Social media has undeniably become a part of people’s lives today. Millions check in everyday to interact on Facebook, Twitter and other networks. Many are even addicted to check messages received from friends and family several times per hour. With this in mind, it is just important to integrate social networks to your website and make people help sharing our content. I personally find Twitter amazing as a tool for reaching out to a new audience and for promoting the articles I publish. Check out this article on how to get started with Twitter marketing if you are still new to this social platform.
Advanced Twitter Feed Integration is a great free Twitter plugin you can add to your WordPress website in minutes. It seamlessly integrates Twitter recent tweets to almost any part of your website via a shortcode. Other features of the plugin includes Twitter API 1.1 compatibility, timeline & search API integration, Twitter display guidelines compliant, customizable display, a caching system, error reporting and a quick API test tool.
You can get the plugin at the WordPress codex. Alternatively, you can do a quick search via your WordPress admin plugin dashboard and install it from there.
After installation, activate the plugin and add your Twitter API key in the plugin settings (Settings > Advanced Twitter Feed Integration). You need your consumer key, consumer secret pass, access token and access token secret to make the plugin work. You can test your settings after placing them in by clicking the Test API credentials button. Don’t forget to save your settings!
The next tab of the plugin settings includes some instructions on how to use the plugin in your website. You can add either a Twitter timeline or a search function using shortcode in pages and posts. The shortcode also works in your theme PHP files if you use echo do_shortcode(). Finally you can also use the plugin as a widget. You will find more detailed instructions about how to use the plugin under the “shortcode usage” tab. The last tab of the plugin settings includes another set of instructions on “how to generate your Twitter API key”.
Now you are ready to add the Advanced Twitter Feed using shortcodes and Widgets. Adding Twitter integration using the widgets is simple. Just go to Appearance > Widgets and locate the Twitter Feed Search or Timeline Widget. Drag and drop it to your desired widget area and configure the settings under it (title, username, number of tweets to show, links and avatars). Save the widget and you now have a working automated Twitter feeds.
Sample Twitter feed placed on a widgeted footer.
With the rapid change of how people use social media, Advanced Twitter Feed Integration is one great way to keep up with this change. Adding this function to your WordPress website makes it more dynamic and helps you achieve a good social media status. If you’re interested in this plugin, check out this link for more information.