The PressForward Plugin

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

PressForward includes:

  • a feed reader embedded within the WordPress dashboard
  • a bookmarklet to capture content from the web
  • tools for collaborative, editorial work
  • a process for republishing aggregated content

The feed reader features:

  • Readability integration to standardize the formatting of aggregated content
  • Full text, image, video content, and post metadata import for each item
  • Starring, allowing individual users to flag items of interest
  • Nomination of single items for further review prior to publication
  • Capture of any web content through the “Nominate This” bookmarklet
  • Batch import of feeds from OPML, including Google OPML
  • Temporary storage of aggregated content, enabling users to survey content without overwhelming their WordPress installation
  • Responsive design for grid or list viewing options

Tools for collaboration:

  • Separate “Under Review” interface for editors to discuss and select nominations from all users
  • Commenting on each item
  • Customizable user privileges

Publication features:

  • Full content, attribution link, and metadata of posts accessible in WordPress dashboard
  • Republish any or all content in any format supported by your theme (text, image, quote, snippet, etc.)
  • Optional auto-redirect back to original source
  • Produces a single RSS feed of all your aggregated content

Instructions for use are found in our GitHub Wiki.

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User support is in a forum on

Detailed information about our code can be found on our GitHub Wiki.

Sample instructions for editorial groups are available in the Editors’ Corner on Digital Humanities Now, the largest publication using the PressForward plugin.

The PressForward Plugin is developed and maintained by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University as part of the PressForward Project, generously funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Our developers include Aram Zucker-ScharffBoone B. Gorges, and Jeremy Boggs. PressForward is free to use and modify under a GNU GPL2 license.

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