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Add An Instagram Widget To Your Blog Without Using A Plugin!

By Kimberly Castleberry | Small Business

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Instagram can be a fantastic site – particularly for those in very visual niches!

Sometimes, we’d like to add a sidebar widget so our readers can find us there, without taking on the site impact of adding yet another WordPress plugin.

While there are many good plugins available for Instagram, it’s always recommended to keep your site as lean as possible to reduce the load time burdens your visitors experience.

Fortunately, it’s really simple, with Instagram, to get the LOOK of a plugin-created-widget, without actually using one!

Simply visit EITHER: http://www.instagme.com/ or http://web.stagram.com/tools/

I’m using Instagme.com on my hobby blog. The only thing to note about it is that it opens the images in one of it’s own pages. However, it does a good job encouraging people to follow me, so it accomplishes my goal. However, you may not like it for that very reason, so just be aware.

There is a similar widget available by http://statigr.am/promote-widget.php#widget but it carries more of the company branding than the I chose to use (and still redirects to their own pages).

How To Add An Instagram Widget Script
To Your WP Sidebar

Go through the simple little widget creator form:

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Click Preview to see if you’ve achieved your desired layout:

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Copy the embed code and put it into a Text/HTML widget in your WordPress blog (and click save):

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Then check out your blog to see if you got the desired effect:

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Looks great, easy to use, and doesn’t require a plugin…. making it a total win!

If however, you’d prefer to use a plugin, you can check out Instagram for WordPress.

Do you use Instagram?

I don’t for this site but it’s awesome for my hobby stuff!

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