Why twitter card meta tags important? Well, if you would like to control how your Twitter posts appear to your readers (or new readers), you may want to think about doing this. Make a much better looking post.
For some reason, Weebly does not have this built into the service. I have read numerous posts on how to accomplish this, and there is a work around. If you fully don't understand what I am talking about... this makes the difference of your twitter posts looking like this...
To something like this...
Which one would you click on?
Two things need to be mention about this procedure before we get started.
1. Using a text editor (notepad in Windows, TextEdit for Mac), copy/past the following:
2. Modify the following in your text editor, make sure you get rid of the "<>"
Note on getting URL to image:
If you right click on the image at the top of your post (or any image in your post you would like to use), you should get an option that say, "Copy image address" or "Copy image location". This will copy the URL to the image and you can past it there in that section.
3. Once you have those changes made, it is now time to add them to the blog post. Again, you should only do this if you are using the summaries, and the blog post is on it's own separate page.
... add the Embed Code.
The Twitter Card Validator
Twitter actually has a utility that you can use to see how cards will be rendered when you post the link to your blog post out on Twitter. This is highly useful if you are concerned about the look of your posts.
To access the utility CLICK HERE.
You will get the following:
Copy/Paste the link to your blog post page (make sure you have updated the post and refreshed your browser screen), and then click on the "Preview Card Button".
If you get the following, something is wrong. You need to go back and check the code to make sure there is not a syntax error in your coding.
You should get something like the following (of course based on your settings):
This may seem like a lot of extra work. I felt that way at first. I just wanted to have a blog site where I can just go in, write, and post and move on. Well, this is not the case yet with Weebly. Maybe someday they will add it to their code. I do want to mention, that once you are aware of this procedure, how to do it, and what is going on... it is rather simple and quick. You will be happier with the results later on once your posts and shares start to go out on Twitter.
If you have any questions, please leave me a comment. If you think this might be useful to others, feel free to share it out.
Full Time, Shawn is currently the IT Director for a public school district, as well as, owner of DNS Technology Consultants, Inc. This Blog Page is to house some directions, tips, tricks for YouTube Creators and Bloggers.