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The PressForward Plugin is a tool for aggregating and curating content from the web from within a WordPress dashboard. It is designed to support bloggers and editorial teams who wish to aggregate and share content from a variety of sources.

The plugin provides an RSS reader within the WordPress dashboard, a tool for collaborative editorial work, and a process for republishing aggregated content.

The RSS reader includes:

  • Batch import of feeds from OPML, including Google OPML.
  • Readability integration to clean and standardize the formatting of imported content.
  • Individual starring, allowing individual users to flag items of interest prior to nominating them for publication.
  • Ability to incorporate content not accessible by RSS through the “Nominate This” bookmarklet.
  • Storage of the aggregated content outside of the WordPress database until it is “nominated” for publication. This enables users to survey content without overwhelming their WordPress installation.

Tools for collaboration include:

  • Ability to set levels of access by user privileges.
  • Ability to comment on all items.

Publication features include:

  • Interface for editors to review and discuss nominations from all users.
  • Sends full content and metadata of nominated posts to regular WordPress dashboard for publishing.
  • Ability to auto-redirect published posts to original source.

You can download it from GitHub to install on your own WordPress site (FTP access required).

Instructions for use are found in a Wiki on GitHub.

User support will be in a public Google Group.

The PressForward Plugin was developed for the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University by Aram Zucker-Scharff, Boone B. Gorges, and Jeremy Boggs. It is free to use and modify under a GNU GPL2 license.

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