# How to Autopost from Joomla! to Instagram

In this tutorial, we are going to show how you can auto post from Joomla! to Instagram.

# How to Autopost from Joomla! to Instagram

Prerequisites:

  • Perfect Publisher 9 or superior
  • An Instagram professional account
  • A Facebook page
  • System requirements: Joomla! 3.9 or superior, PHP 7.4 or superior y MySQL 5.7 or superior (recommended)

Once you have checked the prerequisites, proceed with step 1.

# STEP 1: Download and install Perfect Publisher

Download the extension from Extly's Download Area (opens new window), unzip and install Perfect Publisher in Joomla! backend with the standard procedure.

About Perfect Publisher updates: Install the update with the same procedure.

Once you have proceeded with the installation:

-Perfect Publisher component has been installed -System plugin - Perfect Publisher Automator has been installed and enabled to process new content and posts every 3 minutes -System plugin - Perfect Publisher for Joomla! Content (Articles) has been installed and enabled to publish Joomla! content.

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Remember to assign your Download ID to enable all features.

# STEP 2: Set up your Facebook Business account

Publishing from a website to Instagram is done using the same app as posting to Facebook. That is why it is necessary to link the Facebook page with the professional Instagram account in the Facebook Business Suite, https://business.facebook.com/ (opens new window).

In addition, it is an advised practice to declare the ownership of Pages, the associated domains, users, roles, and apps in the Facebook Business Manager.

If you are a Facebook page administrator, you can access the Facebook Business Suite (opens new window). To declare the associated domains, pages, and apps, you need a Business Manager account (opens new window).

Login at https://business.facebook.com/ (opens new window) with your Facebook account.

Business suite

Go to More tools, Business Settings to create your business account:

Business account

Business account

# STEP 2.1: Domain verification

Once you have created your account, go to Settings > Business Settings > Brand Safety, add your domain, and proceed to the Domain Verification (opens new window) using one of the available methods.

Business settings

# STEP 2.2: Connect your Assets

Once the domain is verified, go to Connected Assets and associate your domain/s with your page/s.

Domain verification-1

If you are the owner of the page with your personal account, you have to transfer the page to your Business Account:

Business account

In this way, your Business is the owner of the page, and you are the admin:

Business account

# STEP 2.3: User, Pages and Apps

Go to Users and add the people that work with your page/s.

Domain verification-2

Go to Accounts to add the app and the user/s. If you have not created the app yet, you can add it later or select the Business when you create the app.

Domain verification-2

WARNING

Be sure to correctly associate your Pages and People, check if the users are correctly added to the Business Manager/Business Settings/Accounts/Pages/People.

# STEP 2.4: Connect your Instagram account

Go to Settings, Instagram Connection and click on Connect Instagram. You will be redirected to your Facebook page, Connect to Instagram. Click on Connect Account.

Connect Account

Connect Account

Connect Account

# STEP 3: Create an app

Login at https://developers.facebook.com/ (opens new window) with your Facebook username and password. Go to My Apps, and click on Create App.

Create app

Select the option Business

App type

Complete the App Display Name, App Contact Email and the App Purpose. If you already have set your Business Manager account (recommended), select it and click on Create App.

Create App

In the App Dashboard, go to Settings/Basic to find your App ID and App Secret. Remember to complete the mandatory information:

  • Privacy Policy URL
  • Upload App Icon
  • Choose a category

Settings

Go to Add Platform, select Website and enter your website URL, save changes.

Settings

Settings

# STEP 3.1: Permissions and Features

With the release of API 8, the App Review process has been simplified, introducing a new access level for Apps (BAUPA, Business Asset User Profile Access). By default, all new apps created with API 8 are granted Standard Access for the permissions required to publish to a page, so it is unnecessary to submit the app for review.

To publish to Instagram, you need to have Standard Access for Instagram Content Publishing. To find your app permissions, go to App Review, Permissions and Features:

STEP 3.1: Permissions

# STEP 4: Create and authorize a social channel

Go to the Perfect Publisher Control panel, select the Channels tab to create a new channel.

Channels

On Channel Tab, click on New, select the Channel Type and complete the Channel Data:

Channels

Go to Channel Details:

  1. Facebook Details: Complete the App ID and App Secret.

Channels

WARNING

We recommend using a new Facebook App for each channel. If you have different Apps assigned to the channels, you are sure that each App has the correct permissions set. If you re-use Apps, always click on the Login button to ensure that the permissions are added to each channel.

  1. Authorization: Click on the Facebook Login button and follow the steps.

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The Facebook dialog may differ according to the Facebook API version

Channels

NOTE

The authorization opens a dialog to Facebook. If the dialog is not shown, double-check to confirm if your browser is blocking the dialog. In Chrome, the pop-up blocker could be preventing the opening of the dialog. In Firefox, the function activity tracking could be blocking the task.

Channels

After the authorization, the Facebook application provides the Access Token to validate and fill the User-ID.

Click on "Validate". The User ID will be filled.

Channels

Channels

  1. Channel Selection: Select the Facebook page associated with the Instagram account. Click on Validate Channel. Save and Close.

Channels

Perfect Publisher is ready to publish!

A new authorization Access Token has been granted.

A new Instagram Channel has been created.

By default, all new articles are going to be published on Instagram

# STEP 5: Create a test article

  1. Create an article
  2. Check the Request list
  3. Wait 3 minutes, visit the front page
  4. Check the Posts list
  5. Check Instagram.