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Widgets »RSS Widget

The RSS Widget displays posts from any RSS feed. You might find this handy if you want to show off one of your other blogs, or one of your favorite blogs, in your sidebar.

Here’s an example of what it looks like:

Settings

Once you add the widget to your sidebar from Appearance → Widgets, you’ll see that the widget settings look like this:

Enter the RSS feed URL here: You will need to get the RSS feed URL from the blog or web site you would like to display in the sidebar.

Some RSS examples:

There are RSS feeds all over the web. To find the feed of a blog, Flickr stream, or whatever else, look for the standard feed icon, or the word “subscribe” or “feed”. Right (or control on a Mac) click and copy the URL – usually by using the “copy link” or “copy link location” option available.

  • Give the feed a title: Set the title displayed above the feed items.
  • How many items would you like to display?: Sets the number of entries from the feed to show on your sidebar.
  • Display item content?: Check this box to show a brief excerpt from the post in addition to its title.
  • Display item author if available?: Check this box to show the author’s name.
  • Display item date?: Check this box to show the date the post was published.

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Troubleshooting

  • Feed URLs that start with “https://” will not work on our RSS Widget.
  • Check the feed with a validation tool. If there is any error, contact the feed provider.
  • Converting the original feed using FeedBurner may help solve the problem. For more information, visit their support documentation site.
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