How to Add Twitter to a WordPress Blog


You can enhance your blog with Twitter in a few different ways. Once you have a Twitter account, enable the WordPress Publicize feature to automatically generate tweets announcing new posts, add a Twitter Timeline widget to display your feed directly on your blog, add a Twitter Follow button so blog readers can also follow you on Twitter, and encourage readers to share your blog entries on Twitter by adding a Twitter Share button to each post.

Publicize Posts to Twitter

  • Publicizing your posts through your Twitter account can increase blog traffic. With the Publicize feature enabled, a tweet including a link to your blog will automatically generate each time you publish a post. In the WordPress Settings area, go to the Sharing page and click the "Add New Twitter Connection" option and follow the instructions to link the accounts.

Add the Twitter Timeline Widget

  • In addition to publicizing your blog posts in Twitter, you can also display links to your most recent tweets directly on your blog with the Twitter Timeline widget. In WordPress, go to the Widgets section under the Appearance heading and select the "Twitter Timeline" widget. Next, select its place in a widget space on your page. Fill in the information about your Twitter account and your Twitter feeds will automatically start displaying on your blog page.

Embed Tweets in Blog Posts

  • Readers can see and interact with tweets directly on your blog if you embed tweets into your posts. Readers can like, reply and retweet messages without leaving your blog. In Twitter, navigate to the post you would like to embed. Click on the timestamp in the top right corner of the tweet, then copy the URL and paste it into your post editor, ensuring the URL is on its own line and not displayed as a hyperlink. The tweet will then display in the visual editor.

Add Twitter Buttons

  • There are two options for adding Twitter to your WordPress blog through buttons. The first option is the Twitter sharing button, which allows readers to share your blog post via their personal Twitter account. To activate this button, go to the WordPress Sharing section of Settings and drag the "Twitter" button from the Available Services section to the Enabled Services box. The second option is the Twitter Follow button, which allows readers to follow your Twitter feed. Additional instructions for adding Twitter buttons are available in the WordPress Support pages.


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