Summary: Get twitter to generate some HTML that you copy-paste to a widget on your WordPress site.
Here are the steps in more detail:
1) Head over to twitter and generate a personalised HTML code
Navigate to twitter, and log in. Then click on the cog at the top right of the screen, then settings, widgets, then ‘create widget’. (As a shortcut, here is the direct link to the twitter widget page)
2) Which widget type should I choose?
Each tweet feed looks very similar, and is embedded into your site in the same way, but they display different information:
- User timeline – displays your tweets. You can choose whether or not to include replies.
- Favorites – Displays all the tweets favourited by a chosen account. Doesn’t have to be your own account.
- A list – Displays all the tweets by members of one of your twitter lists.
- A search feed – displays tweets matching a search term. This is where you can display hashtags. Eg (remove the quotation marks) “#ds106” or “digital communications”. You can also do fancier searches using boolean terms – eg on my digital storytelling site I have a stream that searches for “martinlugton and #ds106” to highlight my ds106 tweets.
3) Click ‘create widget’, then copy the HTML code to your WordPress page and put it in a widget.
Go to the widgets area of your WordPress admin backend.Grab a widget of the type ‘text’ and drag it to the appropriate widget. (A widget is just an area of your page. Each theme has different widgets, so take a minute to work out where exactly you want to place yours.)The width automatically adjusts to the width of the area (div) you place it in.