How To Add Twitter Feeds To WordPress Without Plugins (PHP)

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Did you know you can add your latest tweets from your Twitter feed to any WordPress website without WordPress plugins?

Displaying any Twitter feed on a WordPress website is simple with PHP, particularly using the fetch_feed function or updated parse_feed function.

The 2 different versions of PHP snippets below allow you to add your latest Tweets from your Twitter feed into WordPress template/theme files, ie: header.php, sidebar.php, etc. without using additional WordPress plugins.

Version 1.

Copy and paste the snippet below into your theme’s template/theme files where you want your latest tweets to be displayed.

<?php
include_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . '/feed.php');
$rss = fetch_feed('https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=botcrawl');
$maxitems = $rss->get_item_quantity(4);
$rss_items = $rss->get_items(0, $maxitems);
?>

<ul>
<?php if ($maxitems == 0) echo '<li>No items.</li>';
else
// Loop through each feed item and display each item as a hyperlink.
foreach ( $rss_items as $item ) : ?>
<li>
<a href='<?php echo $item->get_permalink(); ?>'>
<?php echo $item->get_title(); ?>
</a>
</li>
<?php endforeach; ?>
</ul>
  • Change “Botcrawl” on line 3 to the name of your Twitter account.
  • To change the amount of displayed tweets change “4” on line 4.

Version 2. (Add text before and after tweet)

This version allows you to add text before and after the tweet.

Copy and paste the snippet below into your theme’s template/theme files where you want your latest tweets to be displayed.

<?php

// Your twitter username.
$username = "TwitterUsername";

// Prefix - some text you want displayed before your latest tweet. 
// (HTML is OK, but be sure to escape quotes with backslashes: for example href=\"link.html\")
$prefix = "";

// Suffix - some text you want display after your latest tweet. (Same rules as the prefix.)
$suffix = "";

$feed = "http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=from:" . $username . "&rpp=1";

function parse_feed($feed) {

$stepOne = explode("<content type=\"html\">", $feed);
$stepTwo = explode("</content>", $stepOne[1]);

$tweet = $stepTwo[0];
$tweet = str_replace("&lt;", "<", $tweet);
$tweet = str_replace("&gt;", ">", $tweet);

return $tweet;

}

$twitterFeed = file_get_contents($feed);

echo stripslashes($prefix) . parse_feed($twitterFeed) . stripslashes($suffix);

?>
  • Change “Botcrawl” on line 3 to the name of your Twitter account.

How To Change Twitter API Caching Limit

As a precaution the first version above is set to cache your Twitter feed every 12 hours because the Twitter API has a limited number of calls per hour. Still, the caching limited on your Twitter account can easily be modified by using the PHP code below (set to 2 hours).

Copy and paste the snippet below into your current theme’s functions.php file

function filter_handler( $seconds )
{
// change the default feed cache recreation period to 2 hours
return 7200;
}
add_filter( ‘wp_feed_cache_transient_lifetime’ , ‘filter_handler’ );
  • Kiearn Calvert

    Just to give the heads up on this.Twitter now require you to use Oauth library and their Json api to get feeds So this code is no longer valid. 🙁

  • sidharthpkSid

    Whoa, it worked for me. I had tried the same method on another blog but unfortunately I didn’t add my username in the correct place, hence was getting an error. But since you highlighted the portion where which the editing , it did the job pretty well.

  • Tommy

    Version 2 doesn’t seem to work? I can get Version 1 to work fine but when I try version 2 nothing is displayed other than the h2 tag. Suggestion?

    • Thank you Tommy, I have updated it but have not tested it out yet. It should work fine though.

      If not please let me know.

  • Hey, thanks for this. I’ve implemented version 1 – is there a way to just make the twitter username clickable?

    Thanks

    Brad

  • Andre

    Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::get_item_quantity() in …
    I use wordpress 3.5, can you help me

    • Version 1 seems to be fine, just tested it.

      The only reason I could think of such an issue would be if the code to include the blue color was copied and pasted on your site as well (span style=”color: #0000ff;”).

      If not, please copy and paste the code you used here so I can check it out.

  • Francis Thibault

    I get a weird Warning: explode() [function.explode]: Empty delimiter

    • Francis Thibault

      in version 2

    • Thanks, fixed it.

  • In version 2, how can I get more then 1 tweet to show up?

    • After all of the Twitter API changes I have not been able to repair the limit amount on version 2.
      Before, you were able to change the numeric on in the URL but it does not seem to work: $feed = “http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=from:” . $username . “&rpp=*HERE*“;

      I will have to look further into this and/or create an additional post.

  • Anonymous

    This didn’t work for me. When I pasted the code above (ver2) into my sidebar.php it just displays the raw php code in the sidebar.

    • Thank you, updated the code on the page… should work fine.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks!! Your changes worked and I’m seeing the output instead of the raw code. Appreciate the code.

  • Dennis

    THANK YOU!

    I looked for a lot of solutions and none of them seemed easy. This was as easy as it gets!

    THANK YOU!!!!

  • Hi Sean–

    Is there a way to remove the twitter name so it only displays the tweet? Example: joesbar: The special today Clam Chowder.

    Is there a way that is only displays the special today…. and not joesbar?

    Thanks

    • Add your Twitter handle to this code. Change text before and after tweet to whatever you wish or remove them/leave blank if you don’t want anything.

      < ?php
      $username = "Twitter handle here";
      $prefix = "Text Before Tweet";
      $suffix = "Text After Tweet";
      $feed = "http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=from:" . $username . "&rpp=1";
       
      function parse_feed($feed) {
          $stepOne = explode("", $feed);
          $stepTwo = explode("", $stepOne[1]);
          $tweet = $stepTwo[0];
          $tweet = str_replace("<", "< ", $tweet);
          $tweet = str_replace(">", ">", $tweet);
          return $tweet;
      }
       
      $twitterFeed = file_get_contents($feed);
          echo stripslashes($prefix) . parse_feed($twitterFeed) . stripslashes($suffix);
      ?>
  • Dustin van Zyl

    Hi,
    Thanks, this is a great hack which doesn’t degrade any other php even when using in main content areas (unlike most)
    Would it be possible to also fetch my twitter avatar.
    and would it be possible to style the fetched content?

  • maffei

    Super basic question:

    I want to only display the text of the single, most current tweet, and not as a hyperlink. I’ve managed to get it to not be a hyperlink, but how do I get rid of the twitter handle prefix? Right now, the display is “• (twitter handle): (twitter message)”. Ideally, I’d eliminate the list bullet and the twitter handle. Thanks in advance.

    • The list bullets will show on themes where appropriate, they are generally added to display permalinks on a single line.

      I apologize but I do not have the correct line to remove the Twitter handle, but if I come across it I will let you know.

      All that would need to change is < ?php echo $item->get_title(); ?>

      get_title() grabs the (twitter handle): (twitter message) as you stated.