Twitter Releases A WordPress Plugin
23rd April 2015
Deepak
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Did you know that there are literally hundreds of Twitter-related plugins for Wordpress? If you don’t believe us, go take a look for yourself. Yet amazingly, in the 9 years since the social media platform was launched, Twitter has never actually released an official plugin to make it compatible with WordPress. That was, however, until February 25th 2015.

So, what does the new Twitter WordPress plugin actually do?


 

  • It lets you add a one-click sharing button, so that visitors can tweet out your content (from blog posts to FAQs).
     
  • It lets you more easily embed tweets into your website, as well as to customise the colour scheme of embedded tweets to match your site’s look. You can change the link colour, border colour and choose from a ‘light’ or ‘dark’ mood.
     
  • It automatically builders Twitter Cards when you share content to Twitter.
     
  • It helps you to add a follow button to your layout, making it easier for users to follow you on Twitter.
     
  • It tracks ad conversions (if you’re running a Twitter Ad campaign for your WordPress blog).

One thing that many people have pointed out is missing from the plugin is the ability to embed your Twitter feed (or, at least, your last few tweets) in your WordPress layout. It’ll let you embed individual tweets, but there has been absolutely no mention of feed embedding – which is surprising, as it’s a pretty popular feature for many websites.
 



Many people, who are already happy with the third-party Twitter plugins or custom built solutions they are already using, have decided not to make the switch to the new official one. This is because Twitter’s plugin doesn’t do much in the way of new functions – in fact, some third-party and custom built plugins actually allow you to do a whole lot more!

The main benefit of making the switch to the official Twitter WordPress plugin, however, lies in the fact that you no longer have to go searching through all of the third-party offerings to find one that is both currently working and is likely to continue working in the future. It also wraps up a lot of the basics in an easy-to-use bundle (with, hopefully, more features to come).
 

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