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By Wendy Tayler


There seems to be a clear division between those who praise the video feature on Instagram, versus those who are avid Vine supporters.

One of the main issues that tear these teams apart lies in the inability to embed Instagram videos onto sites. If that is your reasoning for hating on the ‘Vinstagramers’ – you clearly haven’t put enough research into it.

Luckily I have. So by the time you’ve looked at these three embed tool options, I expect you all to hop on over to the Instagram side of the fence, tail between your legs, and embrace the sweet, 15 second video maker with us.


1. Embed Instagram

This tool generates embed codes for photos and videos. Similar to, it uses shortened URLs. The only questionable feature for this particular option is that the media is set to the default size of 612p x 612p – the same size as on Instagram. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it fits within the average image size for blog posts.

WHY WE LOVE IT: One button. Easy. Done.

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Great for the fussy ones. Like the first tool, it also allows you to embed either video or image, but with the benefit of size selection – which includes a ‘custom’ option. It also lets you decide between HTML5 or Flash (for non-HTML5 pages). Not that we really understand Flash users anyway.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Anything that offers customisation is a win.

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3. Embedly Plugin

The WordPress plugin allows users to embed videos and images from Instagram with just the URL. This is most likely the best option for bloggers who want to embed ‘Vinstagrams’ often. It creates an “embed it” button on your page’s editor bar. Although free, you do need to create an account to make it work.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Best option for WordPress bloggers.

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