I'll describe how to download, install, activate, and integrate the free version of the plugin so your Instagram account can automatically post to your WordPress blog. (Instagrate Pro starts at $35 for one site and allows video integration and hashtag filtering as well as multisite capable options with versions that range up to $255 for unlimited sites and lifetime support.)
Prerequisites: You must have an Instagram account and an established WordPress blog with an administrator role username that can install plugins from the WordPress dashboard. You should also have installed the Instagram app.
Integrating Instagram with WordPress
1. Log in to your WordPress blog using an administrator role username and password combination (Figure B).
2. In the WordPress dashboard, click the Plugins tab on the left side toolbar (Figure C).
3. In the Plugins panel, click the Add New button (Figure D).
4. In the Search text box, type Instagrate to WordPress and then click the Search Plugins button (Figure E).
5. The Instagrate to WordPress plugin should be the first one in the list (Figure F). Click the Install Now link.
6. If a warning message pops up and asks Are You Sure You Want To Install This Plugin? click the OK button (Figure G).
7. After the plugin is installed, you'll see the confirmation message (Figure H). Click the Activate Plugin link.
8. After the plugin is activated, you can view it in the Plugins list. Now click the Settings link below the plugin's name (Figure I) so you can link it to your Instagram account.
After you correctly authenticate and associate the WordPress plugin with your Instagram account, you can start configuring how the plugin will automatically add image posts to your blog. A portion of the Instagrate to WordPress Settings panel is shown in Figure L.
This completes the installation of the plugin. So, get your mobile device and snap an image using your Instagram app, give it a caption, and then click Done. Now go to your WordPress blog, and you'll see your new image automatically posted on your blog.
An example image as displayed in Instagram and then on an integrated WordPress blog is shown in Figure M and Figure N, respectively.
In the plugin's Settings, you can tweak how your Instagram images get posted within your WordPress blog. These are four possible options.
- You can indicate which image you want to start posting from within your Instagram account by making a selection from a drop-down menu.
- You can specify the image width size you want set as the default for posts, as well as any special CSS classes you want to assign.
- You can configure how the image is stored and presented, with options for setting as post or featured image, setting the post category, post author, post format, post date, post status, and any custom post types.
- You can set the default post title for the images as well as any custom title text and custom body post text.
Ryan has performed in a broad range of technology support roles for electric-generation utilities, including nuclear power plants, and for the telecommunications industry. He has worked in web development for the restaurant industry and the Federal government.