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Spotlight Instagram Feeds Review 2021: Is It The Best WordPress Plugin For Instagram?

Posted on the 09 June 2021 by Jitendra Vaswani @JitendraBlogger

Adding your Instagram posts to your website is just the beginning with the Spotlight Instagram Feeds plugin.

You can capitalize on Instagram's massive audience with this plugin's versatile features and drive traffic to your website and the pages that matter the most.

By using Spotlight to display Instagram photos on your website, you can:

  • Promote your landing pages with shoppable Instagram feeds or a custom page.
  • Display photos when someone tags your account and show visitors social proof.
  • Create a hashtag feed and show a crowd-sourced event page for weddings, graduations, community gatherings, and more.
  • Display an up-to-date portfolio to showcase your latest work.

You can accomplish all of this and more with Spotlight's beginner-friend ly live interactive preview. The plugin has an impressive collection of 5-star reviews , and many of them mention how easy it is to use.

Getting started with Spotlight

Spotlight comes in two versions, free and PRO. Depending on how you plan to use your Instagram photos on your website, the free plugin's available features may meet your needs. You can find it by going to Plugins > Add New and searching for Spotlight Instagram Feeds .

Using the free version, you'll have a grid-based gallery with custom colours and buttons embedded anywhere on your website in no time. With Spotlight PRO , you can take advantage of hashtag feeds, tagged posts, shoppable Instagram galleries, and much, much more.

Spotlight PRO

For monetized sites, Spotlight PRO offers a wealth of features to grow your brand and boost your revenue. With the $49/year plan, you'll have access to all the more robust features on one site.

Take a look at the key elements of the tools you'll have at your disposal.

  • Design a feed for a custom "link in bio" page and link Instagram posts on your website to any page or product.
  • Use shoppable Instagram galleries to promote your landing pages.
  • Create Automated Promotions to display posts from across Instagram that automatically link to any page.
  • Promote any page with a specific post using Global Promotions .
  • Create Tagged post feeds to show posts when someone tags your account.
  • Create hashtag feeds to show posts from across Instagram.
  • Visually moderate feeds in the live preview.
  • Filter for keywords and hashtags to moderate your feeds.
  • Choose specific post types to display (photos, videos, IGTV).

With additional plans of $79 (3 sites) and $140 (20 sites), you can bring these features to all your sites. Not sure? Try it out risk-free for 14 days - all without a credit card.

With all the positive feedback this plugin receives, you can be sure that you'll have access to thorough documentation and excellent support to get the most out of Spotlight.

With Spotlight's innovative caching system, there are no issues with page loading speed. Even better, since your feeds are cached, Spotlight will continue showing your posts on your website, even if Instagram is experiencing problems.

Here are just a few examples of the many ways you can use Spotlight on your website to capitalize on Instagram content.

Create a landing page for your Instagram account's link in bio and show off your posts. A self-hosted page for your link in bio is a genuinely great way to get your Instagram followers to your website and increase your overall traffic.

By linking posts to your most important pages, you can help keep visitors engaged and direct them to any page, post, or custom URL.

Shoppable Instagram Feeds

By placing shoppable Instagram feeds on your eCommerce website, you can increase conversions, show social proof at crucial points, and take advantage of your posts along with user-generated content to boost your sales.

Here's an example of a feed displaying on a product page with a combination of the store's posts and user posts containing the brand's hashtags.

By placing shoppable feeds on your website, you can create opportunities for cross-sells and upsells by sending clicks to your product pages.

Tagged Post Feeds

Build relationships and engage with your followers by encouraging them to tag you in posts for a chance to be featured on your website. For example, you can place a tagged post feed near your reviews or testimonial section and build trust with your website visitors.

Take advantage of user-generated content and show your customers some love! With the and Moderation tabs, you can ensure your feed looks great and stays on brand.

Now that you've got a few ideas about using Instagram posts on your website let's look at how to use the plugin to design and embed galleries.

Connecting your Instagram account is super simple, with just three clicks. You can do that in the WordPress dashboard under Instagram Feeds .

Because of the way Instagram's API works, to show hashtag feeds, tagged posts, Instagram Stories, or IGTV, you'll need to have a business account. However, if you've got a personal account, it's easy to make the switch via the link in your profile settings.

Switching your account type to a business account doesn't cost anything, and it's easy to switch back. You'll also receive some data insights to help better understand your audience on Instagram.

With Spotlight PRO installed and connected to your business account, you're ready to dig into some seriously powerful functions in the live preview. After connecting, you're taken straight to the live interactive preview showing several feed source options.

You can choose to bring in posts from your account or where your accou n t is tagged . Enter a hashtag to create a hashtag feed, or use any combination of sources. Connect as many Instagram accounts as you'd like, and they will appear here on the tab, as well.

The Design tab offers Grid, Masonry, Highlight, and Slider layout options. You can style them with different numbers of posts and columns. In the section just below, you'll find the drop-down menu to display by post type, with options for photos, videos, or IGTV.

Next, we see the Appearance section. This is where you can set the background colour, or choose a transparent background, adjust padding, and more.

The pop-up lightbox can show the sidebar and a preset number of comments. You can also choose to show post captions and the number of likes and comments in the gallery.

Responsive Design

All Spotlight galleries are responsive, and you can use the device preview to see how your feed will look on mobile devices. Here you can set up some display options to make sure the feed looks great on smaller screens, too.

In this example, I used the device preview to change the gallery's layout when viewed on a smaller screen. Now, when viewed on mobile, it shows two columns and only six posts.

The desktop version of this feed will remain unchanged.


You can show or hide posts based on keywords and hashtags in the captions on the PRO version's tab. Here you can keep out words you don't want to appear or create a hashtag feed with the hashtags and phrases you'd like to see.

Under the Moderation tab, you can visually review the feed's contents and select the posts that you want to show or hide by clicking on them.

The tab lets you link your posts to specific URLs. By selecting a post, you can choose to link it to any page, either directly or via a custom call to action in the pop-up lightbox.

Once you've set up a promotion on a post, every time the post shows up in the feed, it will automatically generate the link and custom link text.

After designing a feed and saving it, you're ready to place it anywhere on your website. There are several ways to accomplish that. First, you can copy the feed's shortcode from the tab.

In the WordPress dashboard under Appearance > Widgets , you can show a gallery in the sidebar or footer by dragging the widget over and selecting the feed.

There's a super helpful Elementor widget , too!

This feature allows you to stay in the Elementor editor while creating a new feed and tweak its settings.

In addition, managing your feeds under Instagram Feeds > Feeds is a breeze. You can also duplicate feeds or get the shortcode from each feed in the column.

Automated Promotions are where a lot of the magic happens. Setting up an automated Promotion lets you automatically link posts that contain specific hashtags to a custom URL.

This tool eliminates the need to update links manually. So you can take advantage of your hashtag campaigns or user-generated content to drive traffic and boost conversions on your website.

You can find this tool at Instagram Feeds > Promotions.

In the example above, I've got #handmadesoap designated as a hashtag to automate. Any posts that use the hashtag can now direct traffic to our product category page. By showing a feed with the #handmadesoap hashtag, we can utilize our content plus some user-generated content to boost our chances of getting visitors to the right page at the right time.

Here I have selected a product photo and linked it to the product page. So now, any time this post appears in any feed on the website, it will always link to the product's page.

As you can see, the ability to combine promotions with Instagram posts is incredibly versatile.

Conclusion: An Instagram Story With a Happy Ending | Spotlight Instagram Feeds Review 2021

With all the hard work you've put into producing content the Instagram community loves, your posts deserve the center stage on your website.

Find out more about how Spotlight can help your website at , where you can check out the demo , take a look at pricing and plans , and see which Spotlight features are right for you.

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