Embedding an RSS feed in WordPress
In giving back to our social community, Sarah, our new Tech Director Brad Lawless, Brand Strategy, and myself have decided to start posting the occasional “How-To” on common social media tools and their usage. We’re going to try to stick to atypical uses and odds-and-ends tech but if you have any questions, suggestions, or requests for features, add them to the comments and we’ll add them to the list.
Our first feature, by yours truly, is on adding RSS feeds to a post within your WordPress blog. This is needed when setting up pages like our “In the News” page or when adding a comment streams from one post to another post within the same blog. Really the possibilities are limitless and if you’re smart about it, you don’t even have to know code… Sorry Sarah.
Anyway, lets get started. First, some introductions. For this example, I want to pull any news mentions of Collective Bias and have them list
Check out FeedBucket. Don’t let the dry design fool you. Some of the most useful web tools aren’t pretty. Leave that window open and open another tab or window and visit Google News. Once open, enter your search term, in our case “Collective Bias”, quotes included.
Once the results appear, if you scroll down you’ll notice an rss link at the bottom left just under the search entry blank. Click that link and copy the URL (web address) of the window that opens. Remember that feedbucket window we opened a minute ago? Revisit that window and paste the URL into the blank at the top of the screen. Now the magic happens.
Scroll to the bottom of the screen after entering the feed URL and clicking read button. You’ll find a bunch of code in a small box at the bottom. Copy and paste that into a wordpress post and you’re good to go. The new RSS feed will display using the same styling that your site uses, thus creating a page like our News page.
Have questions? Leave them in the comments and we’ll tackle them as they come in.