SourcedFrom is a WordPress plugin used for content syndication. It’s quite brilliant! However, it is now totally unsupported and has not been updated in ages. Still, we have been limping along until about a month ago when we started getting errors like this:
SourcedFrom Error: WP HTTP Error: Operation timed out after 10000 milliseconds with 1065660 bytes received
First I contacted the host company. It wasn’t them (it never is!). Then I checked the RSS feed and found it needed to be validated. That’s always nice to do, but it made no difference on our end. So, I tried using the Feedburner RSS instead of the WordPress native RSS. Then it only showed 10 of the 243 posts.
Yes, you are right, 243 posts is a LOT! So, I ended up creating a new site just to house older posts, then imported them. Next, I deleted the older posts from the library site. In Library>client settings I simply add the URL for BOTH sites and we can now access both libraries with all 243 posts, but because they are two small feeds instead of one large, we have no errors!
Do your Community Managers a favor, give the site housing the older posts a name and tagline that is descriptive. For example “Old Posts” with tagline, “December 2009 – January 2011” will help them out when they’re looking for a blog post.
- WebService Response Timeout Issue over https link (stackoverflow.com)
- How to Fix Crawl Errors in Google Webmaster Tools (seomoz.org)