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.
The new Instagram Image Gallery plugin allows you to display your photos as thumbnails or a slideshow. It defaults to show your recent feed but you can also set it to show photos from a #hashtag feed. The plugin includes a beautiful, minimalistic widget as well as a shortcode for adding a gallery anywhere within your WordPress site.
Here is an example full page gallery:
So for example, if your company is holding an event, you can hashtag the photos that pertain to that event and pull only those images into your event gallery.
Wide Range of Customization Options With Live Preview Pane
This plugin does not just include one set style. Features and customization options include:
- Background and Text Colors
- Grid or Slideshow mode
- Customizable layout display for grid rows
- Photo and widget borders
- Widget and gallery width
- Slideshow pace and much more…
I love how this plugin works in the settings page. While generating your Instagram widget, you’ll see a live preview of your customizations.
Placing your gallery on a post or page is as easy as adding a shortcode:
You can also use it within a template file in your theme by adding a tag to include the shortcode:
<?php echo do_shortcode("[statigram_widget]"); ?>
I’ve thoroughly tested the plugin and found it to work exactly as advertised. If you’re looking for a highly customizable way to display Instagram photos in WordPress, then the Instagram Image Gallery plugin has you covered. Don’t hunt through a million plugins – just use this one. It’s available for free from the WordPress plugin repository.