Add Social Media Links To WordPress User Profiles

In this WordPress tutorials you’ll see how easy it is to modify contact methods that are used for user profiles. You’ll also learn how to display these new fields within WordPress. This could be very useful for WordPress websites that allow anyone to register and display author information under their posts.

Remove unwanted contact methods

WordPress by default allows you to add Yahoo IM, AIM and Jabber fields in the WordPress user profile screen. The best way to remove these fields is to add the following WordPress filter hook to functions.php. WordPress filter hooks are used to modify the output of an existing WordPress function.

function remove_user_contact_methods( $contactmethods ) {
  unset( $contactmethods['yim'] );
  unset( $contactmethods['aim'] );
  unset( $contactmethods['jabber'] );

  return $contactmethods;
add_filter( 'user_contactmethods', 'remove_user_contact_methods' );

Add Social Media Links To User Profile

Add the following filter hook to functions.php to add the necessary fields to the user profile screen in WordPress.

function social_media_contact_methods($user_contactmethods){
  $user_contactmethods['twitter'] = 'Twitter Username';
  $user_contactmethods['facebook'] = 'Facebook Username';
  $user_contactmethods['linkedin'] = 'LinkedIn Profile';

  return $user_contactmethods;
add_filter('user_contactmethods', 'social_media_contact_methods');

Show Contact Methods After Your Posts

function wordpress_post_signature($content){
  if (is_single() && get_user_meta( $user_id, 'twitter', true) ):
    $content .= '<a href="' . get_user_meta( $user_id, 'twitter', true) . '" target="_blank" rel="external me">Follow ' . get_the_author() . ' on Twitter</a>';
return $content; } add_filter("the_content", "wordpress_post_signature");

For more information on WordPress filter hooks please have a look at the WordPress add_filter codex.

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