Pinterest & WordPress – Plugins, buttons & widgets
I honestly have to monitor the time I’m on it more than any other social media site.
Well, as I’ve stated a zillion times, I am a complete geek about anything visual. And Pinterest is just that… Eye Candy like you wouldn’t believe.
Before I get into the meat of this post, I do want to let you know that this isn’t going to be a “How to Use Pinterest” article. There are plenty of great Kim Doyal Pinterest Board The Webarticles for that and I’ll link to some of those at the end of this post (and if you happen to have another great resource on using Pinterest or even how it’s working for you, PLEASE share!).
Because this has become a bit of an obsession of mine I’ve started digging around for the best ways to integrate Pinterest with WordPress. Needless to say there are plenty of options popping up!
I’ve decided to do a series on this because I think this is just the beginning of Pinterest resources for WordPress.
What I LOVE most about Pinterest is that it’s fun, inspiring, motivating (truly… I’ve even re-pinned recipes and I HATE cooking!) and a great way to engage with a NEW audience! I’ve connected with people that otherwise I may not have- and I’m having ball!
Let’s start with Plugins!
Being the logical person that I am I started with WordPress.org and the plugin directory when I started searching for Pinterest Plugins.
At the time of this writing, there were 6 plugins for Pinterest alone (the remaining plugins were social sharing plugins that included Pinterest as an option). Because I’m having so much fun with Pinterest I thought “why not add a Pinterest Widget to the site showing my latest pins?”
So that’s where we’re going to start.
Before you watch the video, I’ll just give you a quick heads up if you’re hosting on Host Gator (which is my host). When I initially tested the plugin my images weren’t showing up. The title of the image (Pin) showed up, but that was all. I went back to the plugin page in WordPress.org and the developers were kind enough to address this on the FAQ page.
The easiest solution to this (if you end up with this issue)- is just to open a live chat with Hostgator and have them add this to your hosting acct:
I checked my file and folder permissions first and they were fine. Having them add the above code solved the problem.
Here’s the video… enjoy!