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How to Embed Instagram Feed in WordPress for FREE (NO Code)

How to Embed Instagram Feed for FREE on Your Website

One of our readers recently asked a fantastic question: “Can I embed Instagram feed widgets on my WordPress website for free?”

Absolutely! Displaying your Instagram feed on your website is a powerful strategy.

After all, social media marketing studies show it can lead to a 300% increase in dwell-time, keeping visitors engaged and exploring your website for longer.

This translates to increased brand awareness, boosted conversions, and ultimately, more sales for you.

But, with so many “free” embedding options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one, especially for WordPress beginners.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the easiest way to display your stunning Instagram content on your website for free. The best part? Our solution lets you seamlessly embed Instagram feed widgets with no coding required.

Can You Embed Instagram Feed Widgets for Free?

Yes, you can absolutely embed an Instagram feed for free on your WordPress website.

The Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed plugin allows you to seamlessly integrate your stunning Instagram content with your website, boosting user engagement at absolutely no cost — and no credit card needed.

Easy, Effective and Free WordPress Instagram Feed Plugin

Social Photo Feed is the free version of our highly-rated Instagram Feed Pro, the best Instagram feed plugin for WordPress. It lets you create, customize, and display captivating Instagram feeds on your website with just a few clicks.

No-Code Way to Embed Instagram Feed Widgets

This free Instagram feed plugin removes the need for complex coding.

Simply connect your Instagram account (personal or business) and watch Social Photo Feed effortlessly add your feed to your website’s desired location – homepage, landing page, product pages, or Instagram widget.

Effortless Customization

Don’t worry if design skills aren’t your forte!

Social Photo Feed’s user-friendly interface allows you to customize your Instagram feed’s style with ease. Change the width, height, number of photos, columns, background color, and image spacing – all without touching a single line of code.

embed instagram feed free using visual customizer

Seamless Compatibility with Popular WordPress Page Builders

Social Photo Feed is 100% compatible with WordPress, popular page builders like Elementor, Divi, and Astra, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free integration with your existing website setup.

Expert Tip: Want to display Instagram feeds on Elementor? Here’s how you can embed Instagram feeds on your Elementor website.

Ready to add Instagram feeds for free on your website?

Download the free Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed plugin today and start showcasing your captivating Instagram content with ease. Let’s talk about how you can do this below.

How to Embed Instagram Feed for Free (5 Steps)

Here at Smash Balloon, our social media feed plugins are trusted by over 1.75 million users worldwide, and we understand how important it is to embed Instagram feeds on your site easily.

That’s why we created the best free Instagram feed plugin for WordPress that you can use today to embed Instagram feed widgets for free.

Quick Steps to Embed Your Instagram Feed (Overview)

1: Install Social Photo Feed Plugin

2: Create New Instagram Feed for Free

3: Connect Your Instagram Account

4: Customize Your Instagram Feed for Free

5: Embed Instagram Feed for Free on Your WordPress Site

To start embedding Instagram feeds for free, you can explore our video walkthrough for a clear visual demonstration below.

Prefer written steps instead? No worries, we’ve got you covered with step-by-step instructions to showcase Instagram feeds on your website for free.

Step 1: Install Social Photo Feed Plugin

First, navigate to your WordPress website’s dashboard in your backend. See the left-hand panel? Hover your mouse over the Plugins menu and click Add New.

add new plugin wordpress

This will take you to your website’s plugins page. In the upper right-hand corner, you’ll see a search box. Look for “Smash Balloon Instagram Feed”.

See the plugin called Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed? Click the Install Now button next to it.

embed instagram feed free using social photo feed

Done clicking on the Install button? Great! Give it a few seconds and wait for the button to change before clicking on the Activate button beside the plugin.

activate social photo feed instagram plugin

Now that we’ve installed and activated the free Instagram feed plugin, you can move on to step 2 and create your Instagram feed.

Step 2: Create New Instagram Feed for Free

After this, you can start using the guided flow to create free Instagram feed widgets on your site.

First, navigate to the Instagram Feed » All Feeds menu from your WordPress admin area.

After that, click on the big Add New button at the top.

create new feed instagram feed pro

Next, you can choose which type of Instagram feed you want on your WordPress site.

The premium version of the plugin comes with tons of advanced feed types like hashtag feeds for your hashtag campaigns, tagged posts, and more.

Since we’re using the free version of the plugin in this tutorial, let’s go and can click on the User Timeline option to show own Instagram posts. After that, click on Next to continue.

create new feed for Instagram

You’ve just created a new Instagram feed using our guided flow. In step 3, you can go ahead and connect it to a source.

Step 3: Connect Your Instagram Account

The next step is to connect your Instagram account to the Social Photo Feed plugin. This way, you can start embedding your Instagram feeds for free.

To do this, first, click on the Add Source button.

instagram add source for feed

Next, you’ll be asked to choose between linking a personal Instagram account or a business account.

Want to show special Instagram feeds like hashtag feeds, photo tagged feeds, shoppable Instagram feeds and so much more? Use the business account.

The “business account” feature is available for Instagram Feed Pro users only, so feel free to upgrade to Instagram Feed Pro.

This way, you can unlock more useful features of the plugin so you can use Instagram for business and promote your brand online.

For now, you can choose the personal account so you can embed feeds from your own Instagram account only.

Then, click on the Login with Instagram button.

select instagram account type popup

This will send you to Instagram so you can give read-only access to the plugin.

With that, Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed will only view your info and won’t have access to make any changes, so Smash Balloon is completely safe and secure.

To continue, you can just click on Allow on the popup.

allow access to instagram account create feed

Finally, click on the Next button to confirm this account as the source for your Instagram feed.

confirm your instagram feed source

Your Instagram account is now connected to the plugin. As you can see, the plugin does this automatically so you don’t need to manually connect to Instagram’s API — it took just a few clicks and you’re done.

In the next step, you can customize how your free Instagram feed widget looks.

Step 4: Customize Your Free Instagram Feed

Did you know that this WordPress Instagram feed plugin already looks great right out of the box?

This means that Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed automatically copies your website’s design. As a result, your Instagram feeds will look consistent with your brand’s identity.

And if you want to have more control over the look and feel of your feeds, the plugin lets you easily configure your Instagram feed display using our live feed editor.

free instagram feed live editor example

On the left, you can see customization options to change your feed type, color scheme, Instagram feed theme, CTA, header style, and more.

When you use these options to change the design of your feed, you can also see a preview on the right which shows the changes you make in real-time.

To get started, click on the Color Scheme option on the left.

open color scheme options

After this, you can choose from 4 different color options for your Instagram feed:

  • Inherit from Theme: Copy your theme’s colors automatically
  • Light: Show a bright background and a dark font for your feed
  • Dark: Pick a darker background and a light-colored font instead
  • Custom: Manually select the colors by yourself

After you pick your feed color, click on Save to confirm the changes to your Instagram feed.

Expert Tip: Even with the free version of the plugin, you’re not stuck with a generic feed. Social Photo Feed empowers you to personalize your Instagram feed with a variety of free customization options.

Here are other ways you can customize your Instagram feed plugin for free:

  • Adjust the feed size to perfectly complement your website’s layout.
  • Choose the number of Instagram posts you want to display, showcasing your most captivating content.
  • Customize the feed’s header with your brand colors and logo for a cohesive look.
  • Control the appearance of buttons for a seamless user experience, encouraging website visitors to become your Instagram followers.
  • And more!

Once you’re happy with how your Instagram feed looks, you can now add it to your WordPress.

Step 5: Embed Instagram Feed for Free on Your Website

To display your Instagram on your site, you can add your Instagram feed in 2 ways using this free WordPress Instagram feed plugin:

  • Add Instagram feed to your website’s page, or,
  • Add Instagram feed widget to your website’s sidebar or footer areas

Let’s talk about both options below.

Embed Instagram Feed on Website’s Page

You can go ahead and embed your Instagram feed directly from the live feed editor using this plugin.

To get started, click on the Embed button at the top.

embed instagram feed free using embed button

From the popup, you can copy the unique feed shortcode, or even better, simply click on Add to a Page to continue and show your Instagram feed on a WordPress page.

add live instagram feed to page

Next, just select your page from the list and click on Add.

select page to embed live instagram feed

This will open your WordPress page in the live feed editor.

Inside your editor, click the Plus (+) icon to add a new WordPress content block.

add new content block on wordpress

Next, go to the search field and look for “instagram”. Then, click the Instagram Feed block to add it to your web page.

embed instagram feed block on wordpress page

Now, your Instagram feed will be automatically displayed on your page as a preview. If you’re happy with how it looks, click on Publish or Update to make it live on your website like this Instagram embed example:

example instagram feed pro

With that, let’s go ahead and see how to embed Instagram feeds on your widget-ready areas.

Embed Instagram Feed on Website’s Sidebar or Footer

You can also add your Instagram feed widget to your website’s sidebar without needing to embed code snippets.

First, go to your WordPress admin panel and navigate to Instagram Feed » All Feeds and click on your Instagram feed from earlier.

open instagram feed again

Now, you can see your Instagram feed open in the live feed editor. Just click on Embed here to proceed.

embed free instagram feed pro

This time, click on the Add to a Widget button on the popup.

Now, the plugin will send you to the Widgets page of your site so you can add a new Instagram feed widget.

From here, click on Sidebar to add your free Instagram widget there.

open sidebar panel to embed live instagram feed

Or, you can click on Footer instead if you want to add your Instagram feed to your footer area.

For this article, we’ll go with the sidebar option.

open footer panel to embed live instagram feed

To embed your feed, click on the plus (+) icon and then select Instagram Feed.

add instagram widget to your sidebar area

Make sure you click Update before heading to your website to see your Instagram feed embed live on your sidebar, like this:

embed instagram feed for free example

And so, there you have it, folks! Now, you’ve learned how to easily embed an Instagram feed on your WordPress website, for free.

Ready to create engaging Instagram feeds? Click here to get started with Instagram Feed Pro today!

If you want even more customization options, tons of feed types like Instagram hashtag feed, tagged feeds and Instagram carousels, with priority support, try the premium version of Instagram Feed Pro.

Top Features of Free Instagram Feed Plugin

If you don’t have room in your budget yet for a premium social media aggregator for Instagram, you can use Social Photo Feed to get started in upgrading your Instagram marketing.

social photo feed plugin

Even better, since it’s the free version of Instagram Feed Pro, Social Photo Feed is also ultra-fast.

This means that your embedded Instagram feed widgets will load as fast as possible so your page speed won’t be negatively affected.

As a result, you can even enjoy improved SEO for your website and a better user experience for your e-commerce site visitors. It’s a total win-win!

Using the free trial of Social Photo Feed also lets you enjoy the following features:

  • Super easy to set up: Connect Social Photo Feed with your Instagram profile and display your feeds in just a few minutes — quickly and hassle-free for WordPress newbies.
  • Multiple Instagram accounts: Have more than 1 Instagram account? Social Photo Feed helps you display photos from multiple Instagram accounts in the same feed or in separate feeds.
  • Tons of customization: Customize your Instagram feed to match your brand’s design just by clicking — no need to deal with confusing HTML code so you won’t accidentally break your site.
free instagram feed live editor example
  • GDPR-compliant: In just 1 click, the plugin integrates with many of the popular GDPR cookie consent plugins on the market.
  • 100% compatible: Social Photo Feed is fully compatible with both WordPress and Instagram, so it’s a piece of cake to embed your Instagram feeds for free. It’s not designed for other website builders such as Wix, Weebly, Webflow, Shopify or Squarespace — but it’s guaranteed to be compatible with WordPress, the fastest-growing site builder in the market.
  • Backup system: The plugin is guaranteed to show your Instagram posts on your website, even if Instagram is temporarily down. Meaning, your embedded Instagram feeds will always be displayed on your WordPress without any interruptions.
  • Instagram oEmbeds: Want to automatically power your Instagram oEmbeds? Just install Social Photo Feed and it’ll take care of it for you.
  • Automatically responsive: The plugin automatically makes your Instagram feeds look great on both mobile and desktop, so no need to hire a developer to do this for you.

Smash Balloon Instagram Feed: Free vs Pro

A common question that we get from our users is what’s the difference between using the free Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed and premium Instagram Feed Pro when it comes to displaying Instagram feeds on websites.

You’ll be happy to know that Smash Balloon Social Photo Feed is 100% free.

And if you want to have ready access to more features, you can easily upgrade your free plan to Instagram Feed Pro so you can:

  • Show off Instagram hashtag feeds with single or multiple hashtags so you can curate user-generated content (UGC) like testimonials from customers who love your brand
embed instagram feed free hashtag feed
carousel feed instagram
  • Display post comments and the number of likes and comments for user feeds
  • Show off Instagram stories right on your site
  • Use “Masonry” or “Highlight” layouts for your Instagram feeds
embed instagram feed highlight

The best part?

Instagram Feed Pro is developed by Smash Balloon, the best social media feed plugins for WordPress used by over 1.75 million smart business owners to display engaging social feeds and social media posts on their website.

Founded in 2013, Smash Balloon is trusted by the world’s biggest brands like Coca-Cola, Indeed and Baileys, to help them display social media feed widgets on their websites so you know you’re in great hands.

Unlock advanced features and take your Instagram feeds to the next level when you upgrade to Instagram Feed Pro today.

How to Embed Social Media Feeds on WordPress for FREE

Want to display Facebook feeds or YouTube videos feeds from other social networks? Use social proof to grow your business and add different social media feeds on your WordPress site.

You may also want to check out this next post on Smash Balloon vs EmbedSocial to see the best social feed plugins for your chosen social media platforms.

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Lianne Laroya Content Marketing Manager
Lianne serves as the Content Marketing Manager at Smash Balloon, drawing upon more than 12 years of experience in WordPress content, social media marketing, user-generated content (UGC) and search engine optimization (SEO).

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