I have a multi-author Wordpress site which reads different rss feeds and posts them to my page. I was wondering if it is possible to make a code that would provide an opportunity to registered user choice of which authors/sources to follow. There is already a few plugins that allow users to subscribe or 'follow' an author with email notifications (Example). But what I'm looking for is how to allow a user to select which feeds they want to read and this plugin would show only those feeds on my website.

I have little knowledge of php but none from Wordpress really. Where should I start developing it? It needs to remember each user's follows so it has to be saved database for what i know.

function select_authors_fields( $user ) {
$authors = get_users();
$user_tags = get_the_author_meta( 'select_authors', $user->ID );
<table class="form-table">
        <th>My interests:</th>
    if ( count( $authors ) ) {
        foreach ($authors as $author) {
             if (user_can($author->ID, 'publish_posts')) { ?>
        <p><label for="select_authors_<?php echo esc_attr( $author->ID); ?>">
                id="select_authors_<?php echo esc_attr( $author->ID); ?>"
                name="select_authors[<?php echo esc_attr( get_the_author_meta('display_name', $author->ID) ); ?>]"
                value="<?php echo esc_attr( get_the_author_meta('ID', $author->ID) ); ?>"
                <?php if ( in_array( get_the_author_meta('ID', $author->ID), $user_tags ) ) echo ' checked="checked"'; ?> />
            <?php echo esc_html(get_the_author_meta('display_name', $author->ID)); ?>
    } ?>

add_action( 'show_user_profile', 'select_authors_fields' ); add_action( 'edit_user_profile', 'select_authors_fields' );

// store authors
function select_authors_fields_save( $user_id ) {
    if ( !current_user_can( 'edit_user', $user_id ) )
        return false;
    update_user_meta( $user_id, 'select_authors', $_POST['select_authors'] );
add_action( 'personal_options_update', 'select_authors_fields_save' );
add_action( 'edit_user_profile_update', 'select_authors_fields_save' );

This ones prints authors in user preferences with checkboxes. Now i need to make post_query depending selections. Any clues?

  • Do you mean feeds? Or do you just want to hide/show content depending on the users' preferences? Feeds are just urls which they can add to reader, thus subscribing them to that feed. – Stephen Harris Aug 13 '12 at 13:18
  • Yes i mean feeds. FWP makes them into normal posts but what i'm requesting is exactly that user can filter on/off (show/hide) authors depending on what they want to read. So when they log in they have ability to control content in each users' homepage. – kissatkoiria Aug 14 '12 at 7:13
  • Example Like that but with authors that user can select from user-preferences – kissatkoiria Aug 16 '12 at 12:51

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