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How to Add Pinterest “Pin It” button in your WordPress Blog

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How to Add Pinterest “Pin It” button in your WordPress Blog

Recently while monitoring our blog stats, a new traffic source was popping up enough for us to notice. This traffic source was Pinterest. We started using the platform and saw great potential in it therefore we have added it on List25. In this article, we will show you how to add the Pinterest “Pin It” button to your WordPress blog.

Pinterest Buttons

Adding a Pinterest Pin it Button Using Plugin

The easiest way to add a Pinterest “Pin it” button to your WordPress site is by using a social sharing plugin. We recommend using a Floating Social Bar, which we use on our own sites. First you need to install and activate the Floating Social Bar plugin. Upon installation, you need to go to Settings » Floating Social Bar to configure the plugin.

Adding Pinterest Button to WordPress using Floating Social Bar

Simply drag and drop Pinterest button to the Enabled Social Services area, along with other buttons that you would like to display and save your settings.

Manually Adding a Pinterest Pin it Button in WordPress

First thing you need to do is paste the following script in your footer.php file right before the body close tag.

<script type="text/javascript">
(function() {
    window.PinIt = window.PinIt || { loaded:false };
    if (window.PinIt.loaded) return;
    window.PinIt.loaded = true;
    function async_load(){
        var s = document.createElement("script");
        s.type = "text/javascript";
        s.async = true;
        s.src = "";
        var x = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0];
        x.parentNode.insertBefore(s, x);
    if (window.attachEvent)
        window.attachEvent("onload", async_load);
        window.addEventListener("load", async_load, false);

Once you have done that, you can add the following code in your single.php file at a location of your choice:

<?php $pinterestimage = wp_get_attachment_image_src( get_post_thumbnail_id( $post->ID ), 'full' ); ?>
<a href="<?php echo urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)); ?>&media=<?php echo $pinterestimage[0]; ?>&description=<?php the_title(); ?>" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="vertical">Pin It</a>

The code above is basically pulling your Featured Image, the title of your post as description, and the URL of the post. It is designed for the vertical share button. If you want to put the horizontal share button, simply change count-layout parameter to horizontal.

We hope that this will help. P.S. if you are on Pinterest then please follow Syed Balkhi

Pinterest Shortcode

Update: one of our user wanted to create a shortcode for the Pinterest “Pin It” button. You can easily do so by pasting the following code either in your theme’s functions.php file or your site plugin’s file:

function get_pin($atts) {
$pinterestimage = wp_get_attachment_image_src( get_post_thumbnail_id( $post->ID ), 'full' );
return '<a href="' . urlencode(get_permalink($post->ID)) . '&media=' . $pinterestimage[0] . '&description=' . get_the_title() .'" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="vertical">Pin It</a>'; }

add_shortcode('pin', 'get_pin');

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  1. RB says:

    this is work !! thanks


    I wonder…
    how can I change icon? Icon is still same when change code

  2. Thales says:

    I did the last option, adding the short code to my theme’s functions.php file. It worked, but I couldn’t save my posts as draft anymore. Then I removed the code and it is not working. My site is still online, but I cannot log in into my site anymore. The following message appear:

    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/peque107/public_html/wp-content/themes/himmelen/functions.php:2) in /home/peque107/public_html/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 1224

    Please help!

  3. Emma steave says:

    Thanks. Its great

  4. Carissa says:

    Does this only apply for blogs? I have a blog and I am not sure if I can add this plugin to it?

    Thank you!

  5. Ruth says:

    I have a problem. I followed the instructions and came up with this error:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘<' in /home/cmomb/ on line 18

    Now I cannot get rid of it. Could someone advise. My site is now down.

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Open the functions.php file in a text editor like notepad. Go to line 18. You probably have <?php tag there that you don’t need. Delete it and also delete the ?> closing tag

  6. Ian Harris says:

    Thanks for this firstly

    I am struggling to position the element. It is seeming to always sit in the top left of the div.

    Is it possible to position it and also change the bg image to own custom one.


  7. Paradise Found Around says:

    Great tutorial, as usual. I was wondering though if there was a way to modify it to use a custom button in place of the starboard one that automatically comes up.



  8. mark taylor says:

    Good tutorial, i have put it on my site without any problems, i then tested it and it worked, but it still says 0 after i pinned.

  9. vrinda says:

    I tried so many plugins… they don’t work with infinite scroll and nextgen gallery…. but with some changes this script solved my issue.. thanks

  10. Michael says:


    I just want to ask if I could change the size of the “pin it” button? Because it seems that it was a little bit small.



    • Editorial Staff says:

      You could use the pin count layout vertical or horizontal. Other than that, no you cannot change the size.

  11. Jenny says:

    This code just recently stopped working. I had it on my site and it was working great and recently images appear to be working but then when you go view the pinboard there is no image set. Other times when trying to pin it 502 error that comes from the Pinterest site. Any ideas?

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Probably server errors on Pinterest’s end. We have this code running on our other sites.

  12. Ido Schacham says:

    There’s a bug in the code. The generated href for the pin it button should include ‘url=’, currently it’s missing the equals sign.

  13. jess says:

    For wordpress users..adding the pin it or any other social media is easy! Under dashboard, go to setting, click on sharing and they all appear- click on what you want to add!

    • Editorial Staff says:

      You are referring to sites. This tutorial is for self-hosted WordPress sites. Two different things.

    • Jen M says:

      THANK YOU! I have been searching for how to do this for 2 days & downloaded something & that didn’t work, I was about to give up & then THANKFULLY read your comment. I appreciate someone making it as EASY as it really is, how come wordpress can’t do that?

    • Jenn K says:

      Ooh, thanks for the tip! Exactly what I was looking for :)

  14. Nick says:

    Is there a way to customize this so you can select a custom image for the pin-it button ?

    • Editorial Staff says:

      If you mean a custom image for your article, then yes you can. Look at the &media tag in the second code.

  15. Husein Yuseinov says:

    I need to implement this code but in header file, but postthumbnail returns error?!

    • wpbeginner says:

       @Husein Yuseinov You have to call the thumbnail code within your post loop. In order to call it in your header.php file, you must utilize the global variable. 

      • Husein Yuseinov says:

         @wpbeginner Thanks for the fast respond, but I’m not a coder, and it’s hard for me to understand you.

        • wpbeginner says:

           @Husein Yuseinov Ok… so here is what you do. Add the following line above $pinterestimage line inside the PHP tags:
          global $wp_query;
          $postid = $wp_query->post->ID;
          Then replace $post->ID with $postid and it will work. Also after the code, you may want to end wp_reset_query();
          This is the best we can do. What you are asking for requires coding. If you are unable to do this, then shoot us an email. We can help you out for a small fee. 

  16. robthecomputerguy says:

    What in the world is going on with the “animhut blog” button on thee next 3 comments?

    • wpbeginner says:

       @robthecomputerguy I think they just liked our comments, and livefyre is showing their profile.

      • robthecomputerguy says:

         @wpbeginner Oh that’s fascinating – that didn’t even occur to me – thanks for the follow up!

  17. FuturePocket says:

    I tried adding this… it worked but when you click on “Pin it” and it opens the window in a new browser and you actually submit the pin, it just reloads the newly opened window and the pin isn’t submitted. Decided not to implement it until they’ve fixed their bugs.

  18. Phil Derksen says:

    If you don’t want to mess with adding code, I created a Pin It button plugin you can try out.

    (or just search for “pinterest pin it” under plugins)

  19. Jean Oram says:

    I used the ‘follow me’ code on the Pinterest Goodies page and pasted it into the ‘text’ widget on my WordPress blog. The button now appears right after my mini bio. It works quite well. :)

  20. Editorial Staff says:

    For any advanced theme framework like Thesis, Genesis, Headway etc, you have to add these codes via functions.php file using the framework appropriate hooks. We cannot possibly cover all the theme frameworks out there. Most theme framework blogs have instructions on how to do customize the themes.

  21. wpbeginner says:

    Your method seems a bit tedious because you would have to do it for each image.

    • Ruby says:

      @wpbeginner It’s not ideal, but it’s really not much more than you have to do to post the image anyway. I’m still looking for a great option (plugin ideally) that a) works on my theme and b) is easy. Luckily, due to the popularity of Pinterest, I’m confident someone will have one up and running soon!

  22. wpbeginner says:

    Make sure you set $pinterestimage[0] otherwise it will return an array. Other than that not sure why you are getting the error.

  23. dave2 says:

    Any idea on how to change it from featured image to first image?

  24. Gretchen says:

    It works, but it shows the text “array” before the Pin It button. I’m calling it via my functions.php, like so “echo $pinterestimag…..<?php;" Could that be why?

  25. Heidi at CrockPotLadies says:

    I cannot seem to get it to work. I put the first code in my footer.php before the closing body tag and then added the other code into my single php after my other sharing buttons provided by Yet when I look at a post on my site ( I do not see a Pin It Button. Any suggestions?

    • wpbeginner says:

      @Heidi at CrockPotLadies We can see the button in the next line after the Subscribe to feed etc links.

  26. wmwebdes says:

    Only just started to hear about Pinterest – looks as though it is really taking off.

    Thanks for the tut.

  27. Ruby says:

    Thanks for this. I recently tried a similar method but it doesn’t seem to work with my theme, so I came up with my own work-around and posted it here:

  28. YeahThatsKosher says:

    How do you get this to integrate with an existing WP plugin like Digg Digg or Sociable?

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