How to Create an RSS Feed to Increase the Readability of Your WordPress Sites

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The internet is developing each day making things easier. The ways you carry out online business, read webpages, and run blog sites today are totally different from a decade ago. RSS feed is one of the developments that are in front of webmasters for only a few years, with the aim of increasing the readability of a website.

Many webmasters online have embraced this feature due to the plethora of advantages it offers to both readers and site owners. In the following, we’d like to tell something about it that include its benefits and how to use it.

What Is An RSS Feed?

RSS feed or what is called as Rich Site Summary is a way in which changing contents get delivered throughout internet. This is mostly on popular blogs and news sites that keep posting new things to their readers.

With RSS feed on your site, readers do not need to visit your sites to see something new. Instead, the browser automatically shows the latest posts and sends information to your subscribers, allowing them to check and download your new updates with ease.

Why Do You Need RSS Feed On Your Site?

If you want to up the traffic to your site easily, RSS feed is one way to do so. By simply creating RSS feed, many readers can find your work every time you post. Usually, they are able to see new content on Yahoo Directories and thus enhancing your popularity. As a blogger, you can subscribe to others’ RSS feeds, being able to see what your peer bloggers are posting and thus getting insight into your next post.

How to Create RSS Feed for WordPress Sites

WordPress is a well-backed CMS that comes with powerful plugins aiming for different purposes. Therefore, if you are new to this, the first option for you is to use the WordPress plugins like WP RSS Aggregator and RSS Post Importer. You can also search others from WordPress.org or some resource sites like WhatsWP.

Besides the plugins, there are still lots of RSS creation programs you can use to create your RSS feed that include RSS builder, Rapidfeeds and Feedity and Feedburner, among which the last one is the most popular one. You can check this page to know the detailed steps about the creation of RSS feed with Feedburner.

In fact, you can decide to register anyone of them where you have your RSS created and updated automatically. Here, you may be required to pay a monthly fee to have your feed managed.

Alternatively, you can use a web service where you pay a monthly fee to automatically manage your RSS feed. You need to weigh the features of each program before you embarking on creating an RSS feed for your site. Once you have downloaded one program, use the steps below.

Create New Feed

Though the process is different for different programs, the basics are the same. Open the software, click File and select New Feed. Give a headline to your feed that should be the same as your site, and then enter your website URL. Describe the feed in one or two sweet sentences.

Add An Image For Your Readers

Just after the description, you need to select an image. It is not mandatory to put an image but it is recommended if you want to woo readers.

Add Your Content

After adding the image, add the content of your post including the post title, the date of publishing, description and the post URL. Ensure that the description is captivation to grab the attention of readers.
For Feedity, just entering the URL is enough. You can additionally include author details.

Save the Feed

The feed needs to be saved as a XML file. You can save the file on your desktop for easy retrieval.

Publish and Submit Feed

After the creation of the feed, now you need to publish it. Open your site and upload the file on to the homepage of your site. For RSS builder, you can have the feed automatically uploaded once you create it.

This is simply set by clicking the FTP button on the toolbar of your site and then clicking New Site. Depending on the content of your post, you can submit it to different platforms. For instance, you can submit podcasts to iTunes.

Create RSS Feed Manually

You can decide to create your feed without the help of a creation program. Select the items you want on your feed, say 15 posts. Write the URL of each, along with the title and a description. Then follow the following steps.

Create XML file

You can create your file on Notepad or TextEdit. Copy the following code at the beginning of the text file.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<rss version=”2.0″>
<channel>

Then, copy and paste the below coding after the “channel” tag, replacing the information for a specific content you want to create a feed for.

<item>
<title>Entry Title</title>
<link>Link to the entry</link>
<guid>http://example.com/item/123</guid>
<pubDate>Sat, 9 Jan 2010 16:23:41 GMT</pubDate>
<description>[CDATA[ This is the description. ]]</description>
</item>

Ensure that you close the tags of “rss” and “channel” at the end of the feed before saving it. Save it as XMLfile without a space. See the example as below.

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<rss version=”2.0″>
<channel>
<item>
<title>Entry Title</title>
<link>Link to the entry</link>
<guid>http://example.com/item/123</guid>
<pubDate>Sat, 9 Jan 2010 16:23:41 GMT</pubDate>
<description>[CDATA[ This is the description. ]]</description>
</item>
</channel>
</rss>

Publish and Submit your Feed

After creating the XML file, the process is the same as when doing it through a program. You upload the file to your homepage through the FTP program at the toolbar from the top.

Select the best Directories and distribute the feed for your readers. Note that you need to update your feed by adding any new content into the XML file whenever you have created.

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