flickr feed in the footer to feature your recent Instagram/Flickr photos respectively. The theme offers a pack of other widgets like Beverly About, Beverly Banner, Beverly Facebook, Beverly Posts Listing, Beverly Follow and Beverly MailChimp.

Beverly footer widget

Social Share Icons

In this theme, all blog posts are integrated with social share icons. These include social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Smart Related Posts System

The Beverly theme provides a custom related posts space at the end of each blog post. Related posts for a given blog post are chosen and featured in this space on the basis of the category that the particular blog post is classified under and the specified tags.

What More with Beverly

The Beverly theme is enhanced with a responsive design, and looks great on any device, be it a laptop or mobile. It provides you with an option to upload logo and retina logo, using the latest uploader on WordPress. Beverly is compatible with Contact Form 7, the most commonly used WordPress contact form plugin. Lastly, it comes with a one click demo install functionality, which lets you import the theme’s demo content with just a click of the mouse, within few minutes.

The elegance of this theme lies in its simplicity, which is what makes it so very appealing. The Beverly theme comes with a lifetime of free updates. The regular license for this artistic theme is priced at $44, and can be purchased online on Themeforest.

Before making a big change like using a new theme, do remember to keep your site completely backed up using BlogVault!


The new WordPress theme by Magnium, Himmelen, is elegant, fresh, and innovative. Aimed at making your personal or magazine blog a “source of inspiration”, the theme lets you tell your unique story, be it about everyday moments or special ones, in a unique manner.


Theme Features

With multiple header styles, a number of widgets footer variations, five blog listing layouts, two featured posts slider layouts, and more than 650 font styles, the Himmelen theme provides unlimited blog styles and layout combinations. The theme also provides three menu positions (header, footer, or offcanvas), five widgets sidebars areas (left, right, footer light, footer dark, or offcanvas), a banner in head support, and logo position variations. Moreover, with this theme, you can choose to have either a simple header or an image header for your blog posts.

Himmelen header image feature

The advanced Himmelen control panel lets you manage the dozens of configurable options available with just a single click of the mouse. This makes the theme extremely user-friendly. The countless homepage variations offered by Himmelen let you readily build your blog to start sharing your ideas, inspirations, and much more. Its unlimited color themes, including the 12 predefined ones, give you opportunities to create yourself. The Himmelen theme creates exclusive block posts to feature your most viewed and popular posts.

Himmelen popular posts

Himmelen comes with a built-in coming soon/maintenance mode with custom page. Its responsive layouts are built on Bootstrap 3 and come with retina support. The theme offers a one click demo install, which lets you import all content from demo site with just a single click on the prebuilt blog theme.

What More with Himmelen

Himmelen users are eligible for free updates and are notified as and when updates are available.

The theme offers nine WordPress Plugins for free. It also offers Instagram feed integration, which lets you display your Instagram photos on your blog; and MailChimp newsletter integration. Additionally, the Himmelen theme has an integrated WooCommerce plugin, which helps add shop features to your blog.

Himmelen also offers Lightbox and Lightbox gallery integration, which changes the view of galleries into lightbox. Its social share integration lets you share your blog posts on social networking sites with ease.

The dedicated support team at Magnium offers top-notch support to theme customers post sale.


The Himmelen theme is classic and clean. Its installation and configuration hardly takes any time. The video installation guide and step-by-step documentation provided by Magnium simplifies the entire process.

The stylish and versatile Himmelen theme is available on Themeforest for just $49. With a Google page speed user experience score of 99 on 100 and insight score of 87 on 100, this hot new WordPress blogging theme is probably one of the fastest themes on Themeforest.

Before making a big change like using a new theme, do remember to keep your site completely backed up using BlogVault!

TemplateMonster has come up with a new highly versatile WordPress theme called Monstroid. Having its roots in the Cherry Framework 4.0, and bestowed with all its striking features, Monstroid is everything you’ve ever dreamed about, and more. With a host of features, this theme has been designed with the capacity to build many different types of websites. This is done by using the Monstroid child themes, called ‘topics’. The addition of 15 new child themes every month promises limitless possibilities for your site. The theme comes with 23 built-in plugins, providing extensive customization options to choose from.


Theme Installation

The Monstroid theme can be purchased from the TemplateMonster website after registering with the website. A confirmation link will then be sent to you through email. Once your order is confirmed, you’ll receive a license key and a ‘Monstroid Wizard’ link. You’ll need to download the Monstroid Wizard plugin from here, upload it to your WordPress dashboard and then use the license key to activate the Monstroid theme. The video tutorial provided by TemplateMonster’s support team makes the installation process easy. After installation, setting up demo content gives the user a clear idea of the things that can be done with the theme.

Monstroid Demo Content

Theme Features

MotoPress Page Builder

The Monstroid theme comes with a pre-existing page builder tool in the form of the MotoPress Content Editor. Having such a user-friendly interface means that a web page can be built by simply dragging and dropping elements onto one of the available custom layouts. This way, building a page requires zero coding skills.

MotoPress Content Editor

Child Themes

The Monstroid theme comes with a pack of child themes that are niche specific, so you can select the theme that goes best with your domain. There’s also the additional prospect of receiving more and more new child themes each month, which means endless possibilities with just a single theme.

Different Child Themes

Page Layouts

The Monstroid theme offers 6 different page layout options to choose from for pages, blog posts, portfolio posts, services posts, team posts, and testimonial posts. This means that you can define the required custom layout design for your site. Also, since the layouts are fully responsive, you can stop worrying about your site’s design and focus entirely on its content.

Page Layout Options

Short Codes

Monstroid offers over 150 variations of Cherry short codes. These short codes help style pages and make content management easy by letting you insert a number of elements into your posts and pages, thereby speeding up the process of web page building.

Video Background

More and more business sites today are using video backgrounds to offer better user experience to their customers. A video background adds a shade of glamour to your site, which instantly grabs the attention of the user. The Monstroid theme makes it easy to have a video background for your site.



The Monstroid theme has an integrated WooCommerce plugin, which makes it very easy to create an online store. With fully functional product pages and subpages, a built-in shopping cart and an integrated payment gateway, designing a WooCommerce site doesn’t get easier than this!

fully functional product pages and subpages

Pre-installed Plugins

The Monstroid theme comes with a wide range of pre-installed plugins. Some of these plugins are:

  • Akismet, which is used by millions of people to protect their blogs from spams;
  • Cherry Blog Layouts, which provides additional blog layouts;
  • Cherry Live Chat, which is necessary for supporting the live chat feature;
  • Cherry Social, which is a social plugin for WordPress;
  • Cherry Mega Menu, which is a mega menu management plugin for WordPress;
  • Cherry Rank, which adds rating, likes and view counts for posts and custom post types;
  • MailChimp for WordPress Lite, which adds various sign-up methods to your website;
  • YITH WooCommerce Compare, which allows you to compare more products with the WooCommerce plugin, through product attributes; and
  • YITH WooCommerce Quick View, which allows your users to have a quick look at your products.

What More with Monstroid

Well Documented

The Monstroid theme comes with a set of video tutorials and documentation, which provides ample instructions for end-users.

Free Support

TemplateMonster provides the users of the Monstroid theme with free lifetime support. Their customer support service can be contacted 24/7, through both chat and email. Users can also ask them queries via the WordPress admin panel.

Lifetime Update

The users of the Monstroid theme are entitled to free updates, which include bug fixes, new theme releases and other additional functionalities. Monstroid users are notified regularly regarding the available updates, so that they can update their sites at their convenience.


The Monstroid theme is colourful, attractive, and packed with striking features. It can be used to build any kind of website, right from a personal blog to an online portfolio to a WooCommerce store. Its MotoPress Content Editor works very well and is really easy to use. Although TemplateMonster has provided its own Installation Wizard aimed at simplifying the theme experience for beginners, some users might prefer to choose and install select plugins, based on their individual requirements.

The Monstroid theme is priced at $79. This is a one-time fee for a single site license, including free lifetime support and updates. Considering these benefits, the exhaustive features offered by the theme, and the fact that 15 new child themes will be released each month, Monstroid seems to be totally worth its price. It has the potential to be so much more than just another WordPress theme. With time, it could very well become the perfect solution for developers and end-users!

Before making a big change like using a new theme, do remember to keep your site completely backed up using BlogVault!

We at blogvault arrived at a situation where we needed to convert some of our pages into posts. One’s common sense will tell to create a new post – copy everything from content to title as in page to the new post – delete the old page and finally publish the post! This should work great is your permalink is set to wordpress default (or you have some custom setting that handles it somehow using the id). But in our case our permalink setting was:


Post namehttp://


So when we visited the new (post) link after deleting the old page, we got 404 – Page not found!


Understanding the issue

As you can see the same thing works for a particular permalink setting but fails for another. This can be explained as – wordpress maintains a common (database) table for both post and page under the name ‘wp_posts’. As each entry in the table has its own unique id, when we try to locate them using id in permalink (as wordpress default) we face no problem.

However its not the same with our permalink setting. Due to some reason, on deleting a page (or post) from admin panel, wordpress does not immediately remove their corresponding entry from the database. So when resolving the address by post name, wordpress finds the earlier entry (page in our case) which is marked deleted, hence giving the 404 not found error.



One simple solution is using plugins exclusively made for this purpose. Some of them are:




However incase you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and saving your site with the load of extra plugin, you can follow these steps (with extreme precautions).

  • Get access to your wordpress database. You may use phpmyadmin for that.
  • Open the wp_posts table.
  • Locate your post entry and replace its ‘post_type’ from ‘page’ to ‘post’ or vice versa.


Incase you already created a new post as in our case and are now getting the 404 error, simply delete your earlier (deprecated) entry.

SQL query for same will be:

Post to page

UPDATE wp_posts SET post_type=’page’ WHERE id=<your_post_id>;

Page to post

UPDATE wp_posts SET post_type=’post’ WHERE id=<your_post_id>;


Hacked - A Perspective
Image Credit: Johan Viirok Creative Commons license BY 2.0

Couple of days earlier, a team member pointed out to a discussion in a WP community on Facebook. The lady in question had suspicious files in her site due to a broken plugin. She poured out her doubts, feelings as well as queries for the fix she needed through multiple posts. That underlying feeling of being trapped, of being cheated was unmistakable. It was akin to having someone break into your house whilst you are still there and enjoy your property at your expense, unknown to you. She admitted to feeling bad and understandably so.  Since the only alerts that she was used to, were plugin updates, the shock of it all was only too imaginable.

What had happened, in brief was, that on logging in, she noticed a security alert, which she verified with another security check. One can only imagine that she was sincerely hoping and praying that the worst was not true and it was just some overlooking on her part.

That was however not the case. She quickly started posting on what she thought were the options open to her.

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Image Credit: Berishafjolla licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The first option was to review logs for which each entry would have to be checked from the back-end so as to find the issue at hand. This could be impossible if there is too much data to go through or limited information at hand. There are cases where the logs are lost or may be difficult to decipher.

Secondly, she could backup, do away with the contents of the problem site and restore. However, what if the backup also had the hack? How does one be sure that all contents of the backup are clean? The only way to do this, would be to run a security check after restoring.

It was only too obvious that she was thinking loudly through her posts and that  these were the multiple thoughts running through her mind. The community reached out to her. Common solutions given were:

a) to back up everything- this is useful especially since a backup can save much time and effort in restoring a site.

b)  update all plugins – Often older versions of plugins contain vulnerabilities which are exploited by hackers. Hence it is advised to update the plugins to their latest versions.

c) clear cache.

d) look in Temp folder – Hackers at times upload malware in the temp folders and hence cleaning them is advisable.

e) Look for files with suspicious code. Malware at times contain certain strings like base64_decode or eval. Searching for files with such code can help identify malware too.

  Image Credit : Zsolt Biczo/Shutterstock
Image Credit : Zsolt Biczo/Shutterstock

The above mentioned are good points to follow. Read up to know more on what to do  when your WordPress site gets hacked.

The lady got back shortly with a second post wanting to know if she should access files through FTP or SFTP or take backup and restore her site. One suspected malware and she double checked every move she made. Loss of faith would be the natural thing in such cases, it is after all a breach of security.

She was unsure whether she should access the WP admin or not. One needs to be wary of logging into the admin when hacked since the hacker might have left some code to track the password used to login. The above is a possibility. For safety in such cases, the password can be changed using phpMyAdmin or FTP before logging into the WP Admin.

She got helpful responses for her second post as well. It was really heartening to see so many people reach out to someone, eager to help out. That set the ball rolling. She posted each step of action taken, waited to hear back on comments so that she could gauge her way out of the mess her site had become.

She was not only somehow wanting to fix the issue but also keen to find out where the issue started first. She seemed to be taking notes on what to do and what not to do going forward. The nomenclature of the diseased plugin seemingly added to the confusion and frustration. The site appeared to have been affected by the Slider Revolution hack

At the end of the week, when it was thought that an issue had been solved, lessons had been learnt, she posted again. She had received an alert about the installation of a plugin that her host had added to her freshly cleaned site. Clearly, she had hit the panic button hard. Help was at hand, so was empathy. The community member who had suggested she check changes on her site with her host, also posted that he imagined being in her shoes and it was not a good feeling. She stated that her host provider was frequently updating plugins without permission. While that may be part of the problem, it is not the core issue.

Though she had zeroed in on the folder with the malware, the key concern would be to find out  how the break in happened and fix it accordingly. Frequent security checks and identifying possible hacks can save you from a lot of grief.

All in all, a scare, though very unpleasant to recount, does keep us on our toes. So, how do you protect your site?

WP to Twitter

As soon as you have a new post ready on your website, it would be great to update your twitter followers so that they can read the post. It is very convenient to be able to do this automatically whenever you have a new post. There are several WordPress plugins that provide this functionality. Let us take a look at one such plugin –“WP to Twitter”. This plugin can be searched and installed from the WordPress plugin repository.

This plugin connects your WordPress website to your twitter account so that a new post can be automatically tweeted. Once installed and activated, this plugin is ready to be configured with your Twitter API keys and Access tokens by creating a Twitter application.

WP to Twitter options

We shall see how to obtain the keys from thetwitter applications registration page. Fill in the application name and your website URL (the Callback URL also needs to be the same) to create the twitter application.

Create an application

Your Twitter consumer keys will now be created. Please note that it should not be shared with anyone.

Twitter App settings

Here you can see that the default Access Level is “Read-only”. If you want your Website to post to Twitter automatically, you will need to have “Read-Write” permissions. Change this by clicking on “Change App Permissions” link or button above. Or you could do it from the “Permissions” tab as well. You can then create the access tokens by using the button – “Create my access token” at the end of the page.

Create Access Tokens

You will get the tokens displayed on the next page. This again should not be shared with anyone. Make a note of these tokens and keys and enter them on the WP to Twitter plugin settings on your dashboard.

Connect to Twitter

You have now successfully connected your website to Twitter. There is an option to shorten URLs as well. There are also advanced options to set up Google analytics, Add custom texts before or after tweets, chose not to send tweets by default etc. You can also select which category of posts you would like to publish.

Once the settings are saved, you will now see your posts beings updated on your Twitter account.

You can also change the settings using the metabox available on the right sidebar of your post editor. You can customise your Twitter post, or chose to not tweet this particular post.

sidebar options