Better RSS Feeds


Better RSS Feeds improves the appearance of your RSS feeds and make them human-readable. View the screenshots to see the before and after. Better RSS Feeds also adds subscription buttons and social sharing buttons to your RSS Feeds.

Your blog’s RSS feed is located at (if you use permalinks) or (if you don’t use permalinks).

Some users already have an RSS viewer installed on their browsers, so their RSS feeds are already human-readable. However, most users (especially on Google Chrome or Apple Safari) do not have an RSS viewer. This plugin makes your RSS feeds accessible to those users.

Currently supported feed readers:

  • Feedly
  • Digg Reader
  • Aol Reader
  • The Old Reader

Currently supported sharing buttons:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+


  • Without XSLT
  • With XSLT


This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working.

Using The WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Search for ‘xslt’
  3. Click ‘Install Now’
  4. Activate the plugin on the Plugin dashboard

Uploading in WordPress Dashboard

  1. Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
  2. Navigate to the ‘Upload’ area
  3. Select from your computer
  4. Click ‘Install Now’
  5. Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard


What is RSS?

RSS feeds are text files used for sharing and distributing new content on blogs. All WordPress blogs have RSS feeds. For example, Smashing Magazine’s RSS feed is here:

How does this plugin make my RSS feed look pretty?

Better RSS Feeds uses a technology called Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) to parse and format your RSS feed. Aside from appearance, nothing else changes.

I installed the plugin, but my RSS feed is still “ugly”

You may need to clear your cache and refresh the page. If this does not work, please create a support ticket with your RSS feed’s URL and your WordPress installation’s version. In the past, plugin conflicts and incorrect server configurations have caused issues.

Will you add other feed readers?

Yes. I also plan on letting you choose which feed readers to show.

Will you add other social sharing buttons?

Yes. I also plan on letting you choose which buttons to show.



This plugin generates spam links and that results in Google blocking your site or giving it bad reputation in search results. Don’t install, it’s not worth it. I have been having problems wit this plugin for 5 months now. Complete garbage.

Do not install! Malware

This plugin contains spam links which are injected into your website. It basically kills your search rankings. In my case it linked to with text that said Powered By Wp

Took me 5 months to find out this plugin was responsible. Why would someone do stuff like this is beyond me.

Client using this just lost #1 on Google SERP

The following bug causes 500 errors to show to Google/Yahoo/Bing crawlers meaning the whole site will be unindexed.

PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined function is_user_logged_in() in /public_html/wp-content/plugins/xslt/xslt.php on line 50

A fix is to add this line to the top of the xslt.php file.

include_once(ABSPATH . ‘wp-includes/pluggable.php’);

Blocks Googlebot, handle with care

This plugin is of limited utility. However, in one of its updates, it managed to completely block crawlers from indexing my site. Nearly cost me my job.

Goodbye, Bitter RSS Feeds!

Calls error 500 for google bots

It’s very strange, but after plugin activating google bots can’t get ANY page on the site. In server logs http error 500 for all google bot requests. It’s ok for real users requests and it’s ok for google after plugin deactivating. Sorry.

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Contributors & Developers

“Better RSS Feeds” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Initial release


  • Minor changes


  • Minor changes to Readme


  • Don’t load styles for RSS readers


  • Compatibility for 4.1


  • Improved styles for older browsers


  • Tested in 4.2.1


  • Tested in 4.4


  • Added content type header to work on some incorrectly configured servers


  • Fixed to work in 4.5.3
  • Override default content type header


  • Fixed RSS validation