When you want to display something on Instagram on your blog, there are a few ways to do it. Depending on how you set it up, you may have more or less control over how Instagram is displayed on your website. Here are some options, when you’re interested.
- Take a screenshot
Technically, it is not an insert, a screenshot is like an insurance policy. After all, think about it; How many times have you gone through an Instagram-related blog post more than a year or two and saw “examples” that are embedded posts that no longer exist? The URL is changed, the post is removed, the user is deleted or banned, or Instagram simply changes the way the embed code works and no longer supports the previous version. Here is a screenshot of an article,
The screen capture is exceptionally good for cases where a message may disappear. For example, a partial nudity photo that may or may not violate the Terms of Service and, as such, can only exist until the bots report or capture them. Spam messages work the same way; they will exist for a while and then disappear. It’s not that you want to promote a spam account with a real insert, but consider using one as an example to display different types of spam when writing about black hat techniques or something.
Screenshots are extremely common when a company or celebrity says something controversial. Today, a controversial post is often deleted, even if everything is saved in the eyes of the Internet.
Personally, I think screenshots have their place, but they won’t always be the ideal choice. If you embed your own content, for example, you’ll know if it’s going to be removed and take steps to fix it. That said, I like to take screenshots and use them as an alternative load, in case the insertion fails; That way, there is a backup there.
For generally safe articles or for blog posts that are unlikely to have a long lifespan, you don’t necessarily have to worry about using a screenshot. If your news article about using a specific hashtag isn’t important in two years, who cares if some posts go missing? Either way, it is more difficult to maintain a file at this point. It really depends on you.
- Native Instagram embed code
Instagram has a native way of inserting posts into your content. When visiting an Instagram post, you can copy an embed code and paste it on your website to include the post on your blog. Using the same chat message, here’s how.
On a PC, navigate to the message you want to insert. In that case, you just need to click on the link above.
In the bottom right corner, next to the “Add comment” box, you’ll see three dots. Click on it and a light box will appear with several options. In that case, the option you want to choose is “Embed”. Click on it and it will fit into a box with code and the option to include the title or not. Click to copy the embed code and you will receive something like a big mess of codes. I would like to paste it here, but seriously, it’s a lot, and the code alone doesn’t help.
When you paste this code on your website, it appears as an Instagram post embedded in HTML. However, this requires access to the Instagram API, which mainly means that Instagram reserves the right to ban the intellectual property or domain of your website. If you embed content in a way that annoys users, exploit a fraud to cultivate tastes, or use your content maliciously, your access to the API may be revoked.
- Insert Instagram
No, I’m not just saying to insert Instagram as another option. There is a real service called “Embed Instagram” from CtrolQ.org that became popular in the early days of Instagram, when the platform was really accessible only by a mobile device. Since the actual embed code can only be obtained through a desktop platform, you will need something else if you work primarily with the application.
In an application, you can see a menu of options when viewing a message. Touch the options menu and one of the options will be “Copy link”. The goal is to share the link with others or post it on another website, such as a web forum.
- WordPress Instagram Feed plugin
If you are using a website based on a WordPress framework and are having problems with any of the above insertion methods, or just want something with more control, you can use a WordPress plugin for your overlays. Instagram.
The Instagram feed plug-in is one of those options. This particular plugin is developed and maintained by Smash Balloon and, at the time this article was written, it was updated just two months ago. As always, I tend to avoid plug-ins that are not actively updated, as they can lose functionality or become security issues over time. This plug-in is used by more than 700,000 users, so it is unlikely to be discontinued any time soon.