Spotlight Social Media Feeds


Embed Instagram feeds anywhere on your website. Choose a beautifully designed template, connect your Instagram account and customise unlimited Instagram feeds to embed across your website.

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Embed your Instagram feed in less than 7 clicks!

Follow 3 simple steps from start to finish:

  1. Design your Instagram feed or choose a pre-made template.
  2. Connect your Instagram account (or your client’s).
  3. Embed your Instagram feed on any page, sidebar, footer, etc.

Free Features

  • Connect one or multiple Instagram accounts.
  • Combine multiple Instagram accounts in a single Instagram feed.
  • Create unlimited Instagram feeds to use across your site.
  • Display photos, videos, and IGTV videos.
  • 4 free templates to choose from (or design your own).
  • Grid layout with various design options.
  • Customise the design, including padding and font sizes.
  • Order Instagram posts by date, popularity, or at random.
  • Change the number of columns in the feed.
  • Change the number of Instagram posts shown in the feed.
  • Change the size of the Instagram feed or have it to automatically take up any area it is embedded into.
  • Popup lightbox on click to display full-size photos and playable videos directly on your website.
  • Feed header with your Instagram account’s avatar and bio.
  • Add a custom bio text and profile photo per account or feed.
  • Set custom text and colours for the “Follow” button.
  • Set custom text and colours for the “Load More” button.
  • Show or hide the feed header, “Follow” button”, and “Load More” button.
  • Applies your theme’s fonts and styles to blend in automatically.
  • 100% responsive Instagram feed, customisable per device.
  • Embed Instagram feeds on any page, post, footer or sidebar using our Instagram block, widget and shortcode.

EXCLUSIVE: Spotlight includes a live interactive preview to see exactly what you’re designing for each device (desktop, tablet, and phone) before embedding it anywhere on your site.

Agencies and Developers: Spotlight provides an Access Token Generator so clients won’t need to share Instagram login details.

How can I use an Instagram feed?

Automatically Updated Galleries
Gone are the days of manually updating your website’s gallery with new photos and videos. Simply post to Instagram and Spotlight will update your site’s gallery automatically.

Instant Social Proof
Instagram is a great platform for building relationships with your followers. Share that same experience with your website visitors and showcase your followers’ love for you.

New Connections and Followers
Boost social engagement on your website and increase your Instagram follower count. Add a “Follow on Instagram” button to your Instagram feed to turn visitors into followers.

BONUS: Upgrade your “Coming soon” and “Maintenance” Pages
Make these pages stand out and put them to work by embedding an Instagram feed with a “Follow” button. Convert otherwise lost site visitors into Instagram followers to generate new leads.

Why Choose Spotlight Instagram Feeds?

1. Easy to Use
From selecting a template to displaying an Instagram feed on your website in less than 7 clicks. It’s really that simple.

2. Fully Responsive
Our templates are fully responsive by default and you can also create your own 100% responsive designs, customising them per device.

3. Constantly Improving
There’s so much more that can be done with your Instagram feed. We are constantly working to make that happen.

4. Fast and Helpful Support
Mark and Miguel provide support for both the free and PRO versions of Spotlight while developing new features throughout the year. Whenever you have a question or think of a new feature you’d like to see, we’re always available via email.

PRO Features

Level up your Instagram feeds with Spotlight PRO. More templates, more layouts, new customisation options, filtering and moderation, link in bio templates, hashtag feeds, shoppable Instagram feeds, and much more.

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Here’s a look at some of the PRO features currently available:

  • New PRO templates
  • PRO layouts (slider, masonry, highlight)
  • Hashtag feeds – hashtag posts from across Instagram
  • Tagged post feeds – show posts you’re tagged in
  • Caption filtering (show/hide)
  • Hashtag filtering (show/hide)
  • Visual moderation (hand-pick the posts to show/hide)
  • Promote: link to posts, pages, WooCommerce products and more
  • Promote: add call-to-actions to your Instagram posts
  • Promote: automatically link Instagram posts based on hashtags
  • Hover styles
  • Header styles
  • Show captions and like & comment counts
  • Embed Instagram stories in the profile photo (just like Instagram)

BONUS: Elementor Instagram Widget – Officially Recommended

Testimonials – “The Best Instagram Plugin”

Spotlight helps thousands of WordPress site owners add Instagram feeds to their websites. There’s a reason many people are switching from other Instagram feed plugins to Spotlight.

Real User Reviews

  • “You don’t need to mess around, styling is easy and it looks good with minimal effort. Excellent work!” – Jennifer Line

  • “If you’re ready to start nailing the BIG 3 C’s of having a website, that is building credibility, staying current, and having a better connection with your website visitors, check out Spotlight Instagram feeds today.” – Adam @ WP Crafter

  • “I used to struggle with all sorts of crappy Instagram plugins until I found this one! The customization in unparalleled and when I stumbled into a weird glitch (because of an error I made) their tech-support help me solve it. Love you guys <3 thank you!” – Rogue Media Group

  • I loved this so much I upgraded to the Pro version. It was everything I was wishing for for years! Super easy to set up and the documentation is great. Support is also very responsive.” – Espressivo

  • “This plugin strongly helps me to increase the interaction on my Instagram account from my website. I didn’t need to watch 100 tutorials to be able to handle the plugin correctly.” – Michael Kihl

  • “After fiddling with a couple of other plugin options for IG feeds, I installed Spotlight and had it working in seconds.” – Dave Von Bieker

Recommended By Top Publications:


  • Embed your Instagram feed using Spotlight.
  • Open photos and videos in a popup lightbox.
  • Choose a 100% responsive template or design your own custom feeds.
  • Connect one or more accounts and combine multiple in a single feed.
  • Fully customizable to fit perfectly into any design on all devices.
  • A hashtag feed using the Highlight layout. [Requires Spotlight Instagram Feeds PRO]
  • Sell WooCommerce products through your Instagram feed. [Requires Spotlight Instagram Feeds PRO]


Installation Method 1

  1. Go to the Plugins page in your WordPress site’s dashboard.
  2. Click on the “Add New” button.
  3. Search for “Spotlight Social Media Feeds”.
  4. Click on the “Install” button next to it, then hit “Activate”.
  5. Go to the “Instagram Feeds” menu item to get started.

Installation Method 2

  1. Click on the “Download” button above.
  2. Upload the zip file to your site from the Plugins page in your WordPress site’s dashboard.
  3. Activate the plugin.
  4. Go to the “Instagram Feeds” menu item to get started.

Step 1. Choose a template or design your own

Choose one of our fully responsive and beautifully design Instagram feed templates or design your own. The templates are also fully customizable so you can change every detail to make it match your website perfectly.

Step 2. Connect Your Instagram Account

Follow the instructions to connect your, or your clients’ Instagram account. You may connect multiple Instagram accounts and manage them all from the Accounts settings page. More information on how to connect Instagram accounts in Spotlight is provided in our documentation here.

Step 3. Embed Your Instagram Feed

Spotlight provides three methods to embed your Instagram feed anywhere on your website.

  • Block – “Spotlight Instagram Feed”
  • Widget – “Spotlight Instagram Feed”
  • Shortcode – [instagram feed=”456″]


How can I only display posts that use a specific Instagram hashtag?

With Spotlight PRO you can use either of two options.

Firstly, you can choose to display posts that include a specific hashtag from all across Instagram. (Learn more).

Secondly, you can use Hashtag filtering to show or hide posts from your connected Instagram account that use a specific hashtag. Learn more.

Can I display posts from multiple Instagram accounts in one gallery?

Yes. With Spotlight you can create feeds that feature photos and videos from multiple Instagram accounts within the same feed. Simply connect the Instagram user accounts you want to display posts from and select them in the “Connect” step of the feed editor in Spotlight.

How do I connect my Instagram account?

Once you install Spotlight, a welcome screen appears that guides you on how to connect your first Instagram user account. Click on the connect button and it will show you two options, Personal or Business. Pick the one that applies to you, authorise Spotlight through the popup that appears and you’re all set.

How many Instagram accounts can I connect?

Spotlight has no limit on the number of Instagram accounts you may connect. So long as you have legitimate access to those accounts, you can connect them directly through Spotlight or by using an Instagram access token (for developers).

Where can I find my Instagram Access Token and User ID?

Option 1: Use Spotlight’s Access Token Generator.

Option 2: If your Instagram account is already connected in Spotlight, go to Instagram Feeds > Settings. From the first page, Accounts, click on the Instagram username or the “info” option under Actions. Enter your admin account’s password to view the access token details.

How many feeds can I set up and display?

Spotlight sets no limit on the number of feeds you can set up. Design one for your footer, another for the sidebar, and one to fill an entire page – let your imagination run free. You can even show multiple feeds on the same page!

Can I display multiple Instagram feeds on the same page or site?

Yes. With Spotlight you can embed multiple Instagram feeds on a single page, a single post, in widget areas, and across your entire website. There are no limits and each feed can be unique or re-used in multiple places.

Can I show full-size photos and play Instagram videos directly on my website?

Yes, Spotlight’s free version includes a lightbox (popup) that will display your photos and playable videos in their full size over your entire website. Keep site visitors exactly where you want them – on your website!

If you want to enhance the popup, Spotlight PRO adds a sidebar to the lightbox which will display your Instagram captions, comments, published date, and more.

Can I hand-pick specific posts to hide or show in my Instagram feed?

Yes, we understand that you may have certain posts that you don’t want to show on your website. By using the Moderation option in Spotlight PRO you can hand-pick the photos and videos that you either want to show or hide on your website. Learn more.

Will Spotlight’s Instagram feeds work well with my theme?

Yes, aside from the customisation options provided by Spotlight itself, the plugin is also set up to use your theme’s fonts to completely match your brand’s look and feel on your website.

Why is my Instagram feed not displaying correctly or at all?

There are a few reasons that this may happen. We have documented the reasons and solutions here.


24 студзеня, 2022
I was very happy to get help on a problem that drove me crazy. Thanks for the peace of mind.
13 снежня, 2021
It works great with the business profile. I had no trouble at all getting it going. The options are very intuitive.
28 лістапада, 2021
We developed an international e-commerce site in over 5 different countries that needed an Instagram integration. Our experience of this plugin was phenomenal, easy to use and easy to customise. Customer support is fantastic as they are always ready to assist and will go out of their way to provide the necessary support. Highly recommended!
25 лістапада, 2021
Mark @ Spotlight was very knowledgeable and solved my issue within 48hrs. His email instructions were clear and easy to follow. He also suggested some custom CSS to make everything a little more polished. Highly recommend this plugin.
8 лістапада, 2021
This Spotlight plugin is everything it's advertised to be -- convenient, and intuitive. And I appreciate having a choice of layouts to use. I def recommend this plugin to anyone who wants their IG feed to actually "work" for them and do more than display a block of irrelevant images that just take up space (a bit of a pet peeve of mine). I opted for the Pro features because I wanted the integrated functionality -- the ability to use hashtags as a source for image selection, and linking to posts from the images on our website. These two features alone bring us more traffic to the pages we want to bring attention to, esp for products we sell. Being able to link images to any page (on or off-site) is very useful. I hesitated paying for an upgrade but in this case it pays for itself and, it's a business expense anyway 😉 I also love that it's integrated with Elementor (I wish all of my plugins did that)! I also can't say enough about the customer support. These guys actually answer emails and are genuinely interested in my successful use of their product (can't say that about every developer)! Kudos to the creators of this plugin! I hope you continue to keep it updated because I hope to keep using it 🙂
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Contributors & Developers

“Spotlight Social Media Feeds” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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0.9.8 (2021-11-17)

– Now requiring a minimum WordPress version of 5.7

– “Thumbnail not available” issue for wide feeds on larger screens
– On some sites, the plugin’s cron jobs were not being properly registered

0.9.7 (2021-10-20)

– The WordPress widget has been renamed to make it clearer in Elementor which widget is which
– Captions are now synced when posts are updated

– Posts without thumbnails caused the feed to crash when those posts are clicked or the feed is very wide
– Some posts would wrongly use the original Instagram CDN image, even if Spotlight had generated optimized thumbnails
– The feed would wrongly show “Thumbnail not available” for posts that had thumbnails available
– Some sites that had HTTPS correctly configured were still seeing the notice that recommends enabling HTTPS

0.9.6 (2021-10-06)

– Account access tokens are now encrypted in the database
– Viewing an account’s access token now requires entering your password
– Videos in the popup box now sit on top of a black background
– Now recommending HTTPS and the “openssl” PHP extension

– Videos in the popup box were invisible when using certain themes
– The popup box now shows an error if a video cannot load
– Videos in albums did not have their URLs updated
– Album posts would sometimes show “Thumbnail not available” even when a thumbnail is available.

0.9.5 (2021-08-16)

– Videos in gallery posts had broken URLs and could not be played from the popup box
– Feeds only imported posts automatically from the first source

0.9.4 (2021-08-12)

– A feed can no longer have the same account selected multiple times (how did you guys even manage that?)
– An infinite request loop if a thumbnail fails to load in the feed
– A previous solution for the “Image not available” error in the popup box was not working correctly
– JSON data in HTML attributes is now encased in single quotes to prevent escaping problems

0.9.3 (2021-08-09)

– The minimum WordPress version requirement is now version 5.3
– The popup box no longer shows images from Instagram’s CDN by default
– Photos in album posts now have their thumbnails downloaded and generated
– Optimized some database queries for better performance
– Avoiding an unnecessary image redirect when showing images in the popup box
– Thumbnails in the feed now have explicit “width” and “height” attributes

– Fixed a JS error that caused the feed editor page to go blank
– The “Feeds” column in the “Settings > Accounts” page did not show any feeds
– The import completion notification was wrongly saying that more batches were being imported
– The styling of the navbar in the admin app was broken on Chrome
– Fixed an error that prevented the cache from being cleared

0.9.2 (2021-07-29)

– Added a filter to transform Instagram post responses from the REST API

– More user-friendly error message when connecting with an invalid access token

– Duplicate posts were being imported, causing memory exhaustion errors
– Fixed a database insertion error
– Fixed a fatal error when a response status code is invalid
– Fixed an argument type error that is triggered during the clean up cron job
– Fixed blank admin UI for mobile devices on WordPress 5.8

0.9.1 (2021-07-23)

– Fixed an error on the “Widgets” page for WordPress version 5.8
– Fixed a PHP notice when clearing the cache if the thumbnails folder does not exist
– The original image would not be deleted after optimization if an error occurs

0.9 (2021-07-20)

– Accessibility and SEO attributes to buttons and links in the feed

– Replaced the built-in import engine with an upgraded version
– Posts that have not changed on Instagram will not be updated unnecessarily
– Large numbers of Instagram posts are now imported in batches
– Minor database query optimizations

– Timeout errors when importing large numbers of Instagram posts
– Timeout errors when clearing the cache for large numbers of Instagram posts
– A PHP notice about an undefined ‘shortcode’ index
– A conflict with pages that have the word “spotlight” in their permalink
– Expired images in the popup now fallback to a local image
– A styling incompatibility with LearnDash Advanced Quizzes
– Vertical center alignment for album images and videos
– The feeds shows the wrong number of posts when tablets and phones show more than on desktop

0.8.2 (2021-06-30)

– Replaced Guzzle with an in-house solution, resolving many plugin conflicts
– The feed is now centered in its container or block when its width is not set to “Auto”

– The header “Account to show” option did not work
– A conflict with BuddyBoss caused a fatal error due to a typed shortcode parameter

0.8.1 (2021-06-09)

– The Guzzle conflict detection has been disabled due to false-positives

0.8 (2021-06-08)

– New feed templates to get started with a preset design
– Feeds can now be exported and imported
– Integration with WP Rocket and Litespeed Cache plugins
– You can now start designing feeds before connecting an account
– The REST API now includes an “Expires” header for proper browser caching
– A link to customer support in the navigation bar when on the Feeds page
– New dev tools page to help diagnose problems (currently hidden)

– Reduced total size of JS and CSS loaded on the site by 28%
– Removed use of dashicons in the feed
– Moved the preview device selector into the preview viewport
– Icons have been added to the action menus for feeds and accounts for better clarity
– Delete options in the action menus for feeds and accounts are now red to indicate danger

– Fixed a conflict with the WooCommerce Paypal Payments extension
– Album images of posts not owned by your account no longer request the thumbnail, which caused an API error
– Various usability and accessibility fixes in the feed editor

0.7 (2021-04-08)

– Support for IGTV videos
– New link to the “Feeds” page in the Plugins page
– New link to documentation and FAQs in the Plugins page
– New options for hover colors and border radius for the “Follow” and “Load more” buttons
– New option to toggle whether the “Load more” button causes the page to scroll down
– Optimization can now be run manually from the “Configuration” settings page
– URLs in captions are now turned into links

– Reduced the total size of JS and CSS loaded on the site by 70%
– Improved updating of data during imports
– Removing use of PATCH and DELETE HTTP methods

– Feeds had no header if another feed on the same page showed a header for the same account
– Some tagged posts could not be imported due to use of invalid request fields

0.6.1 (2021-03-04)

– Now compatible with PHP8

– An error, caused by curly braces offset access syntax, which is not supported in PHP8.

0.6 (2021-03-03)

– New option to duplicate feeds

– The feed did not load on sites that send CORS preflight requests
– Fixed hashtags without spaces between them becoming a single link
– Undefined index errors during an import or update

0.5.4 (2021-02-11)

– Now detecting a conflict with the official “Facebook for WordPress” plugin

– Fixed “Argument 1 passed” error when viewing/previewing a feed

0.5.3 (2021-02-04)

– Added the ability to clear cache for a single feed only
– Added more tooltips in the editor and improved the wording of existing tooltips
– Added a notification if an error occurs while saving the settings

– The actions in the feeds list are now in a menu
– The feed usages in the feeds list now link to the post on the site, not the edit page
– The sources in the feeds list now link to the account info or hashtag page on Instagram
– The default click behavior on mobile devices is now set to open the popup box
– The admin interface uses the WP Admin color scheme as much as possible
– Better error messages when account connection fails
– The copied info from our access token generator can now be directly pasted into the access token field
– Unavailable images and videos now show a message in the popup box, instead of broken content
– The popup box’s size in the preview now matches the device being previewed

– Image and video URLs were not being renewed, causing broken content when they expire
– Thumbnails are now served using HTTPS is the site is using SSL
– The popup box is no longer too large for mobile devices
– Text in the popup box was too large
– The popup box now prevents the page from scrolling, which used to result in 2 scrollbars
– Extending the execution time during imports to prevent long imports from terminating early
– Fixed incompatibility with plugins that introduced circular references in post type objects
– Fixed an SQL error that occurs when using MySQL version 8.0 or later
– All connected accounts were being included in a feed’s context, even if unused in that feed
– Scrollbars would show up in the editor preview, even when there was nothing to scroll

0.5.2 (2020-12-17)

– The plugin now checks for required PHP extensions and will show a message if one is missing

– The “Cookie nonce is invalid” error has been changed to highlight that you are not logged in
– Tweaked the scaling of the hover date so that it doesn’t overlap with the Instagram icon

– Fixed an “Invalid argument type” error that occurs during import
– When the feed loads a post with a video in an album, the feed app would crash
– On 32-bit systems, feeds would only show 1 post
– The logo in the block editor is too large when using certain themes
– The onboarding process triggered a feed load twice after connecting the account, resulting in an error
– When navigating away from the editor, the “unsaved changes” prompt did not show up

0.5.1 (2020-12-01)

– Optimized the rendering for the grid layout, resulting in smoother loading animations

– All posts in the feed would flash when more posts are loaded using the “Load more” button
– When PHP strict_types is enabled, a type error occurred while fetching posts from Instagram

0.5 (2020-11-17)

– New option in the feeds list to update the Instagram posts for a feed
– The “Show/hide PRO Features” selection is remembered in the browser

– Video thumbnails are generated for non-tagged and non-hashtag posts
– Added a notification when connecting an account using an access token fails
– Duplicate posts, even if fetched for different sources, will no longer be shown in feeds

– Incompatibility with Kadence plugins caused modal popups to not appear
– Incompatibility with LiteSpeed cache when loading JS when DOM is ready
– Corrupted feed options would cause an error that prevented editing and saving feeds
– Modals no longer cover up toast notifications in the admin app
– Warnings would show up when activating the plugin on a new site
– Cron jobs would not be recreated after their schedule is changed in the settings
– Feed usage in the block editor was not detected and shown in the feeds list
– Duplicate crons would be created when run manually using WP Crontrol

0.4.2 (2020-10-30)

– Various tiny performance optimizations
– The default optimization age limit is now 7 days, down from 30 days
– Increased the quality of generated thumbnails with minimal disk space impact

– Downloading thumbnails for videos would occasionally cause a fatal error
– Custom post types used by the plugin were not properly registered

0.4.1 (2020-10-27)

– Now using a beacon in the bottom-right of the screen for important plugin-related alerts
– Using paused videos as thumbnails, until a better solution can be found for video thumbnails

– Thumbnails are now saved locally, after Instagram made an unannounced change to their API
– Thumbnails are resized and automatically and optimally scaled for the screen

0.4 (2020-10-26)

– Greatly improved the loading time for feeds on the site
– All pages are now much more responsive and usable on mobile devices
– Filtering fields will auto-add their typed value when they lose focus
– Improved the message shown in the shortcode when a feed does not exist
– Added redundant WordPress styles to ensure a consistent look and feel

– Addressed the “Cache key is invalid” entries in the debug log
– Fixed thumbnails not loading due to Instagram deprecating their thumbnails API
– Fixed an error that sometimes prevented feeds from being saved

0.3.2 (2020-09-30)

– The plugin now clarifies whether errors come from Instagram’s API or the plugin itself
– Overall performance of the editor has been greatly improved

– The text size option was showing wrong values for tablets and phones
– Videos did not load and would remain as grey tiles
– The preview did not always reflect changes made to the feed’s options

0.3.1 (2020-09-16)

– The page would not load or crash if an account has no access token expiry date
– The top navigation bar would did not update to indicate the current tab.

0.3 (2020-09-16)

– Added a block for the WordPress Gutenberg block editor
– Account information is now updated during media imports

– Now using the WordPress-bundled React, reducing JS file sizes
– Improved the responsiveness of the navbar

– Fixed an error that caused feeds to break when not logged in

0.2.4 (2020-08-21)

– Some fields in the Design tab would incorrectly remain disabled
– The app no longer gets stuck on the flashing logo during loading
– Feeds did not work when other plugins encounter errors or raise warnings

0.2.3 (2020-08-14)

– Videos use an Instagram-style video player
– The popup box is now responsive
– Now showing smaller thumbnails in smaller feeds

– Front-end CSS is now correctly minimized for increased page load speeds
– Fixed app not loading correctly after an update, due to browser caching

0.2.2 (2020-07-30)

– Hover info now scales with the size of the media tiles in the layout

– Added reset styles to media in the popup box to improve compatibility with themes
– Improved how media in the popup box gets scaled to better match Instagram’s own scaling

– Media in the popup box would incorrectly have black bars
– Cancelling after clicking the Cancel button disabled the Cancel and Save buttons

0.2.1 (2020-07-13)

– “Too many IDs” error when a Business account has more than 50 posts

0.2 (2020-07-09)

– Freemius integration
– Admin notifications
– New “Tools” section in the settings and an option to clear the API cache
– The live preview shows a message when user options result in no posts being shown in a feed

0.1 (2020-06-23)

Initial version of Spotlight Instagram Feeds.