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In this article, we will walk you through the process of installing, configuring, and implementing the Instagram Picture plugin for Wordpress. Instagram Picture is an excellent WordPress Instagram plugin that will show your images beautifully and functionally.

What is the Wordpress Instagram Picture Plugin

Yes, Instagram Picture is the name of the plugin and it does wonderful things for your Wordpress site when integrating your Instagram photos. This WordPress Instagram plugin is perfect for embedding your Instagram photos into Wordpress within nearly any location that you see fit. Not only does Instagram Picture allow you to add images to various locations within your Wordpress site, but it also comes with many options to place them such as shortcodes, widgets, and PHP. Additional technical information may also be found on the official Instagram Picture readme file.

How to install the Instagram Picture plugin

As the Instagram Picture plugin is available within the Wordpress plugin directory, it is very easy to install right within your Wordpress dashboard. First, just click on Plugins to the right of your Wordpress dashboard, clock on Add New, and then search for "Instagram Picture".

The first result should be the plugin you are looking for labeled Instagram Picture. Simply click Install below the title.

Wordpress will then take care of the rest in installing Instagram Picture. After the installation has completed, click on Activate. This will then make the plugin fully available for use on your site.

Setting up the Instagram Picture Wordpress plugin

  1. Now that the Instagram Picture plugin is successfully installed, you will need to now just set it up. To the left of your Wordpress dashboard you should now see an option that says Instagram. If you click on that, you will be taken to the main information page. As this is the first time you are setting it up, Instagram Picture will tell you that you need to register your Instagram ID. Click on the link up to top that says "Lets go" to get started.

  2. On this page, you will then need to insert your Instagram ID as well as the access token. If you are unsure of how to obtain your Instagram ID as well as the Access Token, we'll walk you through the process within the next steps.

  3. Getting your Instagram ID and Access token for Instagram Picture

    1. On the page that we were just on, you will see a link to the top that says "Here you will find the information. If you click on that link, it will take you to another page with a button to send you to Instagram authentication.

    2. On the next page, you will need to authorize the Instagram Picture plugin to access your basic information. This allows the plugin to obtain any photos, friends lists, and general profile information. Be sure to authorize your Instagram account to allow it access.

    3. After authorizing Instagram Picture to obtain your basic information, your Instagram ID as well as Access Token will be provided. Be sure to keep this window open as you will need it in a moment.

  4. Now that you have your Instagram ID and Access Token for Instagram available, you may go back to the previous window on the Instagram Picture setup page and enter the information you received. Of course, press Save when you have entered it in.

Updating your photos in Instagram Picture

Now that you have Instagram Picture set up and it is now able to access your images from Instagram, click on the Update link to the left under the Instagram menu option of your Wordpress dashboard. Then, click "Update images" to tell the plugin to obtain all of your photos from Instagram.

Inserting the Instagram Picture Widget into your Wordpress site

Inserting Instagram Picture into your Wordpress site is quite simple. The best option that they leave available is adding them via a widget. As almost all Wordpress themes have widget areas available, adding your Instagram photos as a widget is almost always be best solution.

  1. To add the Instagram Picture widget on your Wordpress site, go on over the the widgets section of your Wordpress dashboard. Widgets will be located under the main Appearance menu option. Here, you will see various available widgets that are able to be added as well as widgets areas. In this example, I am using the default Wordpress theme so you will see two widget areas. Of course, this will vary based on the particular theme that you are using.

  2. To add the widget, simply drag it over the a particular widget area. In this example, I want my photos from Instagram as well as my profile information to display on the sidebar so I will drag and drop the "Instagram Picture User Infos" widget to the secondary widget area. From here, enter any title that you want to display, if you want it to update live or manually, if you want the pictures to be linkable, as well as if you want it to display just profile information or display pictures as well. If you are unsure of the style ID, don't worry. We'll go over obtaining that in the next step.

  3. As Instagram Picture has many options available regarding the general appearance of the images, you would need to select a style ID when adding the widget. Any style IDs are shown right within the Instagram Picture plugin settings. To the left of the page on the menu bar, click on Instagram, then Widget. If you scroll down the page a bit, you will see all of the style options with the style ID printed next to them. Now, you have the style ID to place inside the Instagram Picture widget options.

  4. If you added the Instagram Picture widget successfully, you should now see it within your Wordpress site in the widget area that you defined.

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2013-11-29 8:39 am
Is it possible to add more instagram profiles on my wordpress website and not only one? If yes, how can I do that?

5,534 Points
2013-11-29 6:57 pm
Hello Gio,

It doesn't look like the Instagram Picture plugin allows you to connect multiple Instagram profiles at this time. You might want to contact the developer and request this feature.

Please let us know if you had any further questions.

- Jacob
2013-12-12 3:37 am
Is it possible to use the widget with an automatic diashow which changes the pictures every few seconds?
4,023 Points
2013-12-12 10:50 am

Not at the moment as it pulls the pictures at the time of the page loading, but it may be something I bring up to the developer as a suggestion for the future.
2013-12-16 6:29 pm
When I try update I keep getting this Sorry, connection was not possible, try connection later again. Curl is enabled on your server?
10,518 Points
2013-12-16 7:30 pm
Hello MoggyAlgarve,

Sorry to hear about your problem! Yes, CURL is enabled. I just installed the plugin based on the information in the article above. I'm running a WordPress 3.8 (latest version) and also version 2.11 of the plugin. The installation and the update work fine for me. You may need to update or uninstall, then reinstall the plugin. If you continue to have problems, you may want to consider contacting the plugin author for specific support on the issue. Check out our troubleshooting WordPress plugins for further information.

Arnel C.
n/a Points
2014-03-26 4:08 am

Is it posible to link Intagram Picture to may instagram account page. Not to specific / selected picture, but to my instagram front page?


4,023 Points
2014-03-26 8:00 am
I do not believe it would be possible without changing a large amount of the code for the plugin itself. The creator, Tobias, is reachable via Twitter and is quite active if you want to reach out to him, as he may make it a feature in the future.
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2014-03-31 2:29 am

I keep trying to update as I'm trying to set it up on my site however it keeps takng a very long time followed by "gateway time-out" Any other way to get it to update?

4,023 Points
2014-03-31 8:15 am
Could you clarify exactly what step you are preforming when you get the error?

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