How To Configure WordPress Reading Settings

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

How To Configure WordPress Reading Settings - Step-By-Step TutorialThis 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 content syndication and search engine indexing settings.

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

How To Configure Your WordPress Settings – Tutorial

Click on Settings > Reading in your main WordPress menu …

Settings Menu - Reading

(WP Settings – Reading Settings)

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

WordPress - Reading Settings

(WordPress – Reading Settings)

Reading Settings

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 home 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 An Individual 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.
  • An individual 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)

Practical 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 specify 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 post items, 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).

Important Info

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 option

(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 service …

Feedreader service displays full post text from your RSS feed

(Feedreader shows 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 selected

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

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

Feedreader service shows post summary from your RSS feed

(Feedreader service displays 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)

Info

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 are done 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 settings 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.

How To Configure WordPress - Reading Settings

Next Step: Learn How To Configure Your WordPress 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 Practical Guide To Understanding WordPress RSS FeedsNo matter what what industry you are a part of, it’s important to provide quality information on your site or blog. For example, if you provide travel services, it’s not a bad idea to provide users with the latest information from government and foreign travel departments, such as news or updates on travel warnings, tips from embassies, etc.

The problem with providing this type of information, however, is that it requires a great deal of work and resources. You have to filter through, research, and organize a lot of information, check your sources for accuracy, write and edit content (or hire someone to do this for you), and then continually make sure that this information is kept up-to-date. As you can imagine, this not only involves a lot of work but most of the information you are dealing with is entirely beyond your control.

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

It’s called RSS

RSS - The simplest way to provide your readers with the latest information

(RSS - One of the simplest ways to provide your subscribers with great information)

The Ultimate Guide To WordPress RSS

Some Basic Information About RSS

  • RSS is an acronym for RDF Site Summary, or, as is more commonly referred to, Really Simple Syndication. It can also be referred to as a “feed” or “web feed”.
  • RSS lets content publishers automatically syndicate their content so that their users can read it without having to keep revisiting sites to check for updates.
  • RSS feeds are typically used to publish frequently updated information, such as blog posts, news headlines, audios, etc., which other users can then subscribe to.
  • Essentially, an RSS feed is an XML document that includes either full or summarized text along with metadata like published date, feed author, etc. It allows people to subscribe to content on sites or blogs that publish feeds and then browse updates posted on these websites through an RSS feed reader. Conversely, RSS feeds also enable publishers to automatically syndicate web content.
  • There are different kinds of feeds, read by different feed readers. Some of these include RSS feeds, Atom (also called AtomPub or APP feeds and RDF feeds. All of these formats, however, use a standard XML file format to ensure compatibility with different machines, feedreaders, and programs.
  • Many sites and software tools also allow you to combine different RSS feeds to aggregate news and updates from various sources.

In this comprehensive article, we will show you where your RSS feed is located, how to use your WordPress RSS feed to get your content syndicated online, and how to add content from other websites to your site via RSS feeds.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds

Content syndication is a powerful way of sharing web content. Feeds provide online users with a simple and easy way to receive the latest information published on different websites and blogs.

First, let’s take a look at content syndication.

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

Syndication allows online newspapers to deliver readers up-to-the-minute news items and newsworthy stories from all around the planet without having to hire and post additional reporters to every location in the world …

Many online newspapers and many highly-visited online media publications rely heavily on syndication to publish newsworthy stories from news sources all around the planet.

(Many online newspapers rely heavily on syndication to publish newsworthy content from news sources all around the world.)

Syndication is a legitimate method of sharing content. Global media publications syndicate their content using feeds

Content syndication is a legitimate method of sharing content

(Content syndication is a legitimate method of sharing newsworthy content)

Most sites actually want you to share their information. Syndicating content not only allows information of great value to be shared, but it can also send visitors back to the original site that created and published the content being syndicated. This provides websites with new opportunities to generate additional web traffic.

Many digital agencies have a feed section (look for links in the navigation menu that say “RSS” or “Newsfeeds” in them, or just search for “name of site/keyword + rss” – e.g. “nytimes rss”, “huffington post rss”, “sydney morning herald rss”, etc.) …

Most news reporting agencies and major sites include a feed section

(Most news reporting agencies and major sites will include a feed section. Image Source: smh.com.au )

Clicking on a site’s RSS links section will bring up a list of different RSS feeds of the site …

RSS feeds directory

(A site’s list of feeds. Source: nytimes.com)

gives you access to information from different areas of the site (e.g. technology news, travel news, lifestyle magazine, etc.)

Feed sections can also include further feed subcategories …

RSS Feed section.

(RSS Feed section. Image Source: latimes.com)

Important Info

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

RSS Feeds – Benefits

Adding content from someone else’s site on your site has some obvious benefits. It not only gives additional exposure online to someone else’s site, it also adds value to your site without you having to create that content …

Content Syndication Benefits Someone Else's Business And Yours!

(Content Syndication Has Many Benefits!)

While adding RSS feeds from another site is a great way to add content to your site without having to create it, it’s worth keeping in mind that you also want other websites to syndicate your content.

When other websites syndicate your feed, this gives you the opportunity to get increased exposure online and drive more visitors …

Consider trying to get visitors to syndicate your feed ... it will help to increase your traffic!

(Consider trying to get other online users to syndicate your RSS feed … it will help to increase your exposure online!)

WordPress RSS

By default, WordPress automatically publishes a feed of your latest posts, allowing others to syndicate your content on their websites.

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

1) If your theme has been configured to display the Meta widget on your sidebar or footer …

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

(Your feed will display the number of posts as you have specified in your Reading Settings section)

Display Full Text Or Summary Of Posts In Your RSS Feed

The other setting in your WordPress Reading Settings section that affects your feeds is whether to display each article as full text, or just a summary …

WordPress Settings - Reading Settings - Show 'Full Text' or 'Summary' for articles in a feed

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

Important Info

Post Excerpts can also affect how the content in your feed appears …

Post excerpts can affect how feeds display

(Post excerpts affect how a feed will appear)

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 that’s required to view the content of an RSS feed is to copy the feed’s URL and paste it into an application that can read and translate feeds into readable content for humans.

Let’s show you how this works.

First, find a website whose content you want to syndicate and look for an RSS feed icon using any of the methods described earlier …

Search for an RSS feed icon.

(Look for an RSS feed link. Image source: http://www.yourcoffeeguru.com)

Next, copy the feed URL to your clipboard …

Copy your feed URL to the clipboard

(Copy the URL of your feed to your clipboard)

If you want, you can check what the RSS feed contains by pasting the feed URL into an online feedreader …

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

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

Like feedreaders, WordPress has the ability to process RSS feeds and convert these into human-readable content.

Adding RSS Feeds To Your WP Site

In the example below, we are going to add content from other site’s RSS feeds to yours.

Adding RSS Feeds To Your WordPress Sidebar

As mentioned earlier, no matter what industry your business operates in, you can easily add to your site the latest content from an industry-related government department or authoritative site in your industry by simply importing their feed. You can use feeds to display a range of information on your WordPress site such as news, Facebook comments, or content from thousands of sites using the WordPress RSS widget.

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

Add content from an RSS feed to your sidebar

(Let’s add an RSS feed to your sidebar)

copy the RSS feed URL from a website or blog containing content that you want to display on your sidebar to your clipboard …

Copy the feed URL to your clipboard

(Copy the feed URL to your clipboard)

Next, go to your WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets and paste the feed into a new RSS widget …

Widgets Area - RSS Widget

(RSS Widget)

To learn more about adding content to sidebars using widgets, go here:

Load your website in your web browser. The content will now appear on your sidebar (or wherever you have placed the RSS widget) …

RSS Feed Added To Sidebar

(RSS Feed Content Added To Sidebar Menu)

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:

Adding RSS Feed Content To Your Posts

What if you want to add content from RSS feeds to posts instead of the sidebar?

You can easily do this using WordPress plugins. Just search on WordPress.org plugin repository for RSS feed, RSS feed to post, etc.

'Add Plugins' section

(‘Add Plugins’ search results – RSS plugins for WordPress)

Note: Most RSS plugins typically require configuration – visit the plugin sites for full instructions, or contact us for assistance with plugin configuration.

The plugins listed below can be used to feed content to posts, or “auto blog” (An auto blog is a blog with content that is automatically gathered and compiled from RSS feeds):

WPeMatico

WPeMatico

(WPeMatico WordPress Plugin)

WPeMatico is an auto blogging plugin that allows you to publish posts automatically from RSS/Atom feeds of your choice.

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

For more details, go here:

WP RSS Aggregator

WP RSS Aggregator WP Plugin

(WP RSS Aggregator WordPress Plugin)

WP RSS Aggregator is an RSS feed importer and auto blogging plugin for WordPress with premium add-ons for extended functionality.

For example, the Feed to Post add-on for the WP RSS Aggregator plugin lets you add content to your site automatically by importing RSS feeds directly into your posts.

For more details, go here:

RSS Post Importer

RSS Post Importer - WordPress Plugin

(RSS Post Importer Plugin For WordPress)

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

RSS Post Importer fetches an RSS feed and publishes the entire content of each feed item as a separate post.

For more details, go here:

Powr RSS Feed

Powr RSS Feed - WordPress Plugin

(Powr RSS Feed Plugin For WordPress)

POWr RSS Feed automatically combines and displays content from a number of different RSS feeds.

The POWr RSS Feed plugin also lets you display videos, images, and article content, adjust sizing and spacing of feeds, use custom fonts, colors, borders, and more. It also has mobile-responsive design and supports text in all languages.

The premium version of POWr contains many additional features.

For more details, go here:

WP Pipes

WP Pipes

(WP Pipes)

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

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

For more details, go here:

FeedWordPress

FeedWordPress - WordPress Plugin

(FeedWordPress Plugin For WordPress)

FeedWordPress is a simple and flexible Atom/RSS syndication plugin for WordPress.

As stated in the FeedWordPress site …

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.

You can use this FeedWordPress to create aggregator sites, or display all of your online activity (e.g. from your blog, Facebook, YouTube, or other online services, into a Lifestream.

For more details, go here:

Autoblog by WPMUDev

Autoblog

(Autoblog by WPMUDev Plugin For WordPress)

Autoblog is an easy-to-use plugin that can be set-up very quickly, without coding skills or complicated instructions. Just copy and paste in the URL of your feed, name your feed (for admin purposes) and select a blog to post content to.

For more details, go here:

RSS Includes Pages and Custom Post Types

RSS Includes Pages

(RSS Includes Pages and Custom Post Types – WordPress Plugin)

By default, WordPress only posts posts in your RSS feed. Use a plugin like RSS Includes Pages to include pages in your WordPress RSS feed in addition to posts.

For more details, go here:

Important Info

Using WordPress RSS – Useful Tips

Tip #1 – WordPress Comment RSS Feeds

WordPress makes available RSS feeds of the latest comments posted on your site in addition to displaying RSS feeds of your posts.

You can inspect these comments by clicking on Comments RSS in your ‘Meta’ widget …

Comments Feed

(Comments Feed)

Comments posted on your site by visitors display in the Comments RSS page …

RSS comments feed items as seen with a Firefox web browser

(Comments feed entries displayed with a Firefox web browser)

Like post entries, your comments feed content will display differently depending on the browser you use …

Comments feed items displayed using a Google Chrome browser

(Comments feed entries as seen using Google Chrome)

Again, you can check what the comments RSS feed contains by pasting the URL of the feed into a feedreader …

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

(Paste your 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 or blog has been installed in a subfolder, e.g. “blog”)

Tip #2 – Displaying RSS Feeds For Specific Posts

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

The formula for displaying an RSS feed for a specific post is shown below:

Feed For Single Post Item

(RSS Feed For Single Post Item)

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

Single Post Feed

(Single Post RSS Feed)

Note: By default, if you only append “/feed” to the end of your post URL, WordPress will return the comments made on your post, not the post content itself.

Tip #3 – Using Category Feeds

Some your site visitors may only be interested in subscribing to content about specific topics. They may not want to subscribe to all of your site’s content.

With WordPress, you can create separate category feeds.

Just use the format shown below:

Feed format for post categories

(WP post categories feed format)

Select and copy the category URL to your clipboard …

Copy the selected category URL ...

(Copy the selected category link address to your clipboard …)

And append “feed” to the end of it …

Feed format for category

(WP category RSS feed format)

Your category feed now only contains content published under this particular category …

Category RSS feed page

(Category RSS 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 Page Of Feeds

You can set up a feeds list that allows your readers to subscribe to content in specific categories …

Provide Your Own Page Of RSS Feeds

(Set Up Your Own RSS Feeds List)

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

RSS button

(RSS button graphic. Image: http://www.public-domain-photos.com/free-cliparts/computer/other/rss_button_roman_bertle_01-2522.htm)

We have written a detailed tutorial about adding tables to WordPress pages and posts here:

RSS Feeds – Notes

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

WordPress allows you to configure different feed types that do not require messing with code. For example, here are just some of the kinds of custom feeds you can display …

WordPress RSS - Feed Types

(Different Custom Feeds You Can Create With WordPress RSS)

For your convenience, here are the feed types, descriptions, and feed examples shown in the diagram above:

  • Feed Type: All Posts
  • Description: Content feed – displays your latest entries
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/feed/
  • Feed Type: All Comments
  • Description: Comments feed – Contains the latest comments left on your website
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/comments/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts
  • Description: Feed containing individual posts
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/title-of-blog-post/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts Comments
  • Description: RSS Feed that contains the latest comments made on specific posts
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/post-title/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Day – Contains latest items in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2015/07/11/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Month – Displays latest entries in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2011/04/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Year – Displays the latest post entries in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2010/feed/
  • Feed Type: Search Results
  • Description: RSS feed containing latest entries for a search query
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/search/term/feed/
  • Feed Type: Custom Post Type
  • Description: Includes the latest items for a custom type (e.g. book)
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/feed/?post_type=book

One last thing …

Remember to let your visitors know that they can subscribe to your feeds. Place a ’subscribe to RSS’ button image in a visible location …

Promote your feeds!

(Encourage your site users to subscribe to your RSS feeds!)

Keep in mind that other sites will only want to syndicate your content if your content is useful, informative, or highly entertaining. In other words, you need to provide high-quality information that will add great value to their sites and benefit their users.

Easily add someone else's content and get others to syndicate your content online with RSS!

(Add great content to your site and get visitors to syndicate your content online with RSS feeds!)

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RSS – Additional Resources:

  • Feed Buttons – Visit online resource sites like iconspedia.com/search/rss or search online (e.g. “free rss icons”, “rss logos”, etc.) for sites containing downloadable Free RSS images and icons.
  • RSSBoard.org – The RSS Advisory Board Go here if you want to gain a better understanding of RSS.
  • Wikipedia.org/RSS – Learn more about RSS.
  • WordPress.org – WordPress software documentation and reference site. Go here for additional information about RSS feeds in WordPress.

The Benefits Of Using WordPress RSS

Congratulations! Now you know where to find your WordPress RSS feed, how to syndicate your content online using RSS feeds, and how to display content from other sites on your site via RSS feeds.

Hopefully, this post has given you a better understanding of issues that can affect your website and how WordPress can help you build a better business online. To read more about using WordPress for a business website please click on links to visit our related posts section.

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