FeedWordPress 0.95 is loosed upon the world

Update 2007-11-21: FeedWordPress 0.95 is now out of date. You can download the latest release — 0.991 at the time of this writing — from the project homepage.

FeedWordPress 0.95 is now available for download.

0.95 squashes a bug that I discovered, to my irritation, in the field at Feminist Blogs, and adds some significant features that may be of interest. Author aliases are now supported, and you can now decide whether or not FeedWordPress will create new authors or new categories when it encounters author names or category names that are not yet in the WordPress database. These features can even be used to provide some simple filtering functionality without having to write a PHP filter. For more information, see the change log and the online documentation.

We are slowly moving towards 1.0 (which, incidentally, I don’t intend to call 1.0 — because, roughly, once it reaches that point it will be mature software and will be unlikely to make any milestone changes of the sort that would make a major version number make sense; the version will most likely be named after the date that it was released).

Here’s a rough outline of what there is left for me to do between now and the 1.0 release:

  1. Bug fixes (investigating bugs that users are reporting to me now, and squashing any new ones that come up)

  2. Adding some more global options (e.g., allowing users to globally set the default post status, comment status, and ping status for syndicated posts)

  3. Support for RSS enclosures.

  4. Adding a proper interface for editing FeedWordPress-specific settings for Contributor links; this special editing interface would be reached through the “Edit” link under Links –> Syndicated.

Is there anything important that I’m missing? Let me know what you think.

Change Log: from 0.91 to 0.95

  • BUG FIX: Fixed an obscure bug in the handling of categories: categories
    with trailing whitespace could cause categories with duplicate names to
    be created. This no longer happens. While I was at it I tightened up the
    operation of FeedWordPress::lookup_categories() a bit in general.

  • FEATURE DEPRECATED: the feed setting hardcode categories is now
    deprecated in favor of unknown categories (see below), which allows
    you to strip off any syndication categories not already in your database
    using unknown categories: default or unknown categories: filter. If
    you have hardcode categories: yes set on a feed, this will be treated
    as unknown categories: default (i.e., no new categories will be added,
    but if a post doesn’t match any of the categories it will be added in
    the default category–usually “Uncategorized” or “General”).

  • FEATURE: You can now set global defaults as to whether or not
    FeedWordPress will update the Link Name and Link Description settings
    for feeds automatically from the feed title and feed tagline. (By
    default, it does, as it has in past versions.) Whether this behavior is
    turned on or off, you can still override the default behavior using
    feed settings of hardcode name: yes, hardcode name: no,
    hardcode description: yes, or hardcode description: no.

  • FEATURE: Users can now provide one or several “aliases” for an author,
    just as they can for a category. For example, to make FeedWordPress
    treat posts by “Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger” and “Pope Benedict XVI” as
    by the same author, edit the user profile for Pope Benedict XVI and add
    a line like this to the “User profile” field:

    a.k.a.: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

    You can add several aliases, each on a line by itself. You can also add
    any other text you like to the Profile without interfering with the

  • FEATURE: Users can now choose how to handle syndicated posts that are
    in unfamiliar categories or by unfamiliar authors (i.e., categories or
    authors whose names are not yet in the WordPress database). By default,
    FeedWordPress will (as before) create a new category (or new author) and
    use it for the current post and any future posts. This behavior can be
    changed, either for all feeds or for one or another particular feed.

    There are now three different options for an unfamiliar author: (1)
    FeedWordPress can create a new author account and attribute the
    syndicated post to the new account; (2) FeedWordPress can attribute the
    post to an author if the author’s name is familiar, and to a default
    author (currently, this means the Site Administrator account) if it is
    not; (3) FeedWordPress can drop posts by unfamiliar authors and
    syndicate only posts by authors who are already in the database.

    There are, similarly, two different options for an unfamiliar category:
    (1) FeedWordPress can create new categories and place the syndicated
    post in them; (2) FeedWordPress can drop the unfamiliar categories and
    place syndicated posts only in categories that it is already familiar
    with. In addition, FeedWordPress 0.95 lets you choose whether posts that
    are in no familiar categories should be syndicated (and placed in the
    default category for the blog) or simply dropped.

    You can set the default behavior for both authors and categories using
    the settings in Options –> Syndication. You can also set different
    behavior for specific feeds by adding the unfamiliar author and / or
    unfamiliar categories settings to the Link Notes section of a feed:

    unfamiliar author: (create|default|filter)
    unfamiliar categories: (create|default|filter)

    A setting of unfamiliar author: create will make FeedWordPress create
    new authors to match unfamiliar author names for this feed alone. A
    setting of unfamiliar author: default will make it assign posts from
    unfamiliar authors to the default user account. A setting of
    unfamiliar author: filter will cause all posts (from this feed alone)
    to be dropped unless they are by an author already listed in the
    database. Similiarly, unfamiliar categories: create will make
    FeedWordPress create new categories to match unfamiliar category names
    for this feed alone; unfamiliar categories: default will cause it
    to drop any unfamiliar category names; and
    unfamiliar categories: filter will cause it to both drop any
    unfamiliar category names and to only syndicate posts that are placed
    in one or more familiar categories.

    These two new features allow users to do some coarse-grained filtering
    without having to write a PHP filter. Specifically, they offer an easy
    way for you to filter feeds by category or by author. Suppose, for
    example, that you only wanted to syndicate posts that your contributors
    place in the “Llamas” category. You could do so by setting up your
    installation of WordPress so that the only category in the database is
    “Llamas,” and then use Options –> Syndication to set “Unfamiliar
    categories” to “don’t create new categories and don’t syndicate posts
    unless they match at least one familiar category”. Now, when you update,
    only posts in the “Llamas” category will be syndicated by FeedWordPress.

    Similarly, if you wanted to filter one particular feed so that only
    posts by (for example) the author “Earl J. Llama” were syndicated to
    your site, you could do so by creating a user account for Earl J. Llama,
    then adding the following line to the settings for the feed in Link

    unfamiliar author: filter

    This will cause any posts from this feed that are not authored by Earl
    J. Llama to be discarded, and only the posts by Earl J. Llama will be
    syndicated. (If the setting is used on one specific feed, it will not
    affect how posts from other feeds are syndicated.)

12 thoughts on “FeedWordPress 0.95 is loosed upon the world

  1. Let’s say I have a feed that include posts that have a date in the future (is about seminars). It looks like feedwordpress doesn’t parse it or anyway it doesn’t post it to WP database…

    Is there a way to change this behaviour?

  2. I was palying around with feedwp – but i have SH-autolinks enabled, actuaaly tweaked to tag predefined words ..

    But the content aggregated byt feed wp – doesent get filtret some how – i tried to look into the source – but could not figure where i could add a line of code to the agrregated content … any hints ?

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