Are you looking to incorporate your LinkedIn profile in WordPress? LinkedIn is a very popular and professional social media platform. While other platforms like Facebook allow you to connect with your friends and family, LinkedIn focuses on connecting you with potential employers or employees. This makes it a powerful tool to find new staff members for your website.
Adding your LinkedIn profile to your website is a great way to give potential employees or employers a way to contact you. However, WordPress does not have any built-in features that add LinkedIn support to the platform. Thankfully, like most things, plugins exist that can do just that. Today, I will demonstrate how to incorporate your LinkedIn profile in WordPress using WP LinkedIn.
Why Add Your LinkedIn Profile in WordPress
LinkedIn is one of the best ways to advance your personal career or fill your business with the most qualified staff. The problem is there is a lot of competition out there. A great way to get the edge on the competition is to directly incorporate your LinkedIn profile in WordPress.
It is very common for college graduates to create a LinkedIn profile to help speed up finding a job. A very common thing to do, in the web development business, is to make a website to tell potential employers about yourself and show off your creativity. A great thing to add to these websites is a LinkedIn profile to give them another way to contact you.
How to Incorporate Your LinkedIn Profile in WordPress
Today, I will demonstrate how to incorporate your LinkedIn profile in WordPress using WP LinkedIn. WP LinkedIn uses the LinkedIn API to add your profile to WordPress. The plugin uses shortcodes and widgets to display your profile in WordPress. You will need to link your website to the LinkedIn developers page, but it is pretty easy.
Installing WP LinkedIn
Click on Plugins and select the Add New option on the left-hand admin panel.
Search for WP LinkedIn in the available search box. This will pull up additional plugins that you may find helpful.
Scroll down until you find the WP LinkedIn plugin and click on the “Install Now” button and activate the plugin for use.
The first thing you should notice after activation is the red message at the top of the screen. It is telling you to create an application key with LinkedIn, which we will deal with soon. On the left-hand admin panel click on Settings and select the LinkedIn option. This will pull up the main settings page.
Linking Your LinkedIn Profile
Click on the LinkedIn API tab.
You will see a Client ID and Client secret text box (keep this tab open). These need to be filled in and they are obtained from the LinkedIn Developer page. Sign-in on the page and click the “Create Application” button.
To create a new application, you will have to fill out a form about the application. Fill out the form with all of the appropriate information related to your website and click on the “Save Changes” button.
LinkedIn will now create your application. On the next page, you will find a Client ID and Client Secret for your account. Copy and paste these codes into the text boxes on your website. Click on the “Save Changes” button.
After you click the button, you are almost done. You should now see an error message stating authentification token is expired or invalid. Don’t worry, this is normal. You simply need to follow the link it provides and register your website. Don’t forget to click on the “Update” button.
Using WP LinkedIn
Now that your account is linked, you can display your LinkedIn profile in WordPress. There are two ways to do this with WP LinkedIn. The first way is to use the following shortcode:[ht_message mstyle=”info” title=”” show_icon=”” id=”” class=”” style=”” ][li_profile][/ht_message]
This shortcode can be used on any page, post, or text widget on your website. The other way to add it is through the built-in LinkedIn Card widget. On the left-hand admin panel, click on Appearance and select the Widgets option.
Locate the LinkedIn Card widget and drag it into one of your widget areas. Fill it in and click on the “Save” button.
Congratulations, you have successfully added your LinkedIn profile in WordPress. This may give the edge you need to find a new employer or add another avenue for potential employees to contact you.
Stay Connected to the Bussiness World
LinkedIn is the most popular business-related social networking platform in the world. It is extremely effective at getting recruited and helping employers hire staff members. Always stay connected because there is only one certainty in business and that is uncertainty. For example, as an employee, you may get hired, and then find out the business is closing. This is never good news, but you must always be ready to find another job and LinkedIn will be there to help.
How much time did it take you to display your LinkedIn profile in WordPress? How easy did you find the plugin to use?
Author: Chris Racicot
Chris is the Support Manager at GreenGeeks and has been with the company since 2010. He has a passion for gaming, scripting and WordPress. When he’s not enjoying his sleep, he’s working on his guitar skills and fiddling with 3d printing.