Hey, fellow mom blogger on your way to Pinterest mastery. You now know how to create and use multiple pinnable images in a post. Now let’s make a cute Pinterest Showcase in custom dimensions that you can display in your blog’s sidebar or footer.
The good news is that Pinterest wants you to add those showcases and makes it incredibly easy for you to get one.
How to Add a Custom Pinterest Showcase to your Blog in a few Minutes
First, go and log in to your Pinterest Business account. (You haven’t switched to a Business Account yet? No problem just convert your personal account. Take a minute and convert your Pinterest Account into a Business Account here.)
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Questions to answer before building your custom Pinterest Widget
- What do you want to display in your showcase? Choose between displaying a single Pin, your Profile with the latest pins you pinned or one of your Pinterest boards with its latest pins.
- Where do you want to put your Pinterest showcase? As you create a widget you can put it into any widget area of your blog OR use a plugin that lets you put widgets on posts and pages. That way you can put a Pinterest Showcase on your About-page, for example.
- What size do you want your showcase to have? Do you want a square display in your blog’s footer, a long or a short showcase in your sidebar or anything else? How large do you want your pin images to be displayed? If you don’t know the exact size you can use one of three templates that Pinterest offers. However, i deally, you will have the exact size in pixel for the entire showcase. For example, my showcase in the sidebar has the size 600 x 313 pixel. You can play around with the image size until you are happy. There is a preview in Pinterest.
Get creative and make your custom Pinterest Widget
Now go to the Pinterest Widget Builder section because your Pinterest Showcase is nothing but another widget. Here you will have a few choices to make based on your answers.
First, select what you want to show. For example, your Pinterest Profile.
Then enter the URL to your Pinterest profile (or the pin or board you want to show). After that, you can choose one of three ready-to-use templates or select “create your own” to have a Pinterest Showcase in custom dimensions. I chose the latter one because the templates weren’t great fits for my sidebar.
After you click “create your own” you can enter the dimensions of the showcase and the images in it in pixels. Enter whatever dimensions you need. The numbers in the picture below are the minimum measurements you can choose. Watch out, the actual showcase will have slightly larger dimensions. You will have to play around a bit until you have the measure you desire for your widget. Just look at the bottom of the Preview where you will find the dimensions of the widget.
Once you are happy with your showcase create a text widget and copy the code you will find in the box below the preview in Pinterest.
Make sure you grab the entire code and paste it into a text widget. Place the widget wherever you want on your blog. (Mine is in the primary sidebar.)
Great! Pat yourself on the back. Now your readers can easily spot your latest activities on Pinterest or get to notice your awesome Pinterest profile and decide to follow you.
Happy blogging, my friend, and happy pinning.