What will we be learning?
We’ll show you how to find your RSS feed in your WordPress website and how to set up Feedburner.
[box]Video Title: How to set up a WordPress RSS Feed with Feedburner
Accompanying Course: Beginner’s Guide to WordPress – Web Design Course[/box]
To start it off, what we’re going to be talking about is, actually what are RSS feeds and how can we benefit from them. Here’s another way to subscribe to content and it’s a way that users can use third-party apps or websites to be able to read your content on these apps. So, they can read a bunch of different websites content all in one location, so they don’t necessarily have to visit your website each time. And so the benefit of this is, ultimately continued readership. It allows readers or users to be able to continue reading your website, continue reading your content without physically having to go there and that’s just good for building an audience.
The great thing about WordPress is that, RSS feeds are automatically integrated into our website. So all you have to do in order to access these RSS feeds is simply go to your [domainname]/feed. So, for example, if you wanted to visit WordPress.com’s RSS feed, all you go is wordpress.com/feed. So what we see here is actually the RSS feed for WordPress.com and the great thing about this is, all we have to do is just copy and paste this URL into our RSS feed reader and we’re able to subscribe to their content as soon as new content is posted.
The RSS feed that is outputted with WordPress is not necessarily the most user-friendly and that’s why we’re going to be using FeedBurner in order to actually present this content in a much more user-friendly manner. I’ll actually show you how to set everything up with FeedBurner but if you wanted to look at the FeedBurner account or look at the FeedBurner RSS is, you just go to feeds.FeedBurner.com/[and whatever the name of it was]. In order to actually create an RSS feed with FeedBurner or more likely how to use the interface of FeedBurner to display your RSS feed, all you do is simply go to FeedBurner.com, sign in with your Gmail account, this is going to be absolutely free, and when you get to this window, all you’re going to do is paste in our RSS feed of WordPress or basic RSS feed. Remember just our [domainname]/feed and we’re going to click on next.
And when we see in this menu, all we’re going to name is our feed title, so name it whatever that describes your website well and the feed address and you could be whatever you want. In this case, since the actual FeedBurner of WordPress is already taken, it’s going to add this little extension. So we’ll just say that’s okay and we’re going to click “next.” So this URL right here is actually our FeedBurner URL, so it in fact has installed correctly and so if ever you wanted anybody to subscribe to our RSS feed, we just direct them over to here and simply, they would be able to see something like this and they could subscribe with whatever different options they wanted to. Subscribe with Feebly, or simply just copy and paste this FeedBurner URL into their RSS feed reader and that’s it. There are many different options that we can actually customize FeedBurner but you can just play around with those in a bit.