As mentioned in our last blogpost, we asked for a bit more patience.. We feel like we can’t ask any more patience from you all, which is why the first beta is scheduled to be released.. tomorrow!
Because Pinterest shut down their API last week we had to code many parts of our plugin from scratch again. If we wanted to be on the same level as we were with the API it would take even more time, so we decided to strip some features out (for now) and go live with it already. In the meantime we’ll continue to work on the plugin to add all features as planned.
The story behind WP Pinner
So, what’s the story behind WP Pinner? Some of it is already summarized in other blogposts, but not everything.
We are two WordPress fanatics who only started using Pinterest about a month ago (yes, we’re late to the party). We were surprised there wasn’t any (good) way of managing your Pinterest account so we decide to start building an “All-In-One” WordPress plugin to auto-pin blogposts, schedule pins, follow users and keep track of all statistics such as likes, repins, followers and traffic stats.
When Pinerly started to take over the blogosphere a few weeks ago we were a bit shocked (there’s quite an overlap), but soon enough we realized there’s a huge demand for a self-hosted system so users can manage their Pinterest account(s) from their WordPress admin. Besides we have some features they won’t be able to replicate, such as auto-pinning (WordPress) posts.
So far we’ve been proven right: even though the plugin hasn’t been released yet, 2,254 people have shown interest in this plugin so far!
First beta release
As described we’ll start rolling out the first beta tomorrow. This version won’t include all features yet, but it does include the most vital features such as auto-pinning and tracking statistics. Features such as scheduling pins, visualizing the statistics and multiple account support will be added in the next release.
We’ve created a simple video that shows the current state of the plugin. Please don’t hold the quality of the video against us. We’re WordPress fanatics, not video fanatics
Wilco & Mark