This tech tutorial is one that has been requested a ton: how to create custom, branded Pinterest board covers! It’s worth spending a little time to create custom Pinboard covers – it’s easy to do, they make your page on Pinterest look cohesive and organized, and they create a fun and effective extension of your brand. Scroll down for the full how-to, and (because I love ya), a free Pinterest cover template for making your own covers in Adobe Illustrator!
HOW TO CREATE CUSTOM PINTEREST BOARD COVERS
1. Go to the individual board whose cover you want to customize.
Click on “add a pin,” then “pin from your device.” Click on the red “Choose Image” button to select the file from your computer.
2. Don’t forget the details!
Make sure to add your description (with your business name) and then in the search box, type in the board name where you’re adding this.
3. Edit Your Board Cover
Once your pin is uploaded and saved, you’ll be taken back to the main page for that board. Click on the “edit board” in the upper right corner, and then in the window that pops up, click “change.” You should see the most recent pin uploaded to the board, ie your custom cover image! You can click and drag the image to recenter it in the crop window, if needed.
That’s all you have to do! It’s a little roundabout, but it’s just a couple easy steps and it makes such a huge difference in how your Pinterest page – even if it’s just on your first couple rows of boards –will look at first glance.
You can make your own covers with a program like Photoshop, Illustrator, or even Canva (or, if worst comes to worst, Powerpoint!). The official size for board cover images is 217×146 pixels, but I’d create the images at 2-3x that size, since Pinterest will automatically downsize your image for you. Save your images as a png (or png-24 if you have the option) and you’re on your way.
And if you’re an Illustrator fan like me. you’re in luck – I created a free template for Illustrator to help you out! Just fill out your information below to unlock your free Illustrator template download.
Here’s a little insider (not-so) secret: Pinterest can drive a HUGE amount of traffic to your site. Like, ridiculous. If your pins get re-pinned? We’re talking some mega traction. Granted, I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict (16k pins and counting!), but I’ve found it to be super useful for inspiration, recipes, tips, you name it. This tech tutorial is a really simple one, but also incredibly an incredibly useful way of seeing who’s pinning from your site without having to dive into Google Analytics.
Go to pinterest.com/source/yoursite.com (for example, I would go to pinterest.com/source/linzlovesyou.com or pinterest.com/source/lindsaygoldner.com)
There, you’ll see (on one page!) all of the pins that have been pinned directly from your website.
You can click on any of the pins to see how many times that particular pin has been re-pinned. You can also look at other boards where it’s found (great for doing market research!), who’s doing the pinning, and see related posts, which can be super useful for getting ideas on related content.
Bonus: you can also comment on your pins, either replying to pinners’ comments about your content (hopefully good comments!), thanking them for pinning, or even correcting uncorrect attribution.
Simple but easy and useful as heck. Doesn’t get much better than that!
Are you liking these tutorials and want to see more? Hit me up in the comment section and let me know what else you’d like me to cover!
If you’ve ever worked with a web designer, you probably are familiar with them asking you for your username/password to things like your hosting account so that they can hop in and make changes as needed. But for wordpress, I usually ask my clients to create an admin account for me so that they can delete it when we’re done with the project. It sounds a little intimidating, but creating a new admin is actually super easy!
Log into your wordpress dashboard (yoursite.com/wp-admin)
In your sidebar menu, look for the “Users” link (hint: it has a little icon of a person next to it)
When you hover over users, you’ll see the flyaway menu. Click “Add new”
From there, create a username like “Lindsaythedesigner”…anything BUT admin! Seriously, just don’t use admin, it’s horrible from a security standpoint.
Plug in the email address of your new user, and create a password.
Check the box that says “send password” so your new user can see their new pw!
This step is the most important! Where it says “Role”, the dropdown menu defaults to subscriber. But for someone to make changes on your site, it needs to be changed to Admin. Don’t forget that step!