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How To Add Twitter Card Support To Your WordPress Website

It is easier than you think to add Twitter Card support to your WordPress based website. It took me several days to figure out this easy way to add this functionality to my site. The reason? I just needed to find the right plugin! Two steps really. There it a bit more detail to it, but I’ll walk you through it below.

Make Sure WordPress is Updated & Backed-up. Before attempting any site changes it is a good idea to back everything up. That way if anything goes wrong you have a good place to go back to instead of starting from an old backup or from scratch!

JMTwitter Settings

The JM Twitter Card settings screen is simple to use.

1.) Install, activate & input your Twitter handle/image URL in the JM Twitter Cards plugin settings. Then preview your “card” using Twitter’s Card Preview Tool to make sure everything works like you want.

Twitter Card Signup Screen

You have to be approved by Twitter in order to have Twitter Cards on your site.

2.) Apply to the Twitter Card program. Once you are approved you will get an email confirmation from Twitter. Most (if not all) eligible links from your site shared on Twitter by you or others will then include the Twitter Card summaries. Turn around time on approval varies widely. I’ve had approvals for accounts take over a week and some happen within a day.

My Twitter Account Before Adding Twitter Card Support

Twitter-Tweet

My Twitter Account After Adding Twitter Card Support

Twitter-Summary-Card

This is the two step process that worked for me. There are other plugins that work, but this is the one I found to be most user friendly. Have other suggestions or questions? Sound off in the comments.

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