Google have just announced that Google Reader, a most-loved RSS feed aggregator, will shut down come July 1. As is to be expected, many people were outraged by this decision. If you’re one of the Google Reader users, and you’re also working with WordPress, let me present you with an alternative.
Being the main blogger behind this site, it is essential for me to know what’s happening all over the WordPress world, and the best way to do that is to skim the feeds of all the other major WordPress websites. Coupled of course with a healthy Twitter activity level. It is for this purpose that I built WP RSS Aggregator, a plugin that fetches feeds from other websites and can present them in a tidy list on a page or post on your site.
Check WP RSS Aggregator in action on the WordPress news page
I’ve built this plugin to scratch my own itch, and I’m glad to say I haven’t used any other news reader since. I don’t need to leave my site to check other news, it’s all there for a quick reference whenever I need it. This plugin might not have all the features of standalone feed aggregator sites, but I urge you to try it out because it does do the essential thing, keep you updated with the news you’re interested in. The imported feeds are stored as custom post types so you can display them in any way you want, by building templates in the same way as you would build them for posts, pages or other custom post types.
And of course, if you have any feedback on how to improve the plugin, you’re very welcome to let me know.
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