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How to Display Author’s Twitter and Facebook on the Profile Page

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Want to display your author’s Twitter and Facebook links on their WordPress profile page?

By default, WordPress user profile pages don’t include fields for adding social media profiles such as Facebook or Twitter.

In this article, we will show you how to easily display your author’s Twitter and Facebook profile links in WordPress.

How to Display Author's Twitter and Facebook on the Profile Page

Why Display Author’s Twitter and Facebook Profiles on Your Site?

Social media platforms are an important source of traffic for your WordPress website. That’s why we put together a social media cheat sheet that will help you set up your social media profiles the right way.

Your authors will also have their own social profiles, and you can display them on your site to build credibility with your readers and strengthen your site’s authority.

Your visitors will be able to follow their favorite authors on social media and discover new articles on your site sooner. You can also add their social media profiles to your site’s schema, boosting your site’s trust score on Google and other search engines.

With that being said, let’s look at how to display an author’s Twitter and Facebook links on their user profile page:

Some of the best WordPress themes will display an author info box below each article. You can use this feature to display simple links to your author’s social profiles.

Simply go to Users » All Users in your WordPress admin panel and click the name of the author or the ‘Edit’ link underneath to open the Edit User page.

Click on a User in the All Users List

Next, you should scroll down to the ‘About the user’ section and look for the ‘Biographical Info’ box.

If it is there, then your theme has built-in support for an author box.

Adding HTML Social Links to the User Bio

Here, you can type a description of the author using text or HTML. You can manually add HTML links for the author’s Twitter and Facebook profile URLs like this:

ADD BIO HERE. Follow them on <a href="https:/twitter.com/USERNAME">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://facebook.com/USERNAME">Facebook</a>.

Make sure you add a short biography about the author and change USERNAME to their actual Twitter and Facebook usernames.

Once you are finished, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and click the ‘Update User’ button to store your settings.

You will now see Twitter and Facebook links with the user’s bio on the posts that they write. Here’s how it looks on our demo website:

Preview of Author Bio with Twitter and Facebook Links

Method 2: Displaying Social Icons With an Author Bio Box Plugin

If your theme doesn’t display an author bio box, or if you want one that is more customizable and displays social icons instead of links, then you can use a plugin.

Simple Author Box is the best free author bio box plugin. It lets you customize nearly every aspect of your author bio box, including adding social media links for your authors.

First, you need to install and activate the Simple Author Box plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

If you want even more features, then there’s a pro version that lets you display an author box before or after content, add website links, get more social icon styles, include guest authors and co-authors, and more.

Upon activation, the plugin adds social media fields to each user profile. Simply navigate to the Users » All Users page in your WordPress admin area and click on the author’s name or the ‘Edit’ link below.

Click on a User in the All Users List

Tip: To quickly edit your own user profile, you can go to the Users » Profile page.

When you scroll to the bottom of the author profile, you will notice some new fields that have been added by the Author Bio Box plugin.

Scroll until you see the section labeled ‘Social Media Links (Simple Author Box).’ Now, you need to select ‘Facebook’ from the dropdown menu and then paste the URL to their Facebook profile into the next field.

Adding a Facebook Profile Using Author Bio Box

Now you can click the button labeled ‘+ Add new social platform.’

A new drop-down and field will be added where you can add their Twitter URL.

Adding Facebook and Twitter Links Using Simple Author Box

Once you have done that, make sure you click the ‘Update User’ button to store your settings.

Note: Don’t worry if the Facebook and Twitter URLs vanish after clicking the button. At the time of writing, there is a minor bug that hides the URLs, but the settings have been saved.

Now, Facebook and Twitter icons will be displayed with the author’s profile at the bottom of their posts. Clicking these icons will take your visitors to their social profiles, but these links will open in the same window as your WordPress blog.

Preview of Simple Author Box with Social Icons

If you would prefer that the links open in a new tab, then you can navigate to the Appearance » Simple Author Box page and then click on the ‘Elements’ tab.

Once there, you must find the option to ‘Open social icon links in a new tab’ and toggle it to the on position.

Open Simple Author Box Icons in a New Tab

Now, the author’s social profiles will open in a new tab.

Method 3: Displaying Social Icons for Authors With a Page Builder Plugin

If you want to create a custom author profile page with social icons, testimonials, recent articles, star ratings, image carousels, and more, then we recommend using a plugin like SeedProd.

SeedProd is the best drag and drop page builder plugin for WordPress. It lets you easily create custom WordPress themes and page layouts, no coding required.

First, you need to install and activate the SeedProd plugin. If you need help, see our tutorial on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Note: There is a free version of SeedProd. However, you’ll need the Pro version to create a custom author page.

Once the plugin is activated, go to SeedProd » Theme Builder from the WordPress dashboard and click the ‘Theme Templates Kit’ button.

Click on the Theme Templates Kit button

From here, you can choose one of SeedProd’s pre-made website kits.

Simply hover over the design you like and click the checkmark icon to select it.

Choose SeedProd website kit template

SeedProd will then import the website kit, which includes all of the template parts you need for a website, including the homepage, blog page, about page, and more.

You can customize all of these pages using SeedProd’s theme builder. See our guide on how to create a custom WordPress theme for more details.

Next, you need to create a new author page template by clicking the ‘Add New Theme Template’ button.

Create author page template in SeedProd

You can make the same author page layout for all writers or create a unique author page for each specific writer. For step-by-step instructions, see our guide on how to add a custom author profile page in WordPress.

Once you’ve created an author page template, you can start customizing it. This is easy using SeedProd’s ready-made blocks that you can drag and drop onto the page.

For example, you can add blocks like Headline, Text, Image, Author Bio, Author Box, Posts, and more to showcase anything you want about an author.

To add social profiles to your author profile page, find the ‘Social Profiles’ block on the left and simply drag it onto the page where you want to display it.

Add the Social Profiles block to the author profile page

By default, the block displays social share icons for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Next, click on the newly added block to open up the Editing panel for it. Here, you can select new social media platforms from the dropdown list.

Editing the Social Profiles block in SeedProd

To create a custom social media profile button, choose the ‘Custom’ option from the dropdown list.

Then, click the gear icon to open the settings.

Create Custom social media profile icon

Now, you can choose a social media icon from SeedProd’s built-in Icon Library.

You will need to enter the URL of your social media profile.

Add social profile URL and choose icon

You can also change the icon color, size, alignment, style, and configure advanced settings. When you are done customizing, click the ‘Save’ button at the top of the screen and exit the theme builder.

Finally, you need to activate the SeedProd theme to publish your custom author page.

To do that, go to SeedProd » Theme Builder. From there, find the ‘Enable SeedProd Theme’ toggle and switch it to the ‘Yes’ position.

Enable SeedProd Theme

Now, your custom author profile page will be live on your WordPress site.

Method 4: Adding Social Profiles to Your Site’s Schema for SEO

All in One SEO (AIOSEO) is the original WordPress SEO plugin that’s used on over 3 million websites. It can also add social profile fields on the author’s profile page.

Unlike the other methods, this method will improve your website’s SEO since AIOSEO adds these social profiles to your site’s schema markup.

The problem is that AIOSEO does not automatically display them in the author bio. But don’t worry; we will show you how to do that.

For this tutorial, we will use the free version of All in One SEO since it allows you to add social profiles for your website and each user. However, AIOSEO Pro offers even more features to help you rank better in search engine results pages.

The first thing you need to do is install the free All in One SEO Lite plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Once you have the AIOSEO plugin set up, you need to head over to the Users » All Users page and then click on the author’s name or the ‘Edit’ link just below.

Click on a User in the All Users List

This will open the Edit User page for that author.

Notice that AIOSEO has added a Social Profiles tab at the top of the page. You need to click on that tab now.

All in One SEO Social Profiles Tab

You can now enter the URL to the user’s social profiles in the boxes provided, such as:

https://facebook.com/johnsmith345
https://twitter.com/johnsmith345

Note that simply adding the username is not enough.

Alternatively, if the author uses the same username on multiple social networks, then you can click the box labeled ‘Use the same username for multiple social networks.’

Quickly Adding Multiple Social Networks With Same Username

You can then type in that username and check the social networks it is used on. For other social networks, you can simply type the full URL as before.

Once you are done, click on the ‘Update User’ button at the bottom of the page to store your changes.

Pro Tip: If you have Twitter and Facebook profiles for your business or website, then you can add these to your site’s schema in a similar way by visiting All in One SEO » Social Networks and adding the links on the Social Profiles tab.

The author’s social media profiles have now been added to your site’s schema, helping search engines understand your site better. But they are not yet being displayed on your website.

Displaying AIOSEO Author Twitter and Facebook Links in Your Theme

Now, you need to display these fields as links in your theme.

If you are an advanced user, then you can display links from All in One SEO’s social profiles by editing your WordPress theme files. If you haven’t done this before, then check out our guide on how to copy and paste code in WordPress.

Note: If you are not familiar with editing your theme’s core files and adding custom code, then we recommend using AIOSEO to add the social profiles to your site’s schema and then display them on your website using method 1 or method 2 above.

Advanced users can add the following code to the theme files where you want to display the author profile links:

<?php
$twitter = get_the_author_meta( 'aioseo_twitter', $post->post_author );
$facebook = get_the_author_meta( 'aioseo_facebook', $post->post_author );
echo '<a href="' . $twitter .'" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Twitter</a> | <a href="'. $facebook .'" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a>';
?>

Save your changes and view a post on your website.

Here’s how it looks on our demo website. We added the code snippet to the biography.php file in the template-parts folder of the Twenty Sixteen theme.

Displaying AIOSEO Social Profiles in Your Theme Using Code

Expert Guides on WordPress Authors

Now that you know how to display the author’s social profiles, you might like to see some other guides related to WordPress authors:

We hope this article helped you learn how to display the author’s Twitter and Facebook profile links in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to display recent tweets or our expert picks for the best YouTube video gallery plugins for WordPress.

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    • WPBeginner Support says

      If it is being removed on mobile versions then you would want to reach out to the support for your specific theme for assistance.

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  2. Brandie says

    How can users add their social media links themselves?

    Right now I can add it for my authors, but they cannot edit it themselves.

  3. Ricardo Martins says

    Hi! I’m from Brazil! You frequently help me! Thank you!

    So… I did not have success to add Facebook on my Author Box. Could you help me?

    My Instagram and my website are showing, but Facebook not.

  4. Vito says

    I would like to apply this to the page of the publication of the post, and insert text tags for each post. similar to the custom fields but with this style is that possible?

    Thanks

  5. Aamir says

    i am trying to include author google plus profile link in the template..
    i have successfully added custum field to add google plus link in user profile of evry author but not able to include in the template …
    i am using headway v3 ..
    as its not posiible to edit files like author.php in headway i tried inserting the code directly in postpages by creating a Custum Code block but GooglePLus; ?> does not work…
    please help..

  6. Enk. says

    A little more in details, how can we get it working like we only write ‘wpbeginner’ in fields and it links automatically ?

  7. Luke says

    Thank you for this.

    Stupid question: What’s the code if you want to show only the info that’s displayed in user profile.

    For example, when I add these in the user profile and don’t enter data, it still shows the icon.

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