Since we started our journey to create the best social sharing plugin for WordPress we had a heavy emphasis on Pinterest functionality. Being that Pinterest is a traffic-driving powerhouse, we wanted to give our users the best possible Pinterest arsenal.
We were the first sharing plugin to deliver the ability to add a custom Pinterest image and description to the Pinterest share button. This feature became so popular, that even our competitors finally
copied us caught on.
And now we’re taking it to a whole new level.
As great as the custom Pinterest image has been (just look at my own results), there still was something missing.
Because of the way in which Pinterest’s share API works, we had to encode the image into the share function. In non-technical terms, the image wasn’t loaded anywhere on the page, it was just a coded link to an image inside the Pin button.
While this worked fabulously for anyone who clicked on the main Social Warfare pin button, it didn’t allow for browser extensions such as the official Pinterest Browser Button or the Buffer Browser Extension to pick up on your custom Pinterest images if you didn’t manually place them on the page somewhere.
Another popular Pinterest feature that was highly requested was the ability to add a Pin button to any image on the page. This helped to alleviate some of the trouble with the Custom Pinterest Image not being visible on the page.
Taking that feature even further, savvy bloggers know that the images that drive the most traffic from Pinterest were tall images. Because of that, we created options for the Image Hover Pin Button to only be placed on images that meet your size requirements.
While this feature was a fantastic addition for those who do like putting Pinterest style images in their blog posts, there were still a great number of people who wanted to have the ability to hide their taller images and have third-party browser extensions be able to find them.
So we sought out a way to do exactly that. And, finally, after several attempts using different methods, we figured it out.
A (Truly) Hidden Pinterest Image
Social Warfare – Pro now comes with the ability to add a Pin Image for Browser Extensions that will insert the image you’ve uploaded in the Custom Pinterest Image field for a given post/page into the page. This means that it will be picked up by browser extensions such as:
- The Official Pin Button
- Buffer’s Browser Extension
- Sprout Social’s Browser Extension
- Tailwind’s Browser Extension (Pinterest Pros will love this!)
- Many others!
Your blog posts and pages will now be Pinterest optimized with greater sharing accessibility than ever before!
Set Advanced Pinterest Settings
First head over to your Social Warfare Settings page and click on the Advanced tab. From there scroll down to the Advanced Pinterest Settings section and set the Pin Image for Browser Extensions feature to the “ON” position.
Next you have two different settings to configure:
- Pinterest Image Location: This allows you to choose whether you want the Pinterest image to be Hidden on the page or automatically inserted (visibly) at the Top of each post or the Bottom of each post.
- Pinterest Image Fallback: This setting allows you to choose what the plugin does when there is no custom Pinterest uploaded on a post or page.
Once you’ve configured these two settings, you’re ready to go.
But that’s not the only new Pinterest feature we’re rolling out.
Image Hover Pin Button Options
Many users have asked us for the ability to have the Pin button show up when a reader hovers over an image. And when we built it, some people asked if it were possible to have that button also share the Custom Pinterest Image rather than the image being hovered over.
So, we built that option into the plugin as well.
To configure this setting, head over to the Display tab in the Social Warfare settings page and scroll down to the Image Hover Pin Button section.
You now have two new settings you can configure:
- Image source: Select Pin the image to allow users to pin the same image that is being hovered over. Or, select Pin the Custom Pin Image to force users to share the Custom Pinterest Image you’ve uploaded for that post/page.
- Description source: Select Image ALT text to have the image’s ALT text used for the Pin description. Or, select Custom Pin Description to use the description you’ve written in the Social Warfare Custom Options.
Be sure to clear out your caching plugins to make sure the most current version of your website pages and posts are being served to your visitors after the changes.
Are there any other Pinterest features you’d like us to integrate into Social Warfare? Let us know in the comments below!