New changes to the Instagram API came into play on June 1, 2016. If your SnapWidget widget code does not have the necessary permissions from Instagram then the display of Instagram photos on websites stopped working properly. You may have noticed that you’re not seeing your active Instagram feed on your blog or website, it may have completely disappeared, or it’s still there but it stopped updating.
Create a SnapWidget account
SnapWidget used to allow you to create a widget for free without signing up, but now with the new Instagram API changes they do require users to sign up for a free account. The free account will give you access to 5 (at the time of this post) free Instagram widget options. The free widgets will bring readers to a SnapWidget page that displays your Instagram feed as well as some ads – same as before.
Good news is with SnapWidget’s updated options they also have a “Pro” paid plans that are $5-7 per month (at the time of this post) and have more options including bringing readers directly to your Instagram account when they click on images in your widget. Might be worth checking out if you want to bypass SnapWidget’s ad page.
Recreate your SnapWidget widget
Creating your new widget is easy, the only extra step will be linking your Instagram account to your new SnapWidget account.
- Create, or login to, your account at SnapWidget.com
- Click on “Create A New Widget”
- For free widgets choose between Grid, Map, Slideshow, Scrolling, and/or Board display and click “Create Your Widget”
- Scroll down to Basic Settings, when you begin to enter your Instagram Username you will be prompted to login to your Instagram account, after you do this it will auto-populate your username
- Fill out the rest of the information for displaying your widget on your site
- Click “Preview” to test out the widget, if all is as it should be then click “Get Widget”
- Copy the code, then go to your site and replace the existing/original SnapWidget code with the new & Save
And that’s it.