5 of the Best RSS Feed Plugins for WordPress

“I thought RSS was dead!” – you’re thinking.

Well, yes and no.

Yes – it’s no longer such a popular mechanism used by people to stay updated with their favorite sites … most of that went away with the demise of Google Reader.

And no – because it’s still an active technology, which means that we can use it for a lot of cool things happening behind the scenes on our WordPress sites.

So today, we’re looking into the 5 best RSS feed plugins for WordPress:

Best RSS feed WordPress plugins summary
PLUGINRATINGACTIVE INSTALLS
FEEDZY RSS Feeds4.7 / 530,000+
RSSImport4.7 / 510,000+
Category Specific RSS Feed Subscription4.8 / 59,000+
RSS Post Importer3.3 / 520,000+
WP RSS Aggregator4.4 / 560,000+
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1. FEEDZY RSS Feeds

Feedzy is the most complete of the best RSS feed plugins out there. And we’re not just saying it because it’s part of the family. You can figure it out yourself after assessing its features and advantages.
feedzy

Feedzy works through shortcodes, which means that you can add various feeds wherever you wish (posts, pages, custom content types), right via the WordPress editor screen. In the premium version, the plugin does all the work you would otherwise do manually: it can be scheduled to automatically import multiple feeds from various sources in the same page/post via Import Setup Wizard. Furthermore, you can group the sources into categories and re-use them across your website anytime.

Once you activate a feed or category, the plugin starts to import the posts either by directly publishing them or by saving them as pending.

The way the imported items are presented on the front-end is totally up to you: you can decide over the featured images, excerpts, post status and type, quantity, text length, layout – Feedzy provides three templates to choose from.

Another nice thing about this RSS feed plugin for WordPress is that you can filter articles by keywords, so you can choose to display only the ones that meet your criteria exactly. Or you can even aggregate multiple feeds together. Moreover, Feedzy automatically adds your affiliate/referral IDs to the links in the feed so you can make money if people click on the posts.

If you want to avoid publishing duplicate content on your site, Feedzy Pro comes integrated with WordAI and SpinnerChief that can rewrite the original articles in a human, non-robotic style. The tools will be of help when you import a full-length article from external sources, which is also possible with Feedzy. You are not limited to excerpts, you can actually fetch the full text from any feed, including product prices if you own an e-commerce business.

But the features don’t end here. The plugin keeps pace with the latest WordPress trends: it is integrated with Elementor and Gutenberg, which means that you can add feeds via their builder interfaces without trouble.

Last but not least, importing a significant number of external posts won’t be a burden because the plugin has feed caching, which means that the loading speed of your site won’t be affected at all.

You can also post your RSS feeds as widgets ‚Äď go to Appearance / Widgets and drag the ‚ÄúRSS‚ÄĚ widget to any widget area.

This is a sample of how your imported feeds will look on the front-end (I’m using Twenty Seventeen theme):

Get this RSS feed plugin if you need an RSS importer with powerful features yet lightweight interface. While Feedzy can be a good fit for personal matters, we mostly recommend it to business owners whose goal is to grow / monetize their websites and automate their work. This combination likely makes Feedzy the all-around top selection among the best RSS feed plugins.

2. RSSImport

RSSImport is a lightweight and straightforward solution among the best RSS feed plugins. You just need to install it and use either a shortcode, a widget, or a PHP function to make it work. No extra clicks or hassle. This is an example of how to be simple and efficient at the same time.

To use it as a widget, go to Appearance / Widgets, drag and drop the RSSImport button to any widget area, and fill in¬†the empty fields. Click “Save” and you’re good to¬†go:

rssimport widget demo

To add a feed to a post or page, copy and paste the shortcode where you want it to be displayed. Shortcode example:

[RSSImport display="5" feedurl="http://www.codeinwp.com/blog/feed" use_simplepie="true"]

rssimport shortcode demo

Get this RSS feed plugin if you want to be able to import RSS feeds quickly and customize everything via shortcode editing on the fly, rather than through a GUI of some kind. The plugin uses a lot of parameters inside the shortcode structure, which makes it very flexible.

3. Category Specific RSS Feed Subscription

This plugin is completely different and unlike anything else here. Whereas the other ones are about importing stuff, this one is about giving your readers the option to subscribe to category-specific RSS feeds on your blog.

(Note. There’s a trick you can use to get this RSS WordPress plugin to display external feeds as well. More on that in a minute.)

Say that you publish a lot of different content, and your audience might not be interested in all of it. For example, you have a “food” category and a “travel” category. Well, with this plugin, you can let people subscribe to each of these categories separately.

After installing the plugin, go to the Settings¬†section in the wp-admin and then to Category Specific RSS. You’ll see a list of the categories that you can¬†create a feed for.

category categories

As you can see, I also used the section for custom categories and pointed them to external sources, which is the trick I mentioned above. That being said, those external RSS feeds aren’t getting imported or anything, they are just links pointing to another site.

Now, you have three options when it comes to displaying your custom feed links: widget, shortcode, or a line of PHP code:

category usage

I used the shortcode. Here’s what my listing of feeds looks like when put on a sample page:

category poage demo

Get this RSS feed plugin if you publish a lot of different types of content and want to give your audience the option to subscribe to just what’s of interest to¬†them. Also useful for displaying links to external feeds alongside your own.

4. RSS Post Importer

So this WordPress plugin is a bit different. Where the other ones featured on this list tend to work via shortcodes, RSS Post Importer imports posts from RSS feeds straight to your standard collection of posts – in other words, imported RSS posts are kept alongside your own, hand-written posts.

Before importing articles, you can choose the way you want them to appear (their status): published, drafts, pending, private, trash, etc. A great feature, I’d say, because you can pick only a few articles to be displayed on your site, and not republish everything.

rss importer add new feed

Okay, let’s try it out. First, go the plugin’s settings page and fill¬†in all the fields to set your preferences and add the feed you’d like to fetch. By clicking “Save and import,” the plugin imports all current articles from that¬†specific feed URL.¬†You can set it to import articles daily or even more often.

Once the plugin does its job, you can go to your posts and see everything there:

post importer post feed

From that point on, you can decide what to do with all those posts. You can publish them as is, adjust the content, add your commentary, or whatever else you see fit.

Get this WordPress RSS feed plugin if you want to import whole articles from external RSS feeds, straight into your post collection. Again, this plugin takes articles from other feeds and puts them alongside your normal posts.

5. WP RSS Aggregator

I have to give it to this RSS feed plugin … it’s quite¬†friendly and intuitive. Install it, go to its section in the wp-admin, and it will guide you along¬†through the¬†settings.

To add a feed, just click on “Add New,” set your preferences, and¬†publish it.

wp rss aggregator add new window

Okay, so I created a feed for our blog, CodeinWP to test things out. I’ve set it to remain active, so it can update automatically whenever there’s new content.

wp rss feed sources

After adding the¬†RSS feed, you can click on “View Items” to see the¬†articles currently in that¬†feed.

WP RSS Aggregator¬†also comes with a “Blacklist” section, so you can stop specific content from popping up. Plus, there are some¬†great add-ons too (paid).

Okay, so the next step after creating an RSS¬†feed is to add it¬†to your posts or pages. You can go to the text editor of a specific post, and you’ll see an icon labeled “WPRSS Aggregator Shortcode” there. After clicking it, you can select a given feed and add it as a shortcode:

wp rss agg add shortcode

Here’s what it looks like once you save the page:

wp rss feed demo

Get this RSS feed plugin for WordPress if you’ll be working with multiple feeds at the same time. The plugin is intuitive, and it provides great management for each individual feed.

Are you using any of these RSS plugins for WordPress? Let us know if there’s anything we missed.

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