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Drupal Tutorial - Connect with your Social Media Profiles

In order your visitors or your customers to have the ability to connect with you outside your personal or corporate website, it would be good to give them the option to find easily and quickly your profiles to social networking websites that they use daily. This way they will read your news and see your posts easier and faster.

There are several ways to do this. The most comon way is to use a Drupal module or add a news feed directly from the social networking website that you use.

Social networking modules

A suggested social networking module you could use is Follow. You can download and install it as any other Drupal module. This module can add links to your profiles of the most well known social network websites. 

Another good option is the ShareThis module, which allows your visitors to share your articles to their favorite social networking websites.

You can find these and a lot more social networking modules in the official modules website of Drupal

Add a Social Network Block Feed

You can also add a block of your favorite social networking website with a live feed of your latest posts directly to your website. This can be done by copying the code provided by the social networking website. For example Facebook has Page Plugin or Twitter has Embedded Timelines. The only think you have to do is to edit the appearance of the feed in the corresponding pages and copy the provided code and paste it to your website. As the example below.

First navigate to Structure > Blocks in your Drupal control panel and then click the Add Block link at the top of the page.

There you have to type a Title and a description for this new block. Then you will have to paste the code you copied from the social networking website you are using (Twitter, Facebook etc.). Make sure that the test editor is in Full HTML mode.

To choose the position where this block will be shown go to Region Settings category and select the position of your website. To do this you have to know the available module position and your website's theme layout. Then click the Save block button to save your changes. 

Reload your website and your new social block will be in the selected position.

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