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How to Add an RSS Feed to a WordPress Blog

Updated on March 6, 2017
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Melanie has been blogging since 2007 and has used WordPress, Blogger, and HubPages extensively.

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How an RSS feed can look on your WordPress blog
How an RSS feed can look on your WordPress blog | Source

Navigating around the WordPress dashboard can be difficult, especially if you're new to it! Once you get a WordPress blog up and running, one of the first things you might want to do is add an RSS feed.

I've used WordPress extensively in the past, but I'd put everything down to write here at HubPages.

Just recently, I decided to get back into blogging. I immediately wanted to add my HubPages feed to my new blog to show my readers that I write here as well!

It took a bit of hunting, but I was able to quickly figure out how to add a feed. Fortunately for me, I'd had a bit of WordPress experience to work from.

So how do you add a feed? Easy! Just follow these simple steps to get an RSS feed up in just a few minutes!

This is what it looks like when you visit your feed address.
This is what it looks like when you visit your feed address. | Source

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What kind of feed are you adding?

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Finding Your Feed Address

Before adding a feed to your WordPress blog, you'll need to know the address of the feed you want to add. This can be a bit tricky depending on the blog/website you want to add.

If you want to add a HubPages feed, it's formatted as follows:
http://melbel.hubpages.com/hubs/latest
Just change 'melbel' to whatever username you want.

For Blogspot/blogger, you can use:
http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Just change your blog to whatever your blog URL is. If you have your own domain, but use Blogspot, you can do:
http://yourblog.com/feeds/posts/default

If none of those formats work, you can always try this one:
http://yourblog.com/feed/
(This is how my WordPress blog's feed is formatted.)

You can check to see if a specific format works, just by visiting the feed URL. If you've got it right, you'll be greeted by a list of blog posts. (Make sure they're from the correct site.)

If you're still having no luck locating your feed address, you can use Feedburner to help locate the feed address, just by entering the URL of a site.

Navigate to the widgets section within your WordPress Dashboard
Navigate to the widgets section within your WordPress Dashboard
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There's the RSS widget!I decided to drag the widget to my right sidebar. Depending on your WordPress theme, you'll have different widget areas.Here are the configuration options for your RSS feed.
There's the RSS widget!
There's the RSS widget!
I decided to drag the widget to my right sidebar. Depending on your WordPress theme, you'll have different widget areas.
I decided to drag the widget to my right sidebar. Depending on your WordPress theme, you'll have different widget areas.
Here are the configuration options for your RSS feed.
Here are the configuration options for your RSS feed.

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Whose feed are you adding?

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Adding a Feed to WordPress

Now we're onto the meat of the subject -- adding the feed.

  1. In your WordPress dashboard (http://yoursite.com/wp-admin), navigate to the left side and hover over "Appearance."
  2. Within the "Appearance" menu, click "Widgets."
  3. In the middle of the screen, there will be a section called "Available Widgets." Locate the widget called "RSS."
  4. In the right pane, there will be various sections titled, "Widget Area for ____." Drag the RSS widget to whichever area you want. If you're not sure which area you want, just drag it to any area. (You can change it later.)
  5. Once you drag the widget to the widget area, then a box will open, asking for some configuration details. If it doesn't pop up, you can just click the arrow on the widget to open it.
  6. Under "Enter the RSS feed URL here:", put in the feed URL.
  7. Under "Give the feed a title", give it a name. (This is optional, but I recommend it since it tells your readers a bit about the feed.)
  8. Select how many items you would like to display. The default is 10 items. I think 10 is a bit on the obnoxious side, so I usually change it to something like 3 or 5. (This is totally up to you.)
  9. Click "Save."
  10. View your blog and see if you like it. If not, you can always go back and make changes to the configuration or move it to another widget area.

Within the configuration, there are some check boxes. I leave them unchecked for aesthetic reasons, but feel free to play around with different settings. Go with whatever you think looks best!

Congratulations! You now have an RSS feed on your WordPress blog. It's looking pretty spiffy now!

© 2012 Melanie Shebel

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    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      This is a very informative and useful information. Voted this up and useful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for this helpful information! I have a bit of trouble with figuring out RSS in Wordpress and your hub solved some of the issues I was having. Voted useful.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This is super when you take the time to go through all the instructions for using RSS on blogs. Of course with my simple and resistant computer mind I will read it at least a gazillion times..though you did a great job with explanation. Voting up and sharing on facebook..

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      This is a very useful guide. I put RSS Feeds in a couple blogs and back then I had to figure it out on my own, Wordpress in particular can be a little confusing; it would have been handy to have a guide like this.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Melanie, so very useful and have done this with my blog by adding my Hubpages RSS, but for those who may not be sure how to do, you have given a wonderful step by step tutorial here. Great job. Have voted up and shared all over, too!!

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