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I understand that you probably have your own website that you use outside of your social network, so maybe your name. com or your company blog or something like. And so you might not want to just, you know, route people to one of these third-party profile pages that I've shown you how to create in this course. May be you want to actually integrate Instagram into your existing websites. And so I want to take a minute to talk about some different ways that you can do that. The first of which is to go to Instagram. com/developer and actually read through the Developer Documentation on how to actually pull things from the Instagram system and integrate those into your blog.
This is of course one of the more technical ways to do this, but this is a great resource for web developers to go in and learn about how to actually deliver Instagram content to a website. And so there's an Overview section on Authentication, iPhone Hooks, we've also got an API Console, Endpoints, Embedding, Libraries and one my favorites, the Forum. And so the Forum actually takes you to a Google group which allows you to go through and see different forum threads and discussions around how to integrate Instagram into different websites and also different applications that people may be creating as well.
Now I understand that the API is not going to be for everyone and you might not "Speak Geek." So that's okay, you can actually use some other services to embed your Instagram photos on your website as well. If you happen to use a WordPress site either on WordPress.com or hosting your own WordPress site there are several plug-ins at WordPress.org. So if you go to wordpress.org/extend/ plugins and then do a search for Instagram there are ton of plug-ins available to you out here that work really well.
Some of the more popular ones seem to be Easy Instagram, Simply Instagram and of course Instagram for WordPress. There are some other widgets and things like that that you can use here as well. My suggestion is to download some of these, load them in one at a time into your WordPress Dashboard, activate them, see how they work, see if they're going to meet your needs, see if they are easy to customize, easy to share, things like that. And then use the one that works best for you. If you want to get some more information about these, just click on them and it takes you to the page for this and so like Easy Instagram, there're some screenshots here where you can view and see exactly how these integrate into the blog.
It actually works really nice. It's very bare bones, so if you're already into CSS you can actually go in and you can customize this pretty easily. So it's really nice to be able to do that. So again that's Easy Instagram. Let's go back and take a look at one more here. Simply Instagram. So Simply Instagram, if I go to the Screenshots section, you can kind of see how this integrates and this is actually pretty cool, it gives you a lot of information about that. And these are just like little widgets you can install in places on your website. So pretty neat there. The other method if you're not using a WordPress site or you just don't want to use a WordPress plug-in, that's okay. Go to Embedagram.
Everything is a gram when it comes to Instagram. So embedagram.com, and embedagram.com basically allows you to embed your most recent photos on your website or blog using an HTML iframe. This is kind of like when you go to YouTube, and you go to the share link on YouTube and they give you that embed code and you can post that somewhere on your website. This is the same basic things. So here is an example down here at the bottom of some Instagram photos. And when you mouse over these you will see that that links to the Instagram page for each one of these photos. You can actually go through this little Carousel and see all the different photos.
Clicking on them takes you to the photo page. So you might integrate this like at the bottom of your website or on like your social media page or something like that. It does tell you here that in order to use Embedagram that you have to authorize it through Instagram and they do show you how to do then. It says that once it's authorized there are three options to choose from the basic widget, the basic widget with custom CSS or a jQuery plug-in. This is all up to you which ones you use. Personally, I like the jQuery plug-in and the widget with custom CSS, they give you the most customization options in my opinion.
You click, let's get started right here and that's going to allow you to can then go and sign in to Instagram and allow you to start building your widget on the fly. So let's go ahead and get started. It's going to automatically come in and ask me I'm already logged in to my Instagram account, if I wasn't it would asked me to log in. And then I'll click Authorize. And so it's telling me okay, you've option of the widget, basic, what you see is what you get, Custom CSS, moderate, it's you style the widget with your own CSS, and then the jQuery plug-in, we provide images, you provide the style. So let's just see the basic widget here.
It's pretty simple. Looks just like the one you saw there. So here's my latest Instagram photos. And so all I have to do is take this code right here at the bottom and copy it and then paste that into the code of whatever webpage it is that I'm working on and then this will show up just like you see it here. Now if you wanted more control over the way this looks and feels then you need to go back here and you need to go to the custom CSS. And once you go to custom CSS section, it tells you to add your own custom CSS, replace this in the code below with URL of your modified stylesheets.
Custom CSS gives you the ability to style it via a cascading style sheet. And then finally the jQuery plug-in is the ultimate customization. You control the options, you control the images, you control the CSS, So basic, intermediate, advanced, that's basically how it goes. you control all of it. So you pick the one that works for you and integrate it into your website. So, hopefully by now we have a better understanding of how to integrate Instagram into our website. How to do that through basically three different channels either that the Instagram developer documentation, a WordPress plug-in, or even using something like a third-party service like Embedagram.
This should give you the tools you need to get Instagram up and running on your site as quickly and as easily as possible.
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