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Adding RSS Feeds to WordPress

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There is a lot you can do with feeds on WordPress blogs, and I’ll be talking about that more over the next few months, but here is an interesting new WordPress Plugin and technique for creating feeds on a Page on your blog.

Shaolin Tiger’s “How to Use RSS Feeds on Your WordPress Site” describes a simple step-by-step technique for creating a Page to host incoming RSS feeds using the WordPress Feedlist Plugin.

Follow the instructions, replacing “http://www.spymy.com/” with whatever feed link URL you would like and with little effort or complex programming, you can showcase feeds on your blog.

This technique is not limited to Pages on your WordPress blog. You can also use the same technique in your template files such as in your sidebar, header, or footer.

Stay tuned for more information on handling feeds in WordPress.

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44 Comments

  1. Posted March 16, 2006 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle: I got to say that I really like this plugin and have incorporated all my favorite blogs into my own ‘favorites‘page. The reason I read your blog daily is because you always have something new about wordpress to help me improve my blog.

    Now I can easily add new blogs to my reading list and my readers can also see what I am reading for themeselves. Next step is to incorporate podcast feeds itno my blog using this tool. Pretty cool!

    I plan on writing more about this and thanking the author soon.

  2. Posted May 29, 2008 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Great! I’m trying this out on several WordPress installations, especially those which might become a replacement for Joomla.

  3. Posted June 25, 2008 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Just a little feedback: Feedlist works pretty fine; however you should not try to use it on your blog’s OWN article feed, as this will cause an infinite loop which will stall the server. I have written about this in the plugin’s issue tracker (to no avail yet).
    (I had tried this to show my own feed as a demo.)

  4. Sebastian
    Posted July 24, 2008 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Just a quick one,
    is there a step by step way to add this rss to a wordpress blog?
    example.com/rss.php?q=iphone+3g

    ? pardon my english

  5. Posted July 24, 2008 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    @ Sebastian:

    Yes. See Understanding, Using, and Customizing WordPress Blog Feeds on how to add feeds to a WordPress blog including search specific feeds.

  6. Posted November 3, 2008 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Hello. I need to do the reverse. I need to make my client’s WordPress Blog broadcast RSS feeds. I am Googling this idea and keep finding ways to receive the feeds but not offer the feed. There must be a plug-in for this?

  7. Posted November 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    @ Christa:

    Feeds come built in with WordPress blogs. There is nothing for you to do. See Understanding, Using, and Customizing WordPress Blog Feeds.

  8. jazz316
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    I have a new RSS feed WP plugin that builds automated posts of RSS feeds based on the keywords / keyword phrases you choose. It is called RSSdoodle and is base on my twitterdoodle plugin platform, but instead of pulling tweets, it pulls relevant RSS feeds into posts.

    Here is my webpage that explains the plugin in detail:

    http://www.lessnau.com/rssdoodle/

  9. Katie
    Posted December 28, 2008 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,
    I have been reading through your site, and you have the best info out there! But, you’ll have to forgive me, this is my first time using wordpress. All I want to do is import feeds from other sites to add to our content, credibility, etc. I have already set up my RSS feeds both in my browser and in FeedDemon. But, I cannot figure out the best way to import them. So, I’d like to have a page that says ‘feeds’ or something simple, and have it all import to there. But, I’m not finding a simple solution. Forgive me for a primitive question, but thank you!!!

    • Posted December 29, 2008 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      @Katie: Don’t do it. Adding feeds from other sites does NOT impact any credibility or adds to your content. That’s a myth. An abused myth. Focus on putting your own original content on your site, and if you find something interesting through reading your feeds in your feed reader, then blog it, don’t import the feeds. That’s old think. If you have a page that says “feeds” people will think that is your “subscription” page listing the feeds you have available on your site, not other people’s stuff.

      The days of showcasing “other people’s stuff” is over. Showcase your own and make other people want to add your site to their feed reader and blog about you. Skip this ancient step in SEO BS mythology.

  10. Katie
    Posted January 2, 2009 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,
    Thanks so much for your feedback! So, I totally understand what you are saying, but I thought that since we want to be a resource for our customers, and we are not an online mag, we should use feeds to be a one-stop for our customers to get info, and link to get more. I trust your advice, for sure, but it’s a total change to what I thought. Can you help me out?

    • Posted January 3, 2009 at 2:08 am | Permalink

      @Katie: Can I help you with what? Having other people’s content on your site without permission is illegal. It also takes credibility away from you, not bring it to you. Your customers know how to use Google, right? I’m not being mean, just honest.

      If you want to feature content to help your customers, then write about it in a blog post. Feeds do little good and are usually ignored. Writing about other people’s content gives you a chance to say why it’s important your readers leave your site and check out the information, giving them even more reason to come back. Feeds don’t do that.

      I don’t know how much more I can help you on this issue, but if you are really new to blogging, I recommend you consider my book, Blogging Tips, to help you understand how this all works.

  11. Posted January 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    This is great, its just what I needed. Can I add multiple feeds to one page? I would like to be able to show multiple feeds on my homepage page Planes and Aviation, I.E. news and videos and images maybe.

    • Posted January 28, 2009 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

      I do not recommend adding feeds to your blog as a replacement to content. That is punishable by Google as duplicate content and a violation of copyright if you use the full content or a majority of content as a replacement to original content. The answer is yes, but use it wisely and carefully.

  12. patrick
    Posted January 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Are you available for a quick RSS question? I am trying to get news feeds to post automatically in my home page under specific category. I want the feed to appear under “conservative news”. I am using Feedwordpress and that works, however, it won’t import images. I want the images too and am tired of beating my head against the computer screen. If you look at the feed you can see there news feeds right onto the home page and includes videos and images along with some posts. Can you please help. :)

  13. Posted January 19, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    Thank you so much. This is what I was looking for many many days. Its wonderful. Now I am just few clicks away to have my next favorites page on the web.

    Thank you
    -Kenchappagoudra

  14. Posted April 17, 2010 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Hi I am looking for a WP script that would convert RSS feeds to actual blog post. Please notify me if you know of any. Thanks in advance.

    • Posted May 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      There are many and I do not appreciate most of them. Such usage is for duplicating content and stealing content from sites without permission. Therefore, I do not support nor promote any of them, even if the usage is of value.

  15. Posted May 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Just a little feedback: Feedlist works very good; nevertheless you must not make an effort to use it on your blog’s Personal article feed, as this will bring about an infinite loop which will stall the server. I have created about this inside the plugin’s issue tracker (to no avail nevertheless).

  16. cheryl
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    I am completing beginning here and have the most basic of questions: I installed and activated ical eents calendar, what am I supposed to do with the feed?

  17. Villas
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I`m kind of new to the WP platform, need to know how to get it installed in an ASP based server and get it up and running. Does RSS Feeds affect my SEO? can anyone tell?

    • Posted July 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

      WordPress takes 5 minutes or less to install and is a one click install on many web hosts. Feeds have nothing to do with SEO,

  18. Michael the Lawyer
    Posted June 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    RSS feeds are good to getting your articles on other sites and this article is great. I’ve used your site to setup our free legal advice guides. However, I’ve found that our own articles have been reproduced on other sites without our permission and many claim that it’s the RSS feed settings. First, make sure you’ve got the settings for summary set for RSS feeds and NOT full article. Try using your own rss feed button to check it. Next, if the button is set right, copy a unique portion of text and then paste it into a search engine and see if it appears elsewhere. You may find it on a few sites. We’ve had to send takedown notices. It’s a part of syndication. Good luck!

    • Posted July 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      As a “lawyer” you are the first to understand that feeds have nothing to do with the rights of the copyright holder to control their copyrights. As a syndicator, please restrict the content you scrap with excerpts and full credits and not rely upon content providers to change their feeds.

  19. Posted September 9, 2010 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    This article helped a lot when I needed the information in a hurry. I am using it in test on my rss page now, need to figure out how to do small little rss feeds as well, any suggestions anyone? Just to put in a small box that can be expanded by the user would be the best. As it stands it seems this plugin uses most of a page. Thank you in advance, ~Katz

  20. Posted September 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Ive been using this site for awhile and I have no clue how to RSS :(

  21. Pinkie
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Quick question, I read one of your replies to a comment earlier about having RSS feeds as content on a blog. I completely understand and don’t want the complete article of rss feeds just excerpts and of course the excerpt leading the reader back to the original site. How do I do that. Is what you posted 4 years ago the only way I can do that? Again, I just want 3-5 sentence excerpts from different sites as content on my main page but NOT in a widget or sidebar. Any advice would be great.

    Best!
    Michelle

    • Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know what Plugin would do that as I don’t support that blogging behavior. There are some of them but I don’t support nor encourage their use.

  22. Posted November 9, 2010 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    Lorelle, I was just searching for a way to add relevant RSS feeds to blogs and as always you provided the one stop solution. Thx, Richard

  23. Posted November 17, 2010 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    hi i am not using the default word press theme, i got my own theme, so how i can have rss plugin

    • Posted November 17, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

      You do not need one, but there are many available if you wish to add more feeds to WordPress. RSS is built into WordPress – no Plugin needed. So I’m not sure what you are asking for.

  24. Posted November 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    @Lorelle VanFossen, you are right, rss is build with wordpress

    http://example.com/?feed=rss

  25. Posted March 18, 2011 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Thanks for much for this info, i have been trying for hours to get my blog to use RSS and this worked a treat :))))

  26. Posted April 12, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    is there any way to making the feed widget with scroll?? i very need this, please help what the code must insert to?

    • Posted April 12, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      There is CSS you can apply to convert the feed into a widget, I’m sure, and there are feed widgets that offer scrolling, and Plugins that also do this, but honestly, it is hated. Any animation on a website is really awful, but it’s available.

  27. toto
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this info. I now get how to add rss in my blog.

  28. Magan
    Posted October 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle, Thanks for the nice info, I was struggling to use RSS on my site. this helped me lot.

  29. Posted November 3, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Request – Can someone please suggest a better RSS plugin than FeedList? I can’t get it to work for the life of me. Thanks in advance.

    • Posted November 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      According to your comment information you are on WordPress.com where you cannot install WordPress Plugins. FeedList WordPress Plugin appears to allow you to add a feed to a post or page on your site. There are dozens of WordPress Plugins that do that, some I featured a while ago in WordPress Plugins for Feeds. Many of these are still going and there are many more new ones.

  30. edsbali
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Thank for sharing. Help me save a lot of time.


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