Octwelve – A Web Designer's Blog by Luc Melgar

How to add Twitter on your blog

February 23rd, 2008 · 13 Comments

People have been asking me how on earth did I manage to integrate my Twitter feeds on my blog. It’s really simple..I used a plugin called Twitter Tools.

Twitter Tools is a WordPress plugin created by Alex King that lets you create a complete integration of your WordPress blog and Twitter account.

With Twitter Tools you can:

  • Archive your tweets
  • Create a blog post from each of your tweets
  • Create a tweet on Twitter whenever you post in your blog, with a link to the blog post
  • Post a tweet from your sidebar
  • Create a daily digest post of your tweets
  • Post a tweet from the WP Admin screens
  • Pass your tweets along to another service (e.g., Facebook)
  • You can also choose the number of tweets you want to show in the sidebar.

So, here’s how to add Twitter on your blog.

  1. Download Twitter Tools plugin.
  2. Upload ‘twitter-tools.php’ file into your wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  3. Login to your WordPress admin area and go to Plugins and click activate for Twitter Tools.
  4. Go to Options > Twitter Tools and set your Twitter info and preferrences.
  5. Open the wordpress file where you want to show your tweets (e.g., sidebar.php) and insert this code:
    <?php aktt_sidebar_tweets(); ?>
  6. Lastly, update your wordpress file.

If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help if I know the answer. :)

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13 responses so far

  • Andrew says:
    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I really like your blog’s design. It’s very nice.

    Nice idea with the plugin too, I might look into giving that a try.

  • Luc says:
    Mar 6, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks Andrew :)

  • Adam says:
    Mar 16, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Nice blog, good tutorial aswell mate.

  • Bryan says:
    Mar 23, 2008 at 12:36 am

    I stopped by your site while I was at work yesterday and had to comeback to check it out more. I love the design of your blog…it’s awesome!

    Excellent tutorial for adding Twitter. I’ll be adding this soon. Thanks!

  • yichi says:
    Mar 27, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Like your design a lot!
    Adding twitter to blog there is another option, using its official JS enabled badget, it’s also easy and the most important is that it doesn’t require any plugin enabled.
    hope it works :)

  • Wordpress plugins I use in my blog says:
    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    [...] your tweets into your blog and pass your blog posts to Twitter. I have a previous post here on How to add Twitter on your blog. Download the plugin [...]

  • Jana says:
    Aug 4, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Hi, I am trying to upload the plugin to the wp-content/plugins directory, but I can’t find it. Where is this located, or how do I access it? Thanks!

  • Luc says:
    Aug 5, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Can you try creating a new folder and name it “plugins” :)

  • Laura says:
    Mar 18, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Hi! Just thought I’d leave a quick comment to say thanks! I’m fairly new to wordpress and got this up and running in less than two minutes, so cheers :)

  • Maria says:
    May 4, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Thank you for the twitter plugin.
    One thing…
    I got as far as #5, but I don’t know what you mean by #6…
    What wordpress file do I need to update?
    I can see the twitter feed in my sidebar now, but it says no tweets available : ( I tried sending a test tweet, but it was a no show. Thanks if you can help.

  • Maria says:
    May 4, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I think I figured it out…I had to add my twitter username and pw.
    It works like a charm!

  • Talmerc says:
    May 29, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Thanks for your infor! Great stuff!

  • albino says:
    Sep 9, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Can Twitter Help Small Business?

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