But one thing that disappoints me with the Etsy Mini, and I’m sure that others feel the same, is that it automatically displays your Featured items first, followed by your recently listed items. A large proportion of my sales come from tutorials so I find that the rest of my Etsy Mini is full of these and very little of my jewellery. So if you want it to show the items YOU want from anywhere in your shop, it can be done with a little time and effort.
So I’ve written this tutorial to show you how to make a customised Etsy Mini image like mine and how to add it to your WordPress blog. I’ve used Paint Shop Pro 5 to create the image but you may have your own graphics program or you can download free 30 day Paint Shop Pro trials on www.corel.com. You’ll need two browser windows open on your computer, one for your Etsy shop to gather the images, and one for the graphics program.
First, create your Etsy Mini image.
1. Right click on the grid image below and click Save Picture As… to save it to your computer. It’s in GIF format, I use this because it keeps the grid image crisp and clean. But to add your colourful item images you’ll need to increase the amount of available colours. Open the image in your Paint Shop Pro and click Colours on the toolbar, then Increase Colour Depth to 16 million colours.
2. Go to your Etsy shop front and click on the button that changes your shop view from Gallery to List. It’s on the right hand side, between your Featured items and the rest of your listings. The images from the gallery view will fit perfectly inside the grid squares.
3. Choose the items you’d like to include in your Etsy mini by right-clicking on the image and choosing Copy (or right-click and press C). In Paint Shop Pro, paste the image (clicking Ctrl and V usually does this quicker). Do this for each item until you have enough to fill your grid. You may want to think about saving them individually to a folder in case your graphics program or computer crashes before you can finish, or you make a mistake (I speak from experience here!).
4. At this point it’s a good idea to rearrange the images into the order you want as once they’ve been pasted into position you wont be able to move them around the grid.
5. In Etsy, select one of the images and click Copy (or right-click and press C). Switch to your graphics program, click on the grid to select it and then on the toolbar click Edit > Paste > As a New Selection (or Ctrl and E), pasting the image where you want it to appear on the grid. Do this for each image until you’ve filled up the grid. I’ve left a little space under the grid for you to add text if you want to, maybe Click Here To Visit or just your shop name. If you don’t want the extra space you can crop the image to suit. You can also crop some of the grid if you want to show fewer columns or rows.
6. Save the finished grid as a GIF file (CompuServe Graphics Interchange). When prompted to reduce the image to a maximum of 256 colours click YES.
Now to add the image to your blog and make it a clickable link to your shop.
7. Sign in to your WordPress account. At the top where it says My Blog, choose Dashboard from the dropdown menu.
8. On the left hand side, under Media, click Add New. Click on Select Files and find your customised Etsy mini to upload.
9. When it has uploaded you’ll see File URL at the bottom of the info box. This is the URL address of the image in your WordPress Media Library. Highlight the entire URL, right-click on it and choose Copy. I recommend pasting this URL into a Notepad file and saving it just in case you lose it later! If you do happen to lose it you can find it in your Media Library, click Edit to fnd the URL.
10. Again on the left hand side, under Appearance, click Widgets. Find the Text widget (it also says Arbitrary text and HTML) and drag it over to your widget bar on the right hand side, placing it where you’d like your Etsy mini to appear.
11. Copy and paste this text into the box…
<☆A HREF=”YOUR ETSY SHOP”><☆IMG SRC=”YOUR WORDPRESS FILE URL”><☆/A>
IMPORTANT: To make the code work, you’ll need to remove the three stars that I’ve added and make sure you do not replace them with spaces. Replace YOUR ETSY SHOP with the URL/address of your shop and replace YOUR WORDPRESS FILE URL with the URL that you copied from your image upload earlier. Make sure you keep the inverted commas on either side of your URLs.
12. Add a title, something like My Etsy Shop or Find Me On Etsy. Click the Save button and then click Close. View your blog to check that it’s working and you should now have a customised Etsy Mini in your sidebar!