Social media is increasingly becoming crucial in promoting your business, blog or website, with Instagram being one of the main contributors. Having an Instagram feed integrated directly into your site will increase your number of followers as well as save you time uploading and updating photos.
Scouring through countless plugins in the WordPress Plugin Directory, few were those that actually stood out in terms of ease of installation and use, customizability and most important of all, customer support. All these plugins are free to install, with many having Pro or Premium features.
Whether you’re looking to display images from your own personal Instagram account or those of others, the following 6 plugins will definitely help you do so.
By far the best in my books, the Instagram Feed plugin description says it all:
Display beautifully clean, customizable, and responsive feeds from multiple Instagram accounts
This easy to use plugin is simple to configure and completely responsive on any device. It allows you to display feeds from any non-private Instagram account in customizable and beautifully designed clean displays. Options include Headers, Captions, as well as Likes and Comments. This plugin also features the Load More option and Follow on Instagram button which will surely contribute to more followers. With no coding required, shortcodes allow you to insert feeds directly into posts or pages.
The Pro version gives you the option to display posts by hashtag, likes, as well as coordinates. Additional appearance options include the ability to view full-size photos and play Instagram videos directly on your website.
To top it all of, they have great customer support, so rest assured that their team will assist you with any query.
This next plugin is a close second! Custom Instagram Feed is completely responsive and easy to set up. Various layout options allow you to seamlessly integrate your Instagram feed into your website’s design. This plugin gives you the option of including the Follow us on Instagram button as well as a list of shortcodes and good customer support. The ability to display photos from multiple Instagram accounts in a single feed compares well with the previous plugin.
Similarly, the Premium version includes lightbox, shows and plays videos, and allows users to import photos by hashtag. It also lets you configure captions as well as the Like and Comment icon and enables you to share feed items, both on Instagram and other social services.
WP Instagram Widget is perhaps the simplest, no-fuss plugin out there. With minimal configuration options when compared to other plugins on the market, this plugin does not require any login details or sign in. If you are simply looking to import Instagram images without much user input, then this is the plugin for you!
If you are specifically looking to integrate Instagram photos into your blogposts or pages, then look no further. DsgnWrks allows you to import photos from a specific date and also enables import by hashtag. Images can also be displayed in a sidebar with multiples styles to allow for customization. This plugin is easy to use and also includes lightbox.
The Instagram Slider Widget does not require the user to set up API access. Although it is limited to 20 images, thumbnails are stored locally, making post or page loading much faster. On the downside, this plugin only comes with a limited slider or grid layout, however, one feature that is worth mentioning is the option to set time intervals to check for new posts on Instagram.
Enjoy Plugin allows for either grid or carousel view, as well as widgets for sidebars. It is responsive and allows the user to display pictures by profile or hashtag. One distinct feature of this plugin, however, reveals itself in the Pro version. Users enjoy the liberty to choose which photos to display on their website.
Opt for Instagram Feed WD if you’re looking for an user and SEO-friendly solution to bring multiple Instagram feeds to your website. Moreover, it allows you to display composite feeds of user accounts and hashtags with custom styling and settings. It comes with Masonry, Thumbnails, Image browser and Blog style view options, which display image user name and its metadata.
The plugin features conditional filtering option, which allows you to display filtered feeds with the preferred condition type (username, hashtag, mention, description, Instagram media link) , filter logic ( hide or display posts),and source of filtering.
The above list covers the best plugins on the market in terms of front end aesthetics and back end user interface. Depending on what your end use for your Instagram feed is within your website, you are sure to find a plugin that is fit for your specific purpose.