Photos from instagram with AJAX

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Recently we wrote . One of our readers asked to display the photo after loading the page in order to speed up the loading time of the page. Therefore, we decided to publish an article on how to output the photos from instagram with AJAX after the page was fully loaded.

First of all, we need to create a file ajax.php, in which we will write the function of obtaining photos from instagarma (more details here):

    // Get our data
    function fetchData( $url ){
        $ch = curl_init();
        curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url );
        curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1 );
        curl_setopt( $ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 20 );
        $result = curl_exec( $ch );
        curl_close( $ch );
        return $result;
    function instagram_feed( $instagram_token, $instagram_id ) {
        if ( $instagram_token != '' && $instagram_id != '' ){
            // Pull and parse data.
            $result = fetchData( "{$instagram_id}/media/recent/?access_token={$instagram_token}" );
            $result = json_decode( $result );
            $limit = 10; // Amount of images to show
            $i = 0;
            foreach ( $result->data as $post ){
                if ( $i < $limit ){
                    echo '<a class="insta-wrap__link" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" href="' . $post->link . '">';
                    echo '<img class="insta-wrap__image" src="' . $post->images->thumbnail->url . '" alt="">';
                    echo '</a>';
                    $i ++;
    $instagram_token = 'xxx';
    $instagram_id = 'xxx';
    if ( $instagram_token !='' && $instagram_id != '' ) { ?>
        <div class="insta-wrap">
            <?php instagram_feed( $instagram_token, $instagram_id ); ?>
    <?php }

Variable $instagram_token – it’s Instagram Access Token (how to get it you can find out in this article. $instagram_id = you can find, for example, here. Just replace ‘xxx’ with your data and you will get a list of your latest photos from the instagram.

Below is the code of the page:

<html lang="ru-RU" prefix="og:">
<div class="instagram-feeds">
<script src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    $(window).on('load', function(){
            type: 'POST',
            url: 'ajax.php',
            success: function(data){

That’s all, do not forget to include the jQuery library, replace $instagram_token and $instagram_id, and also correctly write the path to the ajax.php file. We tested this option and the load speed of a simple page with ten photos from the instagram on average increased in 3 times! Write, if you have any questions, we are always happy to help.

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