Autoblog

Automatically post content from RSS feeds to other WordPress sites, Multisite or BuddyPress networks.

Version 4.1

    Changelog

    March 2, 2015 - version 4.1

      November 21, 2014 - version 4.0.9.9

        November 3, 2014 - version 4.0.9.8
        • Fix bug only pull first paragraph

        October 20, 2014 - version 4.0.9.7

          October 15, 2014 - version 4.0.9.6
          • Fix wrong utf character
          • Sort blogs as Alphabetically in feed edit -> Add posts to

          September 8, 2014 - version 4.0.9.5
          • Fix strip images
          • Fix youtube add-on

          July 19, 2014 - version 4.0.9.4
          • Bring back twitter add-on
          • Fix duplicate bug
          • Fix bug except by paragraph not working properly
          • Update cache images and cache feature images

          May 20, 2014 - version 4.0.9.3
          • Open links in popup add-on, this add-on will force every links from the feed to open in popup.
          • Due to the twitter API updated, the twitter add-on is outdate, so temporarily remove it

          March 29, 2014 - version 4.0.9.2
          • CDN Mime Filter add-on. Wordpress rejects images without extensions, such as are sent by some CDN services. This add-on checks the files mime type directly and passes it if in the standard Wordpress list of allowed types.
          • Fixed problem with testing for CRON access.

          March 19, 2014 - version 4.0.9.1
          • WPML addon missing closing "}" caused crash if activated.

          March 18, 2014 - version 4.0.9
          • Added test for proper Cron function on WP and an error message explaining the options to work around the problems.
          • Added Regular Expression Match field to allow generic matching of HTML text like /

          March 13, 2014 - version 4.0.8
          • Create a new Add-on "Clean Face" , which Cleans and Patches the Fackbook RSS Feed which doesn't validate in the ffirst place.
          • Created a new Add-on "WPML Languages", to properly inform WPML of autoblog posts. Without it it WPML will not display the autoblogged posts.
          • Filter to repair Facebook spoofed relative links.
          • Fixed the "Any tags" filter. Previously rejected multiple tags.

          March 4, 2014 - version 4.0.7
          • Fixed Post Formats Addon

          February 24, 2014 - version 4.0.6
          • Fixed feed "Last Processed" date column to render it with gmt offset
          • Fixed original date importing issue
          • Fixed strip all images addon
          • Fixed images import which contains spaces in the name
          • Implemented ability to import featured image from enclosure
          • Improved post type rendering at all feeds screen

          February 10, 2014 - version 4.0.5
          • Improved performance of dashboard page
          • Improved images addons to skip all invalid images from being imported
          • Improved feed items filtering, now the plugin filters them by whole words
          • Fixed YouTube import addon issue
          • Fixed dashboard chart date range rendering
          • Fixed dashboard log cleanup process
          • Fixed feed last processing time and next check time rendering
          • Implemented ability to filter feed details before processing

          February 2, 2014 - version 4.0.4
          • Fixed image import bug
          • Fixed feed post excerpts settings saving
          • Fixed bug with assigning author to posts and images
          • Implemented fatal errors catching during feed processing
          • Implemented ability to export log records
          • Implemented ability to clone a feed
          • Implemented ability to select default thumbnail

          January 16, 2014 - version 4.0.3
          • Fixed Uncategorized taxonomy issue

          January 15, 2014 - version 4.0.2
          • Added YouTube feeds importer add-on.

          January 11, 2014 - version 4.0.1
          • Added ability to adjust dashboard cache TTL time
          • Fixed dashboard styles for feeds with long title
          • Fixed taxonomy processing issue

          January 10, 2014 - version 4
          • Fixed Append Text To Post add-on issue with multi byte string position detection
          • Fixed issue with not shown "Open this link in a new window" check box for new feeds
          • Implemented ability to use shortcodes inside appended text
          • Implemented add-on which strips all images from a post
          • Implemented force feed add-on
          • Implemented disable sanitization add-on
          • Implemented ability to update posts when duplicate is found
          • Implemented ability to create/assign custom taxonomy to custom post type during import
          • Implemented new dashboard pivot chart
          • Implemented ability to clear log records
          • Reworked images import to prevent downloading the same image multiple times
          • Reworked featured images importing to prevent double downloading the same images
          • Removed debug images add-on

          October 1, 2013 - version 3.9.9.8

            August 25, 2013 - version 3.9.9.7

              August 19, 2013 - version 3.9.9.6

                August 4, 2013 - version 3.9.9.5

                  July 31, 2013 - version 3.9.9.4

                    July 31, 2013 - version 3.9.9.3

                      July 17, 2013 - version 3.9.9.2

                        April 23, 2013 - version 3.9.9.1

                          February 9, 2013 - version 3.9.9

                            February 5, 2013 - version 3.9.8
                            • for minimum size before setting as
                            • featured image - AUTOBLOG_FEATURED_IMAGE_MIN_WIDTH and AUTOBLOG_FEATURED_IMAGE_MIN_HEIGHT added abbr tag showing the url for
                            • feed in feed list

                            January 28, 2013 - version 3.9.7
                            • the url link added option to use the last image in a post as the featured one rather than the first

                            January 17, 2013 - version 3.9.6

                              January 13, 2013 - version 3.9.5.3

                                January 8, 2013 - version 3.9.5.2

                                  January 2, 2013 - version 3.9.5.1

                                    December 1, 2012 - version 3.9.4

                                      October 11, 2012 - version 3.9.3

                                        October 6, 2012 - version 3.9.2

                                          July 26, 2012 - version 3.9.1

                                            July 2, 2012 - version 3.9

                                              May 13, 2012 - version 3.8.1

                                                May 9, 2012 - version 3.8

                                                  April 17, 2012 - version 3.7

                                                    December 7, 2011 - version 3.6.2

                                                      October 29, 2011 - version 3.6.1

                                                        October 13, 2011 - version 3.6

                                                          October 3, 2011 - version 3.5.7

                                                            September 30, 2011 - version 3.5.6

                                                              September 29, 2011 - version 3.5.5

                                                                August 9, 2011 - version 3.5.4

                                                                  August 4, 2011 - version 3.5.3

                                                                    August 3, 2011 - version 3.5.2

                                                                      July 3, 2011 - version 3.5.1

                                                                        June 23, 2011 - version 3.5

                                                                          March 30, 2011 - version 3.4.1

                                                                            March 21, 2011 - version 3.4

                                                                              February 14, 2011 - version 3.3.1

                                                                                January 11, 2011 - version 3.3

                                                                                  July 21, 2010 - version 3.1.1

                                                                                    July 13, 2010 - version 3.1

                                                                                      June 17, 2010 - version 3

                                                                                        March 6, 2010 - version 2.0.1

                                                                                          March 1, 2010 - version 2

                                                                                            September 4, 2009 - version 1.0.1

                                                                                              August 25, 2009 - version 1

                                                                                                Downloads 55,615

                                                                                                Compatibility WordPress 4.1 Multisite 4.1 BuddyPress 2.2

                                                                                                Autoblog is the standard in automated posting to WordPress from RSS feeds.

                                                                                                Tried, tested and proven over years of development, this easy-to-use plugin can be set-up in minutes.

                                                                                                It Just Works

                                                                                                No coding required, no complicated instructions, no worries. Just copy and paste in your feed URL, give it a name of your choosing (for admin purposes) and select a blog that you want it to post to. It’s that simple.

                                                                                                Check out all the options in glorious detail

                                                                                                Append text (or other content) to the end of post on a feed-by-feed basis.

                                                                                                append-text
                                                                                                Add credits, disclaimers or additional content with ‘Append’

                                                                                                Keep your site moving fast without sacrificing functionality. Activate any of our Addons for extended functionality that doesn’t slow you down.

                                                                                                Autoblog addons
                                                                                                Massive list of Addons

                                                                                                This plugin is powerful and should be used to pull content with permission of the author. Share content from across the web quickly and efficiently with Autoblog.

                                                                                                To Get Started:

                                                                                                Start by reading Installing plugins section in our comprehensive WordPress and WordPress Multisite Manual if you are new to WordPress.

                                                                                                Please note that Autoblog pulls in content from RSS feeds. So if the content is not included in a feed, the plugin cannot fetch it. :)

                                                                                                Login to your admin panel for WordPress or Multisite and activate the plugin:

                                                                                                • On regular WordPress installs – visit Plugins and Activate the plugin.
                                                                                                • For WordPress Multisite installs – Activate it blog-by-blog (say if you wanted to make it a Pro Sites premium plugin), or visit Network Admin -> Plugins and Network Activate the plugin.

                                                                                                Once installed and activated, you will see a new menu item in your admin: Autoblog.

                                                                                                Autoblog Menu

                                                                                                Let’s start this overview by getting a feel for the reporting features of this plugin.

                                                                                                Reporting Features

                                                                                                Go ahead and click on the Dashboard link in the Autoblog menu now. If this is the first time you install Autoblog, there won’t be any data to display on that page yet. Don’t worry, we’ll get that fixed up in a jiffy!

                                                                                                Autoblog Dashboard New

                                                                                                However, if you have just updated your Autoblog install to the latest version (4.0), you should see that page already populated with data from your current feeds.

                                                                                                Autoblog Dashboard Updated

                                                                                                The graph at the top gives you a quick overview of Autoblog activity over the course of the last 7 days.

                                                                                                Hover your mouse pointer over any day to pop up a few details about that day’s imports.

                                                                                                • How many feeds were processed
                                                                                                • How many items were imported
                                                                                                • How many errors were logged

                                                                                                Want all the juicy details about a particular day’s import activity? No problem. Scroll down in the list of feeds beneath the graph until you find the date you want.

                                                                                                Autoblog Feed

                                                                                                In the title bar of each feed, handy icons show you the day’s activity for that particular one.

                                                                                                • How many new items were imported during the day
                                                                                                • How many times that feed was processed during the day
                                                                                                • How many errors were logged for that feed during the day

                                                                                                Autoblog Feed Titles

                                                                                                Now click on the title of the feed you want to view.

                                                                                                Autoblog Feed Info

                                                                                                The first entry will tell you how many new items were imported that day. Each subsequent entry gives you all the details about each imported or updated item. Yes, you read that right, you can set your Autoblog feeds to re-import feed items and keep them updated on your site. How cool is that?

                                                                                                The title of each entry links to the original source of the feed item, while the (view post) link at the end goes to the post on your site.

                                                                                                Awesome stuff, you say? We agree. :)

                                                                                                Managing Feeds

                                                                                                Let’s now take a look at what goes on under the All Feeds menu item. Click that now.

                                                                                                This page displays all your feeds in a familiar format.

                                                                                                Autoblog All Feeds

                                                                                                Hover your mouse pointer over any feed to reveal the actions you can take for each one.

                                                                                                Autoblog All Feeds

                                                                                                • The Edit link will open the feed editor so you can adjust things if you need to.
                                                                                                • Click the Clone link to create a duplicate feed that you can then adjust.
                                                                                                • Click Process to manually override the import schedule and process the feed immediately.
                                                                                                • The Validate link will automatically redirect to w3.org with the correct URI appended so you be sure your feed is OK.
                                                                                                • And of course, Delete will delete the feed permanently.

                                                                                                Creating a Feed

                                                                                                Before we get into all the addons you can activate for Autoblog, let’s first take a look at the basic settings for creating or editing a feed. Click the Add New button at the top of the All Feeds page.

                                                                                                Autoblog Add New

                                                                                                There are a lot of options on this page, so let’s go over them in sections.

                                                                                                Feed

                                                                                                The first section is where you name & describe your feed.

                                                                                                Autoblog Create New

                                                                                                • The Your Title field is where you should enter a memorable name for your feed.
                                                                                                • The Feed URL is, well, the URL for your feed. You can usually get that URL by clicking the RSS icon on the site you want the feed from. Some sites might use a service like Feedburner where the URL would look like this: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ICanHasCheezburger …that’s one of my favorites. :)
                                                                                                • In the Add posts to dropdown, select the site in your network where you want the feed to post the feed items. Note that if you are running a single site install, this will simply display the name of your site.
                                                                                                • Post type for new posts will display all the post types available on the site you just selected. All feed items imported by this feed will be added to your selected site as the post type you select here.
                                                                                                • Select the Default status for new posts imported by your feed.
                                                                                                • Finally, to Set the date for new posts, you can choose either the date the post was imported to your site, or the original date of the post on the source site.
                                                                                                Author Details

                                                                                                Next up, the author details section.

                                                                                                Autoblog Create New

                                                                                                • Set author for new posts enables you to select an existing user on your site, or attempt to use the original author from the source site.
                                                                                                • If you have selected original feed author above, and If author in feed does not exist locally use an existing author on your site.
                                                                                                Taxonomies

                                                                                                The Taxonomies section enables you to fine-tune how imported posts should be categorized on your site.

                                                                                                Autoblog Create New

                                                                                                • Select to Treat feed categories as any taxonomy associated with the post type you chose above.
                                                                                                • Check the Add any that do not exist checkbox to automatically create any taxonomy terms that are needed and that don’t already exist on your site. Watch out though. Checking this could potentially create hundreds of additional categories on your site if you are importing a feed from a public site where folks can tag their posts willy-nilly.
                                                                                                • At Assign posts to this category, you can also select to assign existing categories on your site to all imported items.
                                                                                                • Enter a comma-separated list of additional tags you want on all imported items in the Add these tags to the posts field.
                                                                                                Post Filtering

                                                                                                The Post Filtering section it quite powerful. It enables you to identify exactly which feed items to import by specifying the content that should or should not be present in feed items. This way, you can filter out stuff that has no business being on your site.

                                                                                                Autoblog Create New

                                                                                                • At All of these words, you can specify all words that must be present in a feed item for it to be imported.
                                                                                                • You can also specify that imported items must contain Any of these words. If any word you enter here is found in a feed item, it will be imported.
                                                                                                • If you wish, you can specify The exact phrase that must be present in the title or content of feed items.
                                                                                                • You can also filter out feed items that should contain None of these words. Feed items with any words entered here will not be imported. Great for filtering out profanity on PG-13 sites. :)
                                                                                                • Finally, you can specify that imported items must contain Any of these tags. Only feed items that have been categorized or tagged on the source site with terms you enter here will imported.
                                                                                                Post Excerpts

                                                                                                This section enables you to specify how much content should be imported in each feed item.

                                                                                                Autoblog Create New

                                                                                                • Select to Use full post or an excerpt in imported items. Note that if the feed only contains excerpts anyway, Autoblog cannot fetch the full content from the source site.
                                                                                                • If you have selected to import excerpts, then at For excerpts use, enter the number of Words, Sentences or Paragraphs your imported excerpts should contain.
                                                                                                • The Link to original source field is where you can specify the text that will appear after each imported item, and that will link to the original item on the source site.
                                                                                                • Check Ensure this link is a nofollow one if you are concerned about a possible negative impact on your site’s PageRank. See this article at Google for more.
                                                                                                • Check Open this link in a new window to, well, you know. :)
                                                                                                Feed Processing

                                                                                                Feed processing is where you schedule how much of the feed should be imported, how often, and how to import it.

                                                                                                Autoblog Create New

                                                                                                • First, select to Import the most recent number of posts (feed items) that you want. You can set it to import up to 100 items each time the feed is processed.
                                                                                                • Then select the frequency at which to Process this feed. You can also pause the feed by setting this to “Never”.
                                                                                                • Starting from and Ending on is where you can specify the date range for the imported items you want. If you don’t want it to stop, leave the Ending on fields blank.
                                                                                                • Set Force SSL verification to “No” if you are getting SSL errors, or if your feed uses a self-signed SSL certificate.
                                                                                                • Set Override duplicates to “Yes” if you want to update previously imported items with any new content that may be available. Set this to “No” to skip any duplicates in the feed.

                                                                                                If you’ve been setting up your first feed while following along, now’s the time to click the Create Feed button at the bottom right of your screen. If you do not want to keep the feed you just set up, simply click Cancel.

                                                                                                Autoblog Create New

                                                                                                Once you’ve created your feed, you’ll be redirected to the All Feeds page where a nice little confirmation will appear at the top of the screen.

                                                                                                Autoblog Create New

                                                                                                You may not see details appear immediately on the Autoblog Dashboard screen as importing the feed items and processing can take a bit of time. Patience, Grasshopper. :)

                                                                                                Now it’s time to have a play with all the cool addons that you can activate for Autoblog.

                                                                                                Addons

                                                                                                Autoblog Addons

                                                                                                As you can see, there are quite a few addons! Let’s take at look at each one, shall we?

                                                                                                Allow Force Feed

                                                                                                This addon adds a new checkbox at the bottom of the feed settings page that allows you to override feed validation, and force a feed to process even if it has an incorrect MIME type. This can help with compatibility for unusual feeds. Use with caution.

                                                                                                Autoblog Addons Force Feed

                                                                                                Append text to post

                                                                                                This one enables you to append some custom content to the end of each imported feed item. You can also use any shortcodes you need to here.

                                                                                                Autoblog Addons Append Text

                                                                                                A variety of placeholders are available to dynamically insert the text too:

                                                                                                • %ORIGINALPOSTURL% adds a link to the original post on the source site.
                                                                                                • %FEEDURL% displays the URL of the feed used to fetch the post.
                                                                                                • %FEEDTITLE% displays the title of the feed.
                                                                                                • %POSTIMPORTEDTIME% displays the time at which the post was imported.
                                                                                                • %FEEDID% will display the ID of the feed.
                                                                                                • %ORIGINALPOSTGUID% the ID provided for the post through the feed.
                                                                                                • %ORIGINALAUTHORNAME% will display the name of the author of the post from the source site.
                                                                                                • %ORIGINALAUTHOREMAIL% will display the original author’s email if available in the feed.
                                                                                                • %ORIGINALAUTHORLINK% will display a link to the original author’s profile on the source site if available.
                                                                                                Canonical link in header

                                                                                                This addon doesn’t add any option to the feed settings page. What it does do is link the post title to the original source. This can be very handy if you are sourcing content from a variety of sites (like a news aggregation site) and using excerpts. Visitors to your site who wish to read the full article will be redirected to the source site.

                                                                                                Check Feed Entries

                                                                                                This one checks to make sure the blog id entries match in each feed entry.

                                                                                                Clean Face

                                                                                                This addon cleans non-validating feeds like Facebook, it fixes Facebook spoofed relative links. No further options are provided, it simply does its task once activated.

                                                                                                Disable Sanitization

                                                                                                Allows you to override feed content sanitization and force a feed to import bare content even if it has usually blocked tags. This can help with compatibility for unusual feeds. Use with caution.

                                                                                                Autoblog Addons Disable Sanitization

                                                                                                Featured Image Import

                                                                                                This addon will import the featured image along with the feed item. It also adds the image to your media library, attaches it to the imported post, and marks it as featured image.

                                                                                                Autoblog Addons Featured Image

                                                                                                Once activated, you can select which type of image in the feed item to use on your site as the featured image.

                                                                                                • Don’t import featured image (turns the feature off for this feed without deactivating the addon).
                                                                                                • Use media:thumbnail tag of a feed item.
                                                                                                • Find the first image within content of a feed item.
                                                                                                • Find the last image within content of a feed item.
                                                                                                • You can also upload a default image to use if no image is found or imported.
                                                                                                Image Import

                                                                                                This addon imports any/all images in a feed item to your media library and attaches them to the imported post. It doesn’t provide any additional options, simply activate and it takes care of the image imports!

                                                                                                Open links in popup

                                                                                                A very powerful and handy addon, this one lets you display imported posts within a popup dialog. Once activated, you’ll see an Open Link in Popup section in the feed settings.

                                                                                                Autoblog - Open link in popup add-on

                                                                                                Tick the Do you want to turn off this feature for this feed option to exclude this particular feed from using this feature. This lets you easily disable to feature on a per-feed basis.

                                                                                                Enter any domains that you want to exclude, one per line, within the Domain you want to exclude text area.

                                                                                                Tick the Always refresh content option to automatically re-index the link anytime you want to update the content. Any time the feed is processed, the content will be refreshed with any changes in the original articles.

                                                                                                Post formats addon

                                                                                                This addon lets you specify a post format on a per-feed basis. When activated, you’ll see a new Post format for new posts section when creating or editing a feed, where you’ll be able to specify the post format of your choice.

                                                                                                Autoblog - Post Format add-on

                                                                                                Replace Author Information

                                                                                                This one has no settings either. It simply replaces the author details shown on a post with those of the original author from the source site.

                                                                                                Strip Images

                                                                                                This addon removes all image tags from the imported post content and allows you to replace those tags with your own custom text.

                                                                                                Autoblog Addons Strip Images

                                                                                                Twitter Add-on

                                                                                                This addon adds a Twitter post type and processes tweets to have correct links.

                                                                                                Autoblog Addons Twitter

                                                                                                Use External Permalinks

                                                                                                This add-on lets you link to the original post using the post’s permalink. When reader’s click the post’s link, they’ll be taken to the original article.

                                                                                                WPML Languages

                                                                                                If you use WPML, you’ll need a way to ensure the plugin is notified of post additions done through Autoblog. This addon takes care of that, ensuring WPML is notified so that posts can automatically get translated. Simply activate and it’ll take care of the rest.

                                                                                                YouTube Feed Import

                                                                                                A very handy add-on for video content, this one lets you pull a YouTube feed, adding the video to the beginning of a post. There are no additional options for this add-on but once activated, you can link to a YouTube feed url and it will take care of parsing the feed and pulling video content as new posts.

                                                                                                Known Issues

                                                                                                The plugin attempts to create a database table. If it isn’t automatically created then you need to run the following SQL on your database:

                                                                                                CREATE TABLE wp_autoblog ( feed_id bigint(20) NOT NULL auto_increment, site_id bigint(20) default NULL, blog_id bigint(20) default NULL, feed_meta text, active int(11) default NULL, nextcheck bigint(20) default NULL, lastupdated bigint(20) default NULL, PRIMARY KEY ( feed_id), KEY site_id (site_id), KEY blog_id (blog_id), KEY nextcheck (nextcheck) )

                                                                                                If you are using the Multi-DB system, then you need to create the table in your global database and ensure you have added the “autoblog” table as a global table in your configuration file.

                                                                                                Loads of Options and Add-Ons

                                                                                                Quickly share content from multiple locations.

                                                                                                • Choose if you want new posts to be published straight away, pending review or as drafts
                                                                                                • Select any author from your Multisite network
                                                                                                • Assign posts to categories and / or apply tags to them and / or import post tags with the post
                                                                                                • Filter posts that are included or excluded based on keywords or phrases
                                                                                                • Use excerpts (number of words configurable) or whole posts and choose what link (if any) you want to give to the original source
                                                                                                • Import featured images
                                                                                                • Open links in new window
                                                                                                • Select how often you want Autoblog to check for posts
                                                                                                • Feed validator for validating feeds
                                                                                                • Append text to post -- customize by feed