How To Configure WordPress Reading Settings

Learn how to configure your WordPress Reading Settings in this step-by-step tutorial.

Configuring WordPress - Reading SettingsThis tutorial is part of our WordPress configuration step-by-step training series, where we show you how to set up and configure your WordPress site or blog with no coding skills required.

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After configuring your site’s Writing Settings, the next step is to configure your Reading Settings.

There are only a few settings to configure in this section, but these are very important. Your WordPress Reading settings let you specify what visitors will see on your home page and allow you to configure important syndication and WordPress SEO options.

The step-by-step tutorial below explains how to configure your WordPress Reading Settings.

How To Configure Your WordPress Settings – Tutorial

Select Settings > Reading in your WordPress menu …

Settings Menu - Reading Settings

(Settings – Reading)

You will be taken to the ‘Reading Settings’ page …

WordPress - Reading Settings

(WordPress – Reading Settings Screen)

Reading Settings Screen

As mentioned in the introduction section of this tutorial, there are only a few settings to configure in this section, but these are very important.

Let’s go through and show you how to configure these settings:

WordPress Reading Settings – Home Page Display Settings

The Reading Settings section lets you decide if you want to display a list of your latest posts or an individual page as your website’s main page.

If you have not created any WordPress Pages for your site yet, then the first option you will see on this screen is the option to specify how many WordPress Posts will display on your home page …

Reading Settings - 'Blog pages show at most' settings

(Reading Settings – ‘Blog pages show at most’ settings)

If your site has at least one WordPress Page, then you will see the following option at the top of this screen instead …

Reading Settings - 'Front page' displays settings

(Reading Settings – ‘Front page’ displays settings)

These options allow you to choose what your visitors will see when they arrive on your site via your home page.

WordPress Reading Settings – Displaying A Specific Page As Your Home Page

If you have created at least one page on your website, select one of the following options from the ‘Front page displays’ section:

  • Your latest posts – Your visitors will see your latest blog posts when they visit your site.
  • A specific page – Your visitors will be shown a specific page when they visit your home page (e.g. a “welcome” page, or a page with sales copy, e-commerce store catalog page, etc.), much like a traditional “static” website.

The screenshot below shows you the difference between choosing to display a WordPress page vs. displaying your latest posts on your home page …

Displaying a WordPress page vs your latest blog posts on your home page

(Displaying a WordPress page vs your latest blog posts on your home page)

Useful Tip

To learn how to set a WordPress page as the home page of your website, see the tutorial below:

WordPress Reading Settings – Displaying Your Latest Blog Posts On Your Home Page

If you have not created a page on your website yet (i.e. you have set up a blog that only publishes posts), then your home page will display your latest blog posts by default. If your website already has pages but you want to display your latest blog posts on your home page, then select Front page displays > Your latest posts

Reading Settings: Front page displays - Your latest posts

(Reading Settings: Front page displays – Your latest posts)

You can also specify how many blog posts you would like to show on your posts page by entering a number in the Blog pages show at most [xxx] posts field …

You can specify the number of blog posts to display on your home page

(You can specify the number of blog posts to display on your home page)

Tip

To learn how to set the number of blog posts to display on your blog pages, see the tutorial below:

If you want to display a specific page as your home page and a summary of your latest blog posts on a separate page, then you will need to create a blog page in WordPress.

Reading Settings - 'Front page' displays settings

(Reading Settings – ‘Front page’ displays settings”)

To learn how to create a blog page in WordPress to display a summary of your blog posts, see the tutorial below:

WordPress Reading Settings – Syndication Feed Settings

You can adjust some of your WordPress RSS Feed features to determine how the information from your site will be sent to a reader’s web browser or other applications that use RSS feeds.

WordPress Reading Settings - Syndication Feed Settings

(WordPress Reading Settings – Syndication Feed Settings)

Every WordPress site has a built-in RSS page that automatically displays feeds of your posts …

Post entries in your WordPress RSS feed

(Post entries in your WordPress RSS feed)

To learn more about syndicating content and increasing traffic with your built-in WordPress RSS feed, see the tutorial below:

Let’s go through your configuration options for this section.

Syndication Feeds Show The Most Recent …

The settings in the Syndication Feeds section allow you to specify how many feeds display on your RSS feeds page.

So, for example, if you specify “5” items to show in the Syndication feeds show the most recent [xxx] items field …

Specify how many items you want to display in your RSS feeds

(Reading Settings – ‘Syndication feeds show the most recent’ option)

Your WordPress RSS feed page will display the 5 most recent items …

Your WordPress RSS feed page - 5 items displayed

(Your WordPress RSS feed page – 5 items displayed)

If you change the number of items to something higher like “15”, for example …

Change the number of items to display in your syndication feeds

(Change the number of items to display in your syndication feeds)

Your WordPress RSS feed page will display the 15 most recent posts, and so on …

You can control the number of items displayed in your feeds

(You can control the number of items displayed in your feeds)

For Each Article In A Feed Show …

The settings in this section affect how your RSS feeds display to external feed readers (i.e. when your feeds are syndicated externally).

Disclaimer

It’s important not to confuse the option to display Full Text or Summary of RSS feeds with how post excerpts display on your site.

To learn more about using WordPress post excerpts, including how to change the length of your post excerpts, see the tutorial below:

When users syndicate your feed or view your feeds using a feedreader, what they see on their browser will depend on the option you specify in the For each article in a feed, show setting, as follows: 

  • Full Text – Displays your entire blog post in a feed.
  • Summary – Display either the excerpt of your post (if you create one), or a teaser containing the first 55 words of your post. (See this tutorial to learn more about using WordPress post excerpts).

Let’s take a look at what happens when you choose the Full Text vs Summary option.

Full Text

If you select For Each Article In A Feed Show > Full Text …

For Each Article In A Feed Show > Full Text selected

(For Each Article In A Feed Show > Full Text option selected)

This is what your feeds are going to look like when viewed with a feedreader …

Feedreader service shows full post text from your RSS feed

(Feedreader displays full post text from your RSS feed.)

Summary

If you select For Each Article In A Feed Show > Summary …

For Each Article In A Feed Show > Summary option

(For Each Article In A Feed Show > Summary selected)

Then only a summary of your posts will display when your feed is run through a feedreader …

Feedreader displays post summary from your RSS feed

(Feedreader shows post summary from your RSS feed)

Warning

While your choice to select either of the above options comes down mostly to personal preference, if you choose to display the full content of your posts in your RSS feeds (by selecting the ‘Full Text’ option), other users can syndicate the entire content of your articles, including software designed to “scrape” (i.e. steal) content, and republish your posts in their entirety. This is how “spam blogs” (also called splogs) get content.

Unless you have a specific reason to syndicate your posts in their entirety, therefore, consider selecting the “Summary” option instead of “Full Text” until you learn how to configure your WordPress RSS feeds to credit you as the original author. This will then automatically create an attribution to every post you publish and post a link back to your site from external sites that syndicate (or even scrape) your content.

To better understand this, take a look at the screenshots below.

Here is what entries in a default WordPress RSS feed look like …

Default WordPress RSS feed entries

(Default WordPress RSS feed entries)

Here is the same RSS feed with post attributions added …

WordPress RSS feeds with post attributions

(WordPress RSS feeds with post attributions)

To learn how to set up RSS feeds with attribution links, see the tutorial below:

WordPress Reading Settings – Search Engine Visibility

The WordPress Reading Settings section also lets you configure settings aimed at discouraging search engines from indexing your site …

Search Engine Visibility

(Search Engine Visibility)

Typically, you will want search engines to find your site and index your pages, so you would leave the Discourage search engines from indexing this site checkbox unticked.

If you check the box to discourage search engines from indexing your site, WordPress adds code to files in your server instructing search engine spiders to ignore your site and stops transmitting information to all of the pinging services you have added to the “Update Services” area in your Writing Settings section, effectively blocking this service.

With search engines discouraged from indexing your site, you will see the message “WordPress is not notifying any Update Services because of your site’s visibility settings” in the Writing Settings > Update Services section …

You can block WordPress from automatically notifying update services.

(You can block WordPress from automatically notifying update services)

You will also see a message on your dashboard reminding you that you have enabled this option …

WordPress Dashboard - Search Engines Discouraged

(WordPress Dashboard – Search Engines Discouraged)

Important

There may be situations where you may not want search engines to index your site. For example, a WordPress site set up for private use or internal purposes only like training staff, documenting internal processes, testing different plugins, themes, or configurations, or running applications that require a dedicated WordPress site installation.

Selecting the option to discourage search engines from indexing your site doesn’t block out search engines completely. To prevent search engines from indexing your WordPress site or blog requires configuring additional settings. As stated in the ‘Search Engine Visibility’ description, it is up to search engines to honor this request.

To learn how to block search engines from indexing your WordPress site, see the tutorial below:

Click ‘Save Changes’ when you have finished configuring your settings …

Save changes to update your settings

(Save changes to update your settings)

WordPress Writing Settings – Additional Information

Installing plugins and themes on your WordPress site can add new settings to your WordPress Writing Settings section …

Plugins and themes can add additional settings to the WordPress Reading Settings section

(Plugins and themes can add additional options to the WordPress Reading Settings section)

Congratulations! Now you know how to configure your WordPress Reading Settings. The next step is to configure your WordPress Discussion Settings.

Configuring WordPress Reading Settings - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Next Step: Configure Your WordPress Site: Discussion Settings

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Ultimate Guide To WordPress RSS

Learn about the benefits of using RSS and how to access, format and use WordPress RSS feeds to import and syndicate your content.

A Basic Overview On Using The WordPress RSSNo matter what what industry you belong to, it’s important to provide quality information to your site or blog visitors. For example, if your business provides insurance-related services, you may want to include information from government departments, such as news or updates on statistical findings, insurance tips, etc.

The problem with providing this type of information, however, is that it is really time-consuming. You have to do a lot of data sorting, researching and organizing, checking the accuracy of your sources, writing and editing content (or hire someone to do this for you), and then continually make sure that this information is up-to-date. As you can imagine, this not only involves a huge amount of work but most of the information you are dealing with is beyond your control.

Fortunately, there is a simpler way to keep your site readers up-to-date with great information.

It’s called RSS

RSS is one of the simplest ways to provide your users with the latest information

(RSS is the simplest way to provide your subscribers with up-to-date information)

The Ultimate Guide To WordPress RSS

What Is RSS?

  • RSS is an acronym for Rich Site Summary, or, as is more commonly known, Really Simple Syndication. It it is also called a “feed” or “web feed”.
  • RSS allows content publishers to automatically syndicate their content to save users time from having to keep revisiting their site to check for updates.
  • RSS feeds are also used to publish information that is frequently updated, such as blog posts, news, videos, etc., to which other users can choose to subscribe.
  • You can read RSS feeds using software called feed readers, or aggregators. Feed readers can be used to access new content published on websites and distribute this content to online properties.
  • Feeds can be made available in different formats and read by different feedreaders. Some of these include RSS feeds, Atom feeds and RDF (RDF = Resource Description Framework) feeds. All of these formats, however, use a standard XML file format to ensure that feeds are compatible with different machines and programs.
  • Many sites and software tools also let you combine multiple RSS feeds to receive news and updates from several different sources.

In this guide, we will explain where to find your WordPress RSS feed, how to syndicate your content online using RSS feeds, and how to display someone else’s content on your site using RSS feeds.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds

Content syndication is a very powerful method used for sharing web content. Feeds provide web users with a way to stay up-to-date with the latest information published on sites and blogs they are interested in.

First, let’s look at content syndication.

Media publications use syndication to publish stories from other news agencies all around the world.

Syndication allows most online newspapers and leading online publications to deliver readers fresh news headlines and stories of interest from all around the planet without having to hire and send more news staff all around the world …

Many news reporting agencies and leading media publications use content syndication to publish newsworthy items from other news agencies around the planet.

(Many news reporting agencies rely heavily on syndication to publish newsworthy content from news sources around the world.)

Syndication is a legitimate method of sharing content with other sites. News reporting agencies syndicate newsworthy content using feeds

Content syndication is used by digital content publishing agencies to share information with other publications

(Syndication is a legitimate method of sharing information)

Most websites actually want you to syndicate their content. Syndicating content not only allows information to be shared, but it can also drive visitors back to the original site responsible for creating and publishing the content being syndicated. This can be an effective way to generate web traffic.

Major content sites will have an RSS feed section (look for links that say “RSS” or “Newsfeeds” in them, or just search for “name of site/keyword + rss” – e.g. “nytimes rss”, “daily telegraph rss”, “sydney morning herald rss”, etc.) …

Many news reporting agencies and major sites will contain an RSS feed section

(Most online newspapers and major content sites will contain a feed section. Image: smh.com.au )

Clicking on a site’s RSS feeds section will bring up a directory of different RSS feed sections …

RSS directory

(A list of different feeds. Image: nytimes.com)

These feed items allow readers to access content from different sections of the site (e.g. business news, sports news, lifestyle magazine, etc.)

A feed directory can also include further feed subdirectories …

RSS Feed section.

(Feed sections can also contain feed subcategories. Image: latimes.com feeds)

Important Info

Note: An RSS feed is only a URL. All you need to do to use RSS feeds is to copy the URLs and paste these into a program that can process the feed into something readable. We’ll cover this further below.

The Benefits Of Content Syndication

Adding content from someone else’s site on your website has some obvious benefits. It helps someone else’s site and adds value to your site without you having to create the content …

Syndicating Content Benefits Someone Else's Business And Yours!

(Content Syndication Benefits Someone Else’s Business And Yours!)

While adding RSS feeds from another site is a great way to add content to your site without having to create it, it’s a great idea to try and get other websites to use YOUR content.

When other sites syndicate your feed, you have the opportunity to get more exposure online and drive more web traffic …

Consider trying to get users to syndicate your feed ... it will help increase your exposure online!

(Look for ways to get other website owners to syndicate your content … it will help drive more traffic to your site!)

About Your WordPress RSS

WordPress automatically publishes a feed of your posts, allowing other online users to easily syndicate your content on their sites.

Depending on your theme, there are a few ways to get your RSS feed:

1) If your theme has been configured to display the Meta widget in a standard or custom menu …

Your feed page will display the number of items you have specified in the WordPress Reading Settings section

(Your feed page will display as many recent items you have specified in the Reading Settings section)

Display Full Text Or Summary Of Posts In Your RSS Feed

The other setting in the WP Reading Settings section that affects your RSS feed is whether to display posts as full text, or as a summary …

Settings - Reading Settings - Display 'Full Text' or 'Summary' for articles in a RSS feed

(Reading Settings – ’For each article in a feed show’: ‘Full text’ or ‘Summary’)

Tip

Post Excerpts can also affect how your feed content appears …

Post excerpts affect how a feed displays

(Post excerpts affect how content in your feeds display)

If you need help WordPress Post excerpts, refer to this step-by-step tutorial:

View The Content Of Your RSS Feeds

As mentioned previously, all you have to do to view a feed’s content is to copy the feed’s URL to your clipboard and paste it into a feedreader, i.e. an application that reads and translates feeds into readable content.

Let’s show you how this works.

First, go to a website whose feed you want to subscribe to and look for a ‘subscribe’ button …

Look for an RSS feed icon.

(Look for a ’subscribe to feed’ button or link. Image source: YourCoffeeGuru.com)

Next, copy the feed URL to your clipboard …

Copy the feed URL

(Copy your feed URL)

If you want, you can check what the RSS feed contains by pasting the URL of your feed into a feed reader …

Paste your feed URL into a feedreader to view the feed content.

(Paste your URL of your feed into a feedreader to view the content. Image: Feedreader.com)

Like feed readers, WordPress also has the ability to process XML/RSS feeds.

How To Add An RSS Feed To Your WordPress Site

In the example below, we’ll add content from another site’s RSS feeds to yours.

Adding An RSS Feed To Your WordPress Sidebar

As mentioned earlier, no matter what industry you are part of, you can display on your site the latest news and updates from an industry-related government department or authoritative site in your industry simply by adding content from their feed. You can use RSS feeds to display a range of information on your WordPress site such as news, social media comments, or content from thousands of sites using the WordPress RSS widget.

Let’s add content sourced from an RSS feed to your sidebar …

Let's add content from an RSS feed to your sidebar

(Let’s add an RSS feed to the WordPress sidebar area)

copy the feed URL from a site that publishes content that you would like to display on your sidebar …

Copy the feed URL

(Copy the URL of your feed to the clipboard)

Next, go to your Widgets panel and paste the feed into an RSS widget …

Widgets Screen - RSS Widget

(Widgets Section – RSS Widget)

To learn more about using sidebar widgets, go here:

Load your website in your web browser. The content can now be seen on your sidebar …

RSS Feed Content Added To WP Sidebar Menu

(RSS Widget)

Add Your WordPress RSS Feed To Search Consoles

You can add your WordPress RSS feed to Google and Bing’s search consoles. This will help them index your content faster.

WordPress RSS feed added to Google Search Console

(WordPress RSS feed added to Google Search Console)

Adding your site’s RSS feed to search consoles is simple, fast, easy, and requires no technical skills. For a step-by-step tutorial, go here:

How To Add RSS Feed Content To WordPress Posts

Can content from RSS feeds be added to WordPress posts? It sure can!

You can easily do this using plugins. Search on the WordPress plugin repository for RSS Post, RSS feed to post, etc.

'Add Plugins' search results

(RSS plugins for WordPress)

Note: Most RSS plugins typically require configuration – visit the plugin sites for instructions, or contact us if you need help configuring plugins.

Here are a few plugins that allow you to add RSS feeds to your posts:

WPeMatico

WPeMatico

(WPeMatico WP Plugin)

WPeMatico is an easy to use plugin that lets you publish posts automatically from RSS/Atom feeds that you choose.

You can manage all the feeds you import and arrange them into categories and campaigns.

For more details, go here:

WP RSS Aggregator

WP RSS Aggregator Plugin

(WP RSS Aggregator Plugin For WordPress)

WP RSS Aggregator is a comprehensive RSS feed importer and auto blogging plugin for WordPress with additional functionality with premium add-ons.

For example, the Feed to Post add-on lets you add content to your site automatically by importing RSS feeds directly into posts or any other custom post type.

For more details, go here:

RSS Post Importer

RSS Post Importer WordPress Plugin

(RSS Post Importer)

RSS Post Importer lets you curate, import, syndicate, merge and display full text feeds on your WordPress blog.

The plugin will fetch an RSS feed and publish the full content of each feed item as a standalone post.

For more details, go here:

Powr RSS Feed

Powr RSS Feed

(Powr RSS Feed Plugin For WordPress)

With the POWr RSS Feed plugin, you can combine and display content from various sources using RSS feeds.

The plugin also lets you display images, videos, and articles, adjust the priority of different feeds, use custom colors, borders, fonts, and more. It also displays feeds correctly on all computers, phones, and tablets and supports text in all languages.

The premium plugin version contains a number of additional features.

For more details, go here:

WP Pipes

WP Pipes

(WP Pipes)

The WP Pipes plugin for WordPress is a powerful data migration plugin that allows you to curate content from RSS feeds, Google News, and many other sources.

This plugin provides loads of powerful features like CSV importing for posts/WooCommerce, RSS feed creator, autoblogging, auto post to LinkedIn/Twitter/Facebook, export WordPress posts as podcasts, create Google XML sitemaps, and help take your WordPress CMS to new levels.

For more details, go here:

FeedWordPress

FeedWordPress

(FeedWordPress – WordPress Plugin)

FeedWordPress provides flexible syndication for WordPress.

As stated in the FeedWordPress website …

FeedWordPress is an open-source Atom/RSS aggregator for the WordPress blog publishing platform. You set up feeds that you choose, and FeedWordPress syndicates posts from those sources into your WordPress posts table, where they can be displayed by your WordPress templates like any other post — but with additional meta-data, so that your templates can properly attribute the post to the source it came from.

FeedWordPress can be used to create aggregator site (sites that bring together posts from many different sources), or display all of your online activity into a Lifestream.

For more details, go here:

Autoblog

Autoblog by WPMUDev - WordPress Plugin

(Autoblog by WPMUDev)

Autoblog is an easy-to-use plugin that can be set-up in minutes, with no coding required and no complicated instructions. Simply copy and paste in the URL of your feed, name your feed (for admin purposes) and select the blog that you want it to post to.

For more details, go here:

RSS Includes Pages and Custom Post Types

RSS Includes Pages and Custom Post Types Plugin For WordPress

(RSS Includes Pages and Custom Post Types Plugin)

By default, WordPress only posts posts in your RSS feed. Use the RSS Includes Pages plugin if you would like to include pages in your RSS feed and not just posts.

For more details, go here:

Important

Useful Tips

Tip #1 – Comment RSS Feeds

WordPress displays RSS feeds of the latest comments posted on your site in addition to giving online users access to RSS feeds of your latest posts.

You can see your comments feed by clicking on Comments RSS in the ‘Meta’ widget of your sidebar (note: your theme may not be configured to display this widget) …

WordPress Comments RSS

(WordPress Comments Feed)

All the comments posted on your site by visitors and users display in the Comments RSS page …

RSS comments feed entries displayed on a Firefox browser

(RSS comments feed entries viewed using a Firefox web browser)

Like post entries, your comments feed page will display differently depending on which browser you are using …

RSS comments feed items viewed on Google Chrome

(Comments feed items displayed with a Google Chrome browser)

Again, you can check what the RSS feed contains by pasting the URL of the feed into an online feed reader …

Paste your URL of your comments feed into a feed reader to view the feed content.

(Paste the comments feed URL into a feed reader to view the feed content. Source: Feedreader.com)

Note: If the Meta section is not displaying on your theme, you can view the Comments RSS section of your site by opening up a browser and typing in the following URL:

  • http://www.yourdomain.com/comments/feed
  • http://www.yourdomain.com/blog/comments/feed (if your website is located in a subdomain, e.g. “blog”)

Tip #2 – Using Feeds For Specific Items

Being able to select an RSS feed for an individual post can be useful. For example, you may want to add feeds from specific items to RSS directories, or you may have created a valuable resource that other online users will want to syndicate.

The formula for making an RSS feed for an individual post item is shown below:

Feed For Specific Post Item

(RSS Feed For Individual Post Item)

To create the above feed, copy the post address, and add “/feed/?withoutcomments=1” to the end.

Single Post RSS Feed

(Single Post RSS Feed)

Note: By default, if you only append “/feed” to the end of your post URI, WordPress will return the comments associated with your post, not actual content of the post itself.

Tip #3 – Post Category RSS Feeds

Some your site visitors may only want to subscribe to content from a specific category. They may not want to subscribe to your entire site’s feed.

With WordPress, you can easily create category feeds.

All you have to do is use the format shown below:

Feed format for post categories

(Format for WP category RSS feed)

Select and copy the category URL …

Copy the selected category URL ...

(Copy your category URL …)

Append the word “feed” to the end of it …

Use this format for WordPress category feed

(WP category feed format)

The RSS feed now only includes content assigned to that category …

Category-specific RSS feed page

(Category-specific feed page)

The WordPress Codex also provides different ways to create feeds not just for post categories, but also feeds for tags, authors, search, etc.

For this example, let’s create a feed for a specific post category using the format shown below:

Post Category feed format

(Post Category feed format. Source: WordPress Codex)

Here is the feed format WordPress recommends using. In this example, the post category ID is ’42’. We’ll need to replace the post category ID and the domain name …

WordPress post category feed format

(WordPress post category feed format)

To find the post category ID, go to Posts > Categories …

Posts > Categories menu

(Posts > Categories menu)

Locate the post category you want and hover your mouse over the title to reveal its unique ID …

Post Category ID

(Post Category ID)

In our example, the post category ID is ’29’ and the post category feed format we need to use for this specific category with our domain name looks like this …

Post category feed format with domain name and ID

(Post category feed format with domain name and ID)

Copy and paste the feed into your browser and hit enter …

Paste the feed into your browser

(Paste the feed into your browser)

This will display the feed for that specific category …

RSS feed of a specific post category

(RSS feed of a specific post category)

Note that in this example, WordPress automatically converted the feed format we pasted into the browser into the category feed we had used in the previous section of this tutorial …

Post category feed format

(Post category feed format)

Here is the feed format again …

Post category feed

(Post category feed)

In this case, the simplest way to create additional feeds for specific categories is to simply change the post category slug …

Change the post category slug to create a new category specific feed

(Change the post category slug to create a new category specific feed)

Paste the edited feed into your web browser and hit enter to display the content for that specific category’s feed …

Post category feed content

(Post category feed content)

Now that you have a method for creating feeds for specific post categories (or tags, authors, etc.), you can even create a directory or list of individual feeds for visitors.

Tip #4 – Provide A Feeds Directory

You can create your own feeds list that allows readers to subscribe to specific categories, just like large authoritative sites …

Provide Your Own Feeds Directory

(Set Up Your Own Directory Of RSS Feeds)

All you need to do is link an image like the one shown below to your category (or specific post) feeds and then create a table or a list of all individual feeds on a new page …

RSS button

(RSS graphic. Image: public-domain-photos.com)

To learn more about inserting tables into WordPress posts and pages, go here:

RSS – Notes

You can customize your feeds in various different ways, such as adding videos and images to feeds, ads, etc. Some of these customizations require editing code.

WordPress allows various feed configurations that do not require code editing skills. Here are some examples of custom feeds you can use …

WordPress RSS - Feed Types

(WordPress RSS – Feed Formats)

Below are the different feed types, descriptions, and feed examples shown above:

  • Feed Type: All Posts
  • Description: Content feed – Feed that contains your latest post entries
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/feed/
  • Feed Type: All Comments
  • Description: Comments feed – Contains the latest comments left on your blog
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/comments/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts
  • Description: RSS feed that includes a single post
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/blog-post-title/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts Comments
  • Description: Feed that contains the latest comments made on an individual post entry
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/blog-post-title/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Day – Displays the latest entries in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2013/03/13/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Month – Includes latest posts in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2018/07/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Year – Displays latest items in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2016/feed/
  • Feed Type: Search Results
  • Description: RSS feed displaying the latest posts for a search query
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/search/term/feed/
  • Feed Type: Custom Post Type
  • Description: Includes the latest post entries for a custom type (e.g. book)
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/feed/?post_type=book

One last thing …

It’s a good idea to promote your feed. Place your ’subscribe to RSS’ button somewhere visible …

Encourage your site users to subscribe to your feeds!

(Promote your RSS feeds!)

Also, keep in mind that other website owners will only want to subscribe to your content if your information is useful, informative, or highly engaging. In other words, you must provide high-quality information that can add great value to their sites and benefit their users.

Easily add someone else's content and get online users to share your content with RSS feeds!

(Add great content to your site and get others to share your content using RSS!)

Tip

If you need great content ideas subscribe to our FREE content creation course using the form below:

Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our RSS feed 🙂

RSS – Additional Resources:

  • RSS Feed Icons – Visit FeedIcons.com or search online (e.g. “free rss icons”, “rss buttons”, etc.) for sites that allow you to download RSS graphics.
  • RSSBoard.org – The RSS Advisory Board provides useful information and resources about RSS.
  • Wikipedia/RSS – General information about RSS feeds.
  • WordPress Codex: WordPress Feeds – Official WordPress documentation. Go here for additional information about using RSS feeds in WordPress.

WordPress User's Guide To RSS

Congratulations! Now you know how to find your WordPress RSS feed, how to use your WordPress RSS feed to get your content syndicated online, and how to add someone else’s content to your site via RSS feeds.

Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of problems that can affect your web site and how WordPress can help you build a better business online. To learn more about the benefits of using WordPress please see our related posts section.

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