If you want to import RSS feeds from other sites and insert them into your WordPress sites as blog posts or even other custom post types, I suggest you use the WP RSS Aggregator plugin together with its Feed to Post extension.
What you’ll need
- WP RSS Aggregator – Free from WordPress.org
- WP RSS Aggregator is the most comprehensive and elegant RSS feed solution for WordPress. The original and premier plugin for importing, merging and displaying RSS and Atom feeds on your WordPress site.
- Feed to Post – Starting from $79 for a one-site licence
- Allows you to import feeds and store them as posts or any other custom post type that you have created. Comes with a bunch of customization features, and also includes the ability to import full feed items (*) from feeds that only give you a short excerpt. The best tool if you want your site to be populated with content from other sites.
How to Import RSS Feeds into Posts
Install the two plugins, activate them and you’re ready to go. Remember to enter the licence key for Feed to Post as this is what will allow you to receive automatic updates as well as full support for that add-on.
You can then start adding sources.
From your dashboard, go to RSS Aggregator > Add New. add your feed source name and its URL, and you’ll see an immediate preview of the feed items as you can see in the screenshot below.
Feed to Post is very flexible and at the same time straightforward. All options are neatly arranged into metaboxes and the interface itself blends seamlessly into the WordPress UI. Let’s have a quick look through the options
First up you’ve got the Feed to Post general settings. From here you can set the post type, status, format and date, as well as enable the comments, force the full content, allow any embedded content and even use a canonical link.
Next up you can set the options for importing images, choosing whether to import the images into your Media Library, setting their minimum dimensions and enabling the featured image. You can also choose which image to set as the featured image and if it’s appearing double in your post, there’s a setting to prevent that too. Finally you have the choice to only import posts that have an image available to be set as the featured image, preventing any image-less posts from being imported.
Besides these settings you have some other great options too. These include the Taxonomies section where you can assign categories or tags to your imported posts and the Authors section where you can set the post author and fallback user.
After these you’ll find the Append/Prepend to Content metaboxes where you have a number of options for content to add to the beginning or end of the imported posts, such as the feed name, feed URL, post publish date, etc.
Then finally you have the Extraction Rules that you can use to remove unwanted material from imported posts’ content and the Custom Field Mapping that gives advanced users more power over what data to bring into their posts, and is most notably useful for users that import into other custom post types, or use themes which display custom data.
Feed to Post is also fully compatible with WPML for ease-of-use on multilingual websites, and can be used on WordPress Multisite and BuddyPress.
Feed to Post is not the only powerful add-on available for WP RSS Aggregator. The Keyword Filtering add-on lets you filter incoming posts based on keywords/keyphrases and categories. Full Text RSS Feeds on the other hand transforms excerpt-only feeds into full text feeds so you can import all the original content into your website. These and more add-ons help make WP RSS Aggregator the most powerful feed importer for WordPress.
If you’d like to have all three add-ons mentioned here, there’s even an Advanced Feeds Bundle made up of these three great plugins that starts at only $139 for a single site, saving you $27 on the overall price of all three combined.
How would you like to use a feed import plugin for WordPress? If you’re in doubt whether your use case is catered for by WP RSS Aggregator, leave a comment and we’ll help guide you.
For more information, check out the WP RSS Aggregator website.