How to Setup Your Twitter Card in WordPress

We all want to stay ahead of the game when it comes to social media. One of the ways you can do that is to setup a twitter card so that when you share your posts over Twitter you grab every advantage you can. Here is an example of a Twitter card with one of our Tweets.

twitter card example

I am are going to show you how to setup a Twitter card in WordPress, and validate your URL with Twitter.

Setup Your Twitter Card

Step 1

First you need to have the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin installed and running. Then in the WordPress dashboard hover over “SEO” and click into “Social.”

yoast social

Step 2

Under the Twitter tab, check the box next to “Add Twitter card meta data.” Make sure you enter your Twitter username. And then you have two options. Summary or Summary with large image. If you have large images on your blog posts, I would suggest using this one. However, if you just want a nice description pulled, then summary works great too. This actually adds more than the normal 140 characters in your tweets. Then press “Save Changes.”

twitter card summary

 

Validate Your Twitter URL for a Twitter Card

Step 1

We now need to validate your Twitter URL so that the Twitter cards function. So first, go to https://dev.twitter.com/docs/cards/validation/validator. You will have a popup window, go ahead and select the card you are using. For mine I am going to select “Summary Large Image.”

twitter card catalog

Step 2

Click on the “Validate & Apply” tab, insert one of your blog post’s URLs and click “Go!”

twitter card validator

Step 3

Click on the “Request Approval” button and fill out the information in the popup window. And then click on “Request Approval.”

twitter request domain approval

Now you just have to wait for Twitter’s approval and you can then start seeing Twitter cards show up for your website.

twitter request received

I received my approval within an hour of applying, however it might take up to two weeks. You will receive an email from Twitter with the confirmation.

twitter card email confirmation

And if you aren’t satisfied with the images that Twitter pulls I highly recommend you try the WordPress plugin JM Twitter Cards.

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