What is content curation?
The term “content curation” has often been misused or incorrectly defined. The idea of content curation is to gather content from an outside source and distribute it to your audience after some careful filtering, sorting and editing.
Rather than creating all your content yourself, sometimes you might want to share some other great content you find on the web. This is what content curation is all about.
All you have to do is pull in content from the sources of your choice then manually filter and sort it, making sure you only select the most valuable content for your site. Besides manually filtering through all the content, you must also add value to the content already provided through the use of annotations, helping your user better understand the content in the context that it was published.
Content curation in WordPress can be handled through the use of plugins. Some of these are purposely designed, while others are content aggregators with the added functionality of curation, and others are simply WordPress versions of great curation services already on the web.
Below I’ve compiled a list of some of the best content curation plugins currently available for WordPress. Let’s check them out.
WP RSS Aggregator is the most comprehensive and elegant RSS feed solution for WordPress. It’s the original and premier WordPress plugin for importing, merging and displaying RSS and Atom feeds on our WordPress site.
With WP RSS Aggregator you can display feeds from one or more sites right on your blog or even aggregate feeds from multiple sites. You can add any number of feeds through an administration panel, and the plugin will then pull feed items from these sites, merging them and displaying them in date order.
It’s got a selection of premium add-ons that add some great functionality too. The most popular extension is Feed to Post, and with it you can import RSS feeds directly into posts or custom post types, populating a site in minutes. Among its many features, by setting the imported feed items to Draft you’ll even be able to edit the post before publishing, ensuring you get the most out of it.
The core WP RSS Aggregator plugin is free and can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository. There is also a very popular bundle of add-ons called the Advanced Feeds Bundle (includes 3 extensions; Feed to Post, Keyword Filtering & Full Text RSS Feeds) that is the most comprehensive solution around for content curation with WordPress.
MyCurator is a content curation software that makes it easy to build quality content for your WordPress site. It works tirelessly in the background to deliver a pipeline of interesting and usable content to you throughout the day.
It also offers some great curation tools for you to use to curate the content. You can use Get It Bookmarklet to curate content as you browse the web, while Notebooks lets you save the best articles and posts you find for use in your original articles or to build complex content curation posts.
Originally a powerful corporate level content curation software, this WordPress plugin uses a cloud process to perform intensive AI processing and article classification. What this does is it allows you to train MyCurator to find only the best, most relevant articles for your site while weeding out any off-topic and spammy content found on the web.
While MyCurator allows you to curate content for a single Topic (equivalent to a WordPress category) for free, you’ll need to use one of their paid plans to access the cloud service.
There are 2 paid monthly plans available as well as a free basic plan.
The WordPress Curated List Manager plugin lets users organize links and content around categories and display them as a curated collection.
It is a great tool for producing content marketing and building an engaging WordPress knowledge base. You can try out a free demo here.
Here’s a look at some of its features:
- Multiple lists
- Tags support
- Fast filtering support
- Styling options
- Last update date indicator
- Number of items/links included in list
- Many ordering options
- Two link types: icon or checkbox
- Optional subtitles
- Image support
- Automatic NEW tag
- User personalization
- Category widget and shortcode
- CSV Import and Export
- Order Links in Category
The plugin is priced at $39 for a single-site and $69 for 5 sites, as well as being included in the CM Publishing Tools bundle.
Curation Suite is a quick, simple and visual content curation solution for WordPress. It solves the three biggest challenges you face as a content curator, namely finding the content, building and citing great posts in a short period of time, and promoting your content across all popular networks instantly or on a set schedule.
With Curation Suite you can easily find and curate various types of content, including videos and social media. It’s got a number of features including visual image selection, a visual curation editor, a YouTube video search and even one click link saving among others.
Once you’ve chose the cited content you want, you can add anything you want to your post using add to post action buttons. The selected content is added right into your post box in a way that won’t conflict with any theme or other plugin you may have installed.
Press Forward is a plugin that provides an integrated editorial workflow for curating content aggregation and curation within your WordPress dashboard.
It’s been designed for bloggers and editorial teams that would like to collect, discuss and share content from a number of sources on the web. It includes a feed reader embedded within the dashboard, a bookmarklet to capture content from the web, tools for collaborative and editorial work, as well as a process for republishing aggregated content.
It’s also got a long list of other features including full text, image, video and post metadata import for each item, nomination of single items for further review prior to publication, batch import of feeds from OPML and more.
Press Forward is a free plugin that can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin repository.
In conclusion, from all the plugins above you can see how valuable the idea of content curation can be for your WordPress blog or site.
It adds great content to your site without having to compose it all yourself. You can share the awesome content other professionals have compiled on your own site, adding value to your own site without having to do all the work.
All the plugins above do a good job of this, some more detailed than others, and some more functional than others. Our top recommendation remains WP RSS Aggregator.
Have you used any of these or any other curation plugins? Let us know in the comments below.