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RSS Post Importer - Content Importer Add-on - How to Use


RSS Content Importer Add-on

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What is This Add-on

The Content Importer Add-on allows you to fetch full text of items coming from an RSS feed.

For example, even if an RSS feed was not set properly and shows only the excerpt of a blog post, with this add-on you can also capture the full content.

The add-on requires the base plugin RSS Post Importer to work. Both are tightly connected, so if you are not familiar with the base plugin, we recommend checking the following links:


How to Install the Add-on

The process is the same as installing a plugin. Read more: RSS Post Importer - Installation


How to Use The Add-on

When creating or editing a feed, you will notice the new field Content Selector, as highlighted below. It will only appear if the add-on is active.

This field is crucial. You must input on it the CSS element where the content is located. This element likely will be different for each RSS feed.

Part 1: the Content Selector

1
Access RSS item

Access a RSS item from the feed you would like to use.

An example from the CreativeMinds blog:  https://www.cminds.com/ultimate-guide-for-adding-https-to-wordpress/

2
Inspect the Element

You must find the element which contains the content. 

To do so, click on it with the right button and choose inspect - selecting the beginning of the content is better. This works in both Chrome and Firefox.

You can confirm you have found the element when the relevant area is highlighted.

3
Isolate class or id

In this case, the element is inside  <div class= "articleContent entry-content" itemprop="articleBody">.

The most relevant CSS elements are id and class

So, in this case, we can use either  articleContent or entry-content, as both are classes. They will produce the same effect.

Part 2: Adding CSS element to the feed page

Now that we found the element, it's time to add it to the feed page. Head back to the Content Selector field and write it down.

TIP: class vs. id

Each element needs a symbol preceding it.

  • class - . (final dot). Example: .article-content
  • id - # (number sign/hash). Example: #article-content

More information: CSS selectors - CSS: Cascading Style Sheets

Note on Images

By default, the add-on does not save images to the Media Library.

You can change this by unchecking the option "Don't save images from the full content to the Media Library".

Only change the setting if you understand what you are doing, as some site owners disable hotlinking of images.

Setup Ready!

Now the add-on will collect the element you have selected.


Pausing the Capture

Check the option "Pause Full content extraction" to interrupt it for that feed alone. 

Note that feed items will still be imported, but without the full content extraction rule.


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