Every time someone mentions Instagram, we can’t help but not to remember that gigantic acquisition that happened in 2012. Facebook had to reach deep into their pockets to find every last nickel that added up to $1 billion dollars! Wow, that’s a number that’ hard to comprehend but that’s the amount Instagram was sold for. Should we talk about how popular this image-based social media really is? We didn’t think so. Still, if you are interested in the details about Instagram and it’s history, we suggest that you take a peek at the official Wikipedia page about Instagram where you can find out a lot of interesting stuff.
Since Instagram allows its users to easily upload images and share them not only through the app but also to other networks, it doesn’t surprise there are quite many WordPress plugins which allow you to work with your Instagram account. Don’t forget that you can even get more traffic to your WordPress website if you play it smart on Instagram.
Whether you want to share your own images or showcase a gallery from a public profile you follow, the plugins we’re about to show you will help you. You will just have to pick one up, install it and quickly set up. There are some fantastic free plugins for the job, but if you really want your Instagram profile to shine on your WordPress site, you will probably have to give a few bucks for a premium plugin which will do so much more for you. Some of them look fantastic and can transform your site into a modern masterpiece.
With more than 300,000 active users, this free plugin is one of the most popular Instagram plugins for WordPress. Besides the fact it’s completely free, when you take a look at the plugin’s features, the numbers won’t be that much of a surprise.
Instagram Feed lets you show off images from more than one account. You can display those images in one, or in separate feeds which are customizable. We loved the fact that feeds looked amazing even without additional setup. Not only you can customize the dimensions, the number of photos, colors, spacing, etc. but you get to use your own CSS and JS for detailed customization. That’s something you have to admire if you like to customize each and every part of your site.
The plugin allows users to load additional images to the feed, it includes a “Follow on Instagram” button, and much more.
WP Instagram Widget
Less is more. At least that’s true sometimes. And that’s the philosophy behind this free WordPress plugin. It gives you the ability to embed an Instagram widget to your site, but that’s practically all it does.
This plugin is a perfect choice for those users who like to customize their WordPress site manually. WP Instagram Widget will ask you to specify a username and the number of photos to display, and the rest is up to you. There are no stylings nor fancy options to play with. If you think that might be a drawback, ask any of 100,000 active users what they think about the plugin.
Instagram Slider Widget
Want a simple slider which will show images from you favorite Instagram profile? Take a look at this free plugin. It can show up to twelve photos from any public user or eighteen pictures if you specify a hashtag.
Although the widget carries word “slider” in its name, besides that, the plugin allows you to show a gallery by using thumbnails. To better see how this works, take a look at the demo site where you can see official Manchester United photos shown in a thumbnail gallery and the latest pictures of Irina Shayk, as well as Jimmy Chin’s photos in a slider.
Instagram Slider Widget is responsive and works great across all mobile devices, it can be set up quickly (you don’t have to work with API keys), you can link images, and order them differently. Since the plugin offers so much, we are surprised to see there are “only” 70,000 active users – we expect this to double soon enough.
Instagram Feed WD
Interested in having several Instagram profiles and hashtags shown in one gallery? Among previous Instagram plugins for WordPress, this one stands out just because of that option. Instagram Feed WD will let you combine images from different accounts and hashtags, and it will display them in a beautiful gallery. You get to embed photos through a simple widget, and it’s cool that the gallery is customizable.
Each picture from the gallery can be opened in a lightbox with captions which is important if you put emphasis on the photographs.
The plugin features a big circle button which allows you to load more images so you can have the unlimited number of feeds. There are also more features, but you will have to pay for the PRO version if you want to get them (video & filmstrip option, conditional filters, customizable theme, masonry & blog style layouts, and lightbox effects and even comments).
Don’t forget to check out the demo page where you can see everything in action. At the time we tested the plugin, the demo page showed us the latest Ed Sheeran images right next to some kind of parrots made out of the trash and a beautiful image of Australia. Funny combo, indeed.
AccessPress Instagram Feed
There a lot of Instagram plugins for WordPress. But not all are the same. To show you that, take a look at AccessPress Instagram Feed which allows you to show your Instagram feed in a mosaic gallery which looks quite nice.
After you connect the plugin with your account via API, you can choose one of the three layouts. You can display feeds in a normal mode, as a slider or in a lightbox. The plugin is responsive, user-friendly, and you can add the Instagram feed via widget or shortcode.
If you like the free version of the plugin, you should know that there is a premium version which expands AccessPress Instagram Feed. You get additional layouts, it supports user feeds and likes, allows you to access recent media, see popular feeds, and much more. You get to customize the number of rows and columns, the number of images shown in the feed, there are different animations & effects, new lightbox styles, and much, much more.
With more than 1,300 sales on CodeCanyon, Instagram Theatre is one of the most popular Instagram plugins for WordPress on that network. And when you open the demo page, you’ll see why. The plugin allows you to fetch images from user profiles, hashtags, and even locations of the pictures. Although the Popular Instagram Feed mode is deprecated, there still so much to choose from.
You can display galleries in full-screen mode, show them as beautiful thumbnails or a simple list.
If you want several profiles combined into one gallery, you’re in luck because this plugin will allow you to write in multiple account names and create a gallery from them. Everything is user-friendly, and the galleries are responsive which means you get to relax knowing everything will be mobile-friendly.
Want a visually stunning Instagram galleries on your WordPress site? Then you should check out Instagram Portfolio. The plugin features fifteen fantastic hover effects which will fit perfectly in your modern website.
The plugin is customizable, and it allows you to show both images and videos from the popular social media site. Just like with the previously mentioned plugin, you can create galleries based on usernames, hashtags, and locations. There is a nice lightbox integration so you can make sure that your users can open any image on a larger scale.
What is Instagram without filters? That’s why Instagram Portfolio features different photo filters like grayscale, blue, sepia, saturate, and so on.
Instagram Feed – WordPress Gallery for Instagram
Do you like your plugins to be adjustable? What do you say about more than 60 parameters that you get to control with this premium plugin? You get to take control over the width and height of your Instagram galleries, choose the number of columns and rows, specify the dimensions of the gutter, and much more. The plugin even lets you specify the responsive breakpoints so that you can be sure your visitor on smartphones and tablets get the best visual experience.
When you combine all that with ten different color schemes, you get one of the most customizable Instagram plugins for WordPress.
Of course, you get to create galleries from user profiles, hashtags, and locations. Oh yeah, you can even limit the number of pictures displayed in a gallery! We loved the popup data option where you can control info rendered in the popup window and show/hide usernames, link buttons, counters, descriptions, etc.
InstaLink, or also know as Instagram Widget – WordPress Plugin for Instagram is another premium plugin which can help you with showing Instagram photos on your site. Choose a username, hashtag, or filter images from a profile by a hashtag to create a simple gallery.
You get to customize widget colors, image sizes, control the heading, and much more. The plugin is completely responsive, and you can even use it as a Visual Composer element for easier website designing. If you don’t want to put your InstaLink in a widget, don’t worry because you can generate a shortcode and place the gallery anywhere you want.
The last plugin on our list of popular Instagram plugins for WordPress counts more than 800 sold copies on Envato market. Instagram Journal is a powerful plugin which allows you to customize galleries in details. There are several modes you can choose from; whether you decide to show photos in contest mode, show users, tags, location or you choose to go with the classic view, infinite mode or a carousel, you’ll know your photos will stand out with this plugin.
You get to limit the number of photos shown in a gallery, and if you like videos, you must know that each video player is fully responsive and allows HD videos to be played across all devices.
If you are building an entire website around Instagram, you’ll love that with Instagram Journal you also get Instagram Journal Theme!