WordPress is moving more and more options that were only initially available via the WP Admin button to the new style dashboard on WordPress.Com blogs.
It’s something I’ve noticed happening a lot and makes perfect sense while they improve security, and update and redesign their platform.
You may ask “What are these options, Hugh?”
Well, I’ve decided to update some of my older posts where the WP Admin button was used so that I can show you how to make the same changes via the new style WordPress dashboard.
I’m kicking off with one of my pet hates – bloggers who haven’t connected their Twitter account to their WordPress blog.
For me, Twitter is a great place to give my blog posts some free publicity. And who doesn’t like some free publicity?
Twitter is also an excellent place for promoting blog posts I’ve enjoyed reading, and is the third biggest referrer of traffic to my blog.
Have you come across this problem?
You click the Twitter sharing button on a blog post you’ve enjoyed reading, and instead of the blogger’s Twitter username appearing at the end of the tweet, you see @WordPress.Com instead!
Why does it happen?
Because the blogger has not connected their Twitter account to their blog.
Of course, they may not know they can connect it or just haven’t done it.
But it’s a problem that’s easy and quick to fix.
Let’s get started.
- On the dashboard of your blog, click on Tools and then on Marketing.
- On the Marketing and Integrations page that opens, click on Sharing Buttons.
- In the Options block, look for the Twitter Username box and add your Twitter username in the box.
- Click the Save Changes button.
There is one last job you need to do to connect your Twitter account to your blog.
- On the Marketing and Integrations page, click on Connections and click the connect button next to Twitter.
A new window will open.
- Click on the Authorize App button.
WordPress will look for your Twitter account, and in an onscreen message will show you your Twitter user name.
- If the username is correct, click on the Connect button.
- Your Twitter account is now connected to your WordPress blog.
Now, every time you publish a new blog post, it will be shared on your Twitter account. Your Twitter username will also appear at the end of the tweet.
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