Each feed source needs to have a few general settings set. They let the plugin know what to do with the incoming posts. The default settings are the most commonly used, so there is a high probability that you can leave things as they are. However, having these settings gives you a lot of flexibility.
Here’s the metabox you will see:
Most of the options are self explanatory, however lets take a look at them one by one.
Post to Site (for multisite only)
If you have the plugin installed on a Multisite version of WordPress, this option will be visible. You can select which sub site the newly imported content will be posted to.
Feed to Post will detect all the custom post types (including the WP defaults ‘post’ and ‘page’) set on your site, and provide them 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.
You might want to have a website which auto publishes content without your intervention, in which case you can set the post status to ‘published’. On the other hand, there are those of you who are using the plugin to curate content, and so in that case it would be a better idea to set the post status to ‘draft’. That gives you more control, since 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.
You can also choose from the other WP default statuses ‘Pending Review’ and ‘Private’, the latter being a great idea for websites or sections which require users to be logged in before they can view the content.
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 provides a standardized list of formats that are available to all themes that support the feature.
Themes are not required to support every format on the list. New formats cannot be introduced by themes or even plugins. So 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.
With Feed to Post, you’ll be importing feed items from other websites, and all these feed items would have been created at earlier dates. In this option, you can choose whether to keep their original date, or else to set their 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 at its default ‘Original post date’ setting.
By default we don’t allow comments on imported feed items, but you may wish to enable the comment form at the bottom of your posts.
Force Full Content
Some feeds only provide an excerpt of the full post published on the site. By activating this setting, the plugin will attempt to go around this by attempting to read the post directly rather than import the feed item from the feed. Enabling this option will increase the feed processing time, so use it only when needed.
Allow Embedded Content
With this option enabled WP RSS Aggregator will also import iframe, embed, and object content found in posts. This option should be enabled if the content you plan to import contains things like video from YouTube or Vimeo.
Check this box to add a “rel=canonical” link to the head of imported posts. You can learn more about canonical pages here.