Instagram is really popular, but it is mostly restricted to your mobile devices. What if you want to view it online or add it to your WordPress blog? Here is how you can do it.
insta.SHOW is a WordPress plugin that allows you to display a running slide show of the images in your Instagram account. You need the Instagram login info of the account you’d like to display. The configuration options let you choose the number of images to display, the size of the text and the size of the images. Anywhere you’d like to add the slideshow, you can insert the shortcode “[instagram]” and the slide show will be added.
Instapress is a more full featured Instagram plugin for WordPress. Instapress gives a lot of different options to add your Instagram images to different places in your site. You can add them as a widget, in a post or a page or even add it as part of your WordPress template.
The widgets and shortcodes can be configured to better suit your needs. What’s nice about Instapress is you aren’t limited to your own Instagram account feed. There is the choice to show other peoples feeds, popular feeds or even images with a specific tag.
When you have the Instagram images show up in a blog post as a gallery, images can be clicked on and enlarged. This is great for showing all the pictures from an event.
Instagrate to WordPress
Instagrate to WordPress has a feature a little different than what the others on the list offer. The big deal here is, you can configure Instagrate to WordPress ahead of time and then go out and take pictures. When you use Instagram to capture a moment in time, the new picture will be published as a new blog post. Having this kind of plugin will save you a ton of time. You won’t need to take the image, attach it to a blog post then publish it, you can automate the process.
One of the fears I had was not wanting every single Instagram image show up as a blog post. In the settings, it is possible to have the default post be set as a draft instead of publish automatically.
For a personal site or even if you travel places for the work, adding in images to show where you’ve been really helps people connect with you. Adding a running slide show to your websites sidebar or posts displaying your recent Instagram images can be a simple way for you to add content to your site too.
How can you use Instagram images on your site?