Step 1: Set the source of your Instagram Feed

The very first thing to do when configuring your Instagram Feed widget is to set the source for it. In this article, we are going to explain how to do that.

At the moment, there are three different connection types. You are welcome to choose the one that suits you best.

Connection types

Public Accounts & Hashtags

The first connection type will let you display the posts without authorization to your Instagram/Facebook account. You can set the source by adding a desired username or hashtag.

Note:

This type of connection supports only public accounts. If your Instagram account has any profile restrictions (e.g. age restrictions/private account), use My Business or My Personal Account connection types.

To connect the widget to a particular Instagram account, you just need to add the desired username within the Instagram Sources field:

In case you would like to display posts published under a particular hashtag, the process here would be the same:

The good news is you can add two different sources to one feed. It can be two usernames, two hashtags, or one username and one hashtag together:

My Business Account

To connect a business account to your widget, you need to select My Business Account type of connection on the Content tab and click Connect to Facebook. You will see the login window, just enter your credentials there:

After you've logged in, you will need to let the app access your account in order to be able to pull the images. To do it, you need to check that your business Instagram account is connected to your Facebook page.

Note: 

If you haven't connected your Instagram account to Facebook yet, here's an article that explains how to do it - How to connect Facebook Page with Instagram account.

To let the widget access your Instagram posts, please approve the requested permissions in the window that comes throughout the connection process. Here you need to select all pages, even those you don’t plan to display in the widget. Otherwise, Facebook may not give you full permissions to tie your account to the widget and the connection may break.

Here are the permissions you should give:

  • What Instagram Business accounts do you want to use with Elfsight Posts?

  • What Pages do you want to use with Elfsight Posts?

  • What is Elfsight Posts allowed to do?

After the authorization, you will see a drop-down selection with the list of all Instagram business accounts that are connected to the pages you've authorized. You can now choose the account you need to connect. If you have only one account, it will be selected by default:

My Personal Account

To connect your personal Instagram account to the widget, go to the Content tab of the widget's settings, select My Personal Account, and click Connect to Instagram:

When the Instagram login window comes up, log in with your account, and you're good!

If you need to connect the widget to an Instagram account you don't own, please check this article - Connecting Instagram account you don't own.

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