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WordPress Plugin for Category Specific RSS feed subscription menu


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The ‘Category Specific RSS feed subscription’ WordPress Plugin allows you to add a menu with multiple RSS feed subscription option to your site in addition to the normal RSS subscription option. The category specific RSS feed menu can be added to a post, page or sidebar. Through this menu your visitors will be able to subscribe to the RSS feed of a specific topic/category of your blog/site that particularly interest them.
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Why use category specific RSS subscription?

The reason is very simple… you don’t want to be served with Meat when you are a Vegetarian!  If your site covers multiple topics then your subscribed readers may get annoyed when you update your site with content that they are not interested in and they get a notification in their RSS reader. With category specific RSS subscription option, your readers can choose which topic they want to subscribe to and will only get notified when you update/add content to your site with that specific topic. Apart from the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) advantage, this is a much more neat and clean RSS subscription option. Most of the time, your visitors will not subscribe to your RSS feed if they can not choose a topic/category specific subscription, specially when your site covers multiple topics which are not related.

Installation

  1. Unzip and Upload the folder ‘Category-specific-rss-wp’ to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to Settings and configure the options eg. your category names and RSS link of the specific topic.
  4. Go to the Widgets menu and add the ‘Category Specific RSS’ widget to the sidebar or add the trigger text <!– category_specific_rss_menu –> to a post or page where u want it to appear.

Usage

There are three ways you can use this plugin:

  1. Add the Category Specific RSS Widget to your sidebar from the Widget menu.
  2. Add the shortcode category_specific_rss_menu] to your posts or pages.
  3. Call the function from template files: <?php echo show_cat_specific_rss_menu(); ?>

Screenshot

Category Specific RSS Feed Screenshot

Category Specific RSS Feed Screenshot

Download Latest Version (v1.5)

Download the Category Specific RSS plugin.

Additional Documentation

Display category specific RSS for all categories

To show a list of all categories and a RSS feed for each of them simply check the ‘Show Category RSS for All Categories’ option from the settings menu.

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You can also toggle the display of the current count of posts in each category from the settings menu of the plugin.

Changing the default RSS image

To change the default RSS image simply overwrite the ‘rss_small_icon.png’ image in the plugin directory with the image that you want to use

Why doesn’t the Plugin Give an RSS feed?

One thing to keep in mind is that the ‘Category Specific RSS’ plugin won’t be able to give you an RSS feed if you are using the default dynamic URL structure (eg. ?cat=7 or ?p=127 etc.)

Change your permalink structure to fancy permalink (eg. www.yourdomain.com/title-of-your-post instead of www.yourdomain.com/?p=12)

You should be using fancy permalink for Search Engine Optimization too (read the following post when you get some time )

Search engine optimization tips for WordPress blog

Change your Permalink structure from the Settings->Permalinks menu (choose anything but the default one and then the feed will work fine)

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