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  • I’m new to Word Press and am getting my site set up. But, I’m really confused on how to set it up for RSS, so it can be syndicated.

    Could someone take pity on this newbie and fill me in? How do I make the feed, what link I have to put on my site, etc.?

    I’m new to blogging too, so I really need the basics.


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  • Mark (podz)


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    Just install your blog and write – WP does all the rss, rss2.0 and atom stuff for you.
    The links for each feed will be there, but really, you blog, WP does all that coding stuff.

    WordPress comes with a file wp-rss2.php that creates RSS 2.0 feeds for entries and a file wp-commentsrss2.php that creates RSS 2.0 feeds for the comments. Links to these files are already included in most templates, so you don’t have to do anything to set them up.

    If you’re using permalinks, and your blog is at, then your entries feed is at and your comments feed is at

    However, in the default template, the feed links are prefixed with a new protocol feed: that has yet to be fully implemented. You should open up footer.php and delete the feed: in front of any links there.

    I see the link in the footer of the blog. But when I click it it says “Alert: Feed is not a registered protocol”. And it’s point to that wp-rss2.php file.

    By the way, when I click on “Valid XHTML” it goes to a validator page and tell me “This page is not Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict!”

    What if you right-click the link and download the RSS file to your desktop, then open it in a text editor? It’s not really made to be opened in a browser – unless you get Firefox, which has an RSS feed feature (the little icon at the bottom corner of the page).

    And yes, if you want your page to validate, you need to fix the things below where the validator tells you it won’t validate. (If your site looks good in IE and Firefox, and you don’t want to do the extra work to make it validate, just remove that “Valid XHTML” link. ;-))

    Ah Hah! Thank you.

    I right-clicked it to get the URL and put that in another FireFox tab and it displayed the RSS feed (in coded format). I was just confused because on other sites I’ve been to when I click on the RSS link it does display the feed (in the coded format). This link on my WP site doesn’t because the link behind the RSS is “feed:http:…..rss2.php” I guess that’s the way it’s supposed to be, with the “feed:” in front of the URL, right?

    You know, I just went to some other WP blogs and when I click on the RSS in the footer, it displays the RSS stuff in the browser. I have a feeling that the word “feed:” is not supposed to be in my link.

    I’m using the Steam 1.5 template.

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