How to Set Up Feed to Post's General Plugin Settings

The  Feed to Post General settings allow you to set up a global option that is applied for all Feed sources by default. To access these options, go to  WP RSS Aggregator > Settings, then click on the  Feed to Post tab. With these options, you will be able to add and manage the following settings.
  • Set the default options that will be used when you add a new feed source.
  • Set global settings that apply to all feed sources. The global only options are identified and marked in the list below with an asterisk (*) before their title.
Note: while the settings discussed here apply to all Feed Sources on your site, each Feed source also contains specific options and you can manage each of these from the Feed Source edit page as described on  How to Set Up Feed to Post's General Feed Source Settings

Post Type

Feed to Post will:

  1. Detect all the post types (including the WP defaults ‘post’ and ‘page’) set on your site,
  2. Provide these post types for you within the drop-down.

Incoming feed items can be stored in any of these post types. If you want to create a specific post type to store your feed items in, the Types plugin makes it very easy for you to do so.

Post Status

If you want to auto-publish content without your intervention, you can set the post status to ‘Published’.

If you are using the plugin to curate content, in that case, it would be a better idea to set the post status to ‘Draft’. Reasons why you may want to set it to Draft:

  1. This gives you more control before publishing Posts
  2. You can go through all the imported feed items and edit their content, as well as choose which ones you want to publish and which others you want to trash
  3. You can also choose from the other WP default statuses ‘Pending Review’ and ‘Private’, (Private status can be used for Membership sites where users must log in before viewing content)

Post Format

Post Formats were introduced in WordPress 3.1. A Post Format is a piece of meta-information that can be used by a theme to customize its presentation of a post. The Post Formats feature:

  1. Provides a standardized list of formats that are available to all themes that support the feature.
  2. Themes are not required to support every format on the list.
  3. New formats cannot be introduced by themes or even plugins.
  4. Within Feed to Post, you can select any of the standard post formats that you’d like to give to your newly imported feed items.

Post Date

Using Feed to Post, importing feed items from other websites would show posts created at earlier dates. With this option, you can

  1. Choose whether to keep their original date
  2. Set the date to the one at the time when the import takes place. Unless you have a specific need to change this option, it’s a good idea to keep it at its default ‘Original post date’ setting.

Enable Comments

By default, comments are not allowed on imported feed items, but you may enable the comments form at the bottom of your posts.

*Link Back to Source? 

If you would like to attribute a Post to its original Article please do the following:

  1. Tick the checkbox to enable Link Back to Source
  2. Click Save
  3. It will add links to the original post and the site from which it was imported

Learn more about this option here.

Only Add Source Link when Viewing Singular Posts

Choosing this option will:

  1. Show the source link only when viewing the post itself
  2. The source will not be visible when viewing a series of posts.

Source Link Text

This is a text field that allows you to enter your own custom text. The custom text uses asterisks to mark which word(s) are to be used as the link.

  • Text wrapped around single asterisks will link to the original post.
  • Text wrapped around double asterisks will link to the feed source from where the post was imported.

In the above image, the text “post” will become a link to the original post, and the text “this site” will become a link to the site.

Word Limit

You can choose the number of works to keep when trimming. Entering zero, less than zero, or leaving it empty will disable word trimming.

Canonical Link

Check this box to add a "rel=canonical” tag to the head of imported posts. Read our in-depth guide to "rel=canonical".

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