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How to Create a WordPress Twitter Widget

Posted on 17 July 2011 by Liza Mae V.

I realize that I update my Twitter feed quite more often than my blog, so I decided to place a WordPress Twitter Widget on the side bar so that my readers who aren’t following me on Twitter get my latest update.  This is how my current Twitter feed looks like and it is quite easy to create without installing any plugins on WordPress.  This guide can be used with a regular website for the scripts can be used outside of WordPress.

Twitter Feed on WordPress Blog

How to Create a WordPress Twitter Widget

Visit Twitter’s website resources under widget profile to create your customized WordPress Twitter Widget.  (Please note that this will not work for privatized Twitter accounts.)

  1. Enter Twitter user name.  Create WordPress Twitter Widget - Enter User Name
  2. Customize your WordPress Twitter Widget preferences.  These are the settings I chose for my site but you can customize it for your own personal preferences.Create WordPress Twitter Widget - Enter Preferences
  3. Customize the appearance of the WordPress Twitter Widget.  Since I know the color scheme of my site I customized the widget’s colors accordingly, so you can control the color of the background, text, and links of your widget. You can test the different color settings and preview it before creating the widget.
    Create WordPress Twitter Widget_Appearance
  4. Click Finish & Grab Code, then copy code for your WordPress Twitter Widget.Create WordPress Twitter Widget_Get Code
    You can customize the dimensions of the widget but I just used the default setting of auto width. (OPTIONAL STEP)Create WordPress Twitter Widget_Dimensions
  5. Go to the WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets and drag the Text Widget to the widget sidebar you would like your WordPress Twitter Widget to appear.  If your theme does not have widgetized areas, you can paste the code in the Editor.  Paste the code into description area and Save.
    WordPress Widgets Sidebar - Twitter WordPress Widget Creation

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Tumblr for Beginners | Tumblr Widget for WordPress

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Tumblr for Beginners | Tumblr Widget for WordPress

Posted on 10 April 2011 by Liza Mae V.

I recently created a Tumblr page for Luxavision for I’ve been hearing about it everywhere I go and see many mentions from my feed on my Twitter.  I’ve been holding off for I already have many things on my plate like managing multiple sites, starting a new project (to be released this week), managing a couple of properties, and so on – the list is endless but I finally jumped on the Social Media Bandwagon.  The statistics alone just made me a little more curious for Tumblr currently has 16.5-million users/blogs, 4.5-billion current posts, and has about 26-million new posts per day!

I haven’t really submerged myself in to it but if you don’t know what Tumblr is, it basically is Twitter on crack.  As quoted on Tumblr’s site,

“Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be.”

How-to Use Tumblr

I would use it mainly for sharing photography stuff from personal or inspirations but it is an open platform with endless opportunities.  What I love about Tumblr is the simplicity and ease of use.  This is Tumblr‘s Dashboard view from my browser:

Tumblr Dashboard | Ease of Navigation


I see many people use it to post photos with their iPhones and I think there is an app for BlackBerries too but I can’t be bothered to add another app on my CrapBerry.  Once I get a new phone, I will be posting more on Tumblr but for now I will only update it when I am online.

Tumblr Free Themes

I haven’t really spent too much time modifying the theme, I just used one that was available for free, and eventually want to start following more people.  I have probably spent 1-2 hours setting up an account, picking out a theme, and just exploring some basic options and this is what my Tumblr page looks like thus far.  What do you think?

LuxaVision Tumblr Screenshot

Tumblr Widget for WordPress

I am always looking for the latest and greatest plugins for WordPress and I was curious if someone had developed any of interest and I came across the Tumblr Recent Photos Widget created by V.J.Catkick.  The plugin is self explanatory and acts like a Flickr RSS Feed but for Tumblr.  It is ideal for my current layout and it is very easy to setup as long as your theme supports widgets.  This is how the Tumblr Widget looks on my sidebar:

Tumblr Widget for WordPressI hope that gave you more insight on Tumblr and don’t forget to Follow my LuxaVision Tumblr feed @


-Liza Mae

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WordPress Theme Development for Beginners

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WordPress Theme Development for Beginners

Posted on 06 April 2011 by Liza Mae V.

I’ve come to a point where I’ve searched endlessly for the perfect wordpress theme for a couple of sites I manage such as LuxaVision, Home Investars, Canada Real Estate Investing, etc., but have never really find all the options that I want to include. I want to dismantle bits and pieces of themes and create my own. I am never satisfied with one theme. The best solution for over coming such frustrations is to develop my own wordpress themes. I’m not going to completely start from scratch for I found a theme framework called Thematic that can be used for most users. The developer mentions that it can be used for beginners but I think you may need some development knowledge because the problem is that the developer hasn’t created a full out documentation on how to use it. I’ve been trying to find resources on how to develop a site using the Thematic framework but unfortunately there is no one stop shop. This is my own comprehensive guide in to WordPress Theme Development:

WordPress Basics | Getting Started with WordPress Themes

Why WordPress Themes? by WordPress | This is greatly detailed but if you just want something easy to understand, start with the next document.

Anatomy Of A WordPress Theme by Yoast | For the visual learner, this breaks down the key components of a WordPress Theme.  The image is just a snippet of the article, so check it out.

Anatomy of a wordpress theme by Yoast

Creating A Child Theme for WordPress

A child theme is simply a customized theme from another theme, so you use all the functionality of a created theme and add your own tweaks to it.  If you have a theme that you like but there are a couple of things you want to change, this is one of the best options for you.  This site is perfect for beginners such as myself and it is a great start to creating child themes:

How to make a child theme for WordPress: A pictorial introduction for beginners

The next steps that I need to learn is CSS which I will probably try to find a tutorial online.  I know some CSS already but I want to be an expert on it for I think it is powerful in terms of WordPress design and development.

– Liza Mae

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