WordPress Tip – RSS Sidebar Widget
As prompted to by Lorelle, this post is a small tip on how to use the RSS Sidebar Widget in your WordPress theme. Note, you must be using a WordPress theme that allows the use of a sidebar for this to work.
A neat thing that I like to use on WordPress is the RSS Sidebar Widget. Its a widget that allows you to make a section on your sidebar download the latest entries of whatever RSS feed you want it to download. As you can see, I’ve made a sidebar widget that uses the RSS feeds for both my Last.fm tracks and my Netflix queue. This allows me to make my blog a little more personable. Let’s use my Last.fm tracks as an example.
First, you must navigate to the website that has an RSS feed you wish to use. Here, we’ll go to my Last.fm profile page. Then you must find the link to the RSS feed. This is usually found by looking for one of the standard RSS feed images. Here, it is located in the top right of this screenshot.
Once you click on the RSS feed image, more than likely, it’ll bring you straight to the URL for that RSS feed. Most of the time, the page corresponding to this link will be mostly code, but don’t worry about that. What we really need is the URL. All you need to do now is copy the URL for the RSS feed.
Once you’ve copied the URL, open up your WordPress. On your Dashboard, navigate to the Presentation tab, then the Sidebar Widgets tab.
On the Sidebar Widgets page, drag and drop the RSS Feed widget into the Sidebar section and click the Options box. In the options box, paste the URL for the RSS feed you wish to use, give the feed a title (usually the title of the RSS feed), and set the amount of items you wish to have displayed.
Personally, I usually set the item limit to 5 so as not to make my sidebar too clunky. The widget will allow a maximum of 10 items.
After you input this information, close the options box, click “Save Changes” and your blog will now have an RSS sidebar widget. You can add more RSS widgets to your side bar by creating them in the bottom portion of the Sidebar Widget page in WordPress.
There are plenty of uses for this widget. Like me, I share my recently listened to tracks and my Netflix queue. Others may wish to include things like top news stories from their favorite news organization, recent posts on other blogs, or just about anything else that has an RSS feed. And there is no shortage of those on the web.
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