Initial Public Offering

Update 2007-11-21: FeedWordPress 0.8 is now out of date. You can download the latest release — 0.991 at the time of this writing — from the project homepage.

The initial public release of FeedWordPress is now available for download. Enjoy, and feel free to contact me in private or in the comments with any questions, comments, applause, or brickbats.

FeedWordPress is an Atom/RSS aggregator plugin for WordPress 1.5. You give it a list of websites with Atom or RSS newsfeeds and it will syndicate posts from them into your WordPress weblog. It uses MagpieRSS to parse the feeds and some simple transformations to store the data as a post in the WordPress database. It’s a classic case of “itch-scratch ware”–I wrote it specifically because I needed something more flexible than Planet to run Feminist Blogs. But Feminist Blogs isn’t the only aggregator site in the world (let alone the only potential one), and I’m making the code public in the hopes that y’all might find it useful and pleasant to work with too.

One of the things you’ve got to do in life is keep track of the people that you owe. FeedWordPress is free software, which makes use of code derived from more than one other free software project. The core aggregation code is adapted from an experimental PHP script (wp-rss-aggregate.php) by Kellan Elliot McCrae; auxiliary modules are adapted from a URL class by Keyvan Minoukadeh, and the Ultra-Liberal Feed Finder by Mark Pilgrim. FeedWordPress might have been possible without their help, but it sure would have been more of a pain in the ass. Thanks, everyone, and here’s to free software!