I seen this question in a forum the other day where someone was wondering how to make a news aggregator site. I thought this might be something that you guys might be interested in as well.
It’s actually quite simple to make a feed aggregator site like this with the right ingredients. Most of you will already know that I love WordPress automation – so much so that’s what my book WP Quick Cash is about 🙂
Here’s what you need:
- WP Omatic wordpress plugin
- Rss feeds – try yahoo, google, your niche, specialized sites like Syndic8 (make sure you are allowed to syndicate content)
- All your fave plugins that you would use for building any WordPress site
- Install and configure WP Omatic as per the instructions in the read me file of the plugin
- Install and configure your fave plugins
- Add your rss feeds to WP Omatic campaigns
- Combine the above with a super WordPress theme that looks great for these types of sites.
Here are some suggestions:
Aggregator Theme – This is a free theme and you can check out how it looks on the demo before you download
One News – this is a premium theme for those that like a light framework
Mortar – great if you have images and want posts in columns. This is a premium theme.
Antisocial– has a great web 2.0 feel to it. Another premium theme.
Aggregado – nice free theme although the colors may not appeal to everyone. Download here.
Snippet Theme – this is a premium theme similar to Mortar – great if you are feeding images on your aggregator site as well.
News Tube – this is a low cost premium theme. Click here to visit Theme Junkie.
Now, of course, you could just use a theme that you have and change the way that it is displayed. For example, if you like the newspaper column look just install a plugin like Post Columns to get that look.