Adding a Pinterest Widget

Social-Media-Ideas-GirlOne of the best ways to add some spice to your website is to add in a social media feed. Your social media feed will help feed the content and updates that you’re posting through social media into your main blog.

The feed will appear as a widget that displays on the side of your screen. You can generally choose how big or small you want the feed to be, so you can customize how much attention to direct to the feed.

Here’s how to add social media updates to your blog.

Twitter Widget

To get started, go to the Twitter widget section.

https://twitter.com/about/resources/widgets
Click on “Widgets for My Website.”


Then choose the “Profile Widget.”


Enter the username that you want to generate a feed for. This can be your own username or someone else’s.


A preview of the feed will appear on the right. Once the feed looks right to you, just click “Finish and Grab Code” to copy and paste the code onto your website.

Facebook Widget

To access Facebook’s activity feed, go to:

http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/
Then click on “Activity Feed.”


Type in the domain of the site whose feed you want to display. The feed on the right will show you what your feed will look like.


Click “Get Code” on the bottom once you’re ready to post it to your website.


Google+

Google+ doesn’t have a built-in widget creator. However, there are several outside tools you can use to add this functionality.

These options include:

GGLPls

Widgetplus.com

Widgplus.com

WordPress Plugin

Here’s hot GGLls’s widget looks. You can access it here:

http://www.gglpls.com/google-plus-feed-widget/
Start by entering your Google ID. This is the string of numbers you see in your URL when you access your own profile.


Then specify the settings you want to use to generate the Widget’s feed.


The embed code will be displayed below the options box. Copy and paste it onto your server.


Adding a Pinterest Widget

Pinterest doesn’t have a built-in widget system. However, there are a number of different WordPress plugins you can use to create a Pinterest widget on your WordPress blog.
To get started, go to your plugins search field and type in “Pinterest widget.”



The most popular and highly rated one at the time of writing is the “Pinterest Pinboard Widget.” Choose one plugin and install then activate it.


Then go into your WordPress widgets (under “Appearance”) and drag and drop the widget. Then configure the widget to look exactly as you want it to.


Your Pinterest widget will now appear in your sidebar!

Adding a social media widget to your site can really help add interactivity and help cultivate a sense of consistency within your brand. It’ll help join your social media site and your website together into one community. If you’re going to take the time to build up content in social media, why not link it up to your main site?

How to Create a Twitter Profile Widget

Social-Media-Ideas-GirlTwitter provides you with an easy copy-and-paste cod that allows you show your most recent updates on any Twitter page.

 

And technically, it can be used to show the most recent update on any Twitter account. The only exception is that it does not work on private accounts.

 

To customize and create your profile widget, go to: CLICK HERE 

Settings

To start with, make sure you have the correct username in the Settings:

Preferences

 

On the left menu, click “Preferences” and you have a few options:

Let’s talk about these preference options mean…

  • Poll for New Results: Tweets will appear in real time if this is checked. Otherwise, static tweets will appear.
  • Include Scrollbar: This will include a scrollbar in the widget if checked.
  • Behavior: This section allows you to choose between “Timed interval” or “Load all tweets” and decide how many tweets to be shown in the widget. “Timed interval” means that new tweets will be shown up to the maximum at an interval you specify. “Load all tweets” means all the tweets will be loaded to the maximum, without any time interval.
  • Show Avatars: Choose this if you want your avatar to appear beside each tweet.
  • Show Timestamps: Choose this if you want the timestamp to appear for each tweet.

 

  • Show Hashtags: Choose this if you want any hashtags in your tweets to appear. They will be clickable in the widget.

Appearance

Now you can customize the colors of the widget. You can match your website, come up with your own color scheme or whatever you wish. Simply click the color box and you can select a color using the easy color-selecting tool. Click “Done” when you’ve chosen the colors you want.

You can customize the background and text in the “shell”, which is the outer-edges of the widget. You can also specify the background and text of your actual tweets. And finally, you can specify the color of hyperlinks in the widget.

Dimensions

The final customization you can make to the widget are its dimensions. You can either a specify a height and width or you can choose “auto width” which will automatically resize the widget, according to the space provided and the height required to display the tweets.

Test Settings & Grab Code

Once you’ve adjusted all your settings, you can go to the bottom of the page and test the settings or grab the code. We’re going to grab the code for our web page.

Your code is now ready to copy and paste into your web page.

 

Enter it in your web page, or use the Blogger add tool if you use Blogger and voila! Your widget will appear on your page.