RSS Post Importer - Use Case - How Imported Content Looks Like


Use Case – How Imported Content Looks Like.

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Introduction

RSS Post Importer

The RSS Post Importer plugin lets you import posts or pages from an external site to your Wordpress site. It can be useful for linking together sites that you own that should share content mutually, or for scraping similar sites for content that relates to what your site is about.

It is a onetime set up plugin that continues to work after being configured allowing you to find great quality content providers and funnel them through your domain.

The RSS Post Importer is a must-have for affiliate marketing, for event listing sites, for new sites and for keeping content across multiple sites up to date without all the donkey work.

Content Importer 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.

Use Case Front-End

A post imported using the base RSS Post Importer plugin:

A post scraped using the Content Importer add-on:

Displaying imported posts from definite category:

Displaying recent posts using a shortcode:

Displaying posts using RSS widget:

Use Case Assumptions

In this example use case guide we will consider how imported content looks like. If you want to get to know the whole process of creating a feed, you can learn it in our use case guides: 

We assume that you have already bought the plugin and add-on, and installed them.

It follows:


Installing The plugin

The process is the same for all CM plugins and add-ons.

  • Download the plugin from your customer dashboard
  • Log in to WordPress and navigate to the WordPress Admin  → Plugins settings
  • Click on Add New
  • Activate it and add the license

Learn more: Getting Started - Plugin Overview


Quick Recap

As in this example use case guide we cover only how to build template for fetched articles, we recommend you to get to know first how to work with the plugin in general. You can learn the following in our another use case guide: 

  • Configuring the plugin
  • Creating a Feed
  • Choosing What's Important in the Feed
  • Choosing What's Important in the Post
  • How the Posts Are Displayed (Post Template)
  • Managing Feeds
  • Fetch History
  • Creating the RSS feed using add-on

Learn more about it here: 

How Imported Content Looks Like

All imported articles are presented in a post type you have chosen during creating RSS feed. They are also grouped depending on your choice:

The final look depends on the template you've build for this post: 

Learn more about building a post template in this use case guide: RSS Post Importer - Use Case - Building the Template and How It Can Look Like

The plugin can import only the content provided by the RSS source. As a result, we can get something like this as a final post:

How Scraped Content Looks Like

If you use Content Importer add-on, you can import full articles to your site.

Learn more how to do this in this use case guide: RSS Post Importer - Use Case - How to Scrape Articles From Another Site and Copy It Over to Your Site

As a result, we can get something like this as a final post:

How to Display Content

There are a few ways to display imported posts. First of all, they can be automatically displayed in your posts feed. But you can, for instance, create different pages to distinguish posts by categories.

Let's create a page under the Divi theme with posts from one definite category and make a grid appearance for more convenient way of view.

Note: You need to have the Divi theme do be installed and activated for this case. Or you can use any other theme that you would like.

Navigate to  Admin Dashboard → Pages → Add New.

Click on the Use Divi Builder button.

Then choose the block type - Blog, configure amount of displayed items per page, category, and choose the layout type - Grid.

After publishing the page we can see the result:

Displaying Recent Posts

You can display latest posts that were fetched from RSS Feed anywhere on your site. You can configure displaying by a few parameters, like what category of RSS should be displayed, how many posts and some more. The posts will be displayed in descending order - from newer to older. There are two ways how to do this - using widget or a shortcode.

Using RSS Widget

To display latest posts using widget navigate to Admin Dashboard → Appearance → Widgets.

Find in the list widget called Imported Posts, choose a place where to add it and click Add Widget.

Then you need to configure the widget. It has the following fields:

  • Title - Write here the title that will be displayed on the front-end.
  • Post Type - Choose post type.
  • Taxonomy - Choose taxonomy.
  • Term - Choose here a category of RSS Feed that you want to display.
  • Show Image - Check this box if you want to display featured image.
  • Post Count - Set here the amount of displayed posts.

How it will look like on the Front-end:

Using a Shortcode

You can display latest posts anywhere on your site using this shortcode: [cmri_imported_posts]

Shortcode has the following parameters that are the same as for widget:

  • post_type - Set here the slug of a post type. By default it's "post".
  • taxonomy - Set here the slug of a taxonomy. By default it's "category". 
  • terms - Set here the slug of category the RSS Feed belongs to. Doesn't have any value by default.
  • posts_count - Set how many posts should be displayed. By default it's "5".
  • show_image - Set "true" to display featured image. By default it's "false".

Example of the shortcode: the following shortcode should display 3 latest RSS posts with images that belong to the category "rock".

And this is how it will look like on the Front-end:

End Result

Following instructions found in the plugin and guides, you should be able to display the content in different convenient for you ways.

Use Case Front-End

A post imported using the base RSS Post Importer plugin:

A post scraped using the Content Importer add-on:

Displaying imported posts from definite category:

Displaying recent posts using a shortcode:

Displaying posts using RSS widget:


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