How to Provide Categories, Tags, Authors, and Posts Feed for WordPress


There are lots of benefits for providing categories, Tags, Authors or Post specific Feeds for your site users, they can subscribe according to their own interest. As well, if you have different Feed, it will offer a good chance to increase your site traffic via search engine. For instance, if you are running a WordPress related blog and have different categories like WordPress Themes, WP Plugin, Tutorials, Inspiration, How to, Showcase etc. Some of your readers just interested in Tutorials related to WordPress and this way you can offer your site  just to subscribe to one or more of interested category or tag related posts.

A feed is a function of special software that allows feedreaders 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.

There are several different kinds of feeds, read by different feedreaders. Some feeds include RSS (alternately defined as “Rich Site Summary” or “Really Simple Syndication”), Atom or RDF files.

How to Find Feed URL on WordPress powered  Website[divider]

Although, WordPress provides built-in feeds for every category, tag, comment, post, author, and even search result. There are different ways to find feeds,  the simplest way just to add the word “feed” at the end of a URL like If you are using custom permalinks, you should be able to reach them through this usage:


There are other four possible URLs for each of your feeds. Any of these will work.


Using FeedBurner to Power your Feed[divider]

You can provide Feedreaders to subscribe through FeedBurner (Step by Step Guide to Setup FeedBurner for WordPress), because  it give you lots of option for serving feeds, you can analyze your feedreaders with detail statistics and display other options such as sharing buttons. You must be aware that you can  also use AdSense for feeds to earn revenue from content you distribute in your feed, FeedBurner is an external service owned by Google.

To make it user friendly, There are three options to present your feed to feedreaders. You can Use WordPress plugin, by customizing  function in your installed WP theme, or by editing your .htaccess file. Most of the site owners find that installing WP Plugin is easy way  to enhance the features but at the cost of extra loading time and if the plugin is outdated than you need to do some extra work.

I have found few hacks, if you have installed on WordPress other than root folder, after installing the plugin, if you encounter any error, read this hack: WordPress Feedburner Plugin Hack In case if you are using index.php file in your permalinks structure or having Custom Structure, this article is very helpful: How to use FeedBurner with WordPress without .htaccess file. To forward all RSS feed   to your feed readers, you can use this hack: Forward WordPress feeds to feedburner.

WordPress FeedBurner Plugins[divider]

RSS King Pro

RSS king feed WordPress Plugin

RSS King Pro gives you the freedom to display a RSS feed or feeds onto your pages and posts with ease. The numerous options available provides choice in how your feed displays on your pages. You can choose how many items are returned onto the page, whether the feed paginates and whether you display those pages via AJAX giving your users a simple way to view the feed your providing.

Stay up-to-date with the latest by following @kingproplugins on Twitter, KingProPlugins on Facebook or King Pro Plugins on Google+

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Monetize Your Feed Pro for WordPress

Monetize -Feed-Pro-WordPress-plugin

One of the problems you can have when running a WordPress blog or web page is that the most of your audience usually read your updates using the blog RSS feed (with Google Reader for instance). One inconvenience of this is that the users get only the post content, and they don’t see the rest of your page. This includes all that space you have dedicated to your advertisers on it.

Monetize your Feed will help you to maximize the audience for those banners inserting your ads in the RSS feed of your blog or web page. Even more. You can select which banner is inserted in any post if you want using shortcodes. Or insert category-related banners for each post.

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Ditty RSS Ticker

ditt-rss-ticker-wordpress plugin

Ditty RSS Ticker is a multi-functional RSS display plugin. Easily add multiple RSS feeds to your site either through shortcodes, direct functions, or in a custom Ditty News Ticker Widget.

Create a dynamic display of unlimited RSS feeds on your site with a multitude of settings. Display feeds in a scroller, rotator, list, or widget. Please refer to the Ditty RSS Ticker help page for in depth descriptions of all settings.

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Dynamic Grid: WordPress Posts Feed Slider


Do you own a WordPress blog , magazine or any website? Then say goodbye to the nice, good, old-school sliders. They served us well, but it’s time for something new and more powerful… and cooler than a slider.

Dynamic Grid: Posts Feed is a next generation slider for your homepage, sidebar, footer, you name it. It takes posts from your WordPress database and arranges them in a nice looking, totally customizable and animated grid.

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RSS Partners – WordPress RSS Feeds


RSS Partners is a simple WordPress plugin for creating a list of RSS Partners for your site. With just a few clicks, you can add multiple sources of news/articles from your partners and favorite sources.

The plugin is packaged with a simple configurable shortcode and widget. Style your layout with simple columns and partner logo. Give your site that edge like other popular blogs and give your readers more options to choose from.

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Primary Feedburner

Redirect visitors to your website feed to feedburner. This will allow you to customize and track your feeds in ways that simply aren’t possible with just WordPress.

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FD Feedburner Plugin

Redirects the main feed and optionally the comments feed to Feedburner.com. It does this seamlessly without the need to modify templates, setup new hidden feeds, modify .htaccess files, or asking users to migrate to a new feed. All existing feeds simply become Feedburner feeds seamlessly and transparently for all users. Just tell the plugin what your Feedburner feed URL is and you’re done.

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Feeder Ninja: Create and add RSS & Social feeds to your website on-the-fly


FeederNinja Feeder Ninja is a useful tool for creating Rss & Social media feeds on the fly. Feeder Ninja using innovative and intuitive user interfaces so you don’t need any prior knowledge to use it. We’re supporting RSS, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Thumblr, YouTube, Vimeo,and WordPress Sing up to Feeder Ninja now and start creating feeds!

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Other WordPress Plugin for RSS & Social feeds[divider]

Any RSS feed can be grabbed. Call it in your footer to list your last few tweets, or your sidebar to showcase content from another one of your blogs.

WordPress Social Stream

WordPress Pinterest Feed

LinkedIn Social Feed

Flipboard RSS Feed + Shortcode

WordPress Dribbble Feed

Nuntius – News Feed

WordPress Twitter Feed Plugin

meoReader RSS Feed Reader

Jet Tweet – Twitter Feed For WordPress

RSS Feed with Custom Function[divider]

An other preffred option for WordPress developers is to create a new function, if its not available in your installed theme. In the following piece of code, feed_link action hook is used and its  replaces all instances of your default WordPress feed (rss, rss2, atom, and rdf). All you have to rename the function and never forget  to change the URL with your own Feedburner URL.

// replace the default posts feed with feedburner
function wparena_custom_rss_feed( $output, $feed ) {
    if ( strpos( $output, 'comments' ) )
        return $output;

    return esc_url( 'http://feeds.feedburner.com/wordpressarena/' );
add_action( 'feed_link', 'wparena_custom_rss_feed', 10, 2 );

Adapted from: Using FeedBurner

Rss Feed by Editing .htaccess[divider]

If you are familiar with how to edit .htaccess file than go ahead and detail you can find on the links given bellow. All you need to do is under dashboard Go to Options>Permalinks in the WordPress administration menu and enable “fancy” urls by adding /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/ at “structure”.

Before changing any setting, you need to modify your .htaccess file, the complete instructions you can find at: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/feedburner
Redirecting RSS to Feedburner

Resources and other Useful Resources [divider]

  • Redirect Your WordPress Feed to Feedburner Without a Plugin
  • Creating your WordPress feed (self-hosted WordPress)
  • Using Feedburner on Your Own Domain
  • Feed error – How to – hints and tips to solve common feed errors (ex. white spaces before xml declaration)
  • Complete reference for determining your various WordPress feed URLs
  • How to add an image to your RSS feed in WordPress 2.0 and above
  • How to add an image to your RSS 2.0 feed
  • How to add images to RSS and Atom feeds
  • Add RSS feed link icons to WordPress categories
  • Mezzoblue’s What is RSS/XML/Atom/Syndication?
  • NewsForge: Save time with syndication
  • Using FeedBurner with WordPress
  • Changing feed url with .htaccess
  • Redirect WordPress Feeds to Feedburner without a plugin
  • Subscribe Me allows you to easily add various subscription buttons to your sidebar
  • Add to any Subscribe Button plugin lets your visitors add your feed to any feed reader
  • Feed Icons provides official RSS icons in many formats (AI, EPS, SVG, PSD, PDF, PNG, JPG, GIF).
  • Pheedr RSS reader a simple, web-based RSS reader
  • Wikipedia – RSS an overview on RSS

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Noor Mustafa Raza

Noor Mustafa Raza

I am a WordPress Developer and Designer, author @WPArena. I am providing Free WordPress consultation and can help you to install WordPress in a secure way to small businesses and bloggers.

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