Fetch full posts content of FeedWordPress feeds

Hi :)

I use WordPress and FeedWordPress plugin to create a planet. It’s great plugin. Some bloggers don’t show full post content on their feeds. If you like to get the full content of posts, you can contact to blogger and ask his/her to enable full content on the feed or continue to read this article.
I create functions to get full content of posts.


  • PHP with cURL support (Client URL Library)
  • Permissions to modify theme files
  • Text editor
  • basic php programming skills

Step 1 – Where is post content?
It’s easy. just open the web page and see the page source.
For example, open http://zebardast.ir/en/linux-and-unix-bash-shell-aliases/ (Single post with full content) and see the page source.
On the page source you can see the content which is started by below code:

<div  class="postBody">

and ended by :


						<div class="postFooter">

* It’s not ended only by </div> because there is some divs on post content. So I add some html code after </div> which is unique.

Step 2 – Add started and ended code to `Custom Feed Settings`
Open the wordpress administration panel and go to the `Feed and Update Settings` page. Select the feed from drop down menu (Here `Saeid Zebardast’s Blog`).
Add started and ended code to `Custom Feed Settings`:

Add started and ended code to `Custom Feed Settings`

Step 3 – Fetch full content from source and update post on wordpress
Open functions.php in text editor and add the below codes to the end of it:

function validLink($link) {
    if(preg_match('|^http(s)?://[a-z0-9-]+(.[a-z0-9-]+)*(:[0-9]+)?(/.*)?$|i', $link)) {
        return true;
    } else {
        return false;

 * Get a web file (HTML, XHTML, XML, image, etc.) from a URL.  Return an
 * array containing the HTTP server response header fields and content.
function get_web_page( $url )
    $options = array(
        CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER => true,     // return web page
        CURLOPT_HEADER         => false,    // don't return headers
        CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION => false,     // follow redirects
        CURLOPT_ENCODING       => "",       // handle all encodings
        CURLOPT_USERAGENT      => "ayy.ir spider", // who am i
        CURLOPT_AUTOREFERER    => true,     // set referer on redirect
        CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT => 120,      // timeout on connect
        CURLOPT_TIMEOUT        => 120,      // timeout on response
        CURLOPT_MAXREDIRS      => 10,       // stop after 10 redirects

    $ch      = curl_init( $url );
    curl_setopt_array( $ch, $options );
    $content = curl_exec( $ch );
    $err     = curl_errno( $ch );
    $errmsg  = curl_error( $ch );
    $header  = curl_getinfo( $ch );
    curl_close( $ch );

    $header['errno']   = $err;
    $header['errmsg']  = $errmsg;
    $header['content'] = $content;
    return $header;

function before ($this, $inthat)
    return substr($inthat, 0, strpos($inthat, $this));

function after ($this, $inthat)
    if (!is_bool(strpos($inthat, $this)))
    return substr($inthat, strpos($inthat,$this)+strlen($this));

function multi_between($this, $that, $inthat)
   $counter = 0;
   while ($inthat)
      $elements[$counter] = before($that, $inthat);
      $elements[$counter] = after($this, $elements[$counter]);
      $inthat = after($that, $inthat);
   return $elements;

function strbet($inputStr, $delimeterLeft, $delimeterRight, $debug=false) {
    $posLeft=strpos($inputStr, $delimeterLeft);
    if ( $debug ) {
    	echo $posLeft;
    if ( $posLeft===false ) {
        if ( $debug ) {
            echo "Warning: left delimiter '{$delimeterLeft}' not found";
        return false;
    $posRight=strpos($inputStr, $delimeterRight, $posLeft);
    if ( $posRight===false ) {
        if ( $debug ) {
            echo "Warning: right delimiter '{$delimeterRight}' not found";
        return false;
    if ( $debug ) {
    	echo $posLeft;
    	echo $posRight;
    return substr($inputStr, $posLeft, $posRight-$posLeft);


Close functions.php and open single.php in text editor. Add the below codes after `<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>`:

	 $my_content = get_the_content();
	 if (is_syndicated()) :
      	$syndication_permalink = get_post_meta(get_the_ID(),"syndication_permalink", true);
      	$syndication_source = get_post_meta(get_the_ID(),"syndication_source", true);
      	$syndication_source_uri = get_post_meta(get_the_ID(),"syndication_source_uri", true);

      	if (!validLink($syndication_permalink) && validLink($syndication_source_uri)) {
      		$syndication_permalink = $syndication_source_uri . "/" . $syndication_permalink;
	 		$post_updated = get_post_meta(get_the_ID(),"post_updated", true);
	 		if (empty($post_updated) || $post_updated == false)  {
		      $start_content = get_feed_meta('start_content');
		      $end_content = get_feed_meta('end_content');
		      if (!empty ($start_content) && !empty($end_content)) {
		      	$result = get_web_page($syndication_permalink);
		      	$my_page = $result['content'];

		      	if (!empty($my_page)) {
		      		$valid_texts = array();
		      		$valid_texts = strbet($my_page, $start_content, $end_content);
				if (is_array($valid_texts)) {
					$valid_texts = $valid_texts[0];
		      		if (!empty($valid_texts)) {
		      			$my_post = array();
		      			$my_post['ID'] = get_the_ID();
		      			$my_post['post_content'] = $valid_texts;
		      			$my_content = $valid_texts;
		      			update_post_meta(get_the_ID(), 'post_updated', true);
	 endif; //is_syndicated()

After it, replace `the_content()` with:

 echo $my_content; 

Close text editor and Upload functions.php and single.php to your theme folder. Now go to the single post and see the full content.
Just try it!

See also
How do I get FeedWordPress to include the full content of posts, instead of just a short summary or excerpt of the text?

External links
FeedWordPress (Homepage)
FeedWordPress (WordPress plugin directory)
Client URL Library

Good luck :)


I'm Senior software engineer with 5+ years of professional experience includes cross-platform proficiency with considerable knowledge of programming languages especially Java and programming paradigms such as OO and development methodologies. Also I'm MySQL DBA since 2006.

27 thoughts on “Fetch full posts content of FeedWordPress feeds

  1. Hi, i was searching for something like this becouse I wamted to try feedwordpress with my 2 blogs’ feeds (1 blog is the one which should be replicated and the other one is the testing blog). I did everything you explained but it doesn’t work for me, I still get […] and the content is cut. When I uploaded the files, functions.php gave me an error on line 1072 which is the line where your codes begins so I deleted the code “<?php" and it didn't give the error. But it still doesn't work. What can I do? Can you help me? If you want i can upload that php files and give it to you if it could be usefull.

    PS I know that it would work if i make the rss show the full content but i don't do that because i want it to work with other blogs' feeds which are cut like mine.

    PPS Sorry for my bad english I'm italian :)

    PPPS Feel free to mail me 😀

    Have a nice day!

  2. Thank you very much Saeid, i compressed them in a .rar archive and I uploaded them on megaupload, here is the link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=39FT002N
    In the archive i also put my main blog “single.php” and “functions.php” file so next time when I will try it on my main blog i won’t bother you again :)

    Again Thanks
    Bye bye!

  3. Thank you very much Saeid, i compressed them in a .rar archive and I uploaded them on megaupload, here is the link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=39FT002N
    In the archive i also put my main blog “single.php” and “functions.php” file so next time when I will try it on my main blog i won’t bother you again

    Again Thanks
    Bye bye!

  4. [Tell me if you prefer to speak with mails ;)]

    The file aren’t working properly, there are two main bugs that I discovered…
    1) When I’m writing a new article if I click on “Prewiew” it loads an empty page and I can’t see the prewiew.
    2) When I publish an article it is good in the home (in which it is cutted) but when I open the full article the article formattation (i dont know how to say it in english in italian it is “la formattazione dell’articolo”) is wrong, I explai it in a better way… if i write something and then i write something else in another line when i go to the single post this two lines become a single line (hope you’ll understand this).

    Can you please do it with the test blog files? Because i can’t test things on my main blog because i can’t risk make the site inaccesible or to make any other kind of problem to my visitors.

    Thank you very much Saeid.

    PS Again, sorry for my bad english.

  5. hey richard, I get your theme files but I don’t have time now. I will work on theme very soon.

  6. I did the steps but still its fetching before tag.
    The start value is starting with and end is like this

    i hope i have selected the correct Div, edited single.php and functions.php but it does not work.

    Any help ?

  7. Hi,

    I tried this code and I think it needs to be altered for wp 3.1. I would really like to see how one would change this up for 3.1. If you have time, I know I would truly appreciate it.

    Thanks for the great information.


  8. hi saeid, same over here, i tried to get this to work but failed miserably. can i hire you to make this available as an add-on for fwp?

  9. hi saeid
    i can’t find what you mentioned in single.php

    my single.php only have this :

    can you please make this easier for us and make a ready for use files or make this for the default theme. thanx advanced

  10. I’ve tried to get this working with the latest version of WordPress, but I get an error after I change the “echo $my_content;” bit. Please help.

  11. I personally still use FeedWordpress quite a bit. But recently I found the need to get some more fine grained tools for things here and there. I wound up getting http://codecanyon.net/item/web-grabber-wordpress-plugin/239696&ref=schirpich

    You can use it all by itself via short codes, or you can even integrate it directly with FeedWordpress via the key/value custom fields in combination with the Web Grabber short codes.

    I’ve found it to work really well for the simple fact that anyone using FeedWordpress isn’t “only” trying to syndicate from other wordpress sites. And if there’s anything you’ve learned from playing with FWP is that no two RSS feeds are alike, hehe

  12. I’m trying to get FeedWordpress to work with a WordPress based job board. I have a number of feeds from recruitment agencies of their latest jobs and would like to import them in to the job board database. However, I can’t get the fields in the feed to map into the fields in WordPress. For example, in the feed there is Location information and I need this to go into a location field in WordPress. Any ideas how to achieve this?

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