GN Publisher: Google News Compatible RSS Feeds


GN Publisher makes RSS feeds that comply with the Google News RSS Feed Technical Requirements for including your site in the Google News Publisher Center.

The plugin addresses common RSS compatiblity issues publishers experience when using the Google News Publisher Center, including:

  • Incomplete articles
  • Duplicate images
  • Missing images or media
  • Missing content (usually social media/Instagram embeds)
  • Title errors (missing or repeated titles)
  • Cached RSS feeds causing slow updating
  • Delayed crawling by Google

After installing, click on the ‘Settings & Tips’ link under GN Publisher on your plugins page for additional information about applying and troubleshooting issues related to the Google News Publisher Center.

New in 1.0.9

GN Publisher now displays the time of the most recent ping and feed fetch from Google. This helps when troubleshooting the dreaded ’empty sections’ issue in the Google News Publisher Center.

New in 1.0.6

GN Publisher now pings Google when feeds are updated. This can help with faster updates in your Google News Publication.


GN Publisher is a standard WordPress plugin and can be installed and activated through your WordPress admin section. Just search for GN Publisher in the WP plugins repository and install and activate.

GN Publisher may also be downloaded to your computer and uploaded, installed, and activated through your WP Admin plugins section.

Minimum Requirements

  • PHP 5.4 or greater is required, PHP 7.2 or newer is recommended
  • This plugin is compatible with all MySQL versions supported by WordPress


How can I get help with this plugin?

If you need help with the plugin or anything related to the RSS feeds that are created, please ask on the official WordPress GN Publisher plugin support forum.

Google News turned my site down, where can I get help with that?

If you need help because your site has been turned down by Google, or you need other help related to the Google News Publisher Center, please ask for help on the official Google News Publisher Help Forum.


July 15, 2022
clean, simple and, unlike the rest of the bloated crapware in the dump that is the Wordpress plugin repo, this actually works well and does so without weighing down your site with additional garbage. One tiny little issue I had was SEOPress removes /category/ from the url but Andrew has already addressed this in the support form (instead of permalink address, use query, i.e. ?category_name=news&feed=gn )
September 2, 2021
I had a problem with my RSS feeds when I tried to submit Google News. So I found this plugin and it helped me fix the problem. Thank You!
September 2, 2021
It's a good plugin, but don't work fully. Google News doesn't crawl correctly, and some categories are empty in /gn but full in /feed/ So something seems doesn't work properly.
September 1, 2021
I highly recommend this plugin. It is literally plug-and-play. It gives you the created feeds to your categories and that's it, it takes care of everything. We are on Google News and we were having issues, such as posts not being pushed to Google News and our featured images would not be shown. After installing and activating the plugin then updating our feed URLs we started seeing the images popping in one by one as well as all of our other posts. We then posted an article and our Google News page was updated immediately. Insanely simple and it takes care of everything.


June 18, 2021
Solves all the problems that might occur while trying to join Google News. Truly recommend!
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Contributors & Developers

“GN Publisher: Google News Compatible RSS Feeds” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



1.3 – 2021-04-15

Removed Freemius
Reverted a redirect change

1.2 – 2021-03-18

Optimize image replacement feature
Update for PHP 8 compatability

1.1 – 2020-11-29

Fix for some doubled images not being caught
Fix for some permalink examples on info page
Added Freemius opt in

1.0.9 – 2020-08-24

Added timestamp for most recent ping
Added timestamp for most recent fetch
Bug fix for pubdate timezone
Expanded troubleshooting section
Added refresh (cached) Pub Center articles upon activation

1.0.8 – 2020-05-25

bug fix for pre 5.3 versions of WP
fix for Yoast compatiblity
fix for Monster Insight compatability
Bug fix for Instagram embeds
Removed time restriction on posts incld in feeds

1.0.7 – 2020-04-23

Bug fixes affecting pre 5.3 versions of WP

1.0.6 – 2020-04-23

Added google websub notification

1.0.4 – 2020-04-06

Syncing up version info

1.0.3 – 2020-04-06

Disabled select rss plugins from altering this feed

1.0.2 – 2020-04-02

Adjustments to featured image handling
Added cache disabling
Added GN Publisher to generator tag
Removed default feed option in settings
Added explicit feed urls on settings page

1.0.0 – 2020-03-10

This is the first release of GN Publisher