How one can Add Your Social Media Feeds to WordPress (Step by Step)

How to add social media feeds to WordPress

The best way to add social media feeds to your WordPress blog is to use a WordPress plugin.

With a plugin, you don’t have to deal with jQuery code, APIs, or trying to get the display right. It just works.

Some commonly used plugins are Feed Them Social, Flow-Flow Social Stream, and EmbedSocial.

However, we recommend using the Smash Balloon plugin. It’s the best social media feed plugin for WordPress and is trusted by over 1.5 million users.

The plugin is easy to use and has all the features to add media-rich social feeds to your WordPress website, as well as a social bulletin board with multiple social networks.

In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to add social feeds for the most popular social networks:

Adding a Facebook social media feed in WordPress

Facebook is one of the most popular social media networks in the world. There’s a good chance you will use it to interact with your fans and followers on your profile or company page.

One benefit of adding your Facebook feed to WordPress is that you can highlight feeds from your Facebook groups and profiles in real time. It can also help you get more likes and engagement for your social media posts.

The easiest way to add a Facebook social media feed is with a WordPress plugin. A plugin is a quick way to add a custom Facebook feed to your website.

We recommend using the Smash Balloon custom Facebook feed plugin. They have a professional and free version available.

With the plugin you can combine feeds from several pages, for example, share posts from your website directly and customize the appearance of your Facebook feeds without HTML.

Custom options for customizing Facebook feeds in the balloon

It includes Gutenberg blocks for easily embedding the feeds in your posts / pages, as well as built-in widgets that you can put in your sidebar or footer.

You can even add your Google Analytics script and other tracking codes to the plugin for retargeting purposes.

For more information, see our guide on how to create a custom Facebook feed in WordPress.

Adding an Instagram social media feed in WordPress

On average, people spend 30 minutes a day on Instagram.

What if they spent that time on your website instead?

Instagram is characterized by visually oriented content. From pictures to stories to IGTV videos and more.

Standard Instagram feed

By adding your Instagram social feed to WordPress, you can provide your visitors with a customized, highly engaging experience. All without leaving your website.

You can add photos manually, but then you will miss out on all the benefits of a live Instagram feed.

A WordPress plugin allows you to add your Instagram feed directly to WordPress. That way, a picture you upload to Instagram will automatically appear on your website.

Example of an Instagram feed plugin

We recommend using the Smash Balloon Instagram Feed Plugin. It’s the best Instagram feed plugin for WordPress. There is a professional and free version of the plugin.

With this plugin you can view content by hashtag or Instagram account, view comments and similar numbers, include lightbox popups and much more.

Instagram Feed Plugin Lightbox

It will also connect using the Instagram API instead of RSS so new posts will automatically appear on your WordPress site.

For more information, check out our detailed guide on how to create a custom Instagram feed in WordPress.

Adding a Twitter social media feed in WordPress

WordPress lets you manually embed individual tweets in your posts and pages.

What if you want to embed an entire Twitter feed, not just a single tweet?

Adding a Twitter feed to WordPress gives you all kinds of flexible content options.

For example, you can create a social feed of a relevant hashtag in your industry. Or a rotating carousel with customer tweets that can serve as testimonials.

You can accomplish all of that and much more with a Twitter social feed plugin.

Smash balloon custom twitter feed

We recommend using the Smash Balloon custom Twitter feed plugin. It’s the best Twitter feed plugin for WordPress. You can find a professional and free version.

For example, the plugin lets you view, reply, like, and retweet multiple Twitter feeds while staying on your website, and add light boxes for a full content experience.

Smash Ballon Custom Twitter Feed Lightbox

For more instructions on adding a Twitter feed to WordPress, check out our guide on embedding tweets in WordPress.

Adding a YouTube social media feed in WordPress

WordPress makes it easy to embed YouTube videos right into your website. Just paste the url into your post or page editor and WordPress will automatically do the embed code for you.

What if you want to add more than one video? Or your entire YouTube video feed for your website?

This is where it gets tougher unless you’re using a WordPress YouTube feed plugin.

By adding your entire YouTube social media feed to WordPress, you can improve your visitors’ viewing experience. Instead of leaving your website and going to YouTube, they can watch your entire channel in one place.

Smash balloon feeds for the YouTube plugin example

We recommend using the Feed for YouTube plug-in from Smash Balloon. It’s one of the best YouTube social media plugins available for WordPress.

There are professional and free versions of the plugin.

For example, the plugin lets you create a customizable gallery from all of your channels, add live streaming, use advanced searches to create custom feeds, and much more.

You can find a few different layout templates to choose from to change the look and feel of your video feed.

Smash balloon feeds for YouTube ad settings

For more detailed instructions, check out our step-by-step guide on how to create a YouTube gallery in WordPress.

Remember, you need to add your YouTube API key correctly. Otherwise, many social feed features will not work.

Adding a combined social wall in WordPress

You learned how to add individual social media feeds to WordPress.

Next, we’ll show you how to combine all of your social networks in one place with a WordPress social media aggregator plugin.

We recommend using the Smash Balloon Social Wall Plugin. It’s the best social stream plugin for WordPress. It combines social content from Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube into a single feed.

In this way, you can improve sharing on social networks, gain followers across all channels and make the most of your social content.

To use this plugin, you need to install and activate one of the Pro Smash Balloon plugins mentioned above.

After that, you need to install and activate the Smash Balloon Social Wall Plugin. You can find step-by-step instructions for installing a plugin in our instructions for installing a WordPress plugin.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, navigate to Social Feeds »Build a Social Wall.

Create a social wall

This screen is where you can connect the social accounts that you want to view.

If you haven’t set up your social media accounts, now is the time to do it.

Connect social media accounts to Social Wall

Just click on each account you want to appear in your feed and follow the instructions to set it up.

Then leave the green check box checked if you want it to appear. If not, clear the check box.

Add social media accounts to the whiteboard

Then click the Customize tab at the top of the screen.

Here you can change the look of your feed.

Customize the social wall

You can change the number of posts displayed, the feed layout, and more.

In this example we will enter ‘9’ for the number of posts to be initially displayed and select ‘Masonry’ as the ‘Layout Type’.

Customize the social wall layout template

There are many other options you can change such as: B. the feed color scheme, the background color, the button text and much more. However, we will keep most of the default settings.

If you make any further changes, be sure to click “Save Changes” before exiting the screen.

After you have customized your wall, navigate back to “Configure wall” and copy the shortcode generated by the plugin.

Copy the social wall shortcode

Then paste the shortcode where you want your social media wall to appear.

This can be a dedicated page, blog post, or even a sidebar widget.

Paste the shortcode for the social wall

Now when your visitors view your social feed, they’ll see all of your social networks together.

In addition, they can even filter for specific networks and also follow your other profiles.

Example of a social wall display

We hope this article has helped you add social media feeds to WordPress. You might want to see our ultimate social media cheat sheet and our expert pick of 40 useful tools for managing and growing your blog.

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