How To Configure WordPress Reading Settings

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

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Configuring WordPress Reading Settings - TutorialThis tutorial is part of our WordPress configuration step-by-step tutorials, 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 Settings – Step-By-Step Tutorial

Click on Settings > Reading in your WordPress menu …

WP Settings - Reading Settings

(WordPress Settings Menu – Reading)

This brings up the ‘Reading Settings’ page …

WordPress - Reading Settings Screen

(WordPress – Reading Settings Screen)

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 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 shown 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)

Useful 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 syndication feeds

(Specify how many items you want to display in your syndication feeds)

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).

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 option selected

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

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

Feedreader shows 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 shows post summary only)

Important

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 box unchecked.

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 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 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: Click Here To 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 …

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WordPress And RSSNo matter what your business sells or what industry you are a part of, it’s vitally important to provide high-quality information on your site or blog that better educates, informs, or improves engagement with your visitors. For example, if your business provides insurance-related services, it’s a good idea to provide users with useful information from government departments, such as news and updates on statistical research, insurance advice, etc.

The problem with providing this kind of information, however, is that it is very time-consuming. You have to filter through, research, and organize a ton of data, check your sources for accuracy, write and edit content (or hire someone to do this for you), and then continually ensure that this information is kept 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 completely beyond your control.

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

It’s called RSS

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

(RSS is one of the simplest ways to provide your readers with great information)

The Ultimate Guide To WordPress RSS

RSS – Basic Definition

  • RSS, which, according to some definitions is an acronym for RDF Site Summary, is more commonly known now as Really Simple Syndication. It can also be referred to as a “feed” or “news feed”.
  • RSS allows content publishers to automatically syndicate their content to save readers time from having to keep revisiting their site to check for updates.
  • RSS feeds are typically used to publish frequently updated information, such as blog post items, news, video lists, etc., which other users can choose to subscribe to.
  • You can view an RSS feed with web-based, desktop-based, and even mobile-based software programs called feed readers, or feed aggregators. Aggregators are used to access new content published on websites and syndicate this content to many online properties.
  • Feeds can be made available in different types and read by different feed readers. Some of these include RSS feeds, Atom (also called AtomPub or APP 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, readers, and programs.
  • Many sites and software applications also let you combine many RSS feeds to receive news and updates from many different sources.

In this comprehensive guide, you are going to learn how to find your WordPress RSS feed, how to syndicate your content online using RSS, and how to display content from other websites on your site via RSS.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds

Content syndication is a very powerful way to share web content. RSS Feeds provide online users with a simple and easy way to stay up-to-date with the latest information published on websites and blogs they are interested in.

First, let’s look at syndication.

Digital news publishers rely on syndication to publish newsworthy content from other news agencies all around the world.

Syndication allows most digital content publishers and leading online media publications to deliver readers up-to-the-minute news and newsworthy content from all around the globe without having to post more reporters and content writers everywhere in the world …

Many online newspapers rely on syndication to publish newsworthy stories from news sources all around the world.

(News reporting agencies and leading online media publications rely heavily on content syndication to publish newsworthy stories from other news agencies around the planet.)

Syndication is a legitimate way of sharing content with other sites. Content agencies syndicate news stories using feeds

Syndication is a legitimate method of sharing newsworthy content

(Content syndication is used by news reporting agencies to share information with other publications)

Most sites actually want you to syndicate their information. Content syndication not only allows information to be shared, but it also drives 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.

Leading online newspapers provide links to an RSS feed section (look for links in their navigation menu that say “RSS” or “Newsfeeds” in them, or just search for “name of site/keyword + rss” – e.g. “nytimes rss”, “nz herald rss”, “sydney morning herald rss”, etc.) …

Major sites provide links to an RSS feed section

(Many online newspapers and major sites have a feed section. Image: smh.com.au )

Clicking on a site’s RSS links section brings up a list of RSS feeds for different content topics on the site …

RSS feeds list

(A directory of feeds. Image: nytimes.com)

These RSS feed items let readers source different areas of the site (e.g. business news, travel news, lifestyle magazine, etc.)

Feed sections can also include further subcategories …

An RSS feed directory can also contain feed subdirectories.

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

Important

Note: An RSS feed is only a URL. All that’s required to use an RSS feed is copy the URL and paste it into software that can process the feed into something readable. We’ll cover this further below.

The Benefits Of Syndicating Content

Syndicating someone else’s content on your website 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 Website And Yours!

(Syndicating Content Benefits Someone Else’s Website And Yours!)

While adding a 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 you also want other sites to use your content.

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

Get visitors to syndicate content using your feed ... it will help to increase your exposure online!

(Get users to syndicate content using your feed … it will help drive more traffic to your site!)

WordPress Feed – Overview

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

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

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

Meta section

(Meta widget – Accessing your RSS feed)

2) You can also find links or buttons on certain WordPress themes that let your visitors copy your feed.

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

Copy feed URLs to your clipboard from "subscribe" buttons

(Copy feed URLs to your clipboard from “subscribe” buttons)

3) On many websites and again, depending on your WP theme, you can find the RSS feed displayed in a Social Share, Follow Us, or Link To Us toolbar …

Look for an RSS button in a a Follow, Links, or Social Share toolbar section

(Look for an RSS button in a a Follow, Links, or Social Share floating, slide-out, or fixed toolbar)

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

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

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

Feed entries viewed with Firefox

(Feed items as seen with a Firefox web browser)

Note that your feed page will display differently depending on the browser you are using …

RSS feed content viewed using a Chrome web browser

(RSS feed items seen with Google Chrome)

Specify Number Of Items To Display On Your RSS Feed

You can specify how many entries you want to show in your RSS Feed page, by going to your Reading Settings section and entering the number of items to show in the “Syndication feeds show the most recent” field …

WordPress Reading Settings - Number of syndication feed items field

(Reading Settings – Syndication items)

The feed will show the number of posts as you have specified in your Reading Settings section …

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

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

Display Full Text Or Summary Of Posts In Your RSS Feed

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

WP Reading Settings - Show 'Full Text' or 'Summary' for posts in a RSS feed

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

Tip

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

Post excerpts affect how content in your feeds will display

(Post excerpts can affect how a feed will display)

We have created a detailed tutorial on Post excerpts here:

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 can read and translate feeds into readable content.

Let’s see how this works.

First, go to a website whose content you want to subscribe to and look for their RSS feed link …

Look for a 'subscribe' link.

(Search for an RSS feed section. Image source: http://www.yourcoffeeguru.com)

Next, copy the feed URL to your clipboard …

Copy your feed URL

(Copy the URL of your feed)

If you want, you can check the feed content by pasting the feed URL into a feedreader …

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

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

Like feedreaders, WordPress also has the ability to process RSS/XML feeds and convert these into content that is readable by humans.

Adding Feeds To WordPress

Let’s show you how to add content sourced from another website or blog to yours.

Adding An RSS Feed To Your WordPress Sidebar

As mentioned earlier, no matter what industry you operate in, you can easily display on your site the latest updates from an industry-related government department or authoritative site in your industry simply by importing their feed. You can use RSS feeds to display a range of information on your WordPress site like news, Facebook updates, 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 your sidebar

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

First, Go to a site containing content that you would like to add to your site and copy its feed URL …

Copy the feed URL to your clipboard

(Copy the URL of your feed to your clipboard)

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

WordPress RSS Widget

(WordPress RSS Widget)

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

Load your website in your web browser. The content from the RSS feed can now be seen on your sidebar (or wherever the RSS widget has been added) …

RSS Feed Content Added To Sidebar

(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 Content From RSS Feeds To Your WordPress Posts

Can content from RSS feeds be added to posts? Yes, it can!

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

RSS plugins for WordPress

(WordPress RSS plugins)

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

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

WPeMatico

WPeMatico Plugin For WordPress

(WPeMatico Plugin)

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

You can manage all of your imported feeds and arrange them into campaigns.

For more details, go here:

WP RSS Aggregator

WP RSS Aggregator

(WP RSS Aggregator Plugin For WordPress)

WP RSS Aggregator is an RSS feed importer and auto blogging plugin for WordPress that offers extended functionality with a number of premium extensions (add-ons).

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 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 syndicate, curate, import, merge and display full-text feeds (RSS, Atom, etc.) on your WordPress site.

The plugin fetches an RSS feed and publishes the full content of every item in the feed as a separate post.

For more details, go here:

Powr RSS Feed

Powr RSS Feed WordPress Plugin

(Powr RSS Feed Plugin For WordPress)

With POWr RSS, you can combine and display content from a number of different RSS feeds.

This plugin also lets you display videos, images, and articles, adjust feed priority, use custom fonts, borders, colors, and more. It also displays feeds correctly on any tablet, computer, or phone and supports text in any language.

The premium version of this plugin contains a number of additional features, such as the ability to display different feeds, manually accept or reject posts, and more.

For more details, go here:

WP Pipes

WP Pipes Plugin

(WP Pipes Plugin)

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

This plugin provides features like CSV importing for posts/WooCommerce, RSS feed creator, auto blogging, auto post to Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter, export posts as iTunes 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 versatile Atom/RSS syndication plugin for WordPress site-generated content.

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.

You can use this plugin to create aggregator sites, or bring together all of your online activity in one place.

For more details, go here:

Autoblog by WPMUDev

Autoblog by WPMUDev Plugin

(Autoblog Plugin For WordPress)

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 Plugin For WordPress

(RSS Includes Pages)

Install RSS Includes Pages if you want to include pages in your RSS feed and not just posts (by default WordPress only includes posts in your RSS feed).

For more details, go here:

Useful Information

Using RSS – Useful Tips

Tip #1 – WordPress Comment RSS Feeds

WordPress makes available RSS feeds of your latest post comments in addition to displaying RSS feeds of your posts.

To see the comments in your feed, go to the ‘Meta’ section on your sidebar menu (note: your theme may not be configured to display this widget) and click on Comments RSS

Comments Feed

(WordPress Comments RSS)

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

Comments feed items as seen on a Firefox web browser

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

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

Comments feed entries as seen with a Google Chrome browser

(Comments feed items displayed with a Google Chrome web browser)

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 feedreader to view the content.

(Paste your feed URL into a feed reader to view the feed content. Image 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 WP site installation is in a subdomain, e.g. “blog”)

Tip #2 – Using Single Item RSS Feeds

Being able to select an RSS feed for an individual post item 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 creating an RSS feed for individual posts is shown below:

RSS Feed For Specific Post

(Specific Post Feed)

To create the above feed, copy the URI of your post, 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 URI, WordPress will return the comments associated with that post, not actual post content itself.

Tip #3 – Using Category Feeds

Some your site visitors may only want to syndicate content about certain 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:

Feed format for category

(Feed format for post categories)

Select and copy the category URL to your clipboard …

Select and copy your category URL ...

(Copy the category URL …)

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

WP category RSS feed format

(WP category RSS feed format)

Your RSS feed now only contains content published in that category …

Category-specific feed

(Category-specific 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 An RSS Feeds Directory

You can create an RSS feeds directory that allows readers to subscribe only to specific categories …

Set Up Your Own Feeds Page

(Create A Feeds Directory)

Link an icon to a category feed URL and then create a table or a list of all category feeds on a new page …

RSS image

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

If you need help with creating tables in WordPress pages and posts, refer to this step-by-step tutorial:

WordPress RSS – Additional Notes

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

WordPress allows different feed configurations without code editing skills. Here are some examples of custom feed formats you can display …

WordPress RSS - Feed Types

(Different Custom Feeds You Can Create With WordPress RSS)

For your convenience, here are the different feed types, descriptions, and feed examples listed above:

  • Feed Type: All Posts
  • Description: Content feed – RSS feed that contains your latest posts
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/feed/
  • Feed Type: All Comments
  • Description: Comments feed – Includes the latest comments posted on your blog
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/comments/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts
  • Description: RSS feed for a specific post entry
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/title-of-your-blog-post/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts Comments
  • Description: RSS Feed that includes the latest comments made on single items
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/blog-post-title/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Day – Contains the latest entries in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2018/05/01/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Month – RSS feed containing latest entries in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2015/11/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Year – Contains the latest post entries in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2010/feed/
  • Feed Type: Search Results
  • Description: Displays the latest items 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 more thing …

It’s a good idea to promote your RSS feeds. Make sure you place a ’subscribe to RSS’ button image in a visible location …

Remember to make your feeds visible your feeds!

(Remember to promote your feeds!)

Finally, keep in mind that other sites will only syndicate your content if you provide your subscribers with high-quality information that will add value to their sites and benefit their visitors.

Add content from other sites and get visitors to share your content online using RSS!

(Add great content from other sites and get other users to syndicate your content online using RSS feeds!)

Practical Tip

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RSS – Resources:

  • Download RSS Images – Visit a site like feedicons.com or search online (e.g. “free RSS icons”, “rss images”, etc.) for sites containing downloadable Free RSS icons.
  • RSSBoard.org – The RSS Advisory Board provides useful information and links to resources about RSS.
  • Wikipedia/RSS – General information about RSS feeds.
  • WordPress.org – WordPress software documentation and reference. Visit this site for additional information about WordPress RSS.

Using RSS In WordPress

Congratulations! Now you know where your RSS feed is located, how to syndicate your content online using feeds, and how to add content from other websites to your site via RSS.

Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of issues that can affect your website and how WordPress can help you expand your business online. To read more about the benefits of using WordPress for a business website or blog please click on links to visit our related posts section.

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