How to auto link a Twitter usernames on WordPress posts

Learn how to use a short code snippet to autolink Twitter mentions on WordPress posts to their respective pages. This article shows you how to add a short PHP code snippet to functions.php to autolink Twitter user names.

Follow the steps below to edit your Theme setting file:

  1. Log in to your WordPress site with an administrator account.
  2. On the Dashboard in the left sidebar, click Appearance, and then click Theme Editor:

    You will not be able to roll back to your earlier Theme configuration after any edits. Save the Theme files before proceeding with the modifications.
  3. On the Theme Editor , select the Theme you want to edit from the dropdown:

  4. Click on the file named “functions.php
  5. Copy and paste the following code block into functions.php.

    function add_twitter_links($content) {
    return preg_replace('/([^a-zA-Z0-9-_&])@([0-9a-zA-Z_]+)/', "$1@$2", $content);
    add_filter('the_content', 'add_twitter_links');
    add_filter('comment_text', 'add_twitter_links');
  6. Save the file and exit the editor.

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