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As discussed here, we decided to use FeedWordPress as plugin to obtain our content from the different blogs.
FeedWordPress is an open-source Atom/RSS aggregator for the WordPress blog publishing platform. You set up feeds that you choose, and FeedWordPress syndicates posts from those sources into your WordPress posts table, where they can be displayed by your WordPress templates like any other post — but with additional meta-data, so that your templates can properly attribute the post to the source it came from.
FeedWordPress was originally developed because I needed a more flexible replacement for Planet to use at Feminist Blogs. You can use FeedWordPress to create aggregator (“Planet”) sites that bring together posts from many different sources, using the WordPress templating engine to display posts from all around the web. Or you can use it to bring together all your online activity from your blog, Twitter, Flickr, or other online services, into a “Lifestream” with all your online activity in one place.
FeedWordPress is designed with flexibility, ease of use, and ease of configuration in mind. You’ll need a working installation of WordPress or WordPress MU (version 3.0 or later), and also FTP or SFTP access to your web host. You don’t need to tweak any plain-text configuration files and you don’t need access to shell or crontab on your web host to make it work. (Although, I should mention, web hosts that don’t offer shell access and cron jobs are bad web hosts.)
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Do you have a question about using FeedWordPress? If so, the information on how to do what you are trying to do may be available from this page. If have a question that isn’t answered on this page, you can edit this page using the Wiki tools to add your question to the list, and I will try to reply as best I can. Or you can contact me by e-mail, with as detailed a description as possible of what you are trying to do within FeedWordPress, what you expect to happen, and what problems, if any, you’re running into. If what you’re looking for is a feature that does not seem to appear in current releases of FeedWordPress, you might also take a look at the list of common feature requests, at Why Don’t You Add …?
- How do I add a category or tag to posts from a particular feed?
Short answer: there’s a setting for this in the FeedWordPress admin interface. Read more…
- How do I set up a cron job to check my feeds for updates?
Short answer: add a new record something like this:
*/10 * * * * /usr/bin/curl --silent http://example.com/?update_feedwordpress=1to your crontab. Read more…
Link Back Needed and source
- How do I create a link back to the original source copy of a syndicated post?
Short answer: Edit your WordPress Theme’s template files to use the thesyndicationpermalink template tag, or use the Add Attribution for FeedWordPress add-on module. Read more…
- How do I display information about the source of syndicated posts?
Short answer: Edit your WordPress Theme’s template files, or use the Add Attribution for FeedWordPress add-on module. Read more…
- How do I make the permalinks for post titles open in a new browser window?
Short answer: Edit your WordPress Theme’s template files. Read more…
- How do I make the links within a syndicated post open in a new browser window?
Short answer: You can get FeedWordPress to do this using a small filter module written in PHP, such as Open links in new windows.
On Excerpts or Full Posts, Older Articles
- How do I get FeedWordPress to display only a short summary or excerpt of syndicated posts, instead of the full content?
Short answer: You can get FeedWordPress to do this by editing your template files. Read more…
- How do I get FeedWordPress to include the full content of posts, instead of just a short summary or excerpt of the text?
Short answer: this is a problem with your feeds, not a problem with FeedWordPress. Unfortunately there isn’t much FWP can do about it without cooperation from the feed producer. Sorry. For details, read more…
- How do I go back to get older articles, or all the articles, from a site’s archives? FeedWordPress only picks up recent articles!
Short answer: you can’t, unless the feed you’re syndicating provides a special way of doing this. Currently there is no standardized way for feed consumers to retrieve older articles than the articles that appear in a feed producer’s feed. (Some services do offer special methods, which FeedWordPress can take advantage of if you know how to use them.) For details, read more…
On Formatting, add-ons, etc.
- How do I remove the formatting and style from the imported text?
Short answer: You can get FeedWordPress to do this using a small filter module written in PHP. Read more…
- How do I write add-ons for FeedWordPress?How do I write custom filters for keyword searches, rewriting syndicated post content, filtering incoming posts by categories, tags, or other meta-data, etc.?Short answer: you can do this using FeedWordPress’s framework for Add-ons and Filters. You’ll need to prepare a PHP module that hooks into a specially-defined set of events and data filters, provided by FeedWordPress. The Wiki includes a quick-start guide and a reference to the hooks available. Read more…
- How do I make new posts from my feeds appear on a separate page instead of being imported into the main stream of posts?
Short answer: you can’t, sorry. For details, read more…
- How do I add a subscription to a new feed programmatically?
Short answer: You should use the :syndicate_link method. For details, read more…
- How Do I set noindex meta tag to all my syndicated posts? This is an attempt to see if it helps to recover from the google panda release.
Do you have a question that isn’t answered on this page? If so, you can edit this page using the Wiki tools to add your question to the list, and I will try to reply as best I can. Or you can contact me by e-mail, with as detailed a description as possible of what you are trying to do within FeedWordPress, what you expect to happen, and what problems, if any, you’re running into. If what you’re looking for is a feature that does not seem to appear in current releases of FeedWordPress, you might also take a look at the list of common feature requests, at Why Don’t You Add …?
Questions that still need answers…
- How do I retrieve feeds that are distributed through HTTPS?
- How do I remove title, source, etc. that appear pre-filled in before the main portion of the excerpt in WordPress’ backend – and therefore in the posted excerpt if not taken out manually?
- Is there a way to bring over comments with the posts?