If you're looking for an easy way to post Instagram photos to your WordPress site, forget installing a plugin – there's an even easier way to do it.
There are a myriad of WordPress plugins that bring Instagram functionality to your WordPress site and some are definitely better than others.
Finding the right plugin to display a widget of your latest Instagram photos in your sidebar, a full-blown Instagram-powered gallery in a post or page, provide Instagram badges or counters, or even import your Instagram photos as WordPress posts can be a long and onerous task.
I’ve sorted the good from the not-so-good: here’s 12 Instagram plugins for WordPress that are worth installing.
To put this list together, I installed and tested over 25 different Instagram plugins. Here’s my top picks:
Instagram galleries and widgets are no longer just for individual bloggers who want to display their recent photo feeds. Companies and organizations are now utilizing the service as another way to connect with their fans and followers. As a web developer I am often asked to add Instagram feeds to company websites. Fortunately, there are a lot of great WordPress Instagram plugins out there that make this an easy task. Today I’d like to highlight one that stands head and shoulders above the others in terms of customizing the display.
Last week Instagram introduced their new badges feature that gives you the ability to promote your Instagram profile on your website.
Instagram Badges is a very simple WordPress plugin that includes a widget you can drop into your sidebar to display your Instagram badge. The badge links to your Instagram profile so that you visitors can easily see your photos and follow you on Instagram.
The Instagram WordPress widget includes several badge sizes from tiny to large. Add a username and a title and you’re good to go.
After Instagram became available for Android devices, its popularity soared and the app has recently reported 80 million registered users. Many people using Instagram also want to blog about their photos by integrating photos and feeds into WordPress. Below you will find ten different ways to hook your Instagram account up with WordPress.
oEmbed Instagram is a new plugin that allows you to easily embed Instagram images in WordPress by simply pasting the URL in your post on its own line. This Instagram WordPress plugin will automatically pull your Instagram caption in for the caption of the photo in your blog post.
Simply install and activate and you’ll be able to start pasting in Instagram photo URLs. Please note that PHP5 is required for this plugin to work. You can download oEmbed Instagram for free from the WordPress plugin repository.
Earlier this year we introduced you to Instagrate, a free WordPress plugin that brings your Instagram images into WordPress. Since that time Polevaultweb has released a Pro version of the plugin in order to maintain the support and development of the free plugin. Instagrate Pro is aiming to be the best plugin to integrate Instagram images with WordPress.
Instagrate Pro has a number of powerful new features:
Unlimited Instagram accounts
Hashtag posting of any photo
Hashtag filtering on own and feed photos
Posting of multiple images in a single post
Gallery support of multiple images
Hashtags converted to post tags
Custom post type support
If you’re a fan of Instagram style photo filters, then you’re going to love the new Vintage.js WordPress plugin developed by modemlooper. It is his first WordPress plugin, though he has already created several BuddyPress plugins. This plugin makes use of Vintage.js, a jQuery plugin that uses the HTML5 canvas element to add vintage effects to photos.
The Vintage.js WordPress plugin gives you the option to add the filter when inserting an image into a post:
You won’t see the new filter applied until you view the image on the frontend where the vintage CSS class is added.
What would be the equivalent of Facebook buying Instagram in the world of blogging platforms? This is seriously a thought I’ve been wrestling with for a little while now, which probably marks me as slightly more disturbed than most of you actually thought, the Editorial Overlord Monsters included. I don’t care, I get paid in chocolate kittens.
If you are anything like me, designing the website of your dreams can be a rather masochistic affair. My mindless perfectionism often gets the best of me, and I will willingly spend hours designing one little tweak that barely anyone will ever notice.