Everyone knows Pinterest is all about images, but what some don’t realize is that some of the most popular images on Pinterest are actually images of quotations. In fact, there is a whole category devoted to “Quotes.”
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There is now a new plugin out called Proquoter that lets you very easily create a “quote image” of any selected piece of text from your own WordPress posts.
After activating the plugin, you will see two new icons appear on your visual editor. One is to place your quotation image on the left, and one is to place it on the right.
Simply highlight whatever text you want for your quote image, and then click whichever icon suites you (left or right). When you do this, you’ll get a pop-up (lightbox) that will let you edit the quotation, put an author’s name in, and then pick a background image.
After that, your new “quote image” is inserted into your post. Here’s an example.
Also, even though there is a “left-side” and a “right-side” button for your convenience, once the image is inserted into your post, you can move it around however you like, just like any image.
A Word of Warning
It should be noted that when you highlight your text, the plugin doesn’t just copy that text, it actually pulls it out of your post – i.e. the text no longer appears in your post as text. It only appears in the quote image.
But you can easily get around this. You simply select the text you want, copy it, and then deselect it. After that, click whichever icon suites you, and paste the text into the spot where the quotation goes.
Of course you can put any text into the quote image. It need not be part of your original post.
The plugin authors say that they have thousands of background images to choose from. It should also be noted that by default the images are hosted on their site; however, you are also free to download the images to your own media library (i.e. your own server). I didn’t see an obvious way to do that with the plugin, but you can download another plugin that will automatically pull in off-site images and put them on your server. See some options for doing that in this post.
If you do choose NOT to download the images to your own server, it will still work fine on Pinterest. All links still go back to your site.
Choosing a Pre-Made Quotation
In addition to letting you make your own quote image, you’re also given the choice of picking a premade quote image from the maker’s website. This is not automatic, however.
If you open the pop-up by clicking on an icon, you will see a link to, “Find a quote image on our website.”
This link simply leads you to the maker’s website. You can search for premade quote images, but there is no way to automatically get them into your WordPress site. Presumably you can just copy the image URL and then insert them manually.
The makers claim to have over 100,000 premade quote images you can use. I wanted to check that, but I lost count somewhere around 63,000. So I’m taking their word for it.
You Will Still Need Another Pinterest Plugin
Although this plugin bills itself as great for Pinterest Quote pins, it isn’t actually directly linked into Pinterest at all. It does what it says in that it easily takes whatever text you’ve selected and turn it into an image; however, there is no type of Pinterest button automatically associated with the image by the plugin.
But no worry, you can simply use one of the MANY Pinterest plugins out there to do that work for you.
Once again, you can find the Proquoter plugin here.