RSS Just Better Usage
Hallo there, I am the author and just seen your message.
The problem you mention seems more a plugin activation or improper usage issue instead of being a problem with the shortcode itself. Have you tried with other shortcodes like the native RSS from wp?
I have uploaded a new version today. Not sure if it would make a difference for you.
Thanks for your message.
Using WP 3.3. Can’t even figure out the shortcode from the read-me file. Seems to require more php knowledge than I know. Also the widget crashed my browser.
I’m the owner of the Plugin.
Can you please specify what browser/version do you use? And what feed, parameters were you trying to use it?
Can you also show me the page you want to display the plugin onto.
I am not sure what you meant by being unable to figure out the shortcode in the readme.txt file but the same explanation is also displayed here:
No php knowledge is necessary for the use of this or other plugins.
Hi. I did get your message, in my email inbox. I hit the reply button and sent a reply, but of course you didn’t get it, because the “no-reply” indication isn’t very visible in the email WordPress sends. Here’s what I wrote back:
I’m using Firefox 9.0.1 on a Macbook Pro. WordPress generated feed.
This is the confusing bit in your page instructions:
“enter [RSSjb feed=”…”] where “…” is any rss or atom feed you wish to display;”
I realize now you must want us to replace those ellipses with the feed’s URL. Am I guessing correctly? If so, you may want to say so explicitly, so folks don’t have to guess.
Anyhow, I want to put the link in the top menu. I don’t think your plug-in has the ability to do that, at least not on my theme, which requires any linked element added to that top menu to be either a category or a page. I want it to be visible regardless of which page the viewer is on.
As an alternative, I tried putting it in the sidebar, but the widget returned some kind of 500 error. It didn’t crash my browser, unlike what I said above. The browser was fine, but I did think it had crashed my blog. Fortunately, I was able to remove the widget and everything was restored.
Finally, I want to link my own feed, not someone else’s. I’m not sure your plugin has the ability to do that either. Anyhow, I’ve had problems determining what my feed’s URL is when trying other plugins. Nothing I’ve tried seems to work. Oh well.
Thanks for writing – good luck –
Cat, thank for your email.
> This is the confusing bit in your page instructions:
> “enter [RSSjb feed=”…”] where “…” is any rss or atom feed you wish to display;”
> I realize now you must want us to replace those ellipses with the feed’s URL. Am I guessing correctly? If so, you may want to say so explicitly, so folks don’t have to guess.
Would something like this be better:
> enter the following:
My plugin can link to any properly formatted rss-feed.
About displaying the plugin on the header of your wp-site, it is always possible for every wp plug-in not only mine. You need however to edit the PHP file where you want your plugin to be displayed. You need very limited knowledge of PHP programming…
If you tell me what theme do you use and exactly where do you want my plugin to be displayed, I might give you detailed instructions on how to do it.
speak you soon.
PS I might also give a look to the 500 error you talk me about by knowing the theme…
Stef – thanks for replying.
1) Yes, the instructions are clearer now, regarding substituting URL.
2) I use TheMorningAfter by WooThemes. I was excited about your plugin, because I really want to be able to strip out the date and time stamp in the resulting feed excerpts when anyone clicks on my RSS feed. So I was hoping to be able to substitute your plugin for the WP-installed “view this section’s RSS” link, even as a widget in the primary sidebar.
A further issue has arisen. I just upgraded to 3.3.1 and now all of my RSS links are returning error messages. Something got left out of the upgrade that my theme needs. I hope this is the only thing.
I installed your theme on a test site of mine and all is ok. Both in version 3.3 and 3.3.1
i installed my plugin on the header (i’ll show how to do) and as widget. (2 times)
> So I was hoping to be able to substitute your plugin for the WP-installed “view this section’s RSS” link, even as a widget in the primary sidebar.
In the standard theme, there is no “view this section’s RSS” maybe you can contact me via email and show me your website and/or feed in you do not to show it publicly.
Speak you later
I see. I misunderstood. I don’t want my RSS feed to show up on my page. I just want to be able to link to it. Usually, if you click the RSS links that come with WP, you’ll get a separate page where you can do two things: see the feed, and subscribe to it.
I want to be able to retain these features, without the time and date stamps showing up on the resulting page.
Plus I think my RSS is screwed up – every link returns this error:
Warning: require_once(/home/user/domain/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/user/domain/wp-includes/theme.php on line 1115
Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required ‘/home/user/domain/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php’ (include_path=’.:/usr/local/lib/php:/usr/local/php5/lib/pear’) in /home/user/domain/wp-includes/theme.php on line 1115
and I have to figure out how to fix it. I don’t suppose you know what it means?
Hey Stef –
Update: I resolved my RSS error message issue. I’ve got the links working again. But I still want to:
1) Link to my RSS feed without showing any feed posts on the page (WP’s widget doesn’t have a “display no posts” option – I have to display at least 1).
2) Link to my RSS feed page with each post’s time/date stamp stripped.
First of all, about this:
>> Usually, if you click the RSS links that come with WP, you’ll get a separate page where you can do two things: see the feed, and subscribe to it.
I am afraid you are incorrect: wp does not come with an RSS link as standard. Themes are normally adding RSS links to feeds on the header. Also, the separate page where you see the feed and subscribe is again something which is not standard to WP you must be using a plugin or a widget (not the standard RSS widget). Do you maybe use feedsreader?
Then about 1) & 2) you need to take 2 action
a) You may want to make in a way to replace the standard display of the RSS feed’s posts (which depends by Internet Explorer as far as I know) with the way my widget displays them. To do this you need to create a new page in wp you call RSS display or something and use my shortcode [RSSjb…] in that page. This solve the displaying the rss without date/time (issue 2)
b) You might want to edit the php file which contains the link to the RSS feed’s URL and change it to the link to the page created in a) this solve issue 1) partially as you just link to your own feed posts but not to a subscription page.
Let me know if you need further informastion.
Hey Stef –
I’m not using an RSS plugin. I only have 2 plugins installed – a contact form and an email subscription form, but not one for RSS.
My RSS is definitely built in, but it might be a theme component, rather than WP. You can actually see its toggle-display option on the demo you posted for me, by going to Dashboard -> Appearance -> Theme Options. It’s a component of the archive page template code too. That’s why I assumed it was part of the WP codex.
Sorry, the instructions you wrote to answer my “needs” are a bit garbled. I didn’t follow all of them too well.
Regardless, I do want to maintain the “Subscribe” option for my users. I might just need to leave it alone, but it sure would be nice to get rid of that time/date stamp.
Thank you for engaging with me on this!
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