AutoBlogged Features

AutoBlogged is a powerful WordPress autoblogging tool with many features to help you automate your WordPress blog posts. Most aspects of AutoBlogged are highly configurable and easy to customize through the plugin admin pages. Below is a summary of our major features:

RSS Feed Sources

  • Configure multiple RSS feed sources with the ability to enable or disable individual feeds.
  • Support for RSS 0.9, 0.91, 0.92, 1.0, 2.0, and Atom 0.3 and 1.0 feeds.
  • Integrated feed caching, HTTP Conditional GET support, and support for GZIP-compression to improve performance and reduce bandwidth usage.
  • Support for dozens of RSS modules including Dublin Core, GeoRSS, ITunes, Media RSS, RSS 1.0 Content, W3C WGS84 Basic GEO, XML 1.0, and XHTML 1.0.
  • Numerous pre-defined searches to locate articles via Google Blog Search, Technorati, Blogdigger, Blogpulse, MSN Spaces, Yahoo! News, Flickr, YouTube, and others.
  • RSS Feed autodiscovery–if you don’t know the exact feed URL, just enter the page address and AutoBlogged will find it for you.
  • Built-in feed viewer to help with setting up and troubleshooting feed sources.
  • Ability to override the automatically extracted feed data, such as author or source, with your own static values or values.
  • Set the default post status to Published, Pending, Draft, or Private

Automated Feed Processing

  • Process feeds automatically using built-in pseudo cron feature so an external scheduler is not required.
  • Set a range of intervals for random update scheduling.
  • Manually process all feeds or one feed at a time.
  • Preview feed processing without importing any posts.
  • Disable cron operations without disabling the entire plugin.
  • Allow other feeds to notify your autoblog of updates using an XML-RPC ping.
  • Configure individual feeds to update every time AutoBlogged runs or after every each number of runs you set.
  • Include all posts from each feed, set a limit on posts added per feed, or have AutoBlogged select random posts based on a percentage you set.
  • Automatically create text-only excerpts based on number of words, sentences, or paragraphs.

Post Filtering

  • Domain blacklist blocks posts from certain domains. Excellent way to block sites with spammy content, invalid HTML, or to allow webmasters to exclude their site from your blog.
  • Block posts based on any portion of the URL to prevent posts from a specific type of sites such as forums or to block feeds from certain types of software.
  • Keyword blacklists to exclude posts that contain keywords you specify.
  • Duplicate post checking based on title and/or URL.
  • Automatic filtering of malicious content in posts including SQL injection and cross-site scripting.
  • Feed-specific filtering based on all words, any words, exact phrase, or none of the words specified.
  • Feed-specific search and replace features using regular expressions to rewrite words, URLs, fix invalid content, replace affiliate IDs, etc.
  • Truncate or filter out posts with long titles.
  • Filter out posts where the titles are in all caps or where they contain multiple consecutive exclamation points or other punctuation.

WordPress Categories and Tags

  • Assign each feed to one or more blog categories or subcategories or have AutoBlogged randomly select from a list of categories you specify.
  • Search each post for existing blog categories and add them as additional categories or as tags on the post.
  • Visits the original URL to extract additional tags not found in the feed using our own powerful tagging engine–an important SEO feature that will load your blog with related keywords.
  • Add extra tags using the Yahoo! tagging API.
  • Include categories from the original post and add missing categories to your blog if you choose.
  • Tag blacklists prevent certain tags from appearing on a post.
  • Common tags list increases the frequency of popular tags used by Technorati and other tagging sites or modify the list to add important tags for your niche.
  • Provide a list of tags to randomly add to each post to increase the density of long tail phrases and other targeted keywords.
  • Set the maximum and minimum tag length to ensure consistency and readability of your tags.
  • Set the maximum number of tags to add to any post.

Authors

  • Specify the author to use for new posts, assign a rando m author or use the name of the original author.
  • If the original author does not exist as an author on your blog, add it, skip the post, randomly pick another author, or specify a default author.
  • Use additional author information from your blog when adding new posts.

Post Templates

  • Post templates let you randomly select from one or more post formats to ensure variety and to accommodate any number of site requirements.
  • Apply different post templates to each of your feeds.
  • Insert variables from the post, original feed, or any values you define.
  • Random Select Lists to add variety to each post.
  • Conditional Select Lists to show alternate fields if one is empty.
  • Include images, video, flash and other content in your blog posts using an embedded video players.
  • Specify a custom player for playing FLV or MP3 files.
  • Build custom post templates to use with affiliate and other non-standard feed formats.
  • Include text-only summaries or entire feed content as your post.
  • Add custom HTML to each post to include NoFollow tags, Javascript, or even WordPress quick tags.
  • Custom fields allow you to create your own post variables and include items as additional custom fields fin WordPress.
  • Automatic image, logo, and favicon extraction.
  • Include any elements from the original feed based on dozens of supported RSS modules.
  • And of course, you can simply show the original feed content untouched.

WordPress Integration

  • Takes advantage of internal tagging and category engines to ensure strong keyword coverage and site navigation.
  • Full integration with WordPress security and user permission features.
  • Attribute posts to WordPress authors when incoming posts use that author’s name.
  • Uses site information from WordPress blogroll when that site already exists in your blogroll.
  • Automatically adds fields for images, videos, and thumbnails to support a variety of premium themes.

Other Features

  • Set the HTTP Referer and User-Agent strings to use when visiting the original sites to advertise your site or provide opt-out instructions or contact info to other webmasters.
  • Huge speed and performance improvements over previous versions.
  • Commented PHP source code included.
  • Support forum and e-mail support for all registered users.
  • Free minor version updates included.

System Requirements

  • PHP v5 or later/li>
  • WordPress v2.9 or later
  • MySQL Server
  • PHP cURL extension required
  • PHP Multibyte String extension required
  • PHP Zlib extension recommended

Note that servers with safe_mode enabled or an open_basedir set will have reduced image retrieval and tagging capabilities.

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