How To Configure WordPress Reading Settings

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

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

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

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

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

Configuring Your WordPress Settings – Step-By-Step Tutorial

Click on Settings > Reading in your admin menu …

Settings - Reading Settings

(WP Settings – Reading)

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

WordPress - Reading Settings

(WordPress – Reading Settings)

WordPress Reading Settings

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

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

WordPress Reading Settings – Home Page Display Settings

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

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

Reading Settings - 'Blog pages show at most' settings

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

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

Reading Settings - 'Front page' displays settings

(Reading Settings – ‘Front page’ displays settings)

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

WordPress Reading Settings – Displaying An Individual Page As Your Home Page

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

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

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

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

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

Practical Tip

To learn how to set a WordPress page as the main 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 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)

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 …

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 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 items, and so on …

You can control the number of items displayed in your feeds

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

For Each Article In A Feed Show …

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

Important

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)

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

Feedreader shows full post text from your RSS feed

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

Summary

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

For Each Article In A Feed Show > Summary option

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

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

Feedreader service shows post summary from your RSS feed

(Feedreader service displays post summary from your RSS feed)

Important Info

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)

Useful Information

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 have finished configuring your settings …

Save changes to update your settings

(Save changes to update your settings)

WordPress Writing Settings – Additional Information

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

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

(Plugins and themes can add additional 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 - Tutorial

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 …

A Basic Guide To Using WordPress RSSNo matter what your business provides or what industry you are a part of, providing high-quality information on your site or blog is vitally important. For example, if your business provides travel services, you may want to provide users with useful information from government and foreign travel departments, such as news and updates on travel warnings, advice from consular offices, etc.

To create and publish this kind of information, however, takes a great deal of effort and resources. You have to do a lot of data gathering, researching and organizing, fact-checking, content writing and editing (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 lot of work but most of the information you are dealing with is beyond your control.

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

It’s called RSS

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

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

The Ultimate Guide To WordPress RSS

RSS – Useful Information

  • RSS is an acronym for RDF Site Summary, or, as is more commonly known, Really Simple Syndication. It is often referred to as a “feed” or “newsfeed”.
  • 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 often used to publish information that is frequently updated, such as new blog post items, news, video lists, etc., which any user can then subscribe to.
  • RSS feeds can be read using a web-based, desktop-based, and even mobile-based software-based tool called a feed reader, or feed aggregator. Aggregators are used to access content on all kinds of topics and syndicate this content online.
  • There are different feed formats and these can be read by different feed readers. Some of these include RSS feeds, Atom feeds and RDF feeds. All of these formats, however, use a standard XML file format to ensure that feeds are compatible with different machines and programs.
  • Many sites and software applications also allow you to combine many RSS feeds to aggregate news and updates sourced from a number of sites.

This comprehensive article explains where to find your WordPress RSS feed, how to syndicate your content online using feeds, and how to display content from other websites on your site via RSS feeds.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds

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

First, let’s look at syndication.

Digital news publishers rely on content syndication to publish news from content sources all around the world.

Syndication allows most leading news reporting agencies to deliver readers up-to-the-minute news items from all over the globe without actually having to hire and post additional news reporting agencies to every place around the world …

News reporting agencies use syndication to publish content from news sources around the world.

(Media publications use syndication to publish stories from news sources all around the planet.)

Syndication is a legitimate method of sharing newsworthy content. online media publications syndicate newsworthy content using news feeds

News reporting agencies syndicate stories using news feeds

(Content syndication is a legitimate way of sharing information)

Most websites actually want you to syndicate their information. Content syndication not only allows information of great value to be shared, but it also drives visitors back to the original site that published the content being syndicated. This creates new ways to drive traffic back to their site.

Most news reporting agencies provide links to a feed section (look for links that say “RSS” or “Newsfeeds” in them, or just search for “name of site/keyword + rss” – e.g. “nytimes rss”, “telegraph rss”, “sydney morning herald rss”, etc.) …

Most leading online media publications provide links to a feed section

(Many digital publishers 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 list

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

gives readers access to content from different sections of the website (e.g. business news, sports news, jobs, etc.)

Feed sections can also include subcategories …

Feed sections can also include feed subcategories.

(RSS Feed section. Source: Los Angeles Times RSS)

Important Info

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

The Benefits Of Syndicating Content

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

Content Syndication Benefits Someone Else's Business And Yours!

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

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

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

Get other websites and blogs to syndicate content using your RSS feed ... it will help increase your exposure online!

(Look for ways to get visitors to syndicate your feed … it will help drive more traffic to your site!)

About Your WordPress RSS

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

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

1) If your theme allows the Meta widget to display in a standard or custom menu, you can scroll down to the Meta section and click on Entries RSS

Access your WordPress RSS feed from the Meta section

(You can access your WordPress RSS feed from the Meta section)

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

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

Copy feed links to your clipboard from "subscribe" buttons

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

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

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

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

4) You can also view your feed by simply 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 website is located in a subdomain, e.g. “blog”)

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

Feed items seen on Firefox browser

(Feed entries displayed with Firefox)

Note that your feed page will display differently depending on the web browser you use …

RSS feed content viewed using Google Chrome

(RSS content seen using a Chrome browser)

Specify Number Of Items To Display On Your RSS Feed

You can specify how many posts you want to show in your RSS section in the Reading Settings section. Enter the number of items to show in the “Syndication feeds show the most recent” field …

WP Settings - Reading Settings - Number of syndication feed items

(WP Reading Settings – Syndication feeds)

The feed page will show as many recent posts as you have specified section …

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

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

Display Full Text Or Summary Of Posts In Your RSS Feed

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

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

(WP Reading Settings – ’For each article in a feed show’ options)

Important Info

Post Excerpts can also affect how your feed content displays …

Post excerpts affect how your feed content will appear

(Post excerpts affect how content in feeds will display)

If you need help using WordPress Post excerpts, refer to this tutorial:

View The Content Of Your RSS Feeds

As mentioned previously, to view the content of a feed, you need to copy the feed’s URL and paste it into an application that can read and translate feeds into readable content for humans.

Let’s show you how this works.

First, find a website or blog and search for a ‘subscribe’ link or icon using any of the methods described earlier …

Search for an RSS feed icon.

(Search for an RSS feed icon. 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)

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

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

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

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

Adding An RSS Feed To Your Site

Let’s show you how to add content from another website’s RSS feeds to yours.

Adding Feeds To Your WordPress Sidebar

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

Let’s add RSS content to the WordPress sidebar navigation area …

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

(Add an RSS feed to the WordPress sidebar area)

copy the RSS feed URL from a website containing content that you want to add to your sidebar to your clipboard …

Copy your feed URL to the clipboard

(Copy the URL of your feed to your clipboard)

Next, paste the feed into an RSS widget …

Widgets Area - RSS Widget

(Widgets Panel – RSS Widget)

To learn more about using widgets, go here:

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

RSS Widget

(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:

How To Add A Feed To Your Posts

Can you add content from an RSS feed to a post instead of a sidebar? Yes, you can!

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

WordPress RSS plugins

(’Add Plugins’ section)

Note: These plugins typically require configuration – visit the plugin sites for setup instructions, or contact us for assistance configuring plugins.

The plugins listed below are useful if you would like 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 Plugin For WordPress

(WPeMatico – WordPress 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 organize feeds according to categories.

For more details, go here:

WP RSS Aggregator

WP RSS Aggregator WP Plugin

(WP RSS Aggregator)

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

For example, the Feed to Post add-on lets you autoblog by importing RSS feeds directly into posts.

For more details, go here:

RSS Post Importer

RSS Post Importer - WordPress Plugin

(RSS Post Importer WordPress Plugin)

The RSS Post Importer plugin lets you syndicate, curate, import, merge and display full-text feeds (RSS, Atom, etc.) on your WordPress blog.

RSS Post Importer fetches an RSS feed and publishes the full article content of each item in the feed as a standalone post.

For more details, go here:

Powr RSS Feed

Powr RSS Feed Plugin For WordPress

(Powr RSS Feed WordPress Plugin)

POWr RSS automatically combines and displays content from multiple content using RSS feeds.

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

The premium version contains many additional features, such as the ability to display different feeds, accept or reject posts, and more.

For more details, go here:

WP Pipes

WP Pipes - WordPress Plugin

(WP Pipes Plugin For WordPress)

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

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

For more details, go here:

FeedWordPress

FeedWordPress

(FeedWordPress WordPress Plugin)

FeedWordPress is a flexible Atom/RSS syndication plugin for WordPress site-generated content.

As stated in the FeedWordPress site …

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

FeedWordPress can be used to create aggregator sites, or bring together all of your online activity into a Lifestream.

For more details, go here:

Autoblog by WPMUDev

Autoblog Plugin For WordPress

(Autoblog Plugin)

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, give it a name of your choosing (for admin purposes) and select the blog that you want it to post to.

For more details, go here:

RSS Includes Pages

RSS Includes Pages and Custom Post Types - WordPress Plugin

(RSS Includes Pages and Custom Post Types)

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

For more details, go here:

Useful Information

Using WordPress RSS – Useful Tips

Tip #1 – Comment RSS Feeds

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

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

Comments Feed

(Comments Feed)

All the comments posted on your site by visitors will appear in the Comments RSS page …

Comments feed entries viewed using Firefox

(RSS comments feed entries as seen on a Firefox web browser)

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

Comments feed entries displayed on a Google Chrome browser

(RSS comments feed content seen using a Google Chrome web browser)

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

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

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

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

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

Tip #2 – Creating Feeds For Specific Post Items

Being able to select an RSS feed for a single post item 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 using an RSS feed for a single post item is shown below:

Specific Post RSS Feed

(Feed For Specific Post)

To create the above feed, copy the post URL, and add “/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 URI of your post, WordPress will return the comments associated with that post, not the post content itself.

Tip #3 – Displaying Post Category RSS Feeds

Some your site visitors may only be interested in subscribing to content from a specific post category. They may not want to subscribe to all of your site’s content.

If your website displays content published under different categories, you can provide a separate feed for each different category.

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

Feed format for post categories

(WP post categories RSS feed format)

Copy the category URL to your clipboard …

Copy the category URL to your clipboard ...

(Copy the selected category URL …)

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

WP post categories feed format

(WP post categories RSS feed format)

The category RSS feed will now only contain content published in that particular category …

Category RSS feed

(Category RSS feed page)

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

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

Post Category feed format

(Post Category feed format. Source: WordPress Codex)

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

WordPress post category feed format

(WordPress post category feed format)

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

Posts > Categories menu

(Posts > Categories menu)

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

Post Category ID

(Post Category ID)

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

Post category feed format with domain name and ID

(Post category feed format with domain name and ID)

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

Paste the feed into your browser

(Paste the feed into your browser)

This will display the feed for that specific category …

RSS feed of a specific post category

(RSS feed of a specific post category)

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

Post category feed format

(Post category feed format)

Here is the feed format again …

Post category feed

(Post category feed)

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

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

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

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

Post category feed content

(Post category feed content)

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

Tip #4 – Create Your Own RSS Feeds Page

You can publish a directory of RSS feeds that allows your readers to subscribe only to content in specific categories, just like the larger online publishers do …

Set Up Your Own RSS Feeds Page

(Create Your Own List Of Feeds For Your Subscribers)

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

RSS button

(RSS icon. Image Source: public-domain-photos.com)

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

RSS Feeds – Additional Notes

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

WordPress allows you to configure a number of different feed types that do not require touching code. Here are some examples of custom feeds you can use on your site and how to create your feeds …

WordPress RSS - Custom Feeds

(Different Feed Types You Can Create With WordPress RSS)

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

  • Feed Type: All Posts
  • Description: Content feed – RSS feed that displays your latest entries
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/feed/
  • Feed Type: All Comments
  • Description: Comments feed – Contains the latest comments left on your site
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/comments/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts
  • Description: RSS feed that includes single post entries
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/title-of-blog-post/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts Comments
  • Description: RSS Feed that contains the latest comments made on a specific post entry
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/blog-post-title/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Day – Includes the latest posts in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2018/07/17/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Month – Feed that displays the latest posts in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2017/06/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Year – Contains the latest items in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2016/feed/
  • Feed Type: Search Results
  • Description: Includes latest post entries for a search query
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/search/term/feed/
  • Feed Type: Custom Post Type
  • Description: Displays latest post entries for a custom type (e.g. book)
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/feed/?post_type=book

One last thing …

Remember to promote your feeds. Make sure you place your ’subscribe to RSS’ button in a visible location …

Encourage your site users to subscribe to your feeds!

(Encourage visitors to syndicate your RSS feeds!)

Keep in mind that other website owners will only want to syndicate your content if you publish useful information that informs, engages, and entertains. In other words, provide high-quality information that will add value to their sites and benefit their users.

Add someone else's content and get other users to subscribe to your content with RSS feeds!

(Easily add content from other sites and get other users to share your content online using RSS feeds!)

Useful Tip

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

Additional RSS Resources:

  • Download RSS Graphics – Visit Iconspedia or search online (e.g. “free RSS icons”, “rss buttons”, etc.) for sites that allow you to download Free RSS icons.
  • RSSBoard.org – The RSS Advisory Board Go here to learn more about RSS.
  • Wikipedia.org/RSS – Learn more about the benefits of using RSS.
  • WordPress Codex – Official WordPress documentation and information repository. Go here for additional information about using WordPress RSS feeds.

WordPress User's Guide To RSS

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 RSS feeds.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of problems that can affect your website and how WordPress can help you build a better business online. To learn more about using WordPress for a business web site please see other posts we have published on this site.

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