In 2013, Google discontinued its support for RSS and shut down its popular service, Google Reader. This move caused a lot of shock in the blogosphere, and many people believed that it marked the end of RSS. However, despite Google’s decision, RSS has continued to be used in various ways over the past few years.
One of the most popular uses of RSS is on WordPress sites. By default, WordPress creates RSS feeds during installation, which can be used to turn one-time readers into regular subscribers. Additionally, these feeds can be used to aggregate content from other websites and post them on your own site. This allows you to create a central portal that displays content from many sites in your niche.
There are several ways to create an RSS news aggregation site, but the easiest method is to use a WordPress plugin. The most powerful plugin currently available for this purpose is WP RSS Aggregator.
WP RSS Aggregator allows you to aggregate multiple website feeds and display them on your site in two distinct ways. The first option is to use shortcodes to display items in a list in a post/page/widget. The second option is to create WordPress posts from feed items (Feed to Post).
The shortcode option allows you to aggregate as many feed items as you wish onto a single post or page on your website. You can limit the number of feed items shown, add pagination to the list, and more. Using the Excerpts & Thumbnails and the Categories add-ons, you can take the shortcode display a step further by using the content provided within the RSS feeds to enhance the display with short snippets and a thumbnail image.
The Feed to Post option is the most useful and comprehensive method for aggregating a number of website feeds into one site. With this add-on, each feed item is created as its own post on your site. These posts can be set to display as much of the original content as you think necessary. To credit the original source, you can use the general setting that adds the same generic message to each post, or you can use the Append/Prepend to Content feature to add a custom link for each source.
There are a huge number of options available to you with this aggregation method. You can set the posts to be automatically published or created as draft posts so that you can manually decide which ones to post to your site. You can turn on comments for your excerpts, alter the way images are shown if you decide to show them at all, assign existing users as authors or import the original author’s details, and much more.
Creating an RSS news aggregation portal with WordPress is a great way to build a hub for your own websites, a single portal for all of the posts created in your niche, or even a single location to scan content excerpts of multiple sites you want to follow. The WP RSS Aggregator team built WP News Desk – a news portal for everything WordPress, collecting posts from over 100 top sources. Each post links directly to the original source, giving them the credit they deserve. Such sites can also be monetized with ads, affiliate links, and more.
In conclusion, despite Google’s decision to drop its support for RSS, it is still a useful tool that can be used in various ways. Creating an RSS news aggregation portal with WordPress is a great way to display content from many sites in your niche and can be done easily using the WP RSS Aggregator plugin.