I have been thinking recently about how to improve the home page of this website. I decided that including my latest tweets would be a nice way of getting into custom wordpress designing. Simple I know but also effective.
The next task was to consider how this could be accomplished and I think that this is where experience really counts. I knew that wordpress allows you easy access to plugins and widgets but these (as far as I know) cannot be added to pages without using php. Something that I have to improve upon before trying this. So I started to look for means of adding tweets to the body of pages without using the widget system.
I stumbled upon this:
I then installed this:
After installing this extension, the user is able to type php more or less anywhere within wordpress but try as I might, I was unable to get any of the hacks to work. Maybe this is because of the theme that I am using or for some other reason… No Idea.
So I kept looking and through this post:
I found these:
And here is the finished product:
So basicallly I had come full circle. Why reinvent the wheel? I am now able to style the code using css myself so that it blends in with the rest of the site. Installing the Twitter html code took about 5 minutes and has really improved the look and feel of the homepage.