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://yourdomain.com/feed/ (replace yourdomain with your actual domain).
Note that some browsers might not display the RSS feed properly.
Opera shows a blank screen (might be a bug), while Chrome shows the source code on purpose, from what I understand.
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
Step 1 – Log in to WordPress.
Step 2 – Go to Appearance -> Widgets.
Step 3 – Search for the RSS widget on the left, then click + hold and drag it into your sidebar or footer widget area.
Step 4 – Add your feed URL and choose from some of the features that you have.
Step 5 – Press the Save button on the RSS widget.
You can also display specific sections of your blog into the WordPress RSS feed widget, like categories, tags, comments or authors.
- For categories: https://yourdomain.com/category/categoryname/feed/
- For tags: https://yourdomain.com/tag/tagname/feed/
- For comments: https://yourdomain.com/comments/feed/
- For authors: https://yourdomain.com/authorname/feed/
You can also display posts from multiple categories or tags by separating them with a comma.
- For categories: https://yourdomain.com/category/categoryname1,categoryname2/feed/
- For tags: https://yourdomain.com/tag/tagname1,tagname2/feed/
Here’s a more clear example: https://yourdomain.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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