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WNPA Plugin Documentation


The primary objective for WNPA Syndication is to ease the sharing of news stories between several organizations.

This plugin offers a central area for content from multiple external sources to be stored. Content is republished through a single feed that can be used to augment local news collections.

External Sources

External sources can be any standard RSS feed. At WNPA, these are the feeds of weekly newspapers throughout the state of Washington.

External sources are added and managed through the corresponding menu option in WordPress.

  1. Go to External Sources under Add New in the left menu of the admin area.
    • This can also be accessed via New in the top toolbar.
  2. Enter a valid RSS feed URL in Feed URL
    • e.g.
  3. Save the source. Information indicating success or failure of item retrieval will be displayed.
    • Click Save Draft if you would like to save the source without retrieving items yet.
    • Click Publish or Update if the items from this source should be published.

Hourly Updates

Once an external source is added, it will be processed on an hourly schedule for new feed items.

Additional Feed Attributes

While any standard RSS feed can be used, specific item elements in the feed can help categorize content and assign visibility.

  • category Category elements with no specified domain will be used to assign general tags to feed items.
  • category domain=”wnpalocation” Category elements with the wnpalocation domain assigned will be recognized under a location taxonomy.
  • dc:accessRights (Default public) Can be set to either public or private in a feed to indicate the visibility of an item to the general public.
  • dc:creator can be provided on each feed item to specify the author(s) of the article that should be highlighted in the byline. We will also fall back to the author tag from either the RSS specification or the Atom specification.

These same item elements are provided in the RSS feeds produced by WNPA Syndication.

Example item in an RSS feed

    <title>WSU partners with sustainable, quality food providers</title>
    <pubDate>Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000</pubDate>
    <category><![CDATA[dining services]]></category>
    <category domain="wnpalocation"><![CDATA[Pullman]]></category>
    <guid isPermaLink="false"></guid>
    <description><![CDATA[PULLMAN, Wash. – Dining Services supports the community by building a strong base of local and regional suppliers to provide quality food responsibly grown.]]></description>
    <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Story content formatted in HTML</p>]]></content:encoded>
    <dc:creator>Author Name</dc:creator>

Feed Items

Feed items are the individual articles pulled in through the external source RSS feed and can be accessed under the Feed Items menu in WordPress.

Central Feed

Once items have been pulled in from external sources, they are immediately republished through a central feed.

  • If the permalink option in General under Settings in the left menu of the admin area is set to anything other than Default, the URL of the feed will follow the structure of
  • If the permalink option is left at its default setting the URL will follow the structure of

Only feed items that have a visibility of public will be shown in this central feed. To see items in a feed that have been marked as private, an access key is required.

Access Keys

Access keys are used in combination with the central feed to gain access to items that have been marked as private. Each user has the ability to generate their own access key through their profile.

  1. Go to Your Profile under Users in the left menu of the admin area.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of your profile page. WNPA Access Information should be listed.
  3. Click Generate to populate the field for Access Key.
  4. Click Update Profile at the bottom.
  5. Copy the generated Feed URL that now has an appended access key.
    • e.g.

Manual Post & Download

News sharing website for community news organizations in Washington State

Operated as a service of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association
and The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Hosted by Washington State University on WordPress platform.

Instructions To Begin Sharing Articles and Photos

Step One: To gain access to this news service, send an email request to Larry Ganders, Director of Special Projects at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. His email is

Step Two: Larry will send a reply with a username and a temporary password.

Step Three: Go To The website,

Step Four: Decide whether your news organization wants to send and receive stories automatically using RSS (Syndication) or manually.

Step Five: For uploading and downloading stories automatically with synidication, have your technical support person click on the “Project Documentation” link in the left hand column and read ” Overview” as well as “Summary and Full Text Feeds.” Contact Larry if there are additional questions. If the newspaper prefers to upload and download stories without RSS, continue with these instructions.

Step Six: Click “Editor Login” in the left hand column of Enter your username and password. If the login is successful, there will be a black bar at the top of the page.

Step Seven: If necessary, create a permanent password.

Your password may be changed by clicking on your name at the top of the page.

To View Available Stories and Photos

Click on “Recent Articles” in the left hand column of

To Manually Download Available Stories and Photos (Non-RSS Method)

Go to “Dashboard” under WNPA drop down menu in the upper left hand corner and then click on “Feed Items”
“Cut and paste the article and photo into your own system.”

To Manually Upload Stories and Photos (Non-RSS Method)

One upload minimum per week from each participating newspaper

Step One: Go to “Dashboard” under WNPA drop down menu in the upper left hand corner and then click on “Feed Items”

Step Two: From Feed Items, click “Add New” in the left hand column

Step Three: Type a headline in the top box.

Step Four: Click “Add Media” to Upload high-resolution photograph

Step Five “Click Upload Files” tab . Select photo to upload and click “Insert into Post”

Step Six: Select site category in right hand column.

Step. Seven: Select location in right hand column.

Step Eight: Click Publish

Summary and Full Text Feeds in WordPress

If an external source’s feed is published through WordPress and normally available as summary text only, a plugin is needed to extend the feed so that two versions are available. Washington State University has created Dual RSS Feed Key for this purpose. In other words, a newspaper may continue to send summary information to  individual subscribers via RSS, while sending the full story to his websiite.

Dual RSS Feed Key is most useful when a WordPress site is configured to display a feed consisting of summaries rather than the full text of each article. This option is configured under Settings -> Reading:

Once Dual RSS Feed Key is installed, an option is available to create a second, full text feed with the addition of a secret key.

Create a secret key of your choosing and type it in the available input box. Once saved, a full text feed will be available for anyone given the address with this secret key.

For example, if a WordPress site was at and had a summary RSS feed provided by WordPress at, and I add a secret key of my-secret-key-abc-123, a second RSS feed will now be available at

Visitors to the newspaper site would continue to see summary text when subscribed to the feed. The secret key feed would be used to configure an external source on the WNPA site.

To install Dual RSS Feed Key on your WordPress site, use Plugins inside your WordPress dashboard or go directly to the plugin page.