With the advent of social media, it has become impossible to be oblivion to its presence.
From creating brands to interacting with friends, its social media everywhere.
Out of all social media platforms, Instagram is one such platform, where we are updating all our glam shots, live updates, educational posters and what not.
When it comes to travel and lifestyle blogs, we are lured into showcasing some of our Instagram posts on our WordPress Website. Usually, people would save their Instagram picture before posting and add it in WordPress.
However, WordPress plugins have made it easier to integrate Instagram posts on WordPress blogs.
Best WordPress Instagram Plugins
Let’s explore some popularly used Instagram plugins. In this article, I have mentioned the plugins and the functionality provided in their free and premium versions.
With over 1 million users, Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed became the most popular free Instagram plugin. The plugin is available in both lite and pro version.
The lite (free) version allows you to connect your Instagram account to your website. However, you must remember that the account you are using is a business account.
Free version also allows you to customize the width and height of your feed plus adding a background color. Alongside, you can choose the number of pictures to be displayed, number of columns and padding around the images.
It enables you to display your feed anywhere on the website you want using the short-code.
Why Use Pro Version of Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed?
Pro version of Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed provides you with following features:
Using Pro version, you can select a feed type. The feed type is of three types:
Pro version offers 4 layout types:
Using pro version, you can:
- Filter posts based on hashtag or words.
- Create shoppable feeds.
- Play video in your feed.
- Create photo carousels.
- Display captions, like and comments.
- View photos in a pop-up lightbox.
Flow-Flow is a WordPress plugin that enables users to integrate Instagram on their website. Not just Instagram but Flow-Flow allows you to integrate 14 social media platforms on your WordPress website.
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram can be integrated using free version of Flow-Flow. However, you need pro version for YouTube, LinkedIn, Flickr and so on.
You can create individual streams for each service or you can mix two or more services into a stream.
Pro version lets you decide who can control the feeds. In other words, you can decide whether the editor or a contributor can touch the feeds or not.
Flow-Flow plugin is not widely used as of now but can give a website different dimension and look if used creatively. In my opinion, this plugin is best suited for travel bloggers who have their presence across two or more platforms.
10Web Social Photo Feed is a WordPress Instagram plugin, whose free version allows you to connect your Instagram account to your WordPress website. It is an easy-to-use plugin with easy-to-understand features. You can control the count of Cache Requests, Reset Cache with Instagram Data, can set who can control the feeds etc.
Using 10Web Social Photo Feed’s free version, you can connect only a personal account. To connect business account, you need to upgrade to pro version.
You can also get a 14-Day Free Trail & the best part is that credit card is not required.
The different layouts that it offers are:
- Thumbnail Grid
- Masonry Grid
- Blog Style
Spotlight Social Media Feed allows you to connect your Instagram account to the WordPress website, create the feed and display it on the site. Using free version, you can connect your personal as well as business account to the website.
Free version of Spotlight has very limited features.
Features included in pro version:
- Slider Layout
- Shoppable Instagram Features
- Filter by Keyword in Caption
- Premium Email Support
- Show Posts from Hashtag Feeds
- Highlight Layout
- More Feeder Header Option
- Link in Bio Instagram Feeds
- Filter by Hashtags
- Access to Developer API
- Show posts you are tagged in
- Masonry Layout
- Show Captions in the Feed or Pop-up
- Show Likes and Comment Counts
- Visual Moderation to Hide Posts
The pro plans available are:
- $49 for 1 site per year.
- $79 for 3 sites per year.
- $149 for 20 sites per year.
Intagrate is also a WordPress plugin that allows you to integrate your Instagram account on your WordPress website. Uniqueness about this plugin is in the way the pictures are imported from Instagram account to the WordPress website.
Like other plugins, you do not create a feed in Intagrate. Your Instagram posts will be imported as blog posts on WordPress. Every picture becomes a separate blog post with picture as the featured image.
Features in Pro version:
- Multiple Streams
- Video Integration
- Multiple Photos and Videos
- Unlimited Instagram Accounts
- Image Moderation
- Scheduled Posting
- Hashtag Filtering
- Multisite Compatible
- Hashtags to Taxonomies
- Multiple Image Posting
- Access Image History
- Easy Image Admin
- Full Content Control
- Custom Post Type
Flaunting a great wall of posts on WordPress is not a bad idea. It adds a fun element to your site and speaks a great deal about your reach. You can decide which plugin to use based on your needs and financial capacity. Explore the look of the free version first before buying the pro version. It is very important to get comfortable with free version of any plugin.
In the post, we have seen how Intagrate imports the pictures. If you want to expand your Instagram posts on your website and tell a bigger story than Instagram allows you then don’t hesitate to go for this plugin.
The easiest plugin to use is Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed. Even the free version allows you to modify the height and width of the feed.