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 WordPress SEO options.

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

How To Configure Your WordPress Site – Reading Settings – Step-By-Step Tutorial

Select Settings > Reading in your WordPress dashboard menu …

Settings - Reading Settings

(Settings Menu – Reading Settings)

The ‘Reading Settings’ page will display in your web browser …

WordPress - Reading Settings Screen

(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 Options

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)

Useful Tip

To learn how to specify 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 posts you would like displayed 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)

Practical 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 posts …

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 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).

Warning

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 …

Feedreader service shows full post text from your RSS feed

(Feedreader service 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 selected

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

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

Feedreader displays post summary only

(Feedreader service shows post summary only)

Useful Information

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 your 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 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 - 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 WordPress RSSNo matter what service or product you sell, you need to provide high-value information to your site readers. For example, if you provide medical services, you may want to include information from the health department, such as news and updates on medical research, health and fitness tips, etc.

To create and publish this kind of information, however, is very time-consuming. You have to do a lot of information sifting, researching and organizing, fact-checking, writing and editing content (or hire someone to do this for you), and then ensure that this information is continually up-to-date. As you can imagine, this is not only a lot of work but most of the information you are dealing with is well beyond your control.

Fortunately, there is a much simpler way to continually provide your site visitors with expert, up-to-date information.

It’s called RSS

RSS is one of the simplest ways to provide your users with up-to-date information

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

The Ultimate Guide To WordPress RSS

RSS – What Does It Mean?

  • RSS, which, according to some experts is short for RDF Site Summary, is more commonly known now as Really Simple Syndication. It is often called a “feed” or “news feed”.
  • After a user subscribes to an RSS feed, they no longer have to manually visit and check the website for content updates. Instead, their browser constantly monitors the content and keeps feed subscribers automatically updated.
  • RSS feeds are typically used to publish frequently updated information, such as new blog posts, news headlines, audios, etc., to which users can choose to subscribe.
  • Essentially, an RSS feed is a structured XML (XML = Extensible Markup Language) document that includes full or summarized text along with metadata such as date of publishing, author, etc. It allows people to subscribe to content on sites that publish feeds and then view updates posted on these sites through an RSS feed reader. Conversely, RSS feeds also enable publishers to automatically syndicate content.
  • Feeds can be made available in different types and read by different feed aggregators. Some of these include RSS feeds, Atom Publishing Protocol) 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 devices and programs.
  • Many sites and software tools also allow you to combine many RSS feeds to receive news and updates from various sources.

This article explains where to find your WordPress RSS feed, how to syndicate your content online using feeds, and how to add someone else’s content to your site using RSS.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds

Content syndication is a really powerful way of sharing web content. RSS Feeds provide web users with a simple and easy way to keep up with the latest information posted on different sites.

First, let’s look at content syndication.

Most digital news publishers use content syndication to publish news and stories from news sources all around the world.

Content syndication allows online newspapers and many highly-visited media publications to deliver readers interesting stories and up-to-the-minute news from all over the planet without having to send additional reporters and content writers to every location in the world …

Global media publications use syndication to publish newsworthy stories from other news agencies around the world.

(Many online newspapers use syndication to publish stories from other news agencies all around the world.)

Syndication is used to share information legitimately with other sites. online media publications syndicate their newsworthy content using news feeds

Content syndication is used by global media publications to share content with other publications

(Online newspapers syndicate their content using news feeds)

Most sites actually would like you to syndicate their information. Syndicating content not only allows information to be shared, but it also drives visitors back to the site that originally created theoriginally created and published the content being syndicated. This can be an effective way to generate web traffic.

Most leading online media publications will have an RSS feed section (look for menu links that say “RSS” or “Newsfeeds” in them, or just search for “name of site/keyword + rss” – e.g. “nytimes rss”, “courier mail rss”, “sydney morning herald rss”, etc.) …

Many digital publishing agencies provide links to an RSS feed section

(Major content sites provide links to an RSS feed section. Image Source: SMH )

Clicking on a site’s RSS feeds link will bring up a list of different RSS feed sections of the site …

RSS Feeds

(RSS feeds directory. Source: New York Times)

These feeds give you access to information from different sections of the site (e.g. business news, travel news, editorials, etc.)

An RSS feed list can also contain subcategories …

Feed sections can also contain feed subdirectories.

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

Important

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

Using Feeds

Adding someone else’s content to your website has some obvious benefits. It gives additional exposure online to someone else’s business and helps you by freeing you up from having to create this content …

RSS Feeds Has Many Benefits!

(The Benefits Of Content Syndication)

While adding an RSS feed from another site is a great way to add content to your site that you don’t have to create, it’s worth keeping in mind that there are benefits in getting other websites to syndicate your content.

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

Get users to syndicate your feed ... it will help to increase traffic!

(Get users to syndicate your RSS feed … it will help to increase traffic!)

Overview Of The WordPress RSS

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

Depending on your WordPress theme, there are a number of ways to get the WordPress RSS feed:

1) If your theme allows the Meta widget to be displayed in a navigation menu, just scroll down to the Meta section and click on Entries RSS

You can access your WordPress RSS feed in the Meta section

(Meta section – Accessing your RSS feed)

2) You can also find built-in links and buttons on certain themes that allow your visitors to copy your RSS feed.

In the screenshot below, for example, a visitor can copy the site’s RSS feed URL by clicking on on the Subscribe to RSS link …

Copy RSS URLs to your clipboard from "subscribe" buttons

(Copy RSS links to your clipboard from “subscribe” buttons)

3) On many websites and again, depending on the WP theme you have installed, you can find the RSS feed displayed in a Links, Subscribe, or Share toolbar section …

Look for an RSS button in a a Link To Us, Follow, or Share toolbar section

(Look for an RSS button in a a Share, Link To Us, or Stay In Touch section)

4) You can also view your feed by simply typing your site’s URL into a browser and adding “/feed” after the URL, e.g.:

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

Using any of the above methods will bring up your RSS feed page …

RSS feed content as seen with a Firefox web browser

(Feed items displayed on Firefox)

Note that your feed items will display differently depending on which web browser you are using …

RSS entries viewed using a Chrome browser

(Feed entries displayed on a Chrome web browser)

Specify Number Of Items To Display On Your RSS Feed

To specify how many entries you want to display in your RSS section, go to your Reading Settings section and type in the number of items to show in the “Syndication feeds show the most recent” field …

WordPress Settings - Reading Settings - Number of syndication feed items setting

(WordPress Reading Settings – Syndication items)

The feed will display as many recent items you have specified section …

Your feed page will display the number of posts as you have specified in the WP Reading Settings section

(The feed page will show as many recent items you have specified in the WordPress Reading Settings section)

Display Full Text Or Summary Of Posts In Your RSS Feed

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

WordPress Reading Settings - 'For each article in a feed show': 'Full text' or 'Summary'

(WP Settings – Reading Settings – Show ‘Full Text’ or ‘Summary’ for each article in a feed)

Important

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

Post excerpts can affect how content in feeds appear

(Post excerpts can affect how a feed will appear)

To learn more about using excerpts in WordPress Posts, refer to this tutorial:

View The Content Of Your RSS Feeds

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

Let’s show you how this works.

First, go to a website or blog and search for an RSS feed link using any of the methods described earlier …

Search for an RSS feed link.

(Search for a ‘subscribe’ icon or link. Image source: YourCoffeeGuru.com)

Next, copy the feed URL to your clipboard …

Copy the feed URL to the clipboard

(Copy the URL of your feed to the clipboard)

If you want, you can check the feed content by pasting the URL of your feed into an online feedreader …

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

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

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

How To Add An RSS Feed To Your Site

In the example below, we’ll add content from another website to yours.

How To Add Feeds To Your Sidebar

As mentioned earlier, no matter what industry your business operates in, you could easily display on your site the latest news and updates from an industry-related government department or authoritative site in your industry simply by importing content from their feed. You can easily display a range of information on your WordPress site like news, social media comments, or content from thousands of sites using the WordPress RSS widget.

Let’s add RSS content to the WordPress sidebar …

Add an RSS feed to the WordPress sidebar area

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

First, Find a website or blog that publishes content that you would like to display on your sidebar and copy its RSS feed URL …

Copy the feed URL

(Copy the feed URL to the clipboard)

Next, log into your wordPress Dashboard and go to Appearance > Widget paste the feed into a new RSS widget …

RSS Widget

(WP RSS Widget)

To learn more about using sidebar widgets, go here:

Load your site in your browser. The content from the RSS feed will now appear on the sidebar …

RSS Widget

(RSS Feed Content Added To Sidebar)

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 Posts

What if you want to add content from an RSS feed to WordPress posts instead of a sidebar?

You can do this using plugins. Just search inside the Plugins admin screen (Plugins > Add New) for RSS Aggregator, RSS feed to post, etc.

'Add Plugins' section - RSS plugins

(‘Add Plugins’ section – RSS plugins for WordPress)

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

The plugins below are useful if you want to add feed content to posts, or “autoblog” (An autoblog is a blog with content that is automatically gathered and compiled from RSS feeds):

WPeMatico

WPeMatico - WordPress Plugin

(WPeMatico)

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

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

For more details, go here:

WP RSS Aggregator

WP RSS Aggregator - WordPress Plugin

(WP RSS Aggregator – WordPress Plugin)

WP RSS Aggregator is a comprehensive RSS feed importer and autoblogging WordPress plugin with extended functionality with a number of premium extensions (add-ons).

For example, the Feed to Post extension for the WP RSS Aggregator plugin allows you to import RSS feeds directly into posts or any other custom post type.

For more details, go here:

RSS Post Importer

RSS Post Importer WP Plugin

(RSS Post Importer Plugin For WordPress)

RSS Post Importer allows you to syndicate, import, curate, merge and display full text feeds on your WordPress site.

RSS Post Importer will fetch an RSS feed and publish the entire content of each item in your feed as a separate post.

For more details, go here:

Powr RSS Feed

Powr RSS Feed Plugin For WordPress

(Powr RSS Feed)

The POWr RSS Feed plugin allows you to combine 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 colors, fonts, backgrounds, and more. It also has mobile-responsive design and supports text in any language.

The premium plugin version contains a number of additional features.

For more details, go here:

WP Pipes

WP Pipes WP Plugin

(WP Pipes WP Plugin)

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

This plugin provides loads of functionality like CSV importing for posts/WooCommerce, RSS feed creator, autoblogging, auto post to Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn, export your posts as podcasts, create Google XML sitemaps, and more!

For more details, go here:

FeedWordPress

FeedWordPress

(FeedWordPress WordPress Plugin)

FeedWordPress provides simple and flexible syndication options 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 combine content from multiple sources), or bring together all of your online activity in one place.

For more details, go here:

Autoblog

Autoblog by WPMUDev Plugin For WordPress

(Autoblog)

Autoblog is an easy-to-use plugin that can be set-up very quickly, without coding skills or complicated instructions. Simply copy and paste in your feed URL, 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

(RSS Includes Pages and Custom Post Types)

The RSS Includes Pages plugin lets you display pages in your RSS feed in addition to posts.

For more details, go here:

Tip

Using RSS Feeds – Useful Tips

Tip #1 – Comment RSS Feeds

In addition to making RSS feeds of your posts available, WordPress also makes available RSS feeds of comments posted on your site.

You can view the comments in your feed by clicking on Comments RSS in your ‘Meta’ widget area …

WordPress Comments Feed

(Comments RSS)

Comments posted on your site by visitors and users can be seen in your Comments RSS page …

RSS comments feed entries displayed using a Firefox web browser

(RSS comments feed content viewed on Firefox web browser)

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

RSS comments feed content displayed with Google Chrome

(Comments feed entries viewed on Google Chrome)

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

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

(Paste your comments feed URL into a feedreader to view the feed content. Image: http://feedreader.com/online)

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 WordPress installation is in a subdomain, e.g. “blog”)

Tip #2 – Specific Post Item Feeds

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

The formula for creating an RSS feed for specific posts is shown below:

Specific Post Feed

(Single Post RSS Feed)

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

Single Post Feed

(Single Post RSS Feed)

Note: By default, if you only add “/feed” to the end of a post URL, WordPress will return the comments for that post, not the post content itself.

Tip #3 – Using Category RSS Feeds

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

With WordPress, you can create individual category feeds.

Just use the format below:

WP category feed format

(WordPress category RSS feed format)

Copy the category URL …

Select and copy your category link address ...

(Select and copy your category link address …)

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

Use this format for WordPress category RSS feed

(Format for WordPress post categories feed)

Your category feed now only includes content posted for that particular category …

Category feed

(Category 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 – Set Up An RSS Feeds List

You can provide a feeds list that allows readers to subscribe to content in the categories that interest them, just like large authoritative sites …

Provide Your Own RSS Feeds Directory

(Publish Your Own Feeds Page)

All you need to do is link an icon to a feed URL and then create a table or a list of your feeds on a separate page …

RSS button image

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

If you need help with inserting tables into WordPress posts, see this step-by-step tutorial:

RSS – Additional Notes

Feeds can be customized in various different ways, such as adding images to feeds, ads, etc. Some of these customizations require code editing skills.

WordPress allows you to configure various feed formats without touching code. For example, here are some of the kinds of custom feeds you can create …

WordPress RSS - Feed Formats

(WordPress RSS – Feed Types)

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

  • Feed Type: All Posts
  • Description: Content feed – Feed that includes your latest entries
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/feed/
  • Feed Type: All Comments
  • Description: Comments feed – Includes the latest comments posted on your site
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/comments/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts
  • Description: Feed that displays single posts
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/post-title/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts Comments
  • Description: RSS Feed containing the latest comments made on specific posts
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/post-title/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Day – Includes latest posts in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2014/05/14/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Month – Feed containing the latest post entries in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2012/12/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Year – Displays the latest items in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2010/feed/
  • Feed Type: Search Results
  • Description: Contains the latest posts for a search query
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/search/term/feed/
  • Feed Type: Custom Post Type
  • Description: Contains the latest posts 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 let visitors know that they can subscribe to your feed. Make sure you place your ’subscribe to RSS’ button somewhere visible …

Promote your feeds!

(Remember to make your feeds visible your RSS feeds!)

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

Easily add great content to your site and get online users to subscribe to your content using RSS!

(Add someone else’s content and get other sites to syndicate your content with RSS feeds!)

Practical Tip

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

RSS Resources:

  • RSS Images – Visit Feedicons.com or search online (e.g. “free RSS icons”, “RSS icon”, etc.) for sites that allow you to download RSS images and icons.
  • RSSBoard.org – The RSS Advisory Board provides useful information and resources about RSS.
  • Wikipedia/RSS – General information about the benefits of using RSS feeds.
  • WordPress.org – WordPress documentation and reference. Go here to learn more about WordPress RSS.

WordPress RSS Feature

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 using their RSS feed.

Hopefully, this post has given you a better understanding of problems that can affect your website and how WordPress can help you expand your business online. To read more about using WordPress for a business website please click on links to visit other great content on this site.

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