Last week we added a forum to your PortfolioVillage site. This week we are going to learn how to add a twitter feed to your site. Just like last week we will start with the insert button on the sitemaker bar at the top of your page. From here you will be able to access your social tools section on the left side of your screen.
From here we will select the “Twitter Feed” option. This will open a twitter box on your site. As always you will have the option to move the box around and alter its size. This can be done manually, by dragging and dropping the corners or the whole box itself or by using the Editor box that appears on the page with your twitter box.
To change the size of your box without manipulating the corners, you can change the numbers around on the “Info” tab of your editor box. The Setup tab is going to be the most important tab for the twitter feature this will be where you enter your twitter account information that will be on display in the box.
For this to work, you will obviously need a twitter account. This can be easily setup by going to www.twitter.com. You can also use the twitter account of someone else’s twitter if you’d like to have their twitter account showcased on your website (Ex. Favorite Artist, Celebrity, Athlete, Etc.). Once you have selected the twitter account you want to use (whether it be your own or someone else’s) simply copy and paste the address into the box in the setup tab. Once you do this you will be faced with two options, “Get Snippet” or “Apply.” The “Get Snippet” button will take you to your twitter page and allow you to alter how the twitter box will appear on your PortfolioVillage page. Name, Color, Dimensions and more are all easily edited by clicking on the “Get Snippet” button along with getting the HTML code you will need to activate your twitter account on your page. Once you finish editing how you want your twitter box to look click on “Finish and Grab Code” at the bottom of the page, which will take you to a text box filled with HTML code.
Copy this code in its entirety from the box and paste it into the text box in your “Setup” tab on your PortfolioVillage site. Then click apply. You have now successfully linked your twitter account to your PortfolioVillage site. There is still one more step to complete before we are officially finished and that is the “Style” tab on your editor box.
From here we will be able to finalize your Twitter box by changing the background and border color along with deciding whether you want your content automatically cropped or to be shown with scroll bars. To change the colors of background and border you must first click on the button which will open up the pop up color menu that will allow you to choose your colors. The last part is easy, simply decide whether you want your content to be cropped or whether you want your viewers to be able to scroll down and search through individual tweets.
Follow these instructions and your page will be equipped with your twitter account. With twitter you will add another string to your Portfolio Bow. You can use this to generate more views for your site and your work. Next week we will learn about RSS Feeds.