Custom WordPress RSS Plugin

The problem

I’m currently facing some challenges with my website, swfl.io, which uses an RSS syndicator to showcase news from various sources in my local area. I’m encountering three particular issues that I’m struggling to resolve:

Firstly, I’m trying to extract images from the RSS feed and save them as featured images on my website. However, I’m having difficulty finding a solution to automate this process effectively.

Secondly, I’d like to display videos in place of featured images on occasion. However, I’m unsure of how to go about implementing this feature in a way that doesn’t compromise the user experience.

Lastly, I’m noticing that sometimes only a portion of the RSS feed content is appearing on my website, and I’d like to display the full content. However, I’m not sure why this is happening and how to ensure that all the content is displayed consistently.

The solution

To address the issues with the RSS syndication on swfl.io, the proposed solution is to create a custom WordPress RSS syndication plugin. This will provide greater control over the RSS feeds and enable effective extraction, saving, and display of featured images or videos. Additionally, the plugin will ensure that all RSS feed data is displayed within a post, resolving the issue of partial content display. Using WordPress as the platform will also allow for seamless integration with swfl.io, reducing any potential disruptions to the user experience.

The deliverables

  1. Develop RSS feed logic: Write the code to fetch, process and display the RSS feed data on your WordPress website.
  2. Identify and extract featured images: Modify the RSS feed logic to identify the featured images in the feed, extract them and store them in the WordPress media library.
  3. Attach images to posts: Use WordPress functions such as wp_insert_attachment() to attach the images to their corresponding posts.
  4. Set featured images: Use WordPress functions like set_post_thumbnail() to set the extracted images as featured images for their corresponding posts.
  5. Customize plugin settings: Build customizable settings into the plugin to enable control over how the RSS feed data is displayed on your website.
  6. Ensure seamless integration with swfl.io: Test the plugin to ensure that it integrates seamlessly with your website and that the user experience is not compromised.
  7. Ensure compatibility with latest version of WordPress: Test the plugin to ensure that it is compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
  8. Build a user-friendly interface: Build a user-friendly interface for the plugin to make it easy for website owners to manage and customize the RSS feeds displayed on their website.

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