How to Find an RSS Feed

RSS feeds are still very useful, even after all these years. Most websites now choose to hide the link to their RSS feeds from their homepages, but that doesn't mean that they don't exist. WordPress sites all have RSS feeds available (unless manually removed by the site admins), so here are a few ways to find RSS feeds for websites.

1. Browser RSS Autodiscovery

Most browsers either include an RSS auto-discovery tool by default or they allow you to add extensions for it.

Firefox / Internet Explorer

If the website has an RSS Feed, you will see the RSS icon shown above the website in the address bar, as shown in the screenshot below. By clicking on the icon you’ll be redirected to the RSS feed’s URL which you can use in the WP RSS Aggregator  feed source settings.

Chrome

When using the Chrome browser, you can search for third-party extensions that find the RSS feeds within websites for you. Start your search in the Chrome Extensions Web Store. One example is the Get RSS Feed URL extension.

2. Add /feed/ to the WordPress Site's Home URL

With WordPress powering a large portion of the websites right now, many of your sources could have their RSS feed located at the following URL: https://www.sourcedomain.com/feed/, where "sourcedomain" can be replaced by the domain of your source.

WordPress Feeds for Categories, Tags & Authors

If you are looking for an RSS feed of a particular category of posts, a specific tag, or even a specific author, have a look at the other possible feed URLs you can find from the  WordPress Codex.

3. Look for the RSS Symbol

When visiting any website you should look for the standard orange RSS feed logo. If you locate the icon, you can usually click on it and it will take you to the website’s RSS feed where you can obtain the URL for the feed source settings.

4. Look at the Page Source

Another easy way to get the RSS Feed’s URL, no matter what web browser you’re using, is to look at the HTML source of the website’s page. How you view it in your web browser will differ, but in most browsers, you’ll choose the Page Source or Source option under the View menu item at the top of the window. (It might be under a "Developer" option in the "View" menu".)

Once the Source window appears with the HTML for the website’s page, use the “Find” feature (Ctrl-F on PC, Command-F on Mac) and search for " RSS". This should take you to a line that reads like this (or similar):

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS Feed" href="https://www.sourcedomain.com/feed/" />

The RSS feed’s URL is found between the quotes after href=. In the above case, it would be  https://www.sourcedomain.com/feed/.


Wondering how you can use RSS feeds today?

Many uninformed sources have alleged that RSS feeds and the RSS technology are dying.

They could not be further from the truth. We see more and more people coming our way to use RSS feeds for a multitude of uses. Have a look at some of the ideas (we are adding more over time) in our  How To & Tutorials section.

WP RSS Aggregator is the most powerful tool out there to use RSS feeds with your WordPress site.

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