The Best Instagram Plugins For WordPress

There are a hundreds of plugins that bring Instagram to your WordPress and some are better. See the bst Instagram WordPress plugins

By Claudio Pires
Updated on July 25, 2022
The Best Instagram Plugins For WordPress

There are hundreds of WordPress plugins that bring Instagram functionality to your WordPress site, and some are definitely better than others. see now The Best Instagram Plugins For WordPress

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 are 12 Instagram plugins for WordPress that are worth installing.

To put this list together, I installed and tested over 25 different Instagram plugins. Here are my top picks:

  1. Best widget plugin – Instagram Slider Widget
  2. Top gallery plugin – Alpine PhotoTile For Instagram
  3. Best plugin – DsgnWrks Instagram Importer

The Best Instagram Plugins For WordPress

All the plugins came out of the WordPress plugin repository and so are free, but I still discarded more than half of them. Sometimes even free plugins cost too much to be worth installing.

Often, premium options are the way to go if you want to be secure, knowing that a plugin will be updated regularly. You can reach out to the developer if you have any questions or concerns about how it works. If you’re looking for tools to help you integrate with other social networks, you might want to check out our Ultimate Facebook plugin (it lets you add login with Facebook, auto-post, comment mirroring, one-click registration, like and share buttons, open graph, use Facebook avatars, share albums, display recent Facebook activity feed and a heap of widgets), Floating Social (a handy bar that follows users as they scroll through your content so they can easily share your stuff), and Pay With a Like (which lets your visitors exchange a like, +1, tweet or share for access to your articles, videos, ebooks, coupons, and other media).

Any plugin should be designed to be simple and intuitive to use, and where a user might need extra help, it should be provided in the settings screens.

With so much choice, there’s simply no need to struggle with a plugin’s bad or non-existent documentation – having to go back to the plugin repository to find out how a plugin works are as annoying as it is unacceptable – and certainly no need to provide your Instagram username and password, which one plugin required.

The Alpine PhotoTile plugin and particularly the DsnWrks Instagram Importer excelled in making their highly configurable functionality easy to understand and set up. Of all the plugins, DsnWrks’ was by far the easiest to connect with Instagram itself.

Choose A Plugin That Is Fit For Purpose

Whilst you should always choose a plugin that does want you to want, with Instagram, it is vital. For example, if you want to show your latest photos in a sidebar widget, get a plugin that does just that, otherwise you might find that you need to start setting up clients in Instagram, and it all starts to get complicated.

If you do go with a plugin that uses the Instagram API (and outside of the widget plugins, most do), keep in mind Instagram’s API Terms of Use, particularly the limit on the number of photos that can be displayed on a page and even more importantly respecting the rights on photos that you might pull from accounts other than your own.

Okay, to the plugins.

Plugins For Displaying Instagram Photos In Widgets

These plugins all provide widgets that will show your latest Instagram photos in a sidebar widget.


The Best Instagram Plugins For WordPress

Flow-Flow is a no-code, fast, and powerful way to embed automated social media feed into your WordPress website. And it is not only Instagram plugin WordPress, it allows to customize and display a mix of feeds from 10+ sources including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, any RSS, and WordPress feed itself.  The social media wall is a must-have section for bloggers, businesses, and eCommerce websites nowadays. Engage your audience with the best content and increase website conversions!

Instagram Slider Widget

A slider widget that does exactly what it says on the tin. A responsive widget will display the latest Instagram posts (up to 20) in either a slider or grid layout. There is no need to set up API access. The widget requires an Instagram user name. The widget also allows you to set the interval (in hours) for checking for new posts. Thumbnails are stored locally, so after the initial load, the display is instant.Very simple to install and configure.
Interested in Instagram Slider Widget?


WP Instagram Widget

A widget that displays a barebones listing of the latest photos for an Instagram user.No API configuration is necessary. Specify the Instagram username and the number of posts to display. A good choice if you want a plugin to handle the mechanics of displaying the photos, and you are happy to style the output (which does lend itself to both grids and sliders).
 Interested in WP Instagram Widget?


WP Instagram Images Widget

This plugin provides both a widget and a shortcode in both name and functionality to WP Instagram Widget. The configuration options are fairly light: thumbnail size, number of images (max of 5), open the image in a new tab, and show the image description. You only need to specify an Instagram Username. No API configuration is required. Like it’s a virtual namesake, a good choice if you are happy to style.
 Interested in WP Instagram Images Widget?

Plugins That Display Instagram Photos In Galleries. These best WordPress Instagram plugins are for displaying photos in posts and pages. Virtually all come with sidebar widgets as well.


Yackandandah Instagram

This plugin provides a widget and a shortcode for displaying your photos and videos from Instagram. The shortcode provides a scrolling gallery of images (recent, feed, liked, or tag) for either your own account or another username. As it uses the API, you can include up to 380 images in the gallery. Relatively straightforward to set up, which is handy as it’s light-on with documentation, this plugin is one to check out if you want a scrolling gallery.** Requires Instagram client set-up
Interested in Yakandanda Instagram?


Enjoy Instagram

This plugin provides both a widget and a shortcode that allow Instagram photos to be displayed in either a carousel or a grid. Each can be figured for the number of images (the free version of the plugin is limited to 20 images), the account, and, for the grid, the rows and columns. There is no local storing/caching of the images, so the page displayed can be delayed for quite some time as the images are fetched. The plugin does add a button to the WP Visual Editor for the easy adding of the shortcodes.** So, requires client application set-up.
 Interested in Enjoy Instagram?


Simple Instagram – Instagram Plugins WordPress

Another plugin that provides both widgets and a shortcode. Both provide the same output style – basically a grid – for the latest posts (any user) or popular posts from across the whole of Instagram. There is also a profile widget and shortcode that provide basic information about an account. Initial set-up more convoluted than the other plugins tested.** Requires client application to be set-up.
Interested in Simple Instagram?


Alpine PhotoTile For Instagram

This is the most comprehensive plugin of those tested, offering highly configurable widgets and shortcodes. Both widgets and shortcodes provide 5 different layouts and settings to control the galleries’ look and feel, from borders to drop shadows. Where this plugin shines is in its usability, providing a shortcode builder with preview. It also comes with full instructions on how to set up the Instagram API.A full-featured plugin with a considerable and welcome focus on making setting up as painless as possible.** Requires client application to be set up. Interested in Alpine PhotoTile For Instagram?

Other Useful Plugins For Integrating Instagram With WordPress. These plugins are useful for displaying badges, follower counts, and for importing Instagram photos into your WordPress blog as their own post.


Instagram Followers Shortcode

Instagram Plugins WordPress
Produces output that is very similar in look and feel to the traditional Facebook fans widget. Specify the Instagram id and the number of followers to showcase. Interested in Instagram Followers Shortcode?


Instagram Badges – Instagram Plugins WordPress

Tagline possibly overdoes it as this simple plugin that provides a widget for adding an Instagram follow badge. Specify a title, the username, and the badge size, and you’re done. So, interested in Instagram Badges?


Social Count Plus

Instagram Plugins WordPress
This plugin allows you to output a list of icons and followers for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Steam, and SoundCloud.Just enter your account details for the social media accounts you want to list. It also provides a shortcode to allow the number of followers for a specific social media account. So, interested in Social Count Plus?


DsgnWrks Instagram Importer

This plugin allows you to import your Instagram photos as posts (or an existing custom post type) into your WordPress blog. Set-up is extremely user-friendly and allows considerable control over how the photos are after the import process. Moreover, one to look at if you want to share your Instagram photos through a blog. So, Interested in DsgnWrks Instagram Importer?


Simple Instagram Embed – Instagram Plugins WordPress

Instagram Plugins WordPress
This is a simple but highly effective plugin. Paste the Instagram URL for a photo or a video, and this plugin replaces the URL with an embedded view of the object. So, possibly the easiest way to get an Instagram photo or video into a WordPress post.
 Interested in Simple Instagram Embed?

A Photo Finish

Finally, some great plugins in the above lists cover just about every scenario for integrating WordPress and Instagram that prove that even free plugins can have excellent interfaces and help to make implementing complex functionality very simple. Finally, do you have a favorite Instagram plugin?

Claudio Pires

Claudio Pires is the co-founder of Visualmodo, a renowned company in web development and design. With over 15 years of experience, Claudio has honed his skills in content creation, web development support, and senior web designer. A trilingual expert fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish, he brings a global perspective to his work. Beyond his professional endeavors, Claudio is an active YouTuber, sharing his insights and expertise with a broader audience. Based in Brazil, Claudio continues to push the boundaries of web design and digital content, making him a pivotal figure in the industry.