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

Under WP RSS Aggregator > Settings, you will find a Feed to Post tab housing all the general settings that will be applied to the imported content.

With these settings in this tab you can:

  1. Set the defaults that will be used when you add a new feed source.
  2. Set a few settings that apply to all feed sources that can only be set from this page. These are marked in the list below with an asterisk (*) before their title.

However, there are also a number of settings that apply to the individual feed sources, and can only be set from the individual feed source’s settings. For a guide on these other settings, please take a look at the Feed to Post Feed Source Settings page.

NOTE: Some of the settings mentioned below are repeated on the Feed Source Settings page. The General Settings below are the settings that every new feed source you add will start with. You can then modify each feed source’s settings individually as shown on the page mentioned above.

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 which 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 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” link to the head of imported posts. Learn more about canonical pages here.

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