How to Set Up Feed to Post's Taxonomy Options (Categories, Tags, etc)


Our Feed to Post add-on allows you to choose the settings for post taxonomies and tags, both on a general level (for all sources) and on a feed source level, and even import taxonomies from RSS feeds into any taxonomy for the specified Post Type into which you are importing. This can be done both on a general level (for all sources) and on a feed source level.

Taxonomy Options

The Taxonomy options can be found in

  1. For each feed source's Add New Feed Source or Edit Feed Source page, you can set the tags/categories differently for each feed source.
  2. In the general settings under RSS Aggregator > Settings > Feed to Post, you can set your tags/categories in your general settings page to apply to all feed sources.

NOTE: The options for both the feed source and the general settings page are merged when importing. This means that both are applied to the posts imported for the feed sources

Options are separated into sections so each section is responsible for its own taxonomy option. Each section has fields for taxonomy Terms and options on how to filter Taxonomies, which can be applied to the Feed Source(s).

Each Post Type has its own taxonomies. Changing the Post Type option will cause these options to change as well.

How to Add New Taxonomy Options

  1. Click on the Add New button to add a new taxonomy section.
  2. Choose the Taxonomy to use from the drop-down on the left, such as Category or Tags.
    1. In this drop-down, taxonomies will show depending on the selected Post Type.
  3. Then choose the terms for that taxonomy to apply to imported posts.
    1. The buttons to the very right allow you to refresh the textbox dropdown to get newly added taxonomies or remove the section. The refresh button is particularly useful if you are adding or editing terms in another browser tab or window.
  4. If filtering by complete words, tick the Match Whole word only option. This way, only feed items that match the complete word will be imported.
  5. Lastly, you can apply any/all keyword filters for the selected terms.

You can choose to add existing terms using the text-box dropdown field or tick the checkbox below it to auto-create the terms from the original RSS feed. 

When you choose the 'Auto create terms from the feed items for this taxonomy.' option, the Feed to Post add-on will look for the <category> tags within the RSS feed. The <category> tag in RSS is how feed items are grouped, and the same grouping will be translated into the Post Type's Taxonomies that you choose.

Adding Categories and Tags, Explained

Taxonomies can be divided into either Categories and Tags.


A category is one of the pre-defined taxonomies in WordPress. It is used to sort and group content into different sections. A website publishing content on a variety of topics can divide its website into sections using categories.

  1. First, create a Category in WordPress from Posts > Categories.
  2. Set a name and slug for the Category and save it.
  3. Go to WP RSS Aggregator.
  4. Select Category under the Taxonomies section in the Feed to Post options.
  5. You can then apply the Category in the Taxonomy field. 


Tag is one of the pre-defined taxonomies in WordPress. Users can add tags to their WordPress posts along with categories. However, while a category may cover a broad range of topics, tags are smaller in scope and focused on specific topics. Think of them as keywords used for topics discussed in a particular post.

  1. First, create a Tag in WordPress from Posts > Tags.
  2. Set a name and slug for the Tag and save it.
  3. Go to WP RSS Aggregator.
  4. Select Tag under the Taxonomies section in the Feed to Post options.
  5. You can then apply the Tag in the Taxonomy field.

Filter the Assigning of Taxonomies

Your final option is to only apply the selected terms if the title or content or both contain all or any of the keywords you specify in the box beneath. All keywords/phrases must be separated by a comma as shown in the screenshot below. This is a way of filtering which imported posts are assigned particular taxonomies.

An example case for this would be to automatically filter and have the categories from the RSS feed be assigned/created on your site with every post.

Another case would be if you wanted certain Posts to have one or more specific categories assigned. In this case, it would not only filter the assigning of the taxonomy but also automatically categorize the Post.

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