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Best ways of using Display only filter of Elfsight Instagram Feed

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Tips to use the filters of your Instagram Feed widget for the best result

Our best-selling and immensely popular Instagram Feed app offers 2 filters – Display only from and Exclude by Source. The filters are a great addition to the app, as they give you greater control over what images will or will not be displayed on your website.

However, there is a couple of tricky points when it comes to using filters, and I’d like to share a couple of tips that will let you use Display only from filter in the best possible way.

The first thing that you have to keep in mind before you set a filter is that there is a limit of images our app can display by each source.

Important!!! Instagram Feed displays only 100 images by a source.

So what does this mean? When you use a hashtag, account, or location as the source without any filters, your widget will pull in the latest 100 images from the specified source. So, if you’re not using any filters, you get 100 images in your feed, end of story. But things get a little more complicated when you set a filter.

The most common use-case is to set an Instagram account as the source, and use a hashtag in Display only from filter to narrow down the selection of images. What happens in this case is that first your widget pulls in the latest 100 images from your source Instagram account, and then it applies the filter you’ve set to the search results.

Important!!! The filter is not applied to all the images in your source Instagram account, it’s only applied to the latest 100 images in the account.

So when you’re using a filter, be prepared that you’ll get much less than 100 images in your feed.

What do you do when you need to display as many hashtagged images as possible from one specific account?

If you use a more or less unique hashtag, like your brand name, or product name, or the name of your event or something along these lines, there’s a workaround that will help you. What you need to do is switch the source and the filter, setting your hashtag as the source of your feed, and your username as the value in Display only from filter.

In this case, your widget will pull in 100 latest images by your source hashtag, and then apply your username filter to the search results, selecting only the images that are posted in the specified account. Chances are that this selection will go further back than just 100 most recent images in the account.

Another thing to keep in mind when setting a filter, is that when you add two or more hashtags or usernames to Display only From field, the app will only display the images tagged with all the hashtags, or the ones that are published in all the accounts.

Basically, this means that if you set a username as the source, and hashtag1 and hashtag2 as Display only from filter values, the plugin won’t pull in the images from the source account that are tagged with either hashtag1 or hashtag2. It will only display the images that are tagged both with hashtag1 AND hashtag2, and that will significantly narrow down the number of images.

I hope that you’ll find this article helpful! If it doesn’t answer all of your questions, please, message me at apps@elfsight.com and I’ll be delighted to advise!

Cheers!