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Mark Zahra

Mark has been involved with WP RSS Aggregator for almost a decade, from running customer support to now leading RebelCode, the company behind the plugin. He has a passion for content and news, especially the concept of ethically sharing content to help each other grow.

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The All-New Templates Add-on is Here! 🥳

The all-new Templates add-on for WP RSS Aggregator is now available! It brings to the table a brand new customisable grid templates that will engage more site visitors and spruce up your site.

Many of you brought to our attention the need for more customizable ways of displaying imported items, be it articles, videos, or something else. Scroll down to see what we came up with!

All the feed displays you see below are live examples of the Templates add-on at work. They show both the Grid and Excerpts & Thumbnails template types being used to display articles and videos in various ways.

Have a look at the new Templates…

The feed displays below are all using the Templates add-on right now.

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What you see above is our brand new Grid template type. Customisable and sleek.

You can choose what to display, in what order, and much more, all with a few clicks and a drag-and-drop interface. This is only the start of what’s to come with Templates.

Looking to add a Youtube video gallery to your website? No need to install some other plugin. We’ve got you covered!

We not only recreated the legacy Excerpts & Thumbnails template to retain the existing method of displaying imported items (from the discontinued Excerpts & Thumbnails add-on), but also improved the way it’s done with new customisation options.

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We can’t wait to see what you’ll create with these new templates! There’s been a lot of interest in this add-on for a while now and the whole team is proud of what we have built here. There’s plenty of room for this add-on to improve and grow further, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, we’re here to listen.

You may suggest new template ideas through the form on the Templates page too – all feedback is welcome 😊

Templates will replace the old Excerpts & Thumbnails add-on which has been discontinued as of last week. Existing users of the old add-on can read on below to see how to upgrade for free.


Basic and Pro plan owners, this is how to get access to Templates

As owners of the Basic and Pro plans, you have already invested in the future of WP RSS Aggregator. The Templates add-on is now available for you to download and start using!

To get your copy of Templates, please follow these steps:

  • Log in to your account.
  • Go to the “Download links” tab.
  • Look for the download link for the “Templates” add-on.
  • Click on it to download Templates, then install and activate it on your site as a new plugin.
  • The new template types will be available when creating a new template or editing an existing one.

How to upgrade from the old “Excerpts & Thumbnails” add-on to Templates

All owners of the old Excerpts & Thumbnails add-on that own a valid license key are to receive free access to the new Templates add-on.

Upgrades for Simple Feeds Bundle owners

Owners of the old Simple Feeds Bundle will be able to download the Templates add-on through your account. We have added it to your list of add-ons in the bundle.

  • Log in to your account.
  • Go to the “Download links” tab.
  • Look for the download link for the “Templates” add-on.
  • Click on it to download Templates, then install and activate it on your site as a new plugin.
  • Set up your template and display it on your site.
  • Remove the Excerpts & Thumbnails add-on once you’re happy with the new template.

Upgrades for Excerpts & Thumbnails Add-on owners

Owners of the Excerpts & Thumbnails add-on only will be able to download the Templates add-on through their account. 

  • Log in to your account.
  • Go to the “License Keys” tab.
  • Look for the Excerpts & Thumbnails license key.
  • Click on the “Manage Site Activations & License Upgrades” link.
  • From the upgrades list, choose the upgrade you wish to make, either to Templates or to one of our new pricing plans in which Templates is included.
    • Upgrading to Templates on the same license as you already have for Excerpts & Thumbnails will be free. Upgrading to a different tier or to one of the plans is pro-rated.
  • Click on the upgrade and proceed to checkout.

Once you have gone through the checkout process, you will receive an email “Purchase Receipt” with the new Templates download link and license key. These will also be available in your account. Now, to start using it…

  • Go to the “Download links” tab.
  • Look for the download link for the “Templates” add-on.
  • Click on it to download Templates, then install and activate it on your site as a new plugin.
  • Set up your template and display it on your site.
  • Remove the Excerpts & Thumbnails add-on once you’re happy with the new template.

NOTE: Should you have any questions or need help with switching to the new Templates add-on, our support team is available.

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  1. Ok, I’m shifting to templates, from excerpts and thumbnails. So far it isn’t going very well. I have a site that has a custom right-hand area of the RSS feeds using filters. Where is the documentation about programming level for templates?

    Or should I just read the code? About to revert.

    https://thestandard.org.nz

  2. Oh great.
    1. the conversion didn’t work on the real site.
    2. it won’t reactivate the Excerpts and Thumbnails.

    Tearing the code apart to find out where the bug is.

  3. Wew! Wipes sweat off face.

    They came back after I deactivated and activated the Template plugin again.

    No real idea why? Maybe a database update? There are quite a lot of RSS feeds in the various sidebars.

  4. Shifted to using the next short-codes…
    was

    [tab title="Feeds"]

    <?php
    echo apply_filters("the_content","[ wp_rss_aggregator links_before='' links_after='' link_before='' link_after='' category='active' limit='75' ]");
    ?>

    [/tab]

    Now


    [tab title="Feeds"]

    [ wp_rss_aggregator category='active' limit='75' ]

    [/tab]

    1. Hi Lynn, are things working well now? For future reference, it’s best to contact us with this information through our contact form so that the support team can help out where necessary.

      The conversion process has performed well for us and other users – did it just need a reactivation on your site? Before that, was the Templates page itself working but not showing the new template?

  5. Hi, Since I installed the add on, I have a problem with the images that go into the media library. Is it planned to fix this soon?

      1. It’s simple, every image from an RSS feed is stored in my media library. You already had the problem with the old plugin “Excerpts & Thumbnails” in the past

        1. Hi Bernard, I realised this may be a very old thread, but I am now facing the same issue as you were then. Did your issue get resolved? Thank you.

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