Try and control your excitement, readers: It’s another edition of WordPress Wednesday at Website Magazine! Today we’re bringing you several interesting plugins that can be used right now to integrate Pinterest into a WordPress installation.
The popularity of the social pinboard site is exploding, reaching 10 million monthly unique visitors faster than any standalone site ever. Marketers across the Web are looking for practical ways to drive more traffic to their pins and, in turn, back to their Web properties.
Until the Pinterest API arrives (no specific date has been set), WM has selected three of the best plugins available to help make this a reality. If you’re using a Pinterest-related plugin that we have not covered here, just let us know by sharing your comments below.
This plugin adds a “Pin It” button to posts and pages that will allow readers to easily pin your content at Pinterest. WordPress sites can indicate what types of pages the button should appear on and where (above or below content, for example). Several styling options are available and implementation is as simple as pasting a shortcode. The plugin has approximately 13,700 downloads at the time of this writing.
A plugin that allows WordPress blogs to place a widget within their sidebars that fetches recent contents of a Pinterest user's RSS feed, displaying corresponding thumbnail images. Some customization is available; bloggers can choose whether to show a description below the image, set the height and width of the thumbails, and elect to show different sizes of a “Follow Me on Pinterest” button. The plugin has approximately 3,400 downloads at the time of this writing.
This plugin definitely lives up to its tagline – Show off your pins in style. The plugin, which has just 1,800 downloads at the time of this writing, gives WordPress blogs a fully customizable way to display thumbnails and links from Pinterest. The widget lets WP bloggers pull the latest pins from any Pinterest user, choose the number of pins to display, and select whether to show or hide image captions. The plugin also includes a “Follow me on Pinterest” button.