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Discover the Many WordPress RSS Options

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

RSS feed options come in different WordPress flavors, including RSS 0.92, RDF/RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0, and Atom. The differences among them lie within the base code that makes up the functionality of the syndication feed. What’s important is that WordPress supports all versions of RSS — which means that anyone can subscribe to your RSS feed with any type of feed reader available.

WordPress is very intuitive, and this section on RSS feeds is a shining example of a feature that WordPress automates. WordPress has a built-in feed generator that works behind the scenes to create feeds. This feed generator creates feeds from your posts, comments, and even categories.

The RSS feed for your blog posts is autodiscoverable — almost all RSS feed readers and even some browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer 8, and Safari, for example) automatically detect the RSS feed URL for a WordPress blog.

Feed Type Example Feed URL
RSS 0.92 or
RDF/RSS 1.0 or
RSS 2.0 or
Atom or
Comments RSS
p stands for post, and 50 is the post ID. You can find the post ID in the Dashboard by clicking the Posts link.
Category RSS
cat stands for category, and 50 is the category ID. You can find the category ID in the Dashboard by clicking the Categories link in the Posts menu.

If you’re using custom permalinks, you can simply add /feed to the end of any URL on your blog to find the RSS feed. Some of your links look similar to these:

  • Your main RSS feed

  • Your comments RSS feed

  • RSS feed for a tag

  • RSS feed for a category

Try adding /feed with any URL on your site. You get the RSS feed for that page.

RSS feeds are important parts of delivering content from your blog to your readers. RSS feeds are expected these days, so the fact that WordPress has taken care of the feeds for you, is compliant with all RSS formats, and offers so many internal feeds, gives the software a huge advantage over any of the other blog-software platforms.

If you intend to use the Atom publishing protocol, you need to enable it manually because it’s disabled by default. On the Dashboard, choose Settings→Writing, and then select the two check boxes in the Remote Publishing section to enable Atom publishing in WordPress.