Using IFTTT to Automate Content Management

Jake Davy

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.

Discovery

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.

IFTTT Recipe: Anything Saved in Feedly, Save in Pocket connects feedly to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Trending stories from Time saved in Pocket connects time to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Popular NYTimes Tech articles saved in Pocket connects the-new-york-times to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save the Most Dugg Story of the day to Pocket connects digg to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Links for Liked Tweets to Pocket connects twitter to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Medium Stories you've recommended to Pocket connects medium to pocket

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.

IFTTT Recipe: Save Popular posts in /r/UserExperience connects reddit to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Popular posts in /r/InternetIsBeautiful connects reddit to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Popular posts in /r/DesignAssets connects reddit to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Popular posts in /r/DataIsBeautiful connects reddit to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Popular posts in /r/apps connects reddit to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Popular posts in /r/unsolicitedredesigns connects reddit to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Popular posts in /r/typography connects reddit to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Popular posts in /r/designthought connects reddit to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Popular posts in /r/designporn connects reddit to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Popular posts in /r/virtualreality connects reddit to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Popular posts in /r/GrowthHacking connects reddit to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: Save Popular posts in /r/SEO connects reddit to pocket

IFTTT Recipe: If I upvote save to Pocket connects reddit to pocket

 

Publishing

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.

IFTTT Recipe: Publish Favourite Posts from Pocket to WordPress connects pocket to wordpress

My favorite videos from Vimeo and Youtube go into the Video category.

IFTTT Recipe: Publish favourite Youtube videos to WordPress connects youtube to wordpress

IFTTT Recipe: Favourite videos on Vimeo get published to WordPress connects vimeo to wordpress

All of my likes on Soundcloud go into the Audio category.

IFTTT Recipe: New Likes on Soundcloud gets published to WordPress connects soundcloud to wordpress

And any image that I publish to Tumblr using this Chrome Extension go into the Image category.

IFTTT Recipe: New Photo Posts in Tumblr get Published to WordPress connects tumblr to wordpress

 

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.