How to Configure the WP to Twitter Settings

Posted OnJul 25, 2014     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

The next step in the guide to the WP to Twitter WordPress Plugin focuses on the Settings, which will make for better posting between your WordPress site and Twitter accounts.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) Head to the WP to Twitter plugin via the Settings section of the Dashboard. Once on the WP to Twitter page, the first settings involve choosing what URL Shortening Tool you use (Twitter only allows for 140 characters, so this is a useful tool, especially if your URLs are long).

You can change your Status Update Templates so that whenever a new Post, Page, Forum (including the creation of a Topic and Replies on a Forum), Events and Links on the site is updated, a Tweet will be sent out. If you only want to Tweet out when you update your blog or create a new page, just tick the boxes on the first section and untick the boxes throughout the rest of the Toolbar.

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Step 3) The Advanced Settings section begins with ways to shorten updates and make them better suited for Tweets, including using a Tag Slug as a Hashtag (e.g. #WordPress and #Twitter) and giving a max length to tags and characters.

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Step 4) You can change the Template Tag settings in order to create Tweets with better formatting, including shortening external links and adding custom text before Tweets (e.g. New Blog Post).

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Step 5) You can alter the priority of Template Tags so that Tweets can be shortened or abbreviated if a Tweet is more than the 140 character limit of Twitter. Change as you see fit.

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Step 6) You can make special cases for when WordPress should send a Tweet. Tick any or all of these three boxes if you feel you need them. Allowing status updates from Quick Edit is extremely useful and can save you a lot of time keeping on having to edit individual posts to change statuses.

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Step 7) If you have Google Analytics set up for your site, you can link it up to the plugin here so that GA will track the responses to your status updates. You can alter what GA will track on these options, from Category to Post Title and by Author.

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Step 8) You can add your Twitter username to their user profile here, which means individual authors who post to the site will Tweet out from their individual accounts. For the Permission Settings, you can choose who can add their Twitter info, send and view updates and more.

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Step 9) The plugin comes with a full support section. It is recommended that you read the FAQ section for the plugin, and if you make a donation to the plugin creators, you might get a little preferential treatment if you get stuck at any time. Use the form to send a request for support. The response will be sent to your registered email address.

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The next step of the guide will focus on How to Create a Post with WP to Twitter.

 


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