Adventures in Plugin Authoring
In late 2013, I was working on a website for a local band. In the project specs, they made a simple request: display their Instagram feed in the sidebar. Initially I didn’t think much of it, but once the time came to implement that feature, I found myself at a bit of a loss. While many WordPress plugins existed to display Instagram feeds, they were all either broken (due to a recent Instagram API update) or horrendously complicated. Lightbox dependencies, slideshows, carousels; all I wanted to do was display some images. I found a couple premium plugins that seemed to suffice, but who wants to spend money? My dad’s mantra in life is “for that price, I’ll make it myself!” So in the end I decided to take his advice and make my own plugin:
I called it Simple Instagram.