A perplexing introduction to WordPress news feeds
WordPress is mind-bogglingly popular, with over 60 million websites using it worldwide. It’s a CMS with so many features and options it can make your head spin, and that’s part of what makes it appealing for a vast range of businesses and individuals.
Getting started: customizing your news feed on WordPress
Among the many handy features you can incorporate into WordPress is a news feed feature, which is a great way to keep site visitors up to date with the latest news and events related to your site. But how do you add a news feed to WordPress? Let’s explore:
1. Pick your feed source
Firstly, you’ll need to decide where your news feed will come from. You could choose to use a pre-existing news feed, or create your own using an RSS feed generator. There are plenty of free RSS feeds available, from the likes of the Guardian to CNN to the BBC.
If you want to create your own, you’ll need to use a tool like Feedburner or RSS Builder.
2. Install a news feed plugin
Once you have your news feed source sorted, you’ll need to install a news feed plugin. There are many plugins available, but we recommend WP RSS Aggregator.
With this plugin, you can display news feeds in many different ways, using shortcodes to add feeds to posts and pages while enabling customization of feed display settings.
To install the plugin, go to Plugins > Add New and search for ‘WP RSS Aggregator’. Hit the ‘Install Now’ button, then hit ‘Activate’ to start using it.
3. Configure your plugin settings
Now, you’ll need to adjust your plugin settings. Go to RSS Aggregator > Settings to peruse the options there – this is where you can set the feed update frequency, the number of items to display, and the feed excerpt length. You can also set up feed sources in the Feed Sources section, enabling or disabling individual sources and editing their settings.
4. Add the news feed to your website
Once you’ve customized your settings, you can finally add the news feed to your website. Using WP RSS Aggregator shortcodes, you can incorporate the feed into posts and pages by inputting the shortcode ‘[wp-rss-aggregator]’ into your content editor. If you want to display feed items from a particular source or category, you can edit the shortcode accordingly.
You could also add the WP RSS Aggregator widget to display the news feed in a widget area of your website. Simply go to ‘Appearance > Widgets’ and add the ‘RSS Aggregator’ widget to a sidebar or footer.
Integrating a news feed into your WordPress website is an excellent way to keep your visitors informed about the latest happenings regarding your site. Plugins like WP RSS Aggregator make it easy to adjust the newsfeed’s appearance and content to your site’s requirements.
Just follow our above steps and see how it improves your visitor engagement and site usability!