I see that many sites now have RSS links visable on their home pages. For example, this one at the top of Apple’s support page:
When you click this link you see a list of feeds. But when you click the links for the individual feeds, what you see is just text. Is the idea that people will copy the URL’s from the text and enter this in their reader?
I think people are supposed to copy the URI’s of the links from page with all the XML buttons. When you view the source on one of those pages with all the URI’s displayed as text, you can see the XML and RSS code, so that tells you that those pages are the feeds themselves.
I hope that made sense.
The new feed: protocol is supposed to launch the reader’s default new reader and either subscribe them to the feed or check it for updates. If you’d like, you can add feed: in front of your RSS URLs to accomplish this.
Manx, I’m not sure what you mean but It would be cool to have some way for people who want to subscribe to the RSS from our blog to do so without having to go through the process of copying and pasting the URL.
Assuming for feed is linked to http://www.domain.com/feed/, you can change the link to feed:http://www.domain.com/feed/ . This new link is supposed to launch the reader’s default new reader and either subscribe them to the feed or check it for updates.
If you give me a link to you blog, I’ll do my best to be more detailed.
I see…that would be the ticket. Here’s the site:
In your sidebar, add:
<li id="subscribe"><?php _e('Subscribe'); ?>
<li><a href="feed:<?php bloginfo('rss2_url'); ?>" title="<?php _e('Syndicate this site using RSS'); ?>"><?php _e('<abbr title="Really Simple Syndication">RSS</abbr>'); ?></a></li>
<li><a href="feed:<?php bloginfo('comments_rss2_url'); ?>" title="<?php _e('The latest comments to all posts in RSS'); ?>"><?php _e('Comments <abbr title="Really Simple Syndication">RSS</abbr>'); ?></a></li>
Sweeeet! Thanx ‘manx. I’m working on this over the weekend….letcha know…
OK got this uploaded but when I click the link I get:
(in Safari) Safari canâ€™t open â€œfeed:http://www.naturalfoodworks.net/wp-commentsrss2.phpâ€? because Mac OS X doesnâ€™t recognize Internet addresses starting with â€œfeed:â€?
(in Firefox) feed is not a registered protocol
In addition, If I hover over the “rss” text in the link a question mark appears.
Any ideas about how to “fix” this?
I fixed this on my webpage yesterday. … Just delete
… and your result will be:
Try that and see if it works.
That’s just a matter of going into the proper theme file (probably sidebar.php or footer.php) and editing out the feed: in front of the RSS links.
Hi again … I shouldmake my previous post clearer …
Just delete feed:
from the php code, both times where it appears. … Mine appeared in the sidebar file. (sidebar.php)
That took care of part of the problem. The link looks like this:
If you hover over either the “RSS” on the 1st line or the “RSS” after the word “comments”
the cursor becomes a question mark, even tho when you click the link seems to work.
Oh, well that’s just because RSS is marked as an acronym and the CSS stylesheet you’re using has specified that when the mouse hovers over an acronym, the cursor will change to the ‘help’ cursor. This is not a problem with anything in your files, just a stylistic choice made by whoever designed the theme you’re using.
If you’d like to remove it, open the style.css file for the theme you’re using and then search for the part where the ‘acronym’ and ‘abbr’ tags are defined. Remove anything that says
cursor: help;in those definitions and then cursor will be a normal pointer when hovering over the link.
Thanx. Off to the css file then. Now, here’s where I reveal my ignorance. What exactly does this link do? How does clicking on it subscribe the “clickor” to my RSS feed?
It won’t. Clicking on the RSS feed will just bring up the raw XML file that powers your RSS feed. The clicker will need to have a feed reader program installed on his computer and then will need to add the link to your feed to their feed reader’s subscription list. Then the reader will pull the latest entries from your site.
Your site should also have ‘auto discovery’ links in the header file that allow programs like feed readers and browsers like Firefox to automatically detect the location of your feed and pull it out.
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