Developer vs. Average User: The WP RSS Aggregator Arena

RAFAY SAEED ANSARI | November 25, 2017

Looking for a way to create a content curation site? Want to add a stream of your published posts to your portfolio site? Thinking of sprucing up your site with quality content imported from different sources?

WP RSS Aggregator

Quick Review

WP RSS Aggregator is an RSS feed solution for WordPress that allows users to import feeds from multiple sources and display them on their websites. The core plugin is available free for download and comes with eight premium add-ons.

I wrote a review of WP RSS Aggregator for WP Mayor that will give you some insight into what the plugin does and what you can do with it. You can also check out a tutorial on how to get started with WP RSS Aggregator.

A Developer's Perspective

If you like shortcodes as much as I do then you're going to feel right at home with WP RSS Aggregator. Setting up the plugin and adding feed sources is pretty easy – even more so if you have some experience working with RSS feeds. The plugin's shortcodes and parameters let you customize how the imported feed items are displayed on your site.

You can also use the shortcodes directly in your template files which is incredibly useful if you like to implement similar RSS functionality or layouts on different websites.

Pros

  • Lets you add shortcodes directly to your template files using the do_shortcode() function.
  • Tons of configuration and display options.

Cons

  • Difficult to set up with WordPress Multisite.

An Average User's Perspective

WP RSS Aggregator works amazingly well for creating content curation sites like news sites, real estate listings, writing portfolios, and food blogs. It also lets you create an Instagram feed and import it directly to WordPress!

Aside from the surprisingly simple and neat things you can do with WP RSS Aggregator, I liked how easy it was to use. The shortcodes are a bit tricky to get a grasp of at first but once you play around with them a bit you'll realize all the different things you can do with it and make your content look the way you want it to. Until that happens, you'll have to go back and forth between the Shortcodes page and your Edit Post screen.

Pros

  • Makes it easy to manage RSS feeds in WordPress.
  • Lets you start and pause importing feed sources.

Cons

  • The only way to display the imported feeds is by using shortcodes.

To Sum It Up

If you're building any kind of content curation site for a client then WP RSS Aggregator will not only speed up your development time but also make it super easy for the client to manage their site. And if you opt for a premium add-ons bundle then you can save up to $40 on a single site license.

And if you're an average user who simply wants to showcase their work or curate content then you'll be able to do all of that with the free, core plugin alone.

Want to try it out for yourself? Check out WP RSS Aggregator!