If you’re looking for a ton of information about any subject, isn’t it tedious to visit hundreds of websites to find it? Wouldn’t it be much easier if you can access it all in one place? That’s exactly what RSS news aggregation websites do – they collect and display articles (titles + snippets) related to any subject in one place for the convenience of readers. They do this by subscribing to the feeds of various blogs, importing the content of these blogs and then displaying them in an attractive and convenient manner on their own aggregator website. Of course, the posts are linked back to the original source, where readers can access the full content. In this post, we’ll get to know more about a plugin that’ll help you build one such website without any difficulty – WP RSS Aggregator.
The WordPress repository has a number of plugins for importing and saving feeds to your site. And WP RSS Aggregator is among the best of the lot.
To begin with, it allows you to build any kind of list you want – from real estate listings and stock prices, to sporting events and Instagram posts. It allows you to import feeds from multiple sources and display them on your site. You can spruce up your site with quality content imported from different sources, and make them sortable. And once you define the settings, the rest happens almost on auto-pilot. What’s more you can customize display using shortcodes and make it attractive with thumbnails and excerpts.
The free WP RSS Aggregator plugin helps you add feeds to your website in no time at all. For example, I was able to add WPExplorer’s RSS feed (hey, that’s us!) in no time at all to my website.
In just the same way, I can add multiple feeds of various WordPress blogs and make my website the go to place for anything WordPress (just like WPNewsDesk). Okay, that may be over-simplifying things, but you get the drift?
The core plugin is free to download and comes with a bunch of five premium add-ons and two bundles that enhance performance and display.
Now that we know a bit about the plugin’s functions, let’s move on to a tutorial covering it’s usage and then see how the premium add-ons can help us enhance the feeds.
Setting up and configuring WP RSS Aggregator
Installating and activating the core plugin and all its add-ons was a smooth affair.
After activation, navigate to Plugins and look for the new option “WP RSS Aggregator”, to the left side of your WordPress dashboard. Here’s a screenshot of the menu items that show up open once you click on this…