10 Cool Pinterest Plugins for Your WordPress Blog

Pinterest is hands down my favorite social media site. Sure, Twitter is great for the hashtags, and Facebook the definition of the perfect all-in-one social website. But there is just something about that unique format, and the thrill of a more visual site. Just the overall layout is unlike anything we have ever seen before.

Since I opened up my own account a year ago, I have to admit that I have a serious pinning addiction. I spend way too much time on the site, and my boards are a chaotic mix of thousands of different images. Especially food related, given my love of cooking. I have found some of the best recipes of my life on that site…and some of the worst.

I also have a couple of WordPress blogs, and I have found they are all rife for Pinterest inclusion. After all, I spend so much time adding things to make boards that I might as well incorporate actual work into it. Something much easier to do now, thanks to the many different Pinterest plugins created for the blogging platform. Yay!

1. Unofficial Pinterest RSS Widget

Unofficial Pinterest RSS Widget

Don’t be fooled by the ‘unofficial’ status of this plugin. It is one of the best WP widgets available, and deserving of the number one spot on this list. It creates a little sidebar with your most recent pins in thumbnail form. It updates with a live feed based on your RSS. Then links to the actual pinned image, allowing people to easily repinn or follow you.

2. Pin It On Pinterest

Pin It On Pinterest

At the end of your text box when drafting a post, this plugin will create a little box that allows you to create a description for the post. Then when you publish it will make a little Pin It button at the end, which will use that description as the default whenever anyone shares the link. Super easy, with no need for customization.

3. Pinterest Pin It

Pinterest Pin It

Specify images that can be pinned from a post, or allow all images on the page to be. Then add a simple Pin It button at the end for people to use. The basic version of this plugin is pretty straight forward. But they do have a premium version you can buy that has customizable pin it buttons, buttons for other social media sites and more.

4. Pin It Block

Pin It Block

Not everyone likes their content being shared without their strict permission. If you are one of the people who would prefer your content not make its way to Pinterest, you can use this blocker. It will keep people from pulling any images from your WordPress blog, either through a bookmark button or directly via URL upload.

5. Pinterest Image Pinner

Pinterest Image Pinner

This is a lightweight option for people who only want the most basic plugin available. It just puts a small Pin It button on all images, and does absolutely nothing else. The button is tiny and will be in the corner of each image, on the bottom right.

6. Follow Button

Follow Button

Everyone spends so much time focusing on getting people to pin their content. Yet, they completely forget about the importance of getting people to follow their boards so they can see new content as you post it. This is a simple button that directs people to follow your Pinterest account. It just adds it into the sidebar, where you can drag it to where you want it. You can select which button you want, out of eight options of differing size, color and with or without a slogan. Or specify your own image to use.

7. WP Pinner

WP Pinner

This is your run-of-the-mill pin button. It allows you to pin quickly from your own site, and gives your users the chance to do the same. Nothing special here, but it works just as it says it will.

8. Digg Digg

Digg Digg

Not actually a Pinterest specific plugin, this one actually allows access to a huge number of social media sites. Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Sphinn, Designbump, WebBlend, StumbleUpon, TweetMeme, Topsy and many more are all covered. It creates a floating sidebar with all of the selected options for you to customize.

9. Pinterest Lightbox

Pinterest Lightbox

Anyone who uses the NextGEN Gallery plugin will love this one. It incorporates that with Pinterest to make a single button to go on all images within your Gallery. It will sync the NextGEN image title, description and URL for both the image and page automatically. If your site has a lot of photos, this is a must have.

10. Pretty Pinterest Pins

Pretty Pinterest Pins

Pull the latest pinned images from any user on Pinterest. Then crate a pretty showcase with a follow button in the sidebar. I love this plugin, as it makes it all look genuinely good, rather than the less impressive pin galleries I have seen.

UPDATE: WP Ajax Grid

David Fuentes just recommended adding this one via Twitter. It looks cool! It allows you to create cool grids using a simple and customizable shortcode in your posts, pages or directly in your theme files.

Are you a Pinterest fan with a WP blog? Do you use another plugin you want us to know about? Let us know in the comments.