ToDo Item: Find a plugin that will allow me to pull in the kegan blogs rss feed into the main site

UPDATE:
I’ve decided to abandon this plan in favor of just posting all my content to the main TheWorkAtHomeAcademy.com blog. Read about my experiment here:
http://theworkathomeacademy.com/todo-item-map-out-the-pros-and-cons-of-having-a-separate-kegan-blog/

Today I am looking to complete the task item with the intent to pull my content from my kegan blog onto the front page of the Academy.

I start out by going to: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/

I search for ‘rss feed on page’

I find: WP RSS Multi Importer

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-rss-multi-importer/

Which looks promising based on the initial description.

I also take note of a plugin called: Category Specific RSS feed Subscription

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/category-specific-rss-feed-menu/

I may want to use this one.

I go back to my WordPress admin to install the plugin.

Go to: WordPress Admin -> Dashboard -> Plugins -> Add New

In the search box I search for ‘WP RSS Multi Importer’

I click the ‘Search Plugins’ button.

It’s the first one on the list.

I see it was updated only 5 days ago. This is a good sign that it’s in active development. I want to make sure that the developer will keep up with the many changes that WordPress will go through since I will be using this on the front of my blog.

I see it has a 5 star rating.

I click on the Installation tab and I see that it has a shortcode:

I click the ‘Install Now’ button.

Click Activate.

Go to: WordPress Admin -> Dashboard -> Settings -> RSS Multi-Importer

Click the ‘Add a New Feed’ button.

I give it a feed name: Kegan – TheWorkAtHomeAcademy

I paste in the feed URL: http://theworkathomeacademy.com/kegan/feed/

Click the ‘Save Settings’ button.

I click on the Settings Options tab.

I change the ‘Number of Entries per Feed’ settings to ’50’.

I select ‘Yes’ for the ‘Do you want pagination?’ question.

For the ‘Number of Posts per Page for Pagination’ I select ’10’.

For ‘Target Window (when link clicked, where should it open?)’ I select ‘Open In Same Window’.

Under ‘Show Excerpt’ I select ‘Yes’ and set the ‘Excerpt length’ to ‘Give me everything’.

Click the ‘Save Settings’ button.

I go back to the ‘RSS Feeds’ tab and I copy the shortcode ( ) and head over to the blog homepage.

Go to: WordPress Admin -> Dashboard -> Pages -> All Pages

I scroll down to the current static blog homepage: Dashboard

I click on the page title to begin editing it.

I select all and paste the shortcode over the current content:

I click ‘Update’.

I go back to the homepage and refresh.

It looks okay.

I don’t really like the way it only shows part of the content:

 

So I go looking for another plugin.

 

Go to: WordPress Admin -> Dashboard -> Plugins -> Add New

In the search box I search for ‘rss import’.

I find a plugin called RSSImport first on the list of results.

I click ‘Details’

I read the full description. Looks good. I also notice right away that it has a pretty extensive shortcode set.

I see: Last Updated: 76 days ago. A little longer than I like, but still acceptable.

4 Star Rating

I click the Installation tab. Looks like it should be easy.

I click Install Now.

I click Activate.

When I look in my Admin, I don’t see a settings or options area.

So I go back to the plugin details and I just copy the shortcode:

[RSSImport display=”10″ feedurl=”http://theworkathomeacademy.com/kegan/feed/” displaydescriptions=”true” html=”true” start_items=”<ol>” end_items=”</ol>” paging=”true” ]

 

I noticed that when I am on my homepage it still says ‘Dashboard’ since that is the name of the static page I have chosen for my homepage. Well, for now since I don’t really have the academy set up, I want it to be titled something else.

 

So I Ad a page: Enter Here

Pasted the RSSImport shortcode in the page: [RSSImport display=”10″ feedurl=”http://theworkathomeacademy.com/kegan/feed/” displaydescriptions=”true” html=”true” start_items=”<ol>” end_items=”</ol>” paging=”true” ]

Changed the static front page:

Go to: WordPress Admin -> Dashboard -> Settings -> Reading -> Front page displays -> A static page (select below) -> Front page: ->

Selected: Enter Here

 

Refreshed the front page and I get this:

 

So I decide to try something else.

 

I upload a plugin (using FileZilla) called Global Content Blocks. This is a plugin that I had decided on when I was looking for a way to put my opt-in ad at the bottom of every post on the SolarTechTrends.com site.

I then went and activated the plugin.

Go to: WordPress Admin -> Dashboard -> Settings -> Global Content Blocks ->

Click on Add New Content Block

I give the block a name: RssImportKegan

I insert my RSSImport shortcode into the ‘Content’ box: [RSSImport display=”10″ feedurl=”http://theworkathomeacademy.com/kegan/feed/” displaydescriptions=”true” html=”true” start_items=”<ol>” end_items=”</ol>” paging=”true” ]

Click ‘Save’

I copy the shortcode: [RSSImport display="10" feedurl="http://theworkathomeacademy.com/kegan/feed/" displaydescriptions="true" html="true" start_items="

    " end_items="
" paging="true" ]

I paste this into the Enter Here page, replacing the previous rss shortcode.

I click ‘Update’ and go refresh the the front page (Enter Here) of TheWorkAtHomeAcademy.com

It displays the same way. Apparently the RSSImport plugin doesn’t work. It could be something with my setup.

Time to try a new plugin

 

Go to: WordPress Admin -> Dashboard -> Plugins -> Add New

In the search box I search for ‘RSS Import’ again.

I find one that looks promising based on the description: GlobalFeed

I click ‘Details’

I read the full description. Looks good still.

I see: Last Updated: 27 days ago

Five Star Rating

I click the Installation tab. Looks like it should be easy.

I click Install Now.

I click Activate.

Go to: WordPress Admin -> Dashboard -> GlobalFeed

I click on ‘MB RSS’

I click the Activate Feed button

In the ‘Add Feed:’ box I paste my feed url: http://theworkathomeacademy.com/kegan/feed/

I click the Green Plus add feed icon to the right.

I get several lines of error codes:

Okay something broke. I looks like the GlobalFeed plugin might be incompatible with some of my other plugins.

I notice that some of the plugins need updates.

So I go and update.

Error codes are still showing up.

 

Go to: WordPress Admin -> Dashboard -> Plugins -> Installed Plugins

I scroll down to the GlobalFeed plugin and I click the Deactivate link.

When the page refreshes, the error codes go away.

Okay. I’ve just spent an enormous amount of time only to discover what won’t work.

 

For now I will go back to the original plugin I found: WP RSS Multi Importer

 

It does the job well enough. I still would like a little more control over the formatting of the content on the front page.

I will add that as a new ToDo item for now.

I am starting to question my decision to create a separate Kegan blog. It almost seems better to just have a category with sub-categories. I need to think through the implications of each method. I need to think of a name for the ‘kegan’ updates. I need to map out the pros and cons of having a separate kegan blog.

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