How To Automatically Post From WordPress To Instagram Tutorial

How To Automatically Post From WordPress To Instagram Tutorial
06/12/2018

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A few weeks ago I was in a need to automatically post from WordPress to Instagram from my website.

When I started searching tool or plugin which will provide that, I was unpleseantly surprised finding out that this will not be an easy task.

So I have WordPress website in a particular niche. I have Instagram account for that site. Lazy as I am I decided I dont want to manually repost and pubslish post to Instagram every time I publish new content or want to republish existing.

Naturally, I started searching for terms like WordPress auto post to Instagram, how to share WordPress posts on Instagram, etc. You get the point.

The first thing I done was to check if there is recipe on IFTTT for my purpose. There were many Instagram to WordPress recipes, but no WordPress to Instagram.

Then I found out that official Instagram API is not accepting images from anything other than mobile devices. I understand that move from Instagram. They don’t want spammers publishing via bots.

Which means no automatic processes. Just good old manual posting.

Luckily I managed to found two plugins which promised auto post WordPress to Instagram feature. One of them was Social Network Auto Poster. Or shorter SNAP.

I am already using the free version of this plugin, so didnt know that in PRO version, not long ago, developer introduced a new feature.

Option to post from WordPress to Instagram automatically when new post is published. Or even repost existing content. That was enough for me to buy PRO version which comes with tons of features and costs only $49.

I also found another plugin in Codecanyon repository. This plugin is called Instagram Auto Poster. This plugin is relatively new and costs $19. Of course it doesnt have many features like SNAP does as it is oriented especially to post WordPress images to Instagram.

Taking into consideration that social media plays a critical role in promoting content and engaging readers, it is important to have your social media accounts set up. Preferably on auto pilot.

It makes it easier to reach out to new readers while allowing for greater engagement via comments and discussions.

Manually sharing every post on all the different social media networks can get tiresome. If you don’t wish to share it manually every time, you can use one of many plugins or tools available.

Your site or blog is already posting your content to Facebook and Twitter. So what about Instagram?

 

How To Post From WordPress To Instagram?

No obstacle in WordPress can’t be solved using plugins. I will present you two methods how to share WordPress blog on Instagram.

These two approaches using SNAP plugin and Instagram Auto Poster are only ways I managed to find. If you know other options, please let me know.

 

METHOD #1 Social Network Auto Poster (SNAP) – PAID

This plugin automatically publishes posts from your blog to your Social Network accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+(Google Plus), Blogger, Tumblr, Flickr, LiveJournal, Flipboard, Instagram, Telegram… The whole process is completely automated.

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Just write the blog post and plugin will do the rest. Once you click “Publish” button, your post or announcement will go to all your configured Social Networks accounts.

What is the difference between “Free” and “Pro” versions?

Free plugin is limited to one account per each type of connected networks. In other words you can add 1 Facebook, AND 1 Twitter AND 1 LinkedIn AND 1 etc … accounts in the “Free” version. This is enough for about 95% of users.

Pro plugin is NOT limited in number of accounts per each type of connected networks. You can add 10 (or 100) Facebook, AND 15 Twitter AND 5 LinkedIn AND 25, etc … accounts in the “Pro” version.

Why some networks are not free?

Networks without native API like Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Flipboard, LinkedIn Company pages and groups, Reddit, etc…don’t allow to make posts. SNAP author had to create and maintain own API libraries for such networks, and those libraries are available separately for some fee.

Some networks like Blogger and LinkedIn have free built-in APIs, but those APIs are limited in some ways. In such cases, plugin can use free API to the full extend of the network imposed limitation. 

 

I will not go in all features that SNAP has to offers as there is a lot of them and because I already wrote review on Social Network Auto Poster.

In order to be able to publish WordPress posts automatically on Instagram you will need to buy PRO version which costs $49. This is great price considering additional features you receive + features from free version.

 

Post from WordPress to Instagram tutorial using SNAP

First step is to connect Instagram to your WordPress site.

1. Login to your WordPress Admin Panel, Go to the Settings->Social Networks Auto Poster Options.
2. Click “Add new account” button, select “Instagram” from the list.
3. Fill your Instagram username and password.

 

wordpress auto post to instagram

 

You can set image format to be extended, cropped or untouched.

Extended – Image is extended by the longer side to make it square. The whole image will be seen in the stream and in the full view. In the stream image will appear smaller.

 

wordpress to instagram post

 

Cropped – Image is cropped to make it square. Some parts of the image will be permanently removed.

Untouched – Image is untouched. Instagram will crop image for the stream. Could cause “Uploaded image isn’t in an allowed aspect ratio” Error.

To be able to share WordPress post images on Instagram you will need to buy PRO version. Paid version costs $49 on a yearly basis.

 

How to avoid Instagram’s SPAM filter using SNAP?

Instagram has a SPAM filter. That filter does not care about autoposting, but it does notice some things that are hard/unusual to do from the phone, but very easy using the SNAP.

Instagram always watches new accounts. The older your account, the less likely it will be considered as “spamming account.”

Instagram does not support links at all. You can put URL to your description, but it won’t be clickable. Instagram considers all posts with URLs as suspicious, but most of all Instagram hates shortened URLs. Almost 100% of posts with shortened URLs will be considered as spam and deleted.

Do not include most popular tags. Instagram considers all posts with most popular tags as suspicious.

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Do not post more than humanly possible. If you post five posts per minute 24/7, your account will be noticed.

If you already got hit by SPAM filter, try to make several posts from your phone without any links or hashtags. Instagram will unmark your account as “Spammer” after some time.

You can’t use plugin with Facebook or Google+ Instagram accounts. You need to have a native Instagram account.

METHOD #2 Instagram Auto Poster – WordPress to Instagram – PAID

The plugin allows you to send posts automatically to your Instagram account.

To use the plugin you just have to enter your Instagram username and password. There are not any settings except that. Simple and straightforward.

 

how to post from WordPress to instagram plugin

 

Choose if you want or not to automatically publish posts from WordPress to your Instagram account.

Set message format and you are done. Price for this plugin is $19 and can be purchased on CodeCanyon.

METHOD #3 Instagram Auto Post & Scheduler – Nextpost Instagram – PAID

To offer something different, I am including php script to the methods. So this is not a WordPress plugin but a php script which you install on your server.

Nextpost is an online marketing auto posting web application that allows you to auto post to Instagram, schedule and manage your Instagram accounts.

You don’t even need to log-in and out of various social media platforms as you can conveniently manage multiple Instagram accounts from a single place.

Nextpost allows you to post to your Instagram accounts simultaneously.

 

Instagram Auto Post Scheduler Nextpost Instagram review

 

As you add content to your Instagram, Nextpost automatically posts the same content to your other accounts.

You can import images from your Dropbox and OneDrive accounts using Nextpost.

With built-in PayPal and Skrill integration, Nextpost allows you accept payments from your users for using your website.

To enable PayPal integration you just need PayPal API Client ID and Client Secret.

After setting-up Stripe integration, your users ill be available to make a payment with their bank cards without leaving your website.

 

How To Automatically Post From WordPress To Instagram Summary

Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms with the huge user base.

If you can post quality images regularly and create a follower base, Instagram can benefit your business.

Using above-mentioned plugins you can use the platform to help your online business and get some extra traffic to your site.

Stop manually posting every time you want to publish new post from WordPress to Instagram. Let the plugin do the work so you can focus on more important things like writing content.

If you need to showcase your exisitng images from Instagram on your WordPress website, then I reccomend InstaShow. I have write InstaShow review so check it out.

Now over to you dear reader. Let me know in comments below what you think and if you know any other way or tool to post automatically from WordPress to Instagram.

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I love making websites, especially in WordPress. Hope reading content on this website you will find helpful tips, tutorials, comparisons, and product reviews which will help improve your site and skyrocket your business.

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60 Comments

  1. samdani
    August 30, 12:59 #1 samdani

    This is the best guideline how To Post From WordPress To Instagram. I would like to congratulation for this great contribution. Thanks a for sharing this content with us.

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  2. ANZ
    October 10, 08:57 #2 ANZ

    Can I post woocommerce products automatically in istagram using snap?

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    • Kasa
      November 02, 14:15 Kasa Author

      I see it is new plugin without any reviews yet. I might give it a try to test. Thanks for letting me know about free option to automatically post WordPress featured image to Instagram account.

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    • Satish
      April 26, 01:45 Satish

      Hi,
      I tried this and this stops me to auto publish on other social media, I have working plugin for fb,twitter, G+.
      After activating this plugin, it’s posting to FB only..
      Let me know if this worked for you.

      Thanks

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      • Kasa
        April 26, 13:30 Kasa Author

        I personally didnt test this plugin as I see it was not updated for long time (in time of writing this).

        I still recommend using SNAP PRO. I had some issues but now posting from WordPress to Instagram finally works smooth.

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  3. Mala beads
    December 27, 12:46 #4 Mala beads

    Thank for the best article i readed. May i know how to display instagram in website? Onexe again thank you Kasa.

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  4. Unsatisfied
    December 31, 06:52 #5 Unsatisfied

    Just bear in mind that whilst snap is great, the support is non existamt, so if it works for you great, but if it does not i would not hold your breath expecting support…

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    • Kasa
      January 03, 13:16 Kasa Author

      Yes, I agree. SNAP support is terrible. You can be lucky if you even receive answer.

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  5. jambles
    January 26, 06:15 #6 jambles

    Anything for shopify?

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  6. LadyCobraa
    January 27, 00:16 #7 LadyCobraa

    I use SNAP to auto post my articles to social media. If i also use the instagram part will it post pictures from my articles? i only want my gallery to post to instagram.

    Reply to this comment
  7. Gas
    February 21, 11:32 #8 Gas

    WP2Instagram is a free plugin to post automatically to instagram. just sign in with and thats it

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    • Kasa
      February 21, 14:46 Kasa Author

      Thank you for letting me know about this free plugin to automatically post from WordPress to Instagram.

      As I can see it has been long time since it was last updated so I wonder if it still works.

      Also plugin author didnt put much effort to at least add featured image for plugin and some description under FAQ and images under screenshots.

      All this can help to prevail for potential users so that they install plugin.

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  8. Melanie
    May 10, 17:21 #9 Melanie

    Hi Kasa, great post. Also check out the Blog2Social plugin or Webapp to automatically post and schedule image posts to Instagram.
    This is how it works:
    https://www.blog2social.com/en/faq/content/2/19/en/how-do-i-connect-blog2social-with-instagram.html

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    • Kasa
      May 11, 16:32 Kasa Author

      Hi Melanie,

      Thank you for letting me know about Blog2Social plugin which also can be used to post from WordPress to Instagram automatically.

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      • AB
        July 25, 16:53 AB

        Blog2Social Requires at minimum a WordPress Business plan, even for the Blog2Social free version, FYI. Still growing the home business right now, was hoping to hold -off on the business plan until next year! LOL!

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  9. alino95
    May 22, 00:55 #10 alino95

    Thanks for this awsome info 🙂 It was just what I needed for automatically publishing my WordPress post featured images to my Instagram account.

    Reply to this comment
    • Kasa
      May 22, 13:02 Kasa Author

      I am glad to see this post was of help to you. If you have any questions, let me know.

      Reply to this comment
  10. Lilly
    June 03, 12:48 #11 Lilly

    Hi! Nice article, but I have one question. Why not to use online services for uploading pics from PC on insta? I upload and schedule photos thanks to push.photo . And without downloading any app (really hate having millions of apps). And it’s more convenient for me, because my laptop is on limit memory

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    • Kasa
      June 06, 13:22 Kasa Author

      This is first time I hear for push.photo. It looks as it can do the job right.

      I prefer SNAP as it can post to dozens of social sharing sites automatically every time I publish new post.

      Reply to this comment
  11. Olawale Daniel
    June 14, 22:29 #12 Olawale Daniel

    I have tried all my best to get instagram working to autopost on social media networks but to failure until I came across your article, KASA.

    Thank you for your article KASA.

    Reply to this comment
  12. Deer
    July 21, 16:55 #13 Deer

    I purchased an Instagram Auto Poster Word Press to Instagram as you suggested, but I can;t figure out how to install it in my WordPress account

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    • Kasa
      July 30, 20:33 Kasa Author

      For any questions regarding problems with the plugin you should contact plugin author or support.

      Reply to this comment
  13. KRISHNA KANT
    September 30, 19:18 #14 KRISHNA KANT

    Thanks for posting this i really need this.

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  14. Khürt L. Williams
    October 06, 19:18 #15 Khürt L. Williams

    Is the Instagram username and password stored in WordPress or is it sent to SNAP?

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    • Kasa
      October 06, 19:20 Kasa Author

      You have to input username and password in SNAP plugin settings from your site WordPress dashboard. I doubt it is stored anywhere so that author of plugin can see it.

      Reply to this comment
  15. Tip9ja
    October 25, 07:45 #16 Tip9ja

    There is a free plugin for this in wp repo.

    Reply to this comment
  16. kevin
    November 15, 08:47 #17 kevin

    is there tool for posting wordpress video on instagram?

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    • Kasa
      November 15, 17:03 Kasa Author

      Good question. It seems SNAP doesn’t have that option and in case of video will probably just post featured image.

      I dont know of plugin which can do that.

      Reply to this comment
  17. Eddiemoney
    December 15, 19:15 #18 Eddiemoney

    I have been looking into this for a while now. I’m happy to see that theres a blog for people on the same page.

    https://codecanyon.net/item/instagram-auto-poster-wordpress-to-instagram/17092110?ref=Bestplugin

    This looks promissing but theres no video feature. it cost $20 and the developer is promising to have video being anoption, but he has been saying this for over a year.

    https://codecanyon.net/item/autoposting-to-instagram-wordpress-instagram-plugin-posting/17939468?ref=Bestplugin

    does support video but has limited option with hastags and post titles. it only cost 17 bucks and it hasn’t been updated in over a year.

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    • Kasa
      December 15, 22:25 Kasa Author

      I have not tried or used neither plugin from mentioned. But second (AutoPosting to Instagram – WordPress Instagram Plugin Posting) says it was last updated 15 August 17.

      Dont look at the changelog at the end as it is not automatically generated but depends if author ads it each time.

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  18. Li-An
    December 20, 16:29 #19 Li-An

    Hello, SNAP Pro alone does not give you the ability to post to Instagram. For this, you need a yearly SNAP API subscription (49 $/year) wich is pretty expensive if you are not a pro. If you pay for the API, SNAP Pro is free.

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    • Kasa
      December 20, 20:31 Kasa Author

      Yes, SNAP in free version doesn’t have the option to post from WordPress to Instagram. $49/YEAR for SNAP API is not expensive at all considering what you get.

      Also, you can use it on an unlimited number of your sites.

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  19. Li-An
    December 20, 16:32 #20 Li-An

    I took a look at Instagram Auto Poster and it seems broken for the moment (developer tries to fix it).

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  20. tecnologia geek
    March 22, 02:52 #21 tecnologia geek

    this plugin Instagram Auto Poster dont work, i buy this and have a error , instagram blocked for security reason, thanks to code canyon, the devoleper is issue a money refund to who ever buy this plugin.

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    • Kasa
      March 22, 12:15 Kasa Author

      Thank you for letting me know about this issue. Maybe it will get fixed by author in the future.

      Reply to this comment
  21. Adeptniyi
    June 04, 15:28 #22 Adeptniyi

    This is very detailed tutorial. Thanks for letting me know about SNAP plugin.

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    • Kasa
      June 05, 23:00 Kasa Author

      If you have any questions how WordPress to Instagram functionality works, just ask.

      Reply to this comment
  22. Nancy
    June 09, 11:42 #23 Nancy

    Can I auto share Woocommerce product to Instagram?

    Reply to this comment
  23. Roshan
    June 12, 09:41 #24 Roshan

    This is just what I was looking for. Thanks for this great post.

    Reply to this comment
  24. Roshan Ogrey
    July 03, 08:35 #25 Roshan Ogrey

    Finally, I found useful post. Thanks for this. I will check SNAP for automatically posting from WordPress to Instagram.

    Reply to this comment
  25. OliverdelaRosa
    July 03, 15:01 #26 OliverdelaRosa

    Very nice tutorial, but… can’t be a way of doing it for free?

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  26. NERO
    August 25, 07:53 #27 NERO

    Has anyone been able to use SNAP to post a video to Instagram or just photos at this point?

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    • Kasa
      August 29, 01:47 Kasa Author

      Both should work. If any issues you better contact support, though in my experience support is not exisitng.

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  27. Atomic Bong
    November 20, 13:52 #28 Atomic Bong

    Is there any multi user plugin that works fine for this?
    Instagram just released an update where they are stopping posting from 3rd party applications.
    Apparently some new ML algorithm which detects it.
    The SNAP plugin anyway had many issues in posting via their API to Instagram. Is there any decent plugin that posts to insta and other social media.

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    • Kasa
      November 20, 14:48 Kasa Author

      As I understand they are not stopping posting from 3rd party applications but trying to stop fake likes and comments from 3rd party applications.

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