Would you like to embed your Instagram gallery to your WordPress blog? Usually, when we need to display images, we will probably add them as a media, upload it to the post. But when there are new media, we might want to update the post with the new images.
Instagram is one of the popular social media used by millions of users worldwide for sharing beautiful moments. If we are uploading the images to the Instagram account, with WordPress integration, we will be able to get all the pictures in our posts or pages.
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Instagram Feed Gallery Review
Instagram Feed Gallery is a freemium plugin. A free version is available on the WordPress plugins repository with limited features.
As you can see in the above screenshot, the plugin is used on more than 60,000 WordPress blogs worldwide. The free version plugin will be able to show one single tag or gallery on your site.
Anyway, we always recommend the premium plugin for our users.
It comes with a lot of advanced and powerful features. Now, let’s take a look at the features of the plugin.
Unlimited User Accounts
Want to fetch media from different Instagram accounts or different hashtags? When you are using the premium version of the Instagram Feed Gallery plugin, you can do it.
If you are using any magazine type blog, you will probably need to follow different celebrities, occasions, etc. So, while you write about a specific star and need to show their Instagram gallery on the post, you could do it by adding a unique feed.
So when you cover any other celebrity you could embed his/her Instagram gallery. Thankfully, with the data caching option (we will be discussing it soon), the site’s performance won’t be affected.
Instead of showing images directly on the page, what if we can add a pop-up? Would it be great, right? The Instagram Feed Gallery premium plugin comes with the pop-up option.
So when a person clicks on any of your images, the same image would be opened in a pop-up window. Here’s an example:
Fancy, isn’t it?
Embedding all images on a single page also not recommended. If you are going to serve a ton of pictures on the same page, it will probably affect your website’s speed.
The method we use for fixing this issue is by adding lazy loading or by splitting the page into sections. Well, here, you can add a load more button.
After loading the X amount of images, you can add a load more button to the page. The switch uses AJAX technology. So without additional page loads, you will be able to serve the rest of the images.
Also, you will be able to include the username or tag to the image box. On top of that, you can show the avatar on your header.
If you want, you can also add a custom description.
The premium plugin got three different layout options.
These options are inbuilt. No additional designing skills or anything needed. Once you have got installed the premium version plugin, from the settings, you will be able to choose the layout option.
The layouts will be 100% responsive. This means it will properly fit on every screen size.
Data Caching Option
Nobody likes to make their site slower. Let’s explain the data caching feature with an example.
Let’s say that we have added a popular #hashtag feed and embedded the gallery on a page. Since the hashtag is trending, there will be so many images. So for keeping the gallery updated, the plugin may want to contact the Instagram service several times through API.
This will probably increase the HTTP requests and can affect the performance of your site. With the data caching option, we can reduce the HTTP requests. The plugin will save a cached copy to the server. So when a user visits the page, the cached gallery will be served to him/ her.
Another good thing is, Instagram won’t block your API for over usage or anything. Since we are calling the service limited time, everything will be fine.
From the plugin’s settings, you can configure the caching option.
Installation and Activation
The very first thing you need to do is, log in to your WordPress blog and go to the add new plugins section. From there, you will be able to install the free version plugin on your blog. Search for Social Feed Gallery. Once you have found the plugin, install it on your server.
And after that, activate.
You would be able to see the plugins’ settings in your dashboard then.
You will need to add an Instagram token for adding feeds and displaying your gallery. If you check the Accounts section on your plugin’s settings section, you could see the configuration.
No matter you are having a personal account or a business account. You won’t face any issues with the integration. Once you have added an account, you can go to the feeds section, add feeds you need to fetch. By default, this plugin will add a feed.
But after adding an account, we will be able to edit it or delete it. As we mentioned earlier, you can create a @id based feed or #tag-based feed. When you create an @id based feed, the plugin will fetch every image from that specific account.
On the other hand, if you have added #tag based feed, the plugin will look for the specific tag on Instagram, get everything. In the settings section, you can see the caching options, clean uninstaller, loader icon settings, etc.
The free version plugin will allow you only to link one feed at a time. Well, if you need to connect multiple feeds and embed them on your site, you probably need to get your hands on the premium version plugin. As we mentioned earlier, it comes with a lot of powerful features.
Now, let’s look at how we can install the premium version plugin. You need to keep the free version plugin installed on your site. And log in to your QuadLayers account, download the premium plugin files.
Again go to the add new plugins section, install the premium plugin. After installation, activate it.
Make sure that you have verified your license key.
So you will get future updates for the plugin. You have unlocked all the limits now.
Now, let’s take a look at the pricing of this premium version plugin.
Right now, the plugin has three premium pricing options.
- Personal – $20 – 1 Website License.
- Agency – $40 – 5 Website Licenses.
- Developer – $80 – Unlimited Website Licenses.
Just like every other QuadLayers products, the fee is one time. Plus, you will get lifetime updates and six months of support from the team. Compared to the current products in the market, there are only a few companies are offering this – one-time fee.
The support period can be extended from your QuadLayers account dashboard. The free version plugin would be free for a lifetime. But, you won’t get priority support from the admin team.
Is There Any Money-Back Guarantee Available?
When you purchased the premium version plugin, and it is not working as you expected, you can get a complete refund. QuadLayers offers a 30-days money-back guarantee on all products. While you need a refund, log in to your QuadLayers account and open a support ticket.
No questions asked.
But, we highly recommend contacting the support team in case if you are facing any plugin compatibility or related issues. In most cases, that can be sorted out with the help of the support assistants.
If you are using the Instagram Feed Gallery Lite, you can get support from the plugins’ support forum.
You can log in to your WordPress.org account, submit a topic with your issue. And their support assistants will help you there. The premium version users will get priority support from the team.
The plugin author got created a good documentation section.
They have categorized it like:
In each section, you could see detailed articles. If you have any issues or need help with the mentioned topics, feel free to check out the documentation section first.
If you need further help, you can open a support ticket from your account dashboard. And one of their support assistants will help you to fix every issue you have on the site.
Get Started With Instagram Feed Gallery
You can get the premium version plugin from below.
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