A feed is a function of special software that allows Feed readers to access a site automatically looking for new content and then posting the information about new content and updates to another site. This provides a way for users to keep up with the latest and hottest information posted on different blogging sites.
By default, WordPress comes with various feeds. They are generated by template tag for bloginfo() for each type of feed and are typically listed in the sidebar and/or footer of most WordPress Themes. They look like this:
URL for RDF/RSS 1.0 feed
<?php bloginfo(‘rdf_url’); ?>
URL for RSS 0.92 feed
<?php bloginfo(‘rss_url’); ?>
URL for RSS 2.0 feed
<?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’); ?>
URL for Atom feed
<?php bloginfo(‘atom_url’); ?>
URL for comments RSS 2.0 feed
<?php bloginfo(‘comments_rss2_url’); ?>
The first four feeds display recent updates and changes to your site’s content for the different feedreaders. Of these, the RSS feeds are the most well known. The last feed example is used by RSS 2.0 feedreaders and does not show your site’s content. It only shows the comments made on your site.
To track the comments on a specific post, the comments_rss_link() template tag is used on single post pages like this: <?php comments_rss_link(‘RSS 2.0’);Â ?>
Finding Your Feed URL. There are times when you want to tell someone your site’s feed address or URL, or you need it to submit it to search engines and directories, many of which now accept feed URL submissions. Try one of these;
Or you can access them like this:
If you are using custom permalinks, you should be able to reach them through this usage:
You can also provide feeds to only specific categories on your site by adding the following to the end of the link: http://example.com/wp-rss2.php?cat=42
Not all WordPress Themes feature all of the RSS Feed types that are available through WordPress. To add a feed to your site, find the location of where the other feeds are, typically in your sidebar.php or footer.php template files of your Theme. Then add one of the tags listed above to the list, like this example:
<a href=”<?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’);Â ?>” title=”<?php _e(‘Syndicate this site using RSS’); ?>”><?php _e(‘<abbr title=”Really Simple Syndication”>RSS</abbr>’); ?></a>
<a href=”<?php bloginfo(‘atom_url’); ?>” title=”<?php _e(‘Syndicate this site using Atom’); ?>”><?php _e(‘Atom’); ?></a>
<a href=”<?php bloginfo(‘comments_rss2_url’); ?>” title=”<?php _e(‘The latest comments to all posts in RSS’); ?>”><?php _e(‘Comments <abbr title=”Really Simple Syndication”>RSS</abbr>’); ?></a>
Many people like to have a graphic representing the feed instead of words. There is talk of having standards for these graphics or “buttons”, but currently, you can make your own to match the look and colors on your site. To add a graphic to your feed link, simply wrap the link around the graphic such as:
<a href=”<?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’); ?>” title=”<?php _e(‘Syndicate this site using RSS’); ?>”> <img src=”//example.com/images/rssfeed.gif” mce_src=”//example.com/images/rssfeed.gif” alt=”RSS Feed” title=”RSS Feed” />
Subscribe Me Plugin allows you to easily add various subscription buttons to your sidebar. Get it at Semiologic
Feed Icons provides many official RSS icons in many formats (AI, EPS, SVG, PSD, PDF, PNG, JPG, GIF).
If you are currently using other weblog software and are changing to WordPress, or are moving your weblog to a new location, you can “forward” RSS readers to your new RSS feeds using file rewrites and redirects in your .htaccess file.
Edit the .htaccess file in your root folder, if no file exists, create one.
Here is an example for a b2 feed: RewriteRule ^b2rss2.php(.*)? /wordpress/?feed=rss2 [QSA]
Here is an example for MovableType Users: RewriteRule ^index.xml(.*)? /wordpress/?feed=rss2 [QSA]