Displaying posts from multiple Instagram accounts in one feed on your WordPress website can be quite a time-consuming task if you don’t have the right tools. Although WordPress does let you manually insert Instagram posts with its Instagram block, it only lets you import posts one at a time.
With an Instagram feed plugin such as Spotlight, you can now not only display all your posts at the click of a button, but you can also merge multiple accounts within one feed.
In this article, I’ll show you how you can do just that.
How to display multiple Instagram accounts in one feed
Connect your account
Once you’ve got Spotlight installed and activated on your WordPress website, start by connecting your Instagram accounts. Start off by going to the Instagram website and logging in to your first account.
Next, go to your WordPress website and go to Instagram Feeds > Settings in your dashboard. Click on the Personal or Business account buttons, depending on your Instagram account. Authorize Spotlight to access your posts and your account will be connected in no time at all.
If you’ve opted for a Personal account, a popup box will appear asking you to upload a custom profile photo and user bio. Instagram’s API does not allow both of these items to be imported for Personal accounts, but Spotlight does a great job at creating a workaround. You can choose to skip this step if you wish.
Note: You can always return back to the Settings page at any time to update your profile photo and bio.
Next, it’s time to connect your second account. Go back to Instagram’s website, log out, and log in to the next account you want to connect.
Back in Spotlight, on the Settings page, click on Connect more Instagram accounts. Select the Personal or Business account button and Spotlight will automatically detect your new account. The plugin will then ask you for authorization to access your content. Once you grant access, your account will be added in a matter of seconds.
Note: If you’re connecting a Business account, Spotlight will also need to access the Facebook page associated with your Instagram account.
With Spotlight, you can add an unlimited number of Instagram accounts, both Personal and Business.
Set up and design your feed
Select your accounts
To set up and design your feed, go to Instagram Feeds > Add New in your WordPress sidebar.
On the right-hand side of your screen, you will now notice all your connected accounts. Select the ones you want to include in your feed and automatically, your posts will show up in the live preview editor. You can also connect more Instagram accounts by clicking on the button on the top right-hand side of your page.
If you’re using the PRO version of Spotlight and own an Instagram Business account, you will also be able to show posts where your accounts have been tagged, as well as hashtag feeds.
Design your feed
Next, move on to the Design tab and start designing your feed. Spotlight provides you with over 40 customization options. This means that you can come up with an unlimited number of layout options for your feeds.
For this tutorial, I’ll be using a Grid layout and a central header. I’ve set my post order to random and placed the Follow button at the bottom of my feed.
One of the options you unlock when displaying posts from multiple accounts is that you can choose which account to show in the header. This is great if you want to direct visitors to one particular account.
Spotlight gives you one other nifty feature. You can display the account name when you hover on different posts. This lets visitors know where your content has been brought in from.
Once you’re happy with your feed, click on the device icons at the top of your Design page to see that your feed looks great on all three devices. You can always change things up a bit for each device by adding different layouts and customizations.
Filter and moderate your feed
Spotlight PRO gives you the option to filter and moderate your feed. This gives you full control over what your feed will look like on your WordPress website.
You can filter your feed by showing or hiding posts with a specific word or phrase in their caption, or by hashtag.
For this tutorial, I’ve skipped over to the Moderate tab. Here I selected the Only show the selected posts button and selected the images that I want to show in this particular feed. All other posts will be greyed out.
Embed your feed
All you need to do now is save your feed with a familiar name and Spotlight will generate a shortcode for you. Copy the shortcode and paste it in any post, page, sidebar, or footer. You can also use Spotlight’s dedicated widget, if you prefer.
Spotlight makes showcasing multiple Instagram accounts in one feed a breeze with its easy-to-use interface and fast response time. It comes with a ton of customization options and upgrading to Spotlight PRO can also enable you to show tagged and hashtag posts from all over Instagram.
Additionally, Spotlight comes with its own caching system. This means that even if Instagram were to go down, Spotlight will make sure that your feed is always looking stunning.
Have you used Spotlight to display multiple Instagram accounts in one feed? Let us know in the comments section below.