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Where to Find Your WordPress RSS Feed URL

Looking for the RSS feed on your site?

WordPress publishes it automatically for you.

For any WP sites using a custom permalink structure, you can find the feed URL by typing “/feed” after your homepage URL.

If you’re using the default plain permalink settings, add “?feed=rss2” after your homepage URL to locate the RSS Feed

Category & tag feeds

Most WP users don’t know this, but WordPress actually creates a unique feed for every single category and tag on your site.

To locate the URL of one of these feeds, visit the archive page on your site and then add “/feed” to the URL. You’ll find an RSS2 feed that only includes posts from the category/tag specified.

Transcript

In this video, you'll learn how to find your WordPress RSS feed URL. So for most people this is going to be really, really easy. Um, all you need to do is visit your address bar and I'm going to click command l to reach that right now and then I'll type in forward slash. Feed. Now once I press enter, it's going to take me to my site's RSS feed. This lists every post that I've published in reverse chronological order, just like the blog and it updates dynamically. In other words, automatically every time I publish a new post, this is going to work for most people watching this video, but there's a chance that you might instead get a 404 error saying the page isn't found. If you do visit the same address on your site, in which case I want you to visit your permanently settings.

If you get that error, it means you're using the plain and customized permalink settings. And this, I generally don't recommend for WordPress sites because the URL itself isn't very informative. For instance, if you published a post and it was called sample post and you switched to the post name structure, then in the URL you can see sample posts, visitors can tell from the URL what they're going to see on your site versus if that post has an idea of 123 you'll just see the post id instead. And that doesn't really tell me much about the posts. Um, so I recommend switching to the post name structure. Now if you already have a popular site with lots of links going to all of these existing URLs, I understand that just changing the URLs of all your posts can be an issue. So you don't want to just go ahead and switch it unless you have a brand new website.

So if you are using plain permalinks, the way you can find your RSS feed instead is to keep this forward. Slash and then type question mark feed equals RSS or RSS two. And I do recommend using RSS two. It's a simple variation of RSS one. And, uh, well it came out in 2002. So it's not exactly new. And this is what all of the podcasting and other feed services use. So as you can see, mine redirects to this URL because I'm using the post name structure on my site. Um, but if you are using plain permalinks, you want to use a question mark feed equals RSS two. So that's where to find your RSS feed URL with WordPress. If you want to see one more tip, keep watching. Cause I have uh, an extra tip here that I think you might like for your site.

WordPress doesn't just publish one feed URL. In fact, it publishes a lot of different feed URLs that you can, um, that you can share however you'd like. So for instance, imagine you have a news website and you publish multiple posts every single day. You don't want to bother your subscribers with let's say five notifications for new posts every day. Maybe you want them to subscribe to just one category. So if you visit one of your existing categories, like this one, I have my theme lists posts. And you can see its categories called best WordPress themes. I can jump in here and I can simply type feed after the existing URL, and this will take me to an RSS two feed only including posts from this category. So knowing this, you can allow visitors to subscribe to feeds for each individual category or tag on your site. So I hope you learned something new. I hope you're able to find your RSS feed. If you have any questions you can post below and thanks for watching.

Ben Sibley
Ben Sibley

After using WordPress for the last 9 years, I've made dozens of websites, designed and developed 20 themes that have been downloaded more than 1.5 million times, and personally helped thousands of WP users with their sites.

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