WordPress RSS: How to set up RSS Feed on WordPress

WordPress RSS. You've heard of RSS. But what exactly is RSS Feeds? What are its benefits? And how do you enable, use, optimize and disable RSS in WordPress? WordPress RSS: How to set up RSS Feed on WordPress.

What is RSS?

In the early days, web visitors bookmarked favourite websites on their web browser and then manually visited the websites frequently to see any updates.

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication". This news feed allows users to:

"keep track of their favourite websites without having to manually visit the website each time."

People get notifications of the latest news and articles from their favourite sites with RSS feed activated. This simple technology revolutionized the consumption of content.

RSS feed is a structured XML code document. It informs RSS readers as soon as a new article is published on their favourite website. It shows selected data: a text with metadata (e.g., published date, author name).

 

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RSS feed allows publishers to automatically syndicate their content.
You can read content by using programs called:

  • “RSS reader”, like Feedly
  • “feed reader”
  • “aggregator”

They can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-based.

 

Benefits of RSS Feed

Using RSS feed for WordPress gives you the following main benefits:

  1. syndicate website content.
  2. an easy way to share and view headlines and content.
  3. update files automatically.
  4. personalized views for different websites.
  5. fast browsing for news and updates.
  6. distribute up-to-date web content to many other websites.

Without RSS, users will have to check your site daily for new updates.
This may be too time-consuming for many users.

Set up an RSS Feed for WordPress

RSS Feed can be set up in different ways, depending on the kind of website:

  1. Static website (HTML):
    No need for an RSS Feed as its website content hardly varies.
  2. Dynamic website (WordPress):
    If your WordPress theme has a feed link. Default WordPress RSS Feed is available for content and comments. It is visible in the template tags in the WordPress theme header.php file.
  3. Dynamic website (WordPress):

    To know statistical information, you need a third-party plugin. For example: the number of subscribers to the RSS feed.

 

Customize RSS Feed on WordPress

WordPress automatically generates your RSS feeds, but you still have control over it. How to optimize RSS Feed on WordPress:

  1. Add content.
  2. Manipulate your WordPress RSS feeds.
  3. Add post thumbnails to RSS feeds.
  4. Use separate RSS Feeds for categories in your templates.
  5. Use separate RSS Feeds for custom post types in your templates.

WordPress RSS Feed for the WordPress website

To subscribe to all the news, use the main RSS Feed. The RSS 2.0 standard. Replace the address in the Permanent Link examples below with the domain name and extension of your website.

Basic Link

Permanent Links

http://domain.extension/?feed=rss

http://domain.extension/feed/

http://domain.extension/?feed=rss2

http://domain.extension/feed/

http://domain.extension/?feed=rdf

http://domain.extension/feed/rdf/

http://domain.extension/?feed=atom

http://domain.extension/feed/atom/

For easy user access to RSS Feed, place the channel link in the page footer.

WordPress RSS Feed Tags, Labels and Comments

To subscribe to a specific part of the WordPress website, use the specific RSS Feed. The addresses are similar as mentioned above, only the first part of the address differs. The editorial system creates feeds for:

  • Link to RSS Feed Tags
  • Link to RSS Feed Author
  • Link to RSS Feed Label
  • Link to RSS Feed Comments


WordPress RSS

Link to RSS Feed Tags

A tag is a good way to create an RSS feed for selected posts.
Each tag has its own RSS feed:

http://domain.extension/tag/tagname/feed

 

Link to RSS Feed Author

For selected blogs and magazines, you need to remove articles from a particular author:

http://domain.extension/author/authorname/feed

 

Link to RSS Feed Label

A label is the best option if you want to create posts related to a specific topic. To post a link to the "Articles" category of your website:

http://domain.extension/category/article/feed

 

Turn off RSS Feed on WordPress websites

RSS is useful for websites that are updated frequently. For static web pages that are not updated regularly, RSS is not very useful.

  • To disable RSS, you can use the free Disable Feeds plugin.
  • This allows you to turn off all or secondary channels.
  • You can lighten your site and turn off channels that you do not want to share with the world. Or leave RSS enabled.

 

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