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  • Chris Q

    This is great! Thanks.

    I’ve built my blog from scratch with zero previous knowledge, and resources like yours have proved invaluable along the way.

    I have a question though: is there anyway to hide or remove the counter? It’s half obscured by an image so thought I’d just get rid. I tried deleting what I thought was the obvious piece of code but it’s still there.

  • Nadia

    I got the button to post just fine and it links and everything but I don’t know how to change the location its in. I posted it in my header but I want the button to show up right next to my FB icon and right now its being half covered up by another picture in the header. Suggestions??

    • Nadia

      Never mind, GOT IT!!! Woot woot

      • Nadia

        For anyone else having this problem-

        I had posted the link provided on this page into my header section. To edit the location, you need to go to the style section. I used this code:


  • Judy Hochberg

    I installed it in a text widget, and it looks fine on my blog, but I don’t understand how it works. When a user clicks on it, what happens? How does WordPress or Twitter know who the would-be subscriber is?

    When I try clicking on it I get a pop-up message that says something like “You are now subscribed to @my_twitter_handle.” The message is the same whether or not I’m logged into the website. So how is my identity known?

  • Punit Bhalodiya

    nice post for WP-beginners thanks..!!!!!!

  • Pritam Patil

    You are the real wp rockstart man !! its working ..and lets hope i get more followers :)

  • Gemma


    I followed the instructions and it did work–the button appears and when I tested it, it links to my twitter. However, the widget also shows the html code underneath the follow button on my blog. Is there any way to hide the code and just have the button?


    • Editorial Staff

      Sounds like a copy/paste error because the widget shouldn’t show any html code.

  • David M. Perkins

    Okay, unfortunately that didn’t work. Any other place I can go for help?

    • Editorial Staff

      Which part didn’t work? What error does it show?

      • David M. Perkins

        The instructions above didn’t help at all–but fortunately I found another way through the plug-ins (after some *hours* I’ll never get back). You have to remember that this is called “WPBeginner”–emphasis on the “Beginner,” and telling someone to post code willy-nilly and not laying out *all* the steps: do this first, then click on that, which will show you this, etc. (some of us “beginners” are complete digital diplodoci, you know), is not helpful.

        In any case, I got it done–but *not* by following the instructions above.

        • Editorial Staff

          Hi David,

          The reason why we say paste it anywhere in your theme is because we do not know where you want to add it. It could be in the header, sidebar, footer, after each post etc. Those are all different locations. Furthermore, we did mention that you can go to Appearance » Widgets and add it in the text widget. You can put the text widget in the appropriate widget areas (supported by your theme). Some have widget areas in the footer, but most have it in the sidebar.

        • David M. Perkins

          @ Editorial Staff said ~

          “The reason why we say paste it anywhere in your theme is because we do not know where you want to add it. It could be in the header, sidebar, footer, after each post etc. Those are all different locations.”

          My point was that the directions could have said: “If you want to put it in your sidebar, go *here,* click on *here,* which will show you *this,* and then you paste the text *there.* If you want to have it appear at the bottom of your post, go *here,* click on *here,* which will show you *this,* etc.” I’ve still got the code, which did not make the button appear, pasted *somewhere* on my dashboard page–but the goddesses only know where it is at the moment.

          Again–some of us *are* beginners here–and digital diplodoci–and beginners sometimes need a gentle, kind, *guiding* hand to get where we want to go, n’est–ce pas?

        • Editorial Staff

          Hello David,

          While we understand exactly what you are saying, it is harder than it sounds. Each WordPress theme is coded differently (general theme, child themes based on various frameworks etc). On top of that, we can’t possibly cover every single spot a human brain can think of displaying the button. This is the reason why we covered the most basic spot (Appearance > Widgets). Depending on the theme, you will have widgets for your the sidebar, header, footer, etc.

          We have a detailed overview of widgets in our free videos here:

  • eggtartbox

    I tried it and links to my twitter, but as regular text…would that be because I’m on a blog?

    • Alyssa

      I have the same problem. It links it to my twitter but does not show the button. Any ideas on how to fix this?

  • Gorn

    @wpbeginner Actually, neither. It’s a WordPress faciltiiy hosted by CIX at
    I have now got it to work, but by using the “old-style” twitter buttons at – couldn’t either the “script” form or the shortcode form to work. Any ideas why that is?

  • wpbeginner

    @Gorn Are you doing this on blog or a self-hosted blog?

  • Gorn

    Thanks for this. It doesn’t work for me, though. When I save the Text widget, the script element gets stripped out, and I end up with just a text link in my sidebar. Any ideas?

  • TheNerdyNurse

    nice addition. Feel my site loads too slow as it is. Worried that will be just one more thing to slow it down. I really need to figure out what it causing the drag in loading.

  • jasonfox_me

    Thanks for the tip. i took the code from Twitter and it it looked good (bad me for not testing) the other day my friend tells me he tried to follow me and got user does not exist. For some reason it left my old handle in the code….just a heads up.

  • TheFadeMusic

    @wpbeginner LUMIX DMC-GF3s

  • wpbeginner

    @likewpcom which in most cases would not be necessary.

  • likewpcom

    Another way to add twitter button is to install a WordPress plugin like

  • AlbertAlbs

    Yes. I did already. Got too many followers after adding that twitter follow button.