Lately we’ve been receiving many emails from prospective customers who tell us that they are buying our add-ons and moving from WP RSS Multi Importer, so I thought about writing a short post about the differences between the two plugins.
What many people don’t know is that WP RSS Multi Importer was forked from WP RSS Aggregator when the latter was still in its infancy. Much of the code has changed over the past two years and now their codebases are almost completely different.
Now lets talk about some differences. First of all WP RSS Multi Importer is a free plugin while WP RSS Aggregator operates on the successful freemium model adopted by other plugins such as Easy Digital Downloads, MailPoet, WordPress SEO and WooCommerce. This means that the core plugin is free but then there are paid add-ons that provide extra functionality. More on this later.
Lets talk about some differences in features. When I talk about WP RSS Aggregator, I’ll be referring to our complete suite of plugins and not just core.
Both plugins enable you to import RSS feeds into WordPress, as well as create posts from the imported feeds. One important difference is that WP RSS Multi Importer does not get full text from RSS feeds, something which can be done with WP RSS Aggregator (check the Feed to Post and Full Text RSS Feeds add-ons, both of which are part of the Advanced Feeds Bundle).
Another difference is that the interface is just more clean and polished in WP RSS Aggregator, since we strived to make it look as close as possible to the native WordPress UI. The fact that there are also a number of add-ons makes you mix and match the features that you want instead of having one single bloated plugin that tries to do everything. Keeping things modular helps us give you only the features you want, making it a cleaner experience and reducing the strain on your server.
WP RSS Aggregator integrates with third party services such as SpinnerChief as well as WordAi. We’re always open to collaboration so there might very well be more add-ons for integrations with other services in the future.
Finally we should also mention the reliability of the feed import process. WP RSS Aggregator is the product of lots and lots of customer feedback and we have refined the import process to work smoothly with as many feed variants as possible. If any feed presents a problem then we are quick to modify the codebase to reflect changes needed. This is something that our clients really appreciate.
Sustainability and Long Term Usage
When you use an RSS import plugin chances are that this functionality will be very important for your website, so you want a plugin that will be regularly updated and supported well into the future. The WP RSS Aggregator project has been profitable from day one thanks to its freemium model, while sadly WP RSS Multi Importer is being overwhelmed by support and new feature requests that simply cannot be fulfilled for free.
Remember that WP RSS Multi Importer is created and run by one person who wanted to share his work with the rest of the community. However sharing a small plugin with the rest of the community and asking for nothing in return is one thing, and supporting a behemoth with thousands of users (especially given the fragile nature of RSS feeds) is a totally different ball game.
With WP RSS Aggregator you are paying for support (replies within 24 hours or less) and frequent updates that take into consideration changes in WordPress itself as well as adding new features, mostly based on customer requests. We are now a team of five working on the plugin and making sure that all our customers’ needs are met. Apart from providing support to the users of our premium add-ons, we are also able to provide daily free support to users of the free core plugin. The freemium model helps us sustain support and continuous development, and therefore its something you should think about before you make a decision for either one of these plugins.
We wish the best of luck for WP RSS Multi Importer and its users, we know that its creator dedicated a lot of his time and energy all for free and thank him for his contribution to the community. I hope that the points mentioned above will help you in your decision, and if you require further information please contact us, one of our team members will be very happy to help you out.