There are a hundreds of WordPress plugins that bring Instagram functionality to your WordPress site and some are definitely better than others. see now the 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’s 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:
Best widget plugin – Instagram Slider Widget
Best gallery plugin – Alpine PhotoTile For Instagram
Best plugin – DsgnWrks Instagram Importer
All the plugins came out of the WordPress plugin repository and so are free but even so, 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 in the knowledge that a plugin will be updated regularly and 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, autopost, 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).
I think that 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 is 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 both excelled in making their highly configurable functionality easy to understand and set up and 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 just want you want, with Instagram it is especially important. For example, if you just want to show your latest photos in a sidebar widget, then get a plugin that does just that, otherwise you might find that you need start setting up clients in Instagram and it all starts to get complicated.
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.
Thumbnails are stored locally, so after initial load display is instant.
Very simple to install and configure.
Like it’s virtual namesake, a good choice if you are happy to style.
Plugins That Display Instagram Photos In Galleries
These plugins are for displaying photos in posts and pages. Virtually all come with sidebar widgets as well.
Relatively straight-forward 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
Plugin does add a button to the WP Visual Editor for the easy adding of the shortcodes.
** Requires client application set-up.
Initial set-up more convoluted than the other plugins tested.
** Requires client application to be set-up.
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.
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.
Possibly the easiest way to get an Instagram photo or video into a WordPress post.
A Photo Finish
There are some great plugins in the above lists that cover just about every scenario for integrating WordPress and Instagram that prove that even free plugins can have excellent interfaces and help that can make implementing complex functionality very simple.
Do you have a favorite Instagram plugin?
The Best Instagram Plugins For WordPress – source https://premium.wpmudev.org/