By Jake Davy
on Mar 20 2016
Using IFTTT to Automate Content Management
I’ve been wanting to create this site for a while, and I’m pumped it’s finally come together.
I designed this as a place where I can curate, create, compile and share content from all around the internet. This is content that I’ve been reading, listening to, watching, using, drawing inspiration from or thinking about in some way or another.
The intention is to help me organise and easily find stuff that I’ve bumped into across the many many apps and sites that I frequent. On top of that it’s an outlet for my own ideas where I can easily link to the podcasts, articles, videos, and designs that educate and inspire me.
Underneath is this carefully constructed web of IFTTT recipes. These recipes are constantly sending content between apps, helping me discover, save, publish and share.
Gone are the days where I could spend hours a day exploring the internet, finding content and joining the conversation in the comments or on Twitter. These days I’m either searching for specific info, listening to podcasts while commuting, or catching up on the stuff I’ve missed during the small amounts of downtime I create throughout each day.
Feedly, Twitter, Medium and Pocket are my go-to apps when I want to find new content, or catch up on anything I’ve missed from around the net.
Pocket is a great aggregator, in the sense that it’s super easy to send content from pretty much anywhere to your list. It’s also one of the few channels in IFTTT that enables you to include image URLs in the triggers, which is key if you want to publish content from pocket somewhere else!
Here are the recipes I use to keep my Pocket feed full of quality content.
Reddit is an amazing source of trending content. Not only is all of the content arranged into subreddits, but each “Hot Post” has been curated and recommended by a range of different people, which makes for an awesome filter.
So now I have a fully stocked Pocket feed full of all of my favourite content from Twitter, Medium and Feedly, PLUS a heap of popular content from some of my favourite news sites and communities.
The next step is combining the best content from Pocket with the best podcasts I listen to, the best videos I watch and the best images, graphics and mock-ups I find on Dribbble and Behance (and any other website I fond myself on).
To do this I use a series of other recipes to trigger WordPress posts on specifically marked content.
The biggest thing to consider is the tagging and categorisation. Most services have some sort of tagging system, so it’s easy enough to send through those tags to WordPress. For the categories you need to map each service to a single term.
All content from Pocket that is pushed to WordPress is treated the same, meaning it can only be put into one category: Articles.
My favorite videos from Vimeo and Youtube go into the Video category.
All of my likes on Soundcloud go into the Audio category.
And any image that I publish to Tumblr using this Chrome Extension go into the Image category.
From there it’s just a case of building a WordPress template to handle the posts, creating additional post types for the other content, and configuring a handful of plugins to ensure all content had a decent image.