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How to add RSS to text box widget on sidebar only (7 posts)

  1. 4driano
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Greetings to You! :)

    On the sidebar of my website http://www.claudioadrianodobre.com I added a text box widget called "Where and what" in which I let know people interested in me about where I am and what I am doing, and I update it almost daily. I would like to add RSS to this text box widget only so that such people can subscribe to it and automatically be notified via RSS each time I update it. I have no idea how to do it - please help me. How can I do this? Any ideas? Are there maybe other text box widgets with RSS functions already implemented that I can install replacing this one? I looked for plugins as well but couldn't find anything.

    If it is relevant, currently I use the theme "Weaver II" (the free version). It might be also relevant to mention that I don't have coding knowledge.

    I thank You in advance.

  2. mikedev
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You can manually add a link to your RSS feed address. It is http://www.claudioadrianodobre.com/?feed=rss2.

    <a title="RSS Feed for Claudio Adriano Dobre" href="http://www.claudioadrianodobre.com/?feed=rss2">RSS Feed for Claudio Adriano Dobre</a>

    However, you might consider first going to WP admin > Settings > Permalinks and change it from Default to Post name. This will create human-readable, meaningful web addresses for all your pages and posts, based on the title of your page or post. Also, it will change your feed address to http://www.claudioadrianodobre.com/feed/.

    Here is a reference: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Feeds

  3. 4driano
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank You Mikedev; but this feed url provided by You is for all the content of my website, isn't it? I would like an RSS Feed url only for the content of that text-box specifically.

  4. mikedev
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Sorry for the misunderstanding. Yes, the RSS address I gave was for all your posts. Here is one way to do what you want:

    Add a post category called "Where and what". Instead of putting those updates in a text widget, create a blog post for each.

    Search the web for something like "wordpress plugin recent posts widget" and choose a plugin that will allow you to display a post in your sidebar based on category. Here's an example: http://wordpress.org/plugins/custom-recent-posts-widget/.

    Replace your text widget with a recent posts widget and configure it to show the one latest post from the "Where and what" category.

    Then your feed address for that category would be http://www.example.com/?cat=42&feed=rss2 (Replace "42" with your category ID. Find the category ID in the web address when editing that category name in WP admin) or if you change your permalinks http://example.com/category/categoryname/feed. Here's a reference: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Feeds.

  5. 4driano
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank You very much Mikedev, your feedback is very useful - I did not know there was also this possibility.

  6. 4driano
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I just finished giving a try to this possibility and I concluded that it doesn't satisfy my needs. Here is why and what: when I make it like suggested, the widget displays only the title of the post, not the content text, and it displays it as hyperlink, not as plain text; furthermore, it makes the post to be displayed as a bulleted list. This is not what I want - what I want is to have the layout as it is now and the RSS function for the text within only.

  7. mikedev
    Posted 3 years ago #

    To have the widget display the content of the post, try TW Recent Posts Widget (http://wordpress.org/plugins/tw-recent-posts-widget/). In the widget settings, increase the "post excerpt length" to a high number and delete the "read more text".

    You might need to experiment with a few different recent posts widgets until you find one with the features you want. WPSIREN Recent Posts By Category (http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-siren-recent-posts-by-category/) also displays excerpts.

    Probably every widget plugin will display the post title as a hyperlink.

    The list of post titles displays as a bulleted list because it is a list, and that's the way your theme displays lists. Lists can be changed to display in any way by editing the CSS code.

    Another, more difficult, approach would be to find a plugin that creates custom post types, then find a widget that displays custom post types, then use a plugin like Custom Post Type RSS feeds (http://wordpress.org/plugins/custom-post-type-rss-feed/) to automatically create a feed for that custom post type.

    Yet another approach is to learn to write code or hire a website developer.

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