- You might want to publish a feed on your site.
- You might want to follow a certain feed in a feed reader.
- You might want to submit a feed to a directory.
- You might need a feed to make a certain plugin work right.
- You might want to monitor a certain site for the appearance of a term. (VERY interesting.)
There are a number of ways to find your feeds, but in general, you can just make add /feed/ to the end of a URL, and that should do it for you. So, for example, to find the feed to a specific category, navigate to that category, and then in the address bar, add “/feed/” to the end of it, and then navigate to that URL.
There are a few that might be a little trickier than that, and we’ll go over them. But we’ll start with the easier ones.
Note: Although I will say “add /feed/” to the end of the URL, make sure you DON’T have a double slash // in the URL. Your URL may already end with a slash.
WRONG: www.example.com//feed/ (See the double slash? That makes it wrong.)
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Find the feed for your entire site. Go to the homepage, then add /feed/ to the end of the URL.
Find the feed for a specific category. Navigate to your category, then add /feed/ to the end of the URL.
Find the feed for single tags. Navigate to the individual tag page (click on the tag link), then add /feed/ to the end of the URL.
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Find the feed for specific authors. Navigate to the individual author’s page (click on their name) , then add /feed/ to the end of the URL.
Find the feed for all the comments on the site. Type in “/comments/feed/” at the end of the homepage URL.
Comments on a Single Post
To get a feed of the comments on one individual posts, navigate to the post, then add /feed/ to the end of the URL.
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Feed for Search Terms
This one is a little trickier but also a little more interesting. Imagine monitoring a site just for the terms you wanted. It could save a lot of time and energy sifting through things you don’t want.
You can do that by grabbing the feed for search terms. Instead of the usual /feed/, with this one you’ll need to add &feed=rss2 to the end of a search URL.
If a site doesn’t have a search box on it, this post will help you still find the search URL.
Or you can just add the following to the end of the main domain: ?s=searchterm&feed=rss2. You would replace “searchterm” with our actual term.
If you are searching for more than one word, add a plus sign (+) between the words: video+plugins.
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