A huge trend online is content curation.
Can we easily (and automatically) do content aggregation like these sites do … using WordPress?
Like Bob the Builder says, “Yes we can!”
There’s a great plugin that’s totally free that lets you pull in headlines from RSS feeds around the web (similar to how Alltop does it).
And if you want to purchase their premium extension, you can even post the full article on your site as a brand new post, just like Huffington Post does.
It’s creator reached out to me recently and gave me a trial of the plugin to play around with. And I was blown away.
In this article, I want to tell you a bit about this awesome plugin.
Display an RSS Feed with the Free WP RSS Aggregator Plugin
The completely free version of WP RSS Aggregator gives you a very simple way to display any number of RSS feeds on your website in a list format.
First off, WP RSS Aggregator makes it easy for you to add and manage RSS feeds you wish to import.
The interface is very similar to how you add and manage your posts and pages.
Just click “Add New” under the RSS Aggregator button.
You can then add the details for the feed, such as:
- RSS feed URL
- Limit the number of items to display
- Use a Link to Enclosure URL
- Import unique titles only
- Enable/Disable the source link
Once you’ve added the feed, you can easily display the feed on any page or post using a simple shortcode:
This shortcode will display items from all the RSS Feeds you’ve uploaded, like this:
To learn more about using shortcodes to display RSS Feeds using WP RSS Aggregator, please visit: https://docs.wprssaggregator.com/shortcodes/.
Using WP RSS Aggregator to Import RSS Feed Items into Posts and Other Custom Post Types
Now this feature is pretty awesome.
One of the paid extensions for WP RSS Aggregator lets you take RSS Feeds Importing to the Extreme.
It’s called Feed to Post (click here for more details).
You can import any RSS Feed into your website as individual posts or any other custom post type.
This is great if you are running a news or magazine website that aggregates content from around the web.
And it does it all automatically.
Here are a couple of the features this extension has that I loved:
1. Automatic Import Settings
You can set up your RSS import settings ahead of time.
And then every time new items are posted to RSS, they will automatically be imported into your site.
You can set what type of post to import to, and adjust all the basic post settings, such as post status (draft, published, etc) and post date.
2. Force Full Content
This is a super awesome feature I never knew existed.
Some RSS feeds only include excerpts of a post.
Not very good if you are trying to import a full article.
Well, the Feed to Post extension along with Full Text RSS Feeds will actually visit the website and pull the full article if only an excerpt is available through the RSS feed.
3. Extraction Rules
Some articles will include iFrames or even ad code in the article which you may not want to include on your site.
Well, the Feed to Post extension allows you to specify certain elements in articles that you’d like to exclude, using simple CSS selectors.
This allows you to have a completely clean version of the article on your site.
4. Prepend or Append Content
Feed to Post also gives you the option of adding content before or after the actual article from the RSS feed.
You can even use variables, such as original post URL.
This is incredibly useful.
You can credit the source of the article so that you can remain compliant with Google’s rules about duplicate content.
5. Easily Add Images
A major limitation of automatically importing RSS feeds to articles is that in can be difficult to extract images for use as featured images in your posts.
Well, Feed to Post once again shines here.
You can have it automatically select images from within the post to use as the featured image.
In the image below, you can see it’s set to select the first image in the post content.
How Will You Use It?
This article just scratches at the surface of what you can do with this plugin.
You can use it to run a news or magazine website.
You can use it to import affiliate links.
You can even use it to automatically add products to a store.
The possibilities really are endless.
So take some time and check out the plugin.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.