How To Configure WordPress Reading Settings

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

How To Configure WordPress Reading Settings - TutorialThis tutorial is part of our WordPress configuration tutorial 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 syndication and search engine indexing options.

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

How To Configure Your WordPress Settings – Tutorial

Select Settings > Reading in your WordPress dashboard menu …

WP Settings - Reading Settings

(WP Settings – Reading Settings)

The ‘Reading Settings’ screen will display in your browser …

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 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)

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 posts you would like to show on your posts page by entering a number in the Blog pages show at most [xxx] posts field …

You can specify the number of blog posts to display on your home page

(You can specify the number of blog posts to display on your home page)

Tip

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

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

Reading Settings - 'Front page' displays settings

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

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

WordPress Reading Settings – Syndication Feed Settings

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

WordPress Reading Settings - Syndication Feed Settings

(WordPress Reading Settings – Syndication Feed Settings)

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

Post entries in your WordPress RSS feed

(Post entries in your WordPress RSS feed)

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

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

Syndication Feeds Show The Most Recent …

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

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

Specify how many items you want to display in your RSS feeds

(Reading Settings – ‘Syndication feeds show the most recent’ option)

Your WordPress RSS feed page will display the 5 most recent post 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).

Note

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 option selected)

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

Feedreader service displays full post text from your RSS feed

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

Summary

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

For Each Article In A Feed Show > Summary selected

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

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

Feedreader displays post summary from your RSS feed

(Feedreader displays post summary from your RSS feed)

Useful Information

While your choice to select either of the above options comes down mostly to personal preference, if you choose to display the full content of your posts in your RSS feeds (by selecting the ‘Full Text’ option), other users can syndicate the entire content of your articles, including software designed to “scrape” (i.e. steal) content, and republish your posts in their entirety. This is how “spam blogs” (also called splogs) get content.

Unless you have a specific reason to syndicate your posts in their entirety, therefore, consider selecting the “Summary” option instead of “Full Text” until you learn how to configure your WordPress RSS feeds to credit you as the original author. This will then automatically create an attribution to every post you publish and post a link back to your site from external sites that syndicate (or even scrape) your content.

To better understand this, take a look at the screenshots below.

Here is what entries in a default WordPress RSS feed look like …

Default WordPress RSS feed entries

(Default WordPress RSS feed entries)

Here is the same RSS feed with post attributions added …

WordPress RSS feeds with post attributions

(WordPress RSS feeds with post attributions)

To learn how to set up RSS feeds with attribution links, see the tutorial below:

WordPress Reading Settings – Search Engine Visibility

The WordPress Reading Settings section also lets you configure settings aimed at discouraging search engines from indexing your site …

Search Engine Visibility

(Search Engine Visibility)

Typically, you will want search engines to find your site and index your pages, so you would leave the Discourage search engines from indexing this site checkbox unticked.

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

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

You can block WordPress from automatically notifying update services.

(You can block WordPress from automatically notifying update services)

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

WordPress Dashboard - Search Engines Discouraged

(WordPress Dashboard – Search Engines Discouraged)

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 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.

Configuring WordPress Reading Settings - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Next Step: 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 Overview On Using WordPress RSSNo matter what product or service you sell or what industry your business belongs to, it’s important to provide high-quality information on your site or blog that better educates, informs, and engages your readers. For example, if your business provides insurance-related services, it’s not a bad idea to publish the latest information from government departments, such as news and updates on statistical research, insurance advice, etc.

The problem with creating this kind of information, however, is that it involves a lot of effort and expertise. You have to filter through, research, and organize a lot of data, check your sources for accuracy, write and edit content (or hire someone to do this for you), and then ensure that this information is continually kept 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 well beyond your control.

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

It’s called RSS

RSS - One of the simplest ways to provide your site visitors with great information

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

The Ultimate Guide To WordPress RSS

RSS – What You Need To Know

  • RSS, which, according to some experts stands for RDF Site Summary, is more commonly known as Really Simple Syndication. It it is also called a “feed” or “newsfeed”.
  • RSS allows content publishers to automatically syndicate their content so that users can read it without having to keep revisiting sites to check for updates.
  • RSS feeds are typically used to publish information that is frequently updated, such as blog posts, news headlines, audio lists, etc., which any user can choose to subscribe to.
  • RSS feed content can be read using a web-based, desktop-based, and even mobile-based software program called an RSS feed reader, or feed aggregator. Feed readers are used to find content on all kinds of topics and distribute this content (and any updates made to this content) online.
  • Feeds can be made available in different formats and read by different feedreaders. Some of these include RSS feeds, Atom Publishing Protocol) feeds and 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 and programs.
  • Many sites and software tools also let you combine multiple RSS feeds to display news and updates sourced from various sites.

In this detailed article, we will show you where to find your WordPress RSS feed, how to use your WordPress RSS feed to get your content syndicated online, and how to add content from other sites to your site using RSS.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds

Content syndication is a really powerful method used to share content online. Feeds provide online users with a simple and easy way to receive the latest information published on different websites and blogs.

First, let’s look at how syndication is used.

Online media publications rely on syndication to publish stories from content sources around the world.

Syndication allows most digital news agencies and many leading media publications to deliver readers fresh news items and content of interest from all over the planet without having to post more news reporting and content writing teams to every place around the world …

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

(Global media publications rely heavily on syndication to publish news and stories from news sources around the world.)

Syndication is used to share newsworthy content legitimately. News reporting agencies syndicate information using feeds

Digital publishing agencies syndicate content using feeds

(Online newspapers syndicate their content using news feeds)

Most sites actually would like you to syndicate their information. Syndicating content not only allows information to be shared, but it can also drive visitors back to the original site that created and published the content being syndicated. This provides websites with new opportunities to generate significant web traffic.

Most leading online media publications include 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”, “times of india rss”, “sydney morning herald rss”, etc.) …

Major sites provide links to a feed section

(Leading news publishing agencies have an RSS feed section. Source: SMH RSS )

Clicking on a site’s RSS feeds section will bring up a directory of RSS feeds for different content topics on the site …

RSS feeds section

(RSS Feeds. Image Source: nytimes.com RSS feeds)

These RSS feed items allow readers to access different sections of the website (e.g. business news, entertainment news, jobs, etc.)

An RSS directory can also contain further subcategories …

RSS Feed section.

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

Info

Note: A feed is simply a URL. To use feeds, all you have to do is copy the URLs and paste these into software that can process the feed into something readable. We’ll cover this further below.

The Benefits Of Content Syndication

Adding someone else’s content to your website has some obvious benefits. It gives additional exposure online to someone else’s website and adds value to your site without you having to create that content …

The Benefits Of Content Syndication

(Content Syndication Has Many Benefits!)

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 a great idea to try and get other sites to syndicate YOUR content.

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

It's worth trying to get visitors to syndicate content using your RSS feed ... it will help increase your exposure online!

(Consider trying to get visitors to syndicate your content … it will help drive more traffic to your site!)

WordPress RSS Feed – About

WordPress automatically publishes a feed of your posts, allowing others to easily syndicate your content on their sites.

Depending on your theme, there are a few ways to get the 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

Meta widget

(WordPress Meta widget – Entries RSS)

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

For example, in the screenshot below, a visitor can 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 feed links to your clipboard from “subscribe to RSS” buttons)

3) On many sites and again, depending on the WP theme you have installed, you can find the RSS feed displayed in a Link To Us, Social Share, or Subscribe section …

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

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

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 subdomain, e.g. “blog”)

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

RSS entries displayed on a Firefox browser

(Feed items as seen on a Firefox browser)

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

Feed items displayed on a Google Chrome browser

(Feed items seen on Chrome web browser)

Specify Number Of Items To Display On Your RSS Feed

You can specify how many entries you would like to display in your Feeds page in the Reading Settings section. Enter the number of items to show in the “Syndication feeds show the most recent” field …

WordPress Reading Settings - Number of syndication feed items

(WordPress Reading Settings – Number of syndication feed items setting)

The feed section will show the number of posts as you have specified section …

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

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

Display Full Text Or Summary Of Posts In Your RSS Feed

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

WP Reading Settings - Show 'Full Text' or 'Summary' for articles in your feed

(WP Settings – Reading Settings – Display ‘Full Text’ or ‘Summary’ for articles in a feed)

Tip

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

Post excerpts affect how feeds appear

(Post excerpts affect how your feed content will appear)

To learn more about Post excerpts, refer to this step-by-step tutorial:

View The Content Of Your RSS Feeds

As mentioned earlier, to view the content of a feed, you have 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 for humans.

Let’s see how this works.

First, go to a website whose feed you want to syndicate and look for an RSS feed section …

Look for a 'subscribe' link.

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

Next, copy the feed URL to your clipboard …

Copy the URL of your feed

(Copy the feed URL)

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

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

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

Like feedreaders, WordPress also has the ability to process XML/RSS feeds and convert these into content that can be read by your visitors.

How To Add RSS Feeds To Your Site

In the example below, we are going to add content from another site to your WordPress site.

Adding RSS Feeds To Your WordPress Sidebar

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

Let’s add RSS content to the WordPress sidebar …

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

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

First, Go to a website or blog containing content that you would like to add to your sidebar and copy the RSS feed URL to your clipboard …

Copy the URL of your feed

(Copy the URL of your feed to your clipboard)

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

WordPress RSS Widget

(RSS Widget)

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

Refresh your web browser. The content should now display in the sidebar (or wherever the RSS widget has been placed) …

RSS Widget

(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:

Adding Feed Content To WordPress Posts

Can you add content from an RSS feed to posts? Yes, you can!

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

'Add Plugins' screen - RSS plugins

(’Add Plugins’ screen)

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

The plugins listed below can be used to feed content to posts, or “autoblog” (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 auto blogging plugin that allows you to publish posts automatically from multiple RSS/Atom feeds.

You can manage all of your imported feeds and arrange them according to campaigns and categories.

For more details, go here:

WP RSS Aggregator

WP RSS Aggregator - WordPress Plugin

(WP RSS Aggregator – WordPress Plugin)

WP RSS Aggregator is a comprehensive RSS feed importer and autoblogging WordPress plugin that offers premium add-ons for additional functionality.

For example, the Feed to Post add-on allows you to 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 import, syndicate, curate, merge and display full text feeds (RSS, Atom, etc.) on your WordPress site.

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

For more details, go here:

Powr RSS Feed

Powr RSS Feed Plugin For WordPress

(Powr RSS Feed WP Plugin)

POWr RSS Feed automatically combines and displays content from various RSS feeds.

The POWr RSS plugin also lets you display videos, images, and articles, adjust feed size and spacing, use custom colors, fonts, borders, and more. It also has mobile-responsive design and supports text in every language.

The premium edition 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 WordPress Plugin

(WP Pipes Plugin For WordPress)

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

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

For more details, go here:

FeedWordPress

FeedWordPress Plugin

(FeedWordPress Plugin For WordPress)

FeedWordPress is a versatile syndication plugin for WordPress.

As stated in the FeedWordPress site …

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

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

Autoblog Plugin For WordPress

(Autoblog by WPMUDev)

Autoblog is an easy-to-use plugin that can be set-up very quickly, with no coding required and no complicated instructions. Just copy and paste in the URL of your feed, give your feed a name (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

(RSS Includes Pages Plugin For WordPress)

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

For more details, go here:

Important Info

WordPress RSS Feeds – Useful Tips

Tip #1 – Comment RSS Feeds

WordPress displays RSS feeds of your latest post comments in addition to giving online users access to RSS feeds of your latest posts.

To access these, locate the ‘Meta’ widget area on your sidebar (note: this section may not be visible on some themes) and click on Comments RSS

Comments RSS

(Comments RSS)

All the comments posted on your site by visitors can be seen in your Comments RSS page …

Comments feed entries as seen on Firefox

(RSS comments feed content as seen on Firefox)

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

RSS comments feed entries seen using a Google Chrome web browser

(RSS comments feed items as seen with a Google Chrome web browser)

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

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

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

Tip #2 – Displaying RSS Feeds For Specific Posts

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

The formula for accessing an RSS feed for single posts is shown below:

Feed For Specific Post Item

(Specific Post RSS Feed)

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

Single Post Feed

(Single Post RSS Feed)

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

Tip #3 – Post Category Feeds

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

WordPress allows you to create category feeds.

Just use the format shown below:

WP RSS feed format for category

(WordPress post categories feed format)

Select and copy the category URL to your clipboard …

Copy your category URL ...

(Copy the selected category URL …)

Now, append “feed” to the end of it …

RSS feed format for post categories

(Format for WordPress post categories feed)

Your feed now only includes content posted for that 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 – Provide Your Own Directory Of Feeds

You can set up a list of feeds on your site that allows readers to subscribe only to specific content …

Provide A Feeds Directory

(Publish An RSS Feeds Page)

Link an RSS image to the URL of your feed and then create a table or a list of all feeds on a separate page …

RSS button image

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

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

WordPress RSS – Additional Notes

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

WordPress allows various feed configurations that do not require messing with code. Below are examples of some of the kinds of feeds you can display …

Different Feed Formats You Can Create With WordPress RSS

(WordPress RSS – Custom Feeds)

For your convenience, here are the feed types, descriptions, and feed examples listed in the diagram 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 – Feed displaying the latest comments posted on your website
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/comments/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts
  • Description: RSS feed that displays a specific post
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/post-title/feed/
  • Feed Type: Individual Posts Comments
  • Description: RSS Feed for the latest comments made on single post entries
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/post-title/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Day – RSS feed displaying latest items in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2010/07/12/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Month – Contains latest items in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2014/10/feed/
  • Feed Type: Archives
  • Description: Year – Contains latest items in each archive
  • Example Feed: http://yourdomain.com/2016/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: Displays 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 your visitors know that they can subscribe to your feeds. Place your ’subscribe to RSS’ link in a visible location …

Encourage your visitors to subscribe to your RSS feeds!

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

Also, keep in mind that other sites will only want to syndicate your content if you provide your visitors with high-quality content that can add great value to their sites and benefit their users.

Add great content from other sites and get other sites to subscribe to your content online with WordPress and RSS!

(Add content from other sites and get other sites to share your content online with WordPress and RSS!)

Tip

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RSS – Resources:

  • Download RSS Icons – Visit feedicons.com or search online (e.g. “free rss icons”, “RSS icon”, etc.) for sites that contain downloadable RSS images and icons.
  • RSSBoard.org – The RSS Advisory Board provides useful information about RSS.
  • Wikipedia/RSS – Learn more about the history and benefits of using RSS feeds.
  • WordPress Codex: RSS Feeds – Official WordPress documentation and reference repository. Go here for additional information about RSS feeds in WordPress.

WordPress And RSS

Congratulations! Now you know where to find your WordPress RSS feed, how to syndicate your content online using RSS, and how to display someone else’s content on your site using RSS.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of issues that can affect your website and how WordPress can help you get better results online. To learn more about the benefits of using WordPress please click on links to visit other great articles and tutorials we have published on this site.

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