How to Add an Instagram Carousel to WordPress

Display an Instagram carousel with multiple images or videos on your website in just a few clicks! No code required. Spotlight's Carousel layout makes it super easy to design and embed a sleek Instagram slider anywhere on your website.
How to Add an Instagram Carousel to WordPress [2022]

If you’re looking to add a carousel or slider showcasing your Instagram posts, then you’re in the right place.

In this quick tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an Instagram feed just like this:

All you need to get started is your Instagram account and an Instagram feed plugin, called Spotlight.

Why you should use Spotlight to create an Instagram carousel

Although there are other Instagram feed plugins available, Spotlight is by far, the easiest and most user-friendly one to use. Not only that but it’s been used by over 40,000 users and has a 5/5 star rating on the WordPress plugin library.

Spotlight 5 stars

Spotlight comes with a large selection of customization tools, so if you really want to design your feed in a way that seamlessly integrates with your website’s design, you won’t be disappointed. In fact, it comes with over 40 customization options and is fully responsive.

However, if you want a quick layout with no fuss, Spotlight comes with awesome pre-made layouts, including one for carousels!

To get started, you’ll need the premium version of Spotlight. It comes in three tiers: Essentials, PRO, and Performance.

How to add an Instagram carousel to WordPress

To create an Instagram carousel, install and activate the Spotlight plugin. Next, log into your Instagram account in your web browser and return to Spotlight in your WordPress dashboard.

Step 1: Create a carousel feed

The first step is to select the type of feed you’ll be creating. In this example, I’ll be using my Instagram posts only, so I’ve selected “My Instagram Posts” in the first step.

My Instagram feed

The second step is what’s important. Here, you can select the layout you want for your feed. Scroll down to find the “Carousel” option.

Carousel layout

Step 2: Connect your account

If this is your first time creating a feed with Spotlight, the plugin will guide you to connect your Instagram account. Once it’s connected, you’ll see it listed in the sidebar to the right.

Select the account/s you wish to show and Spotlight will automatically display your feed in the live preview.

Connect your account

Step 3: Customize your feed

This step is completely optional. However, if you wish to customize your feed further, the Design tab is right at your fingertips. Here, you can adjust the space around each post, the number of columns, as well as the design of the navigation buttons, among many other options.

In this example, I’ve moved the navigation buttons outside the feed and changed their color. I’ve also adjusted the number of posts and made the feed scroll automatically.

Design your carousel feed

Bonus: If you set the carousel feed to display one image at a time, it can function as a regular slider. Use it to create large image sliders for your homepage or landing pages.

Single slider

Next, switch between devices to ensure your feed looks stunning on desktop, tablet, and mobile. Spotlight will let you adjust settings for each individual device.

Responsive carousel feed

Step 4: PRO features – filtering, moderation, and promotion

If you’ve signed up for Spotlight PRO or Performance, you’ll also get access to the following three main features.


With filtering, you can filter out posts based on words or hashtags in their caption. This is an awesome way to control which posts to show in your feed.

Filter your carousel feed


The moderation tab will show all your account’s posts. You can then manually select which ones to show or hide in your carousel feed.

Moderate your carousel feed


Finally, in the Promote tab, you’ll be able to link Instagram posts to pages, posts, products, and any URL. This is great if you use your feed to direct visitors to other important parts of your website.

Promote your feed

Step 5: Embed your feed

Now, you’re ready to embed your feed! You can do so in three main ways:

  1. Using the generated shortcode.
  2. Using the WordPress block.
  3. Using the Elementor widget.

Spotlight also makes it really easy to create posts and pages with your Instagram carousel feed embedded. Simply select “Create new page” or “Create new post” and Spotlight will handle everything for you.

Embed your feed

I’ve chosen to embed my carousel feed in a new post. All I had to do is add my content and hit publish!

Create a new post with your carousel feed


A carousel is a great way to showcase your Instagram posts. Why? With Spotlight, you can create an animated gallery to display a collection of Instagram posts that interchange automatically or with navigation buttons.

Spotlight gives you complete control over every element of your carousel gallery, which is extremely helpful to make the feed fit perfectly into any page that you create.

Give it a go and fill your website with beautiful galleries, thanks to Spotlight.

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