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

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

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

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

How To Configure Your WordPress Site – Reading Settings – Tutorial

Click on Settings > Reading in your main WordPress menu …

Settings - Reading Settings

(Settings – Reading)

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

WordPress - Reading Settings

(WordPress – Reading Settings)

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 A Specific Page As Your Home Page

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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)

Practical Tip

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

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

Reading Settings - 'Front page' displays settings

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

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

WordPress Reading Settings – Syndication Feed Settings

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

WordPress Reading Settings - Syndication Feed Settings

(WordPress Reading Settings – Syndication Feed Settings)

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

Post entries in your WordPress RSS feed

(Post entries in your WordPress RSS feed)

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

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

Syndication Feeds Show The Most Recent …

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

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

Reading Settings - 'Syndication feeds show the most recent' option

(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 posts, and so on …

You can control the number of items displayed in your feeds

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

For Each Article In A Feed Show …

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Text

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

For Each Article In A Feed Show > Full Text selected

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

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

Feedreader shows post summary only

(Feedreader service displays post summary from your RSS feed)

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 checkbox unticked.

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

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

You can block WordPress from automatically notifying update services.

(You can block WordPress from automatically notifying update services)

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

WordPress Dashboard - Search Engines Discouraged

(WordPress Dashboard – Search Engines Discouraged)

Important

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

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

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

Click ‘Save Changes’ when you 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 options 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.

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.

WordPress RSS Feature OverviewNo matter what service or product you provide or what industry your business is in, you need to provide quality information to your site readers. For example, if your business provides accounting services, it’s a good idea to provide users with useful information from the taxation office, such as news and updates on tax rulings, small business tax deductions, etc.

To create and publish this kind of information, however, takes a great deal of effort and expertise. 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 continually make sure that this information is up-to-date. As you can imagine, this is not only a huge amount of work but most of the information you are dealing with is beyond your control.

Thankfully, there is a much easier way to continually provide your site visitors with up-to-date information.

It’s called RSS

RSS is one of the easiest ways to provide your site visitors with up-to-date information

(RSS - The easiest way to provide your site readers with great information)

The Ultimate Guide To WordPress RSS

RSS Made Simple

  • RSS is an acronym for RDF Site Summary, or, as is more commonly referred to, Really Simple Syndication. It is also often referred to as a “feed” or “newsfeed”.
  • When users subscribe to a website’s feed, they no longer have to physically check the source website for updated content. Instead, their browser will constantly monitor the site and automatically keep subscribers updated.
  • RSS feeds are typically used to publish frequently updated information, such as new blog post items, news headlines, videos, etc., to which other users can choose to subscribe.
  • Essentially, an RSS feed is a structured XML (Extensible Markup Language) document that includes full or summarized text along with metadata like published date, author, etc. It allows people to subscribe to content on sites that publish feeds and then browse updates posted on these websites using a feedreader. Conversely, RSS feeds also enable publishers to automatically syndicate content.
  • Feeds can be made available in different types and read by different feed readers. 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 compatibility with different devices, feed readers, and programs.
  • Many sites and software applications also allow you to combine different RSS feeds to aggregate news and updates from multiple sources.

This guide shows you where to find your WordPress RSS feed, how to use your WordPress RSS feed to get your content syndicated online, and how to display content from other sites on your site using RSS feeds.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds

Content syndication is a powerful and legitimate way of sharing web content. Feeds provide a way for online users to stay up-to-date with the latest information published on different websites and blogs.

First, let’s take a look at syndication.

Online media publications use content syndication to publish newsworthy content from news agencies around the world.

Syndication allows most content agencies to deliver readers up-to-the-minute news and newsworthy stories from all around the globe without actually having to employ and send more staff to every location in the world …

Online newspapers and popular media publications rely heavily on content syndication to publish stories from news sources all around the planet.

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

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

Content syndication is a legitimate way of sharing newsworthy content

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

Most sites actually would like you to share their information. Content syndication not only allows information of great value to be shared, but it can also drive visitors back to the site that originally created theoriginally created and published the content being syndicated. This creates links that can drive traffic back to their site.

Many online newspapers and major online media publications provide links to a feed section (look for links that say ”RSS”, “Syndication”, or “Newsfeeds” in them, or just search for “name of site/keyword + rss” – e.g. “nytimes rss”, “times of india rss”, “sydney morning herald rss”, etc.) …

Most digital news agencies and major content sites contain a feed section

(Most online newspapers and major content sites have an RSS feed section. Source: Sydney Morning Herald RSS )

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

RSS feeds directory

(A list of feeds. Source: nytimes.com RSS feeds)

gives you access to different sections of the site (e.g. business news, sports news, editorials, etc.)

An RSS list can also include further subcategories …

An RSS list can also contain subcategories.

(An RSS feed list can also include feed subcategories. Image Source: latimes.com feeds)

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

Content Syndication – Benefits

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

Content Syndication Benefits Someone Else's Website And Yours!

(The Benefits Of Using RSS Feeds)

While adding feeds from another site is a great way to add content to your site that you don’t have to create, it’s a great idea to try and get other websites to syndicate YOUR content.

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

Get users to syndicate your feed ... it will help drive more traffic to your site!

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

Your WordPress Feed

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

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

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

WordPress Meta section - Entries RSS

(Access your WordPress RSS feed from the Entries RSS menu)

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

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

Copy feed links to your clipboard from "subscribe to RSS" buttons

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

3) On some websites and again, depending on the theme you have installed, you can find the RSS feed displayed in a Follow, Links, or Social Share toolbar …

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

(Look for an RSS button in a a Links, Social Share, or Follow Us toolbar)

4) You can also view your WordPress RSS feed by 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 WordPress installation is in a subfolder, e.g. “blog”)

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

Feed entries seen on Firefox

(RSS entries displayed on Firefox)

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

Feed entries viewed with a Google Chrome web browser

(RSS entries displayed using Google Chrome)

Specify Number Of Items To Display On Your RSS Feed

Specify how many items you would like to show in your Feeds page in the Reading Settings section. Select the number of items to show in the “Syndication feeds show the most recent” field …

Reading Settings - Syndication feeds

(WP Reading Settings – Syndication feeds)

Your feed section will show the number of items you have specified in the WP Reading Settings section …

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

(The feed will show the number of items you have specified in your Reading Settings section)

Display Full Text Or Summary Of Posts In Your RSS Feed

Another setting in your Reading Settings section that affects your feeds is whether to display articles as full text, or just a summary …

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

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

Tip

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

Post excerpts can affect how a feed appears

(Post excerpts can affect how feeds display)

To learn more about using excerpts in WordPress Posts, see this step-by-step tutorial:

View The Content Of Your RSS Feeds

As mentioned earlier, all that’s required 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 translate feeds into readable content.

Let’s see how this works.

First, find a website or blog and look for a ’subscribe to feed’ button …

Search for a 'subscribe to feed' icon.

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

Next, copy the feed URL to your clipboard …

Copy the feed URL to your clipboard

(Copy the URL of your feed to your clipboard)

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

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

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

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

Adding RSS Feeds To WordPress Sites

Let’s show you how to add RSS content from another website or blog to your site.

How To Add RSS Feeds To Your Sidebar

As mentioned earlier, no matter what industry your business is in, you could add to your site the latest news from an industry-related government department or authoritative site in your industry by simply importing 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 your sidebar …

Let's add content from an RSS feed to the WordPress sidebar

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

copy the RSS feed from a website that publishes content that you want to display on your site …

Copy your feed URL

(Copy your feed URL)

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

RSS Widget

(RSS Widget)

To learn more about using sidebar widgets, go here:

Refresh your browser. The content from the RSS feed can now be seen in the sidebar (or wherever the RSS widget has been inserted – e.g. custom menu, footer, etc) …

RSS Feed Added To WP Sidebar Menu

(RSS Feed Content Added To WP 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 Feed Content To WordPress Posts

Can you add content from an RSS feed to posts? You sure can!

You can easily do this using plugins. Just search inside your ’Add Plugins’ section for RSS Aggregator, RSS feed to post, etc.

RSS plugins

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

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

The plugins 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 Plugin For WordPress

(WPeMatico WP Plugin)

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

You can manage all of your imported feeds and arrange 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 plugin for WordPress with a number of premium add-ons for additional functionality.

For example, the Feed to Post add-on for the WP RSS Aggregator plugin is an advanced importer that allows you to autoblog by importing RSS feeds directly into your WP posts or any other custom post type.

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 site.

The plugin 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 WP Plugin

(Powr RSS Feed Plugin For WordPress)

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

The plugin also lets you display images, videos, and articles, adjust sizing and spacing of feeds, use custom borders, fonts, colors, and more. It is also mobile responsive and supports text in all languages.

The premium edition of this plugin contains a number of additional features.

For more details, go here:

WP Pipes

WP Pipes - WordPress Plugin

(WP Pipes WordPress Plugin)

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

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

For more details, go here:

FeedWordPress

FeedWordPress

(FeedWordPress – WordPress Plugin)

FeedWordPress is a flexible syndication plugin 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.

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

For more details, go here:

Autoblog

Autoblog by WPMUDev

(Autoblog by WPMUDev WP Plugin)

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 your feed URL, 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 WordPress Plugin)

RSS Includes Pages and Custom Post Types modifies RSS feeds to include pages in addition to posts.

For more details, go here:

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Useful Tips

Tip #1 – WordPress Comment RSS Feeds

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

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

WordPress Comments Feed

(WordPress Comments RSS)

Comments posted on your site by visitors and users will appear in your Comments RSS page …

RSS comments feed entries seen with Firefox

(Comments feed entries seen using a Firefox browser)

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

Comments feed items seen with Google Chrome

(Comments feed entries as seen with Google Chrome)

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

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

(Paste your feed URL into a feedreader to view the 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 subfolder, e.g. “blog”)

Tip #2 – Displaying Specific Post Feeds

Being able to create an RSS feed for single posts can be useful. For example, you may want to add feeds from specific posts 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:

RSS Feed For Specific Post Item

(Individual Post RSS Feed)

To create the above feed, copy the post URI, 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 the web address of your post, WordPress will return the comments for that post, not the content of the post itself.

Tip #3 – Displaying Category RSS Feeds

Some your site users may only want to syndicate content about specific topics. They may not want to subscribe to all of your site’s content.

If your website contains content published under a number of categories, WordPress allows you to easily create a separate RSS feed for each of your categories.

Just use the format shown below:

Feed format for post categories

(Format for WP post categories RSS feed)

Select and copy the category link address …

Select and copy your category link address ...

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

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

Format for WP category feed

(Use this format for WordPress post categories feed)

Your category RSS feed will now only contain content posted in this category …

Category-specific feed

(Category RSS feed)

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 – Create Your Own RSS Feeds Page

You can provide a page of RSS feeds that allows readers to subscribe to content in specific categories …

Provide Your Own RSS Feeds Directory

(Create A Feeds Directory)

Link an image to category (or single post) feeds and then create a table or a list of all your feeds on a new page …

RSS graphic

(RSS icon. 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 creating tables in WordPress posts and pages here:

RSS Feeds – Notes

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

WordPress allows several RSS feed configurations without editing code. Here are some examples of custom feeds you can create …

Different Feed Formats You Can Create With WordPress RSS

(WordPress RSS – Feed Formats)

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

  • Feed Type: All Posts
  • Description: Content feed – Includes your latest posts
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/feed/
  • Feed Type: All Comments
  • Description: Comments feed – Contains the latest comments published on your website or blog
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/comments/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts
  • Description: Feed for single items
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/post-title/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts Comments
  • Description: RSS Feed for the latest comments made on a specific post entry
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/title-of-blog-post/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Day – Contains the latest items in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2014/06/26/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Month – Includes latest entries in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2011/07/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Year – Displays latest items in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2015/feed/
  • Feed Type: Search Results
  • Description: Displays latest entries for a search query
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/search/term/feed/
  • Feed Type: Custom Post Type
  • Description: Contains the latest post entries for a custom type (e.g. book)
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/feed/?post_type=book

One last thing …

Remember to let users know that they can subscribe to your RSS feeds. Place your subscribe buttons in a visible location …

Encourage your site users to syndicate your feeds!

(Remember to promote your feeds!)

Keep in mind that online users will only subscribe to your content if your content is useful, informative, or highly engaging. In other words, focus on providing your visitors with high-quality information that will add great value to their sites and benefit their users.

Add great content to your site and get other users to syndicate your content online with RSS feeds!

(Add content from other sites and get others to syndicate your content using RSS!)

Useful Tip

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

Additional RSS Resources:

  • RSS Graphics – Visit iconspedia.com/search/rss or search online (e.g. “free rss icons”, “RSS logos”, etc.) for sites that contain downloadable RSS graphic elements.
  • RSSBoard.org – The RSS Advisory Board is an independent organization responsible for publishing RSS specifications, guiding developers who create RSS applications and helping to further the understanding of RSS.
  • Wikipedia.org/RSS – Learn more about the history and benefits of using RSS feeds.
  • WordPress Codex: Feeds – WordPress documentation and information repository. Go here for additional information about feeds in WordPress.

WordPress RSS Feature

Congratulations! Now you know where your RSS feed is located, how to use your WordPress RSS feed to get your content syndicated online, and how to display someone else’s content on your site using their RSS feed.

Hopefully, this information has given you a better understanding of issues that can affect your website and how WordPress can help you get better results online. To read more about using the WP web site management software please click on links to visit our related posts section.

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