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SP21 Syndication Comparison

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This page presents different possibilities for obtaining and parsing content:

  1. Twitter API
  2. Feedly curated content
  3. Fully-fledged RSS Feed
  4. Import RSS Feed as posts into our DB


Type Twitter API /
Twitter RSS
Feedly RSS Reader RSS Reader Full Import Full Import Full Import
Alternative Alt 1: Alt 2: Alt 3a: Alt 3b: Alt 4a: Alt 4b: Alt 4c:
Technology Super RSS Reader/Twitter API Feedzy WP RSS Aggregator FeedWordPress
Feed Aggregator Syndicatepress
Examples AlternativeEconomics.co
Parsing possible No Yes, Unlimited RSS feeds Yes, Unlimited RSS feeds. Automatic import as posts Automatic import as posts Automatic import as posts
Performance Without cache slow. Light-Weight More complex, slower Should be run at night Should be run at night Should be run at night
Public/Private Only public access Pub/Private possible Pub/Private possible
(Link or Post) Categories Yes Must recreate Must recreate
Cache No No Yes
Import to DB (Posts) No No No Yes Yes Yes


Comparison 2021


20h Feed Wind RSS AutoPilot WP RSS Aggregator Feedzy RSS Feeds Curated WP RSS Aggregator Echo RSS Feed Post Generator


Auto RSS News


RSS Post Importer


Types: Videos, RSS Posts, Podcasts,
Plain HTML
Full Post Content or only RSS Content
Stored in WordPress DB  / Import 
Parsing possible
(Link or Post) Categories
Cache (what does this mean)
Syndication Tools
 Integration of other own plugins

source: Additional Competitors in 2021



Detailed Comparison 2016

Alternative 1: Twitter API

The base example is alternativeeconomics.co that is based on the Twitter API and its RSS Feed.  Reasons not to use Twitter API are the following:

  1. Fees to be paid to Twitter
  2. Difficult integration process (details here).
  3. Emphasis on Twitter is on news. We like more distinguished content.

Alternative 2: Feedly lists and “curated content”

 For this alternative we would use the existing plugin with some design extension and public Feeds.

We would create new curated content in Feedly, which is publicly available. They have public feeds.


  1. It will take a lot of time to make the parser
  2. it will be slow, if we don’t create cache
  3. Feedly has a lot of java-scripts and Ajax, which will create us problems for parsing the content
  4. Probably fees to Feedly


Alternative 3: Extend the existing plugin with full-fledged RSS feed.

We would shows a proper RSS feed inside a widget or similar. We would not use Feedly.

We can choose between current RSS plugin. There we have to make one feed from many sources and recreate the feedly functionality. The second option is to use different plugin on which we have to change the design a little.

Alternative 3A: Feedzy RSS feed

An example is shows on this page.

Feedzy RSS feed

I made research on which plugin will fits our needs. I found  the Feedzy RSS feed and test it. It will be the easiest way to create feed. With him we can create private or public feeds. We can create as many feeds as we want from different sources and on different topics (categories). We can recreate easily the alterantiveeconomics functionality. We will need some time to create the same categories as your feedly.

Alternative 3B: WP RSS Aggregator

The second plugin which I found and test is WP RSS Aggregator. This plugin is more complex than the first one. It has cache, so we can pull the content once or twice per hour. We can create easily beauty designs. We also can add as many feeds as we want. The only problem is that this will be a little bit slow than the first plugin.

Comparison among the pure RSS Feeds

I test both of them and spend some time using them. I can strongly recommend alternative 3B, Feedzy. We easily can add only one category and see if it will works correctly. If it is fast enough and have the needed functionality – Rad or me can add the rest sources. In that time we can change the design to fit our colors.

Alternative 4: Import RSS feed as posts into our DB

As opposed to alternative2, we would parse the RSS feed and load the excerpts of the feed into our DB.
The text of the RSS Feed, the excerpt, would become itself a post. We would need to create the authors of those blogs inside our DB, using the follow author light plugin with an author text for the blog.

The blog name would be become a category, the author name potentially a sub-category of this “blog category”. The import of the blogs RSS would happen during the night, when traffic is low.

We have three alternatives:

The clear leader is FeedWordpress with 871719 downloads and over 70000 installs, as opposed to the more newspaper-oriented SyndicatePress with 48000 downloads.


Old Table Press Comparison Table 2015

TypeTwitter API /
Twitter RSS
FeedlyRSS ReaderRSS ReaderFull ImportFull ImportFull Import
AlternativeAlt 1:Alt 2:Alt 3a:Alt 3b:Alt 4a:Alt 4b:Alt 4c:
Technology Super RSS Reader/Twitter APIFeedzyWP RSS AggregatorFeedWordPress
Feed AggregatorSyndicatepress
Parsing possibleNoYes, Unlimited RSS feedsYes, Unlimited RSS feeds.Automatic import as postsAutomatic import as postsAutomatic import as posts
PerformanceWithout cache slow.Light-WeightMore complex, slowerShould be run at nightShould be run at nightShould be run at night
Public/PrivateOnly public accessPub/Private possiblePub/Private possible
(Link or Post) CategoriesYesMust recreateMust recreate
Import to DB (Posts)NoNoNoYesYesYes


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