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What is the PressForward Plugin?

PressForward is a free plugin that provides an editorial workflow for content aggregation and curation within the WordPress dashboard. It is designed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media for bloggers and editorial teams who wish to collect, discuss, and share content from a variety of sources on the open web.

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

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

What’s in the works for the PressForward plugin?

Even with so many great features out of the box, we are not done!

We are working hard on additional features to extend the functionality of the PressForward feed reader and to make the organizing and filtering of content even easier. These features are currently under development and will be released in subsequent versions of the plugin.

  • Tools for filtering and sorting items:
    • Filter by source.
    • Filter by length of item.
    • Filter by number of comments.
    • Sort feeds into folders for targeted reading.
  • Search across all feeds within the PressForward plugin.

In addition, we are working on an editor management plugin to make it even easier to coordinate multiple editors and an automated recommendation system that predicts which items in the feed you are most likely to publish.

Post questions and feedback to our Support Forum on WordPress: http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/pressforward

Want to chat? Join our live chat in #PressForward on Freenode.