Oct 5, 2020
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Installing Twitter on WordPress

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Twitter’s strength is real-time. No other social platform comes close on this front. While Facebook is trying to compete and Snapchat offers a unique perspective on the theme, Twitter remains our best indicator of the wider pulse of the world and what’s happening within it.

This is probably the biggest tragedy of the current troubles at the mico-blog giant – if Twitter’s forced to change how it operates and/or reduce its capacity to be a measure of what’s happening, always and anytime, then it’s not just Jack Dorsey and Twitter’s shareholders that’ll lose out. It’s everyone. The data provided by Twitter, and the insights we’re able to glean from them, can be truly world-changing, in more ways than most people realize. While the main stories you hear about the platform are Kanye West asking Mark Zuckerberg for a billion dollars or Donald Trump quoting facist dictators, there’s far more to Twitter than celebrity gossip. It’s a significant part, for sure, but there’s much more value to be gained from tweets. And the more people use it, the higher than value becomes.

If you want to share your Twitter content on your site the easiest way is through a Twitter widget. There are many ways you can do it. For example, you can do it using a plugin, embedding Twitter widgets in WordPress with Twitter Publish, or even by adding a Twitter widget to your sidebar.

Add Twitter widgets by using a plugin

After you have logged into your WordPress Dashboard go to Plugins > Add New and on the search bar type, “custom Twitter feeds” or any other similar plugin you prefer. This plugin will allow you to integrate all your Twitter content into your site. After you have installed and activated the plugin, you should be able to see Twitter Feeds on your Dashboard menu. Click on it. Here you can log into your Twitter account and once it is connected scroll to the Feed Setting to choose what type of Twitter content you want to show in your site widget. You can choose here a timeline of tweets from yourself and people you follow, tweets where you were mentioned, specific Twitter user’s content, the number of tweets to display, and many more. After you are satisfied click on the Save changes button.

With this, you have done the basics and add your Twitter widget to your site. But it would be recommendable to do some more edits according to your site style or brand. To do this click the customize tab. Here you can choose that your widget will display a list, a carousel, or a masonry. Also other options like width, height, dates, logos, and more. You can set even specific phrases that you want to exclude.

The next tab is the Style. Here you can edit the topography of your widget. Choose the background color and text color. Also, edit the header. If you are satisfied with the customization you are ready to add it to your pages and posts. 

For this, first, you need to create a new page. On your Dashboard go to Pages > Add New. On the Top-Left of the editor page, there is a Plus icon. Click on it and on the pop-up page click on the Twitter Feed icon. This action will add the widget to the editor. If everything looks good, take a last check on the preview and then click publish to make your Twitter feed widget live on your site.

A Twitter widget is essentially a micro version of your actual feed, which enables visitors to interact with you via Twitter without leaving your site. In our opinion, the majority of websites stand to benefit from adding Twitter to WordPress, including both small and large businesses. In addition, you’ll get a lot of control over where the Twitter content is placed and how it’s integrated into your site.

To add a dedicated Twitter widget, head to Twitter, and then navigate to Settings and privacy > Widgets. You’ll be prompted to enter the URL for the Twitter feed you’d like to showcase, and select from either Embedded Timeline or Twitter Buttons.

To feature your entire feed, select Embedded Timeline. You can then customize your widget’s options (including size and color), before copying the code:
Add twitter widget

You can now return to your WordPress site’s back end, and add the code practically anywhere you’d like, including a sidebar or footer widget (via Appearance > Widgets). If adding a feed to a post or page, use a Custom HTML block instead.


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