How to Add Periscope On Air Button in WordPress


Are you using Periscope? Recently, one of our readers asked if there was an easy way to show the Periscope on air status in WordPress. In this article, we will show you how to add Periscope on air button in WordPress.

What is Periscope?

Periscope is a new social platform that allows you to broadcast live videos straight from your phone for the world to see.

Show your Periscope on air status on your WordPress website

Think of Periscope as a video version of Twitter except you don’t have a 140 character limit.

That’s one of the many reasons why Twitter acquired Periscope and added the embed feature in their official WordPress plugin.

Adding Periscope on Air Button in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Twitter plugin for WordPress.

Since Twitter acquired Periscope, this is the official Periscope WordPress plugin.

We will be using it to add Periscope on air button, but it also allows you to add Twitter cards, Tweet and Follow buttons to your WordPress site.

Upon activation, simply go to Appearance » Widgets page. You will find Periscope on air widget in the list of available widgets.

Now all you need to do is add the widget to a sidebar.

Periscope WordPress widget settings

You will be asked to provide a title for the widget, and enter your Periscope username. Next you will need to choose a button size and click save changes button to store your widget settings.

You can now visit your website to see the Periscope on air button in action. The button will change color when you go live on Periscope.

Periscope on air widget preview

Adding Periscope On Air Button in WordPress Posts or Pages

This plugin also allows you to easily display a Periscope On Air button in any WordPress post or page. Simply enter the complete Periscope profile URL and the plugin will change it into button.

If you want to change the button size, then you can also use the shortcode like this:

[periscope_on_air username=”syedbalkhi” size=”large”]

Replace the username with your own username and choose a button size (large or small). Preview your post or page to see it in action.

Periscope is a relatively new platform, so hopefully there will be more features coming soon in this plugin.

We hope this article helped you add a Periscope On Air button to your WordPress site. You may also want to see our list of 10 most wanted Twitter hacks and plugins for WordPress.

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