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RSS stands for “Rich Site Summary” or “Really Simple Syndication”, which is a type of web feed that allows readers to easily access updates (news, guides, etc.) from their favorite blogs.
WordPress already has a built-in RSS feed, and you can access it by going to
https://example.com/feed/ (replace example with your actual domain).
Note that browsers display feeds differently, or they don’t display them at all.
For example, Chrome shows the XML code, while Firefox asks you how do you want to open the feed, or if you want to download it.
There’s an extension for Chrome, though, which will make the RSS feed show properly.
Now, let’s see what you need to do if you want to display the RSS feed on your WordPress blog.
Display the RSS feed on your WordPress blog
Log in to WordPress and go to Appearance > Widgets.
Look for the RSS widget on the left, then click + hold and drag it into your sidebar, footer, or other area of your theme that supports widgets.
Add your feed URL and choose from some of the features that you have. Don’t forget to press the Save button once you’re done.
You can also display the posts from your feed within a post or page using Gutenberg’s RSS block.
You can also display specific sections of your blog into the WordPress RSS feed widget, such as categories, tags, comments or authors.
- For categories: https://example.com/category/categoryname/feed/
- For tags: https://example.com/tag/tagname/feed/
- For comments: https://example.com/comments/feed/
- For authors: https://example.com/authorname/feed/
You can also display posts from multiple categories or tags by separating them with a comma.
- For categories: https://example.com/category/categoryname1,categoryname2/feed/
- For tags: https://example.com/tag/tagname1,tagname2/feed/
Here’s a more clear example: https://example.com/category/travel,cooking/feed/
Here’s how the RSS feed looks like in the blog sidebar of the default Twenty Seventeen theme:
It’s kind of similar to a recent posts widget.
The way it looks depends from theme to theme.
That’s a wrap
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