Recently we had a request for a way to have the same material appear on multiple OpenLab sites. This would especially be useful for faculty, who sometimes teach the same material or want to relay the same messages to more than one class, but for various reasons still want each class to have a separate site. But of course going from site to site and posting the same message can be too labor intensive.
The answer to that problem is a plug-in called Feed WordPress, which is available on the OpenLab. It pulls the information from other sites (using their feed), to any other. We suggested it was good for faculty, but it can also be used to draw information from almost any site to any other.
There are a myriad of options for Feed WordPress, and if you run into any that need more explanation please contact us
anytime. In this space, we’ll run through a few of the most common options.
First activate the FeedWordPress plug-in under PLUGINS in the left hand menu of your dashboard. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see SYNDICATION appear lower in that menu. The first of the options is SYNDICATED SITES SETTINGS:
Remember that FeedWordPress works by pulling from another site–what we want to add here is the feed from the ‘other’ site that we will pull to this one. Add that site address in the NEW SOURCE field.
If you’ve done that successfully, the plugin will find “feeds” from the site in question. Many sites have more than one feed, so the next screen will ask you which one you want pulled to your site. Usually that means the first option, but in some cases you might choose another.
As we said, there are a lot of options for FeedWordPress, and you can explore them on your own. You might, however, want to take a look at CATEGORIES & TAGS, which will help organize things, particularly if you have a custom menu that uses categories: