Post Instagram to WordPress? No, Pressgram!
That’s how many WordPress sites are running in this world.
That’s a few, wouldn’t you say?
And in a day and age of short attention spans, shorter articles and little time for ‘boring’, images help bloggers spice up their site like never before and retain readers who happen upon them through search engines.
Instagram changed the way we share and filter images. Even the most rookie photographer can now shoot a tree like Ansel Adams. Take a picture, crop, filter and share with friends on social profiles. What about your WordPress blog? How can you post Instagram to WordPress? There doesn’t seem to be a great solution.
Until now. Take Instagram out of the equation and use Pressgram.
In the short time I’ve used Pressgram, I have really appreciated the speed and features the app has to offer. Pressgram is like Instagram in that users can snap pictures on iPhone and Android (coming soon), crop, rotate, filter and share with the Pressgram community and social networks. But the core value of the app allows you to share the image directly to your WordPress website. The image of the wires in the post was shared via Pressgram. You can filter the photos and create a new post and publish the image and the post to a self-hosted or WordPress.com site. Also, Pressgram believes what you snap, you keep. They say they’re not interested in profiting off your work. After you learn more about the apps founder/developer John Saddington, you’ll see why.
More Pressgram Features
100% Free Filters. They have premium features coming soon, but filters are free and much different than Instagram’s filters.
Watermarking. You can add your username to images to protect them.
Neat Editing Effects. While more features are coming, there is Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects, lighting, rotation, and borders. Pretty robust!
Increase Site Visits, Pageviews. Since you are publishing your images on your WordPress site, you retain the pageviews and site visits, not some other social network.
Publish to MULTIPLE Blogs. The ability to publish to more than one blog at a time will help you increase your reach and your engagement in multiple communities and properties.
You control the data. Data continuity is important to Pressgram because they know you’re publishing your work to your own site. They’re sure to keep your work protected so you don’t lose it.
How did Pressgram come about?
I learned about Pressgram from the creator himself, John Saddington. He’s a professional blogger who knows the web back, forth and a few other directions. Saddington wanted to post filtered photos from his iPhone 5 but without worrying about any privacy or licensing issues. And he was tired of social networks profiting off of every angle of their users. He even succeeded at a Kickstarter campaign and failed at a few app submissions to Apple. Pressgram’s story is impressive. You can read it here.
The Verdict: Pressgram
Yay: Pressgram does what Instagram doesn’t: allows you to post your images directly to your WordPress site with ease from your device. It has an extremely smooth interface and great color scheme and exceptional design. And the app functions are blazing fast. Watermarks are a nice bonus as well.
Nay: I had a few instances where my blinking cursor disappeared while entering in text on the post screens. After posting lately that seemed to have been ironed out. Also, currently the images seem to only post in the square format. But according to the Pressgram blog, version 2.0 is loaded with new features including 4×3, etc. Despite a blazing app speed, like Instagram, photos do take some time to load – but that is a matter of your current network or cellular data speed, we assume. Also, there is a rotate option, but it’s limited to 90-degree rotations unlike Instagram’s easy scroll rotate option. And will Pressgram do video? We’ll see.
Android: Coming soon.
Quick Tip: If you plan to share to Twitter, don’t forget to go into Settings > Twitter and flip the switch to allow for sharing. It took me a little while to track that down.
If you’re a WordPress blogger and you like Instagram, give Pressgram a try. If you value your work and privacy, Pressgram says they won’t interfere.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments and go ahead and rate the app after you’ve given it a test drive.