March 5, 2012

Increase your WordPress Website Readership by Allowing Category Level RSS Feed Subscription

Category Level RSS Feed Subscription

RSS feeds are one of the most valuable tools you can use to increase people’s awareness of your website. It will let your readers being constantly updated with your latest posts, news, and updates. On the other hand, FeedBurner is a web feed management provider launched in 2004 which provides custom RSS feeds and management tools to bloggers, podcasters, and other web-based content publishers. Here on LatestWP, we use Feedburner to let our valuable readers subscribe to our RSS feed easily to get our latest updates right into their RSS feed reader.

Subscribe to our RSS feed via Feedbruner

LatestWP RSS Feed

WordPress is full of goodness. The more you dig into it, the more you realize that this is one fine piece of software. One of the awesome features of WordPress is it will let you offer various levels of RSS feeds subscriptions to your readers as you may notice at the RSS feed subscription button above. So, if you have a WordPress category on your website called “Our Blog” you can easily offer your readers the ability to subscribe to a more specific feed representing the “Our Blog” section. To do that simply follow these steps:

How to offer a category-level RSS feed with Feedburner in WordPress

1- Get the category’s nice name “Slug” which you can obtain the by visiting your WordPress admin dashboard and then go to Categories as you can see at the following screenshot:

The slug name for a WordPress Category

2- At your favorite text editor, type your full domain name URL and then the word “category” and then the slug of your desired category as you can see at the following example:

Where  “our-blog” is the slug of your category name.

3- Now, Copy that address and head over to your regular Feedburner home screen and paste it as you may see at the following image to create a new feed:

Feedburner's category-level RSS Feed URL


4- Click Next and carry on with the wizard, and Voila! you’re done.

5- Head back to your website and use the Feedburner category level RSS feed URL and use it anywhere you like or use a plugin to manage your Feedburner RSS feeds such as FeedBurner FeedSmith Extend. Also, in a recent article from WMPU, you can have more RSS feed tips that WordPress can handle. Should you have any questions, leave them at the comments section below and we’ll do our best to answer as soon as possible.


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