This is the review of the WP RSS Aggregator plugin more the Feed to Posts and Keyword Filtering extensions.
I had played with the plugin in the past and now, I’ve the chance to try some of the add-ons too.
Set a page-news / complete blog-news with the feeds you want
Value for Money
Free & Add-on Premiums
Ease of Use
There’s a small learning curve to set it up
They solved quickly a glitch I had with it
Full documentation with videos
Great plugin & add-ons
Summary: WP RSS Aggregator is best plugin for importing, merging & displaying RSS & Atom feeds on your WordPress site. It’s a full and stylish RSS feed solution for WordPress.
With the free core version of the plugin, you can aggregate as many RSS feeds you desire and display them with shortcodes.
Free & Add-ons from $19
You know to curate content and content aggregation (both well done) is all the rage, and RSS aggregators do this job. Also, there are tools like Scoop.it that does a great job but it isn’t – in – your WordPress site. You don’t have control of these web tools.
A vivid example of content aggregation based, is AllTop, a news aggregator where you can find almost every topic touched there.
Why not to do a super-specific similar site, but focused for your local community or a laser-targeted product or about your brand and directly on WP?
You don’t want to compete with giants like AllTop, but if you do it in particular topics, is possible.
Moreover, the only the difference is that you can push excerpts and outbound links to the sources as posts, not only feeds.
About the plugin, the same is developed by Jean Galea & the team of WP Mayor.
They added also new extensions to improve the functionality of the core plugin.
The WP RSS Aggregator core plugin is free and is available in the WordPress repository.
I’m a big fan of RSS feeds, I’ve tons of them in my RSS reader. I used Google reader now extinct and now I’m using Feedly.
I know also, that a lot of people use RSS feeds, hence the idea with WP RSS Aggregator is the same, instead of having a myriad of feeds in a RSS reader, show them to your readers more snippets one per post/page and filter by keywords /keyphrases.
Have in mind that nowadays, autoblogs completely automated, Google devaluated them after all the zoo updates.
Don’t worry to use in that way the plugin, because you’ll not receive any traffic – Google will ignore the autoblog totally, is useless 😉
Once the plugin has imported the feeds, I suggest having them as drafts, hence to edit, remove unnecessary things and add your personal touch to them.
Doing in a correct way, while you add your ideas, we can speak about content curation 🙂
Let’s move to the nitty-gritty of the plugin and extensions.
This plugin works like says; you add your feed sources and using shortcodes you can display, as news in your niche.
For example, I added some blogs WordPress related, I used the shortecode in a page called news and voila: you’ve news appearing according to your settings.
The only point here is that it might look bland, and you’d need the Excerpts & Thumbnails add-on to make it more attractive.
You’ve full documentation, more videos explaining the full working of the WP RSS Aggregator Plugin. See the videos available at the bottom of the post.
Can you use a big quantity of feeds with the plugin? Theoretically is a yes, the problem could be how your server manages them, and the impact they can have on it. Remember with shorter feed processing intervals, more will suffer your server to be checking more often the feed updates.
I’ve tested the plugin using the P3 – Plugin Profiler and here is the result of the performance of the plugin and add-ons.
I used 14 feeds, with an interval of 2 hours (a reasonable frequency). Also, I used Headway and Genesis as themes for this review.
As you see, the WP RSS Aggregator plugin took 15% and the Feed to Posts a 6%.
So you must have in account these values, because more frequent feed processing intervals like 30 or 15 mins perhaps might affect your loading time, depending on other factors.
Let’s see a quick recap of these Add-ons:
Feed to Post
Import RSS feeds directly into WordPress posts or to any other custom post-type.
Select only the imported feed items you're interested in, by filtering on keywords, key-phrases or tags.
Excerpts & Thumbnails
Displays an excerpt & thumbnail image (taken from within the RSS feed) together with the title, date & source of each feed item.
Display feed items from an exact category within your site, using the shortcode parameters.
Full Text RSS Feeds
Have the possibility to import the full-post-content for an unlimited number of feed items per feed source, even when the feed itself doesn’t provide it. (Requires the Feed to Post extension)
Convert a RSS feed and turn it into new content totally unique & readable. (Requires Feed to Post and a WordAi account)
Level up the Feed to Post extension with the aid of the SpinnerChief article spinner, so the imported content is both utterly unique and readable.
Adds a widget to your website to display the imported feed items. It can also display excerpts & thumbnail images when is used in combination with the Excerpts & Thumbnails add-on.
Prices depend of the extension-type and the number of sites:
Remember to enter the license to start working:
This add-on allows you to publish your import feeds into posts / pages / custom post types.
The installing is like any other plugin: Plugin -> Add New -> Upload -> Install Now -> Activate.
You’ll have this Feed to Post screenshot (may be is somewhat different depending of the version you’ve installed)
Some points to highlight:
E.g. of some feeds imported and pending to be checked in draft, at my WP dashboard:
Here is the result of a feed imported, and posted with the link-back to the source:
This extension for me is essential to have narrow-focused posts, so you can filter your feeds depending on your goals.
For the sake of this review, I filtered my feeds for the keyword “plugin” and it worked like a charm.
Note: If you’ve installed the WP RSS Aggregator Core and set a page with news, remember that once you install Feed to Post Extension, the news-page will stop showing, because you replaced it by the posts, not just a single news-page with the links to feeds.
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Overall, the core plugin accomplishes what it promises and more. The combo Feed to Posts + Keyword Filtering is vital to have a specifics lasered posts, and you might need both installed.
The WP RSS Aggregator plugin worked almost perfectly, and if you need only outbound links without filtering – is mission accomplished – is for you. You don’t need more.
But, if you wish to do content curation for particular keywords, you’ll need the 2 extensions that aren’t free.
What do you think about this plugin? Have you tried the core and/or the add-ons?
WPRSSAggregator WordPress Plugin
WP RSS Aggregator core plugin, Feed to Posts & Keyword Filtering extensions overview. Import feeds into posts, customize them, filter by keywords and display them using shortcodes into posts/pages or custom post types.
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