General Settings

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

This settings page serves mostly to set the defaults that will be used when you add a new feed source. There are also a few settings that apply to all feed sources, and 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.

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Post Type

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.

Post Status

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 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 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.

Post Date

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.

Enable Comments

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.

*Link Back to Source?

This option allows you to add text at the top of each imported post’s content, that contains links to the original post and the site from which it was imported. Just tick the checkbox to enable this feature.

Only Add Source Link when Viewing Singular Posts

Choose this option to show the source link only when viewing a post by itself, and not when viewing a series of posts.

In other words, if you have a page on your site dedicated to your blog, checking this box will prevent the source links for each and every post from appearing in that list, but when the individual post is opened in a new page, the link back to the source will show.

*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

Here 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.

This section allows you to choose the settings for post taxonomies and tags.

You can click on the Add New button to add as many taxonomy sections as you want. For each section you add you need to:

  1. Choose the Taxonomy to use, such as Category or Tags.
  2. Then choose the terms to assign to imported posts.
  3. If you want to import the terms from feed items, tick the “Auto create terms” checkbox.
  4. Lastly, you can apply any/all keyword filters you want to the selected terms.

All this can be set on a per-feed-source basis too, as you can see from our dedicated Taxonomies documentation page.

From here you can choose the settings about post authors and users.

Your first option lets you choose the author to assign to the post. You can choose to use an existing user on your site as the author, or use the original author from the feed item.

The next two options regard what to do if the author in the feed is not an existing user, and if the author is missing completely from the feed.

Finally you can also also a fallback user of your choice to use if the plugin fails to determine an author or user.

All this can also be set on a per-feed-source basis too, as you can see from our dedicated Authors documentation page.

Save Images Locally

Check this box to import the images from the posts into your local media library.

Image Minimum Size

Here you can set the minimum size that you would like for imported images (in pixels). This option applies to images saved in the media library as well as the featured image.

Use a Featured Image

Check this box to enable featured images for imported posts. Note that when selecting this option the image used as the featured image is imported into your site, even if the “Save Images Locally” setting is unchecked, as this is the way WordPress functions.

Featured Image to Use

Via the dropdown, you can set whether you want to set the featured image from the:

  • First image in post content
  • Last image in post content
  • Feed <media:thumbnail> tag
  • Use the fallback featured image
  • Enclosure tag

It is usually recommended to use the first image in post content as this will most likely be the most relevant image.

However, it is becoming quite common for feeds to include an image in a<media:thumbnail> tag, to indicate that the image is particularly useful to be used as a featured image or thumbnail. If it is available in the feed, it is usually the best choice. The<enclosure> tag is also fairly common for this use. Experiment with these settings to determine which is the best to use for a particular feed source.

If no image is found when importing the feed, the fallback will be the default featured image, which you can set on a per feed source basis. In fact you can set a number of feed-source-specific settings for Images too.

We have also provided a few Advanced Image Handling tips for you to modify the imported images even further.

Fallback to Feed Image

Check this box to use the feed channel’s image, if available, before resorting to the source’s fallback image.

From here you can configure your full text RSS options, depending on what services you have available.

You can learn more about the available options on our “Full Text Feed Import” page.

These options were introduced together with the Custom Field Mapping option, and allow you to define the namespaces for RSS tags in your feeds.

When using the Custom Field Mapping option, you will be asked to choose one of the namespaces you have saved here. These are required by the plugin to be able to retrieve content from custom tags in your feeds.

For more information regarding namespaces, see the “Custom Field Mapping documentation page.

Here you can configure the URL shortening. First up you can choose the service or algorithm to use.

Next you can enter your Google API Key. This key will be used for requests to the Google URL Shortener API.

Last but not least you can change how Feed to Post works with WP RSS Aggregator.

You can find a detailed explanation about this on our “Using the Shortcodes” page.