add your Instagram photos to WordPress

Archive Your Instagram Photos on a WordPress Site

Instagram has become one of the indispensable tools for marketers worldwide. Everything from hiring influencers to hawk their wares, to posting stories about how things get made or how they got where they are, if it can be expressed as a photo, Instagram is it’s home. Recent articles in marketing journals have flat out stated that Instagram is the social network. 

But Instagram, like all other social media networks, is ephemeral. Content has a very short shelf life on social media and given the time that it takes to craft great Instagram photos, that’s a shame. 

There is no need for you to lose your juice once a photo has been buried in the feed, give it new life by posting it on your WordPress site. Archive all of your Instagram photos on your site and link back to them giving them life both on and off of Instagram.

This doesn’t even require a plugin. All you need are three things.

  1. an Instagram account
  2. a WordPress powered website
  3. an If This Then That (ITTT) account.

If you are reading this, my guess is you already have the first two. You may not however have heard of ITTT. ITTT has been connecting web services for a long time. You can connect a WordPress site to:

  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Reddit
  • Telegraph
  • Youtube
  • Slack
  • …and more

All with the click of a few buttons on a website.

While Instagram is an Instagram → WordPress integration, there are several of the integrations that take WordPress content and share it out to other services. For instance, you can notify Twitter and a Slack channel that you have new content on your site automatically.

Since most ITTT integrations are written by users, there are usually multiple integrations for any given combination that you want, each with a unique feature set that you can tap. One of the WordPress → Twitter integrations will post the title of your latest post, a link to it, and a link to your bio page on WordPress each time you post.

One caveat, for integrations that post to WordPress, it will ask you for a user name and password. ITTT stores these credentials in their database. While they have never had a reported data breach, if they do, you will need to make sure that you change the password on that account immediately. It is highly recommended that you not use one of your administrator accounts for this, the Editor level should be sufficient. In case you’re interested to learn more about user access in your WordPress, we strongly recommend that you read the article on the Principle of the Least Privilege in WordPress.

Don’t lose your valuable content to the merciless timeline, archive, and even republish your beautiful pictures elsewhere using WordPress and If This Then That.

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Cal Evans

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Francis E Aloise

Sep 08, 2020

This is very good, thank you. Trying to figure out how to market my photogaphy. Having zero education in the world of bits and bytes, this certainly gives me hope.

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Oct 20, 2020

Thank you for this post. I'm very excited because I've been wondering how I will keep my photos relevant as I take this journey.


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