Content aggregation through RSS feeds might not be considered the most contemporary way of bringing together your favourite content, however it’s still playing a big role today’s world.
When it comes to WordPress, every created site has its own RSS feed, and many even provide RSS feeds from other sources to provide visitors with valuable content from around the web.
The availability of WordPress plugins aimed at incorporating RSS feeds into WordPress sites has diminished over the past few years with many projects being abandoned or even taken completely off the market.
Nevertheless, there are still a few great options to choose from, which is why I’ve compiled a list of them for you to choose from.
WP RSS Aggregator is the original, and still the best, RSS aggregator plugin for WordPress. It offers a free core version that can be found in the .org repository as well as a number of premium add-ons that add a lot of functionality to the core plugin.
Using the core version you can display a list of feeds from as many sources as you want. There’s also a long list of features that come with this free version, including (but certainly not limited to) the scheduling of feed imports, the ability to limit the feed items imported and stored, as well as feed auto-discovery, which lets you add feeds without even knowing the exact URL.
The premium add-ons then add various functions to this plugin, ranging from automatically turning feed items into posts to integration with the WordAi service. Here’s a list of all the premium add-ons currently on offer:
There are also two bundle choices for those who want to purchase multiple add-ons, namely the Simple Feeds Bundle and the Advanced Feeds Bundle. All premium add-ons also come with free support and updates for a year, and a 30% discount on renewal.
RSS Post Importer is another free plugin found in the WordPress.org repository that is aimed at doing exactly as its name suggests – importing full RSS posts.
This plugin also handles all of the work itself; it imports and publishes full text RSS posts from one or several RSS feed sources to your WordPress blog on auto-pilot. This once again helps to make your blogging, content syndication & auto-blogging life easier.
Among the features on offer with RSS Post Importer are the ability to only display the titles of posts, to set what author to assign to imported posts, and more.
RSS Post Importer also offers a few premium features you can upgrade to. These include Full Text RSS feeds, automated featured images, as well as the ability to import & export your feeds and settings as CSV files.
Autoblog is a WordPress plugin to manage and distribute more content faster by automatically posting content to WordPress using RSS feeds.
Once again, just like with the previous plugins, there is no coding required, and within minutes you can populate your blog feed with multiple streams of content.
It’s also got a nice list of features such as filtering by tag, word, phrase or expression, import a full post or just an excerpt, and more.
If you need more functionality they even have a list of options and add-ons that you can use such as the ability to choose whether imported posts are published immediately, set as pending review, or sent to the drafts folder.
RSS Multi Importer is still one of the most popular plugins in this list, offering users with a free solution to importing, merging and displaying RSS and Atom feeds on your WordPress site.
This plugin has four main features. These are the ability to display aggregated feed items on a page using various different customizable templates, an auto-posting feature, the ability to display feed items in a theme widget and the ability to display them in your own RSS feed.
While many still use it, unfortunately, RSS Multi Importer seems to have been abandoned by its creator. This means that, even though it might still work for some of you with the next few versions of WordPress, there are already a lot of issues cropping up that won’t be supported by the developer.
RSSImport is another rather popular and free WordPress plugin to import and display feeds on your blog. It uses PHP in your templates or shortcode in your posts and pages to allow you to add the feed anywhere you’d like.
There is a minimal amount of code that is needed to use the plugin. It also accepts a number of parameters for customising the feed content import. You can visit the link to the .org repository for the full list of almost 40 available parameters. You can also use any of the parameters with shortcodes in posts and pages.
RSSImport also hasn’t been updated in a while, since September 2014 in fact, raising some concerns as to whether it will continue to be maintained or not. Compatibility with WordPress is also slightly backwards, so while it still seems to work for many users, there might be bigger issues in the near future.
As you can see from this list, the number of RSS plugins for WordPress is diminishing, with the main contenders now being two or three plugins.
WP RSS Aggregator offers probably the largest variety of features, and together with it’s continuous development and premium support it currently offers the best value for money when it comes to premium add-ons. It’s core version also offers everything you might be looking for from a simple RSS aggregator plugin.
Besides the first three above, almost all other RSS plugins have been abandoned or removed completely, paving the way for WP RSS Aggregator to keep its lead as the top RSS aggregator plugin for WordPress.
Have you used any of these plugins? What were your experiences with them (or any others)? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.