Adding social widgets

Squarespace 5 supports three sidebar widgets for integrating social media accounts with your site:

  • Social Links Widget - Display links to your social profiles or those of your site members.
  • Twitter Widget - Import tweets from Twitter.
  • RSS Widget - Import entries from an RSS feed.
Note: The Flickr and Location Widgets aren't currently supported.

Add a social widget

You can follow these steps to add any widget to your sidebar. Note that for the Twitter and RSS widgets, you'll need to click the Social Widgets tab.

See the sections below to learn how to configure each social widget.

Social Links

Step 1 - Connect your social accounts 

  1. In the Website Management bar, click Member Accounts.
  2. In the row for your name, click Social Profile.
  3. For any unconnected social service you want to connect, click Edit.
  4. Enter the credential for that account and click Update Credentials.
Note: Site members also have social profiles. You can update your members' social profiles, or they can update their profiles directly.

 

Step 2 - Add and configure the widget

  1. In the Social Links Widget Configuration window, use the Member Account section to select either your profile or the profile of one of your site members. 
  2. In the Presentation Style section, choose whether the accounts will display as text, icons, or text and icons. 
  3. Click Create Widget. The links for the accounts connected to that profile will display in the sidebar.
Tip: You can also add social links with AddThis share and follow buttons, and add social bookmarking links to your blog posts.

Twitter

  1. In the Twitter Widget Configuration window, enter the Twitter username in the Twitter Account section. Click the + icon to add up to five feeds. 
  2. Use the Widget Display Configuration section to set the display settings. You can control the number of tweets, the style, and the metadata elements that display with each tweet.
  3. Use the Tweet Filters section to only show tweets that feature a keyword, and to choose whether replies and retweets will display. Separate keywords with a comma and space.
  4. Click Create Widget and enable it. The latest tweets for the connected username will display.
Note: The Twitter Widget can't pull feeds that are password protected.

Troubleshooting

If your Twitter Widget stops updating

Open the widget configuration. Scroll down to the Tweet Filters section and change these settings:

  • Change the Filter button from Any to All or vice versa.
  • Check or uncheck Filter @Replies.
  • Check or uncheck Filter Retweets.

Then click Save Widget Configuration. These changes will force the Twitter widget to refresh and should update the feed. You can now re-enter the widget configuration and adjust the settings to your preference.

If your Twitter Widget says it's "Still loading"

Delete the widget and then re-create it.

RSS

  1. In the RSS Widget Configuration window, enter the feed URL. Click the + icon to add up to five feeds. 
  2. Use the Widget Display Configuration section to set the display settings. You can control the number of posts, the length of the teaser, and the metadata elements that display with each post.
  3. Click Create Widget. The latest tweets for the connected username will display.
Tip: Typically, the feed URL is the full URL for the page, followed by ?format=rss. 

Troubleshooting

If your RSS Widget says it's "Still loading," delete the widget and then recreate it.

Squarespace 7 comparison

Squarespace 7, our current platform, has a comprehensive suite of social integrations, including:

  • Built-in social icons and buttons
  • Rich Pin optimized Pin It buttons
  • Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud, and Flickr integrations
  • Analytics that show which social networks are driving traffic to your site

For more information, visit the Understanding social sharing guide on our Squarespace 7 site. When you're ready to change platforms, we have a detailed guide to help you make the transition.

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