How to Use Social Links from SEOPress & Yoast SEO in WordPress Themes
If you build WordPress themes, it’s a common need to pull a set of client’s social media links to place somewhere on the site, whether that’s the header or footer or a sidebar.
Most WordPress SEO plugins like SEOPress and Yoast SEO collect this data for the client for Schema purposes and include a tab to input this data. For SEOPress, it’s located under SEO > Social Networks. For Yoast, it’s under SEO > Social.
Previously, I had made life more difficult for myself and frequently created an options panel for a client with fields to populate social media links then pulled these into the theme. Finally, it dawned on me that surely there is a way to prevent this duplicate content entry and I can just extract the social links from these plugin pages. And there is!
If you use SEOPress, you can pull the data into a variable with:
<?php $social_data = get_option( 'seopress_social_option_name' ); ?>
If you use Yoast SEO, you can pull the data into a variable with:
<?php $social_data = get_option( 'wpseo_social' ); ?>
What you can do from that point is spit out everything in the array to figure out the keys for what you’re wanting to grab with:
<?php var_dump($social_data); ?>
It may end up being something like:
<?php echo $social_data['seopress_social_accounts_facebook']; ?>
To pull the Facebook link and similar.
That’s all there is to it! No more duplicate content fields and data entry for social media link management.