Optimized Instagram

Optimized Instagram Widget

Optimized Instagram is a WordPress widget plugin that pulls instagram images, creates and optimizes user-specified exact size thumbnails, and then serves those images locally from a subdirectory in your site’s /wp-content/uploads/.

If a user clicks on one of the thumbnails on the front end, that image links over to the instagram image in a new browser window, or you have the option of opening a larger image in a lightbox (via the WP Lightbox 2 plugin).


Developer Friendly and Speed Focused

Previously available Instagram plugins serve images from instagram’s servers, limiting control over thumbnail sizes, image caching, and image optimization, thereby slowing down websites, and lowering Google page speed test scores.

Here’s where most instagram plugins serve their images:


This plugin is lightweight, developer friendly, and easy to style with basic CSS experience.



This plugin does not require the Instagram API. Just enter your username, and that’s it.

Options with the widget:

1. The number of images to show
2. Thumbnail size
3. Option to show videos or not
4. Option to open thumbnails in lightbox or link to image at Instagram in a new tab
5. Option to check for new images every Hour, Day, or Week

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Compatible up to: 4.7.2
Requires version: 4.2
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2017

Optimized Instagram is now available to be downloaded from the WordPress repository here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/optimized-instagram/

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