What does it do?
FeedWordPress is the plugin that allows us to create most of our “mother blogs.” These are the sites that take all the student posts from their own personal sites and bring them to one site. That helps answer questions like –
- How can students work in their own personalized sites and use them for multiple courses but still provide the class the advantages of a central/standardized community?
- Are there interesting ways I might reconsider the work students do if I could aggregate that work, interact with it, keep it beyond the narrow confines of a course, and have other students use it in meaningful ways?
Example Sites at VCU Using FeedWordPress
- The child (source) blog needs to be public for this to work. If a child blog is set to Visible only to registered users of this network, Visible only to registered users of this site, or Visible only to administrators of this site then the feed won’t work.
- Add /feed/to the URLs you’re adding as children in the FeedWordPress panel. This will make your life easier.
- You can use a Gravity Forms
It’s the “Forms” option in your sidebarform or Google Form to gather the source URLs from students.
For Much More Serious FeedWordPress Tutorials (from Alan Levine)
- Basic Concepts of Syndication – and what to think about even before you touch that WordPress thing
- Installing and Setting up Feed WordPress – Minimal settings, and planning the way content is sliced, diced, and recombined
- Feeding the Machine – How to get RSS feeds into the aggregator without losing a finger
- Some Feed Magic – Optional ways to improve feeds from sites such as flickr, twitter, etc, creating a twitter archive, RSS Feed TLC
- A Few More Tricks – leveraging categories, adding attribution, setting featured images