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 that particularly interest them.

You can also create a tag specific RSS feed menu or a tag rss feed cloud using a shortcode.

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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.

Category Specific RSS Plugin Installation

  1. Go to the Add New plugins screen in your WordPress admin area
  2. Click the upload tab
  3. Browse for the plugin file (Category-specific-rss-wp.zip) then hit the “install” button.
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  5. Go to Settings and configure the options. Example: your category names and RSS link of the specific topic.
  6. Optionally, go to the Widgets menu and add the ‘Category Specific RSS’ widget to the sidebar or add the shortcode to a post or page where u want the RSS feed widget to appear.

Category Specific RSS Plugin 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 WordPress posts or pages.
  3. Call the function from template files: <?php echo show_cat_specific_rss_menu(); ?>
  4. Use the [tag_specific_rss_menu] shortcode to your posts, pages, sidebar widget to add a tag specific rss feed menu
  5. Use the [tag_specific_rss_cloud] shortcode to your posts, pages, sidebar widget to add a tag cloud with rss feed of each tag

Plugin Screenshot

Category Specific RSS Feed Screenshot

Category Specific RSS Feed Screenshot

Download Latest Version

Download the Category Specific RSS plugin.

Plugin Compatibility

Works with the latest version of WordPress.

Plugin Requires

Requires WordPress 3.0 or higher.

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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Comments (142 responses)

  1. Joerg says:

    Very nice and easy to use plugin.

    I have some feature requests:

    It would be nice if the admin could combine categories (via selecting from a setup menu at the admin backend) to build customized feeds, like
    - combine category A with D and F
    - always add category A (“Default”) to any feed

    Also a list that would display the categories and it’s ID’s would be nice to have at the admin backend to build the custom feeds.

    Extending the ability to create more than 8 customized feeds.

    An option to add the customized feeds in front of (or below) the automated categorie feeds.

    Not only the RSS Icon also the category name should point to the RSS feed.

  2. admin says:

    @rosdeal, You can do it for all your categories. There is an option in the settings of this plugin.

  3. rosdeal says:

    Wunderfull Plugin! One qestion: is it possible to use the script for more than 8 categories?

  4. Boulat says:

    Great plug-in!
    FYI: it works OK even with default permalink settings.

  5. admin says:

    We can only guarantee that it will work with the latest version of WordPress.

  6. Kathy Blackmore says:

    This is great for huge sites that cover a multitude of topics. Users can now customize what kinds of news or updates that gets served to them, with having to sift through all the other topics that hold no interest to them. Is this compatible with all versions of the wordpress, or only the latest ones?

  7. Lambert says:

    I am so in love with this plug-in!! Thank you so much! Downloaded, installed and works like it should. We needed to have a way to have many categories on a residential community type site. Wed tested other plug-ins but they did not perform how we needed them to.

    Thanks again!

  8. Sean says:

    I really like this plugin. It helps me organize my feeds and categories very nicely. Currently perusing your site for more of your awesome plugins.

    thnks

    sean

  9. Aamir says:

    So nice of you, thanks for great work,

  10. Molly says:

    Oh man, your plugin saved my day. I have been having major issues with my wordpress feed, and so I decided to push it over to feedburner. However, when I do this, it only showed the latest 10 posts. The posts are to be imported onto another blog, and now, thanks to your plugin, I can pull over several RSS feeds, getting all of my posts, vs. only the last 10. Thank you so much for this plugin. A true life saver.

  11. Steve Williams says:

    This software surely did the trick for me. Many of my subscribers and clients found it very useful to subscribe to all the topics in my blogs and sites. When they wanted to talk about e.g. new electronics that have hit the market, they would only get notified about that topic only, nothing else.I recommend this for everyone who deals with SEO.

  12. Juron says:

    Thanks!

    this is a very useful tool for my blog..

  13. Diego (Web SEO) says:

    Big thanks!

    Exactly what I was looking for.

    Different feeds per category are essential from an usability point of view and it’s also useful for “theming” in search engine optimization.

  14. toto says:

    thank you. very nice rss plugin

  15. syoof says:

    Nifty plug-in, this’ll be useful for many of my clients. As a matter of fact, I’ll be recommending it to a number of my favorite blogs, as I don’t always want all of their RSS topics, just some of them.

  16. pating says:

    thanks for the info bro

  17. peter says:

    Excellent plugin works like a charm -now I have a great feed for every category -wonderful addition to SEO.

  18. Marina says:

    Aha…ok! I found out that we can actually put any RSS link on “RSS Link” space..

    But then how to make it more than 8? x)
    Because my pages are really a lot… close to 50…

    Thank you very much!!

  19. Marina says:

    Wonderful plugin!

    But by the way, is there any way of having page-specific RSS feed? (Or any other RSS in the website? I am using Simple Press Forum and I wonder if the RSS at each of the group/topic in the forum can be gathered in a list)

    Thanks a lot!
    Keep up the good work!

  20. Adrian says:

    wow been looking for wordpress category specific RSS solution for days! Thanks loads!

  21. Walter says:

    For those who may wonder if Category Specific RSS feeds are of any benefit, let me tell you that they are. I recently switched from a single feed to the Category style feed, and I can’t tell you how many people have told me how much they have enjoyed being able to get only what they want. I think the “Meat to a Vegetarian” scenario is a perfect example. By allowing specific feeds, you can increase your following by picking up those people who didn’t want all the “noise” that comes along with subscribing to an all inclusive feed.

  22. John Gamings says:

    Interesting, I never knew this was possible. I personally think it’s easier just to subscribe to one conglomerated feed of all the posts, but I suppose for sites with a very broad array of topics, this could be quite useful

  23. admin says:

    The settings option for this plugin can be found under the “Settings” option of WordPress. So look for “Settings” -> “Category Specific RSS”

    Yes you can change the widget title from the settings.

  24. darrell kay says:

    first, i do not have a settings option available to me inside wordpress, for editing the plugin or making changes.
    is this because it did not pay for it? i am willing to pay in order to be able to make changes.

    first question/change: i want to change the name of the title of the widget. i don’t want it to say “category specific rss”. i want to say categories and rss” or something else. how do i do it? thank you.

  25. admin says:

    @Eric, This plugin do not control the timing of the delivery. It just controls the categorization of the RSS feed.

    @Ism, I am not sure I understand your question.

  26. lsm says:

    hi there,

    nice plugin and very useful
    but the RSS link are writen that way ; http://example.com/categorie/secteurs/feed/
    by me, it shoud be http://example.com/categorie/secteurs/feed/rss/

    how can I fix it ?
    thanks in advance

  27. Eric says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this plug in. Our only concern is timing. We run an Investment Firm and we do trade alerts that are very time sensitive. The fastest we can publish a newsletter and get it to people is 10minutes. Is there any way to speed up the delivery for our publications?

    Great app. Congrats!

    ERIC

  28. Paul Web says:

    Nifty plug-in, this’ll be useful for many of my clients. As a matter of fact, I’ll be recommending it to a number of my favorite blogs, as I don’t always want all of their RSS topics, just some of them.

  29. Ben Stovall says:

    Thank you very much for your excellent plugin! It worked like a charm!

  30. admin says:

    You can create feedburner feeds for your different category and use them with this plugin

  31. Ben Stovall says:

    This is exactly what I was looking for! I have a site with diverse categories, but I use Feedburner for analytical/statistical purposes. Is there a way to leverage Feedburner with your plugin?

  32. Gene Alexander says:

    Thank you! I just realized today we needed a categorized feed for our company web log and this does the trick. Very much appreciated.

  33. admin says:

    @Zach, When I got to your site and click on the category feeds I can see the feed fine. What issue do you get?

  34. Zach K says:

    My feeds aren’t working on my website…..don’t know why

  35. admin says:

    @Joel, that is a bit strange. Do you get page not found for the image or the category or the whole page where the widget is embedded?

  36. Joel Galbraith says:

    Odd thing happening. I upgraded the blog to 3.x, and my theme as well. Now when image is on left, I get “page not found” error. If RSS image is on right, everything works fine–switch it back to left, all category links broken again.

  37. Patrick McGuire says:

    Ruhul, I am a huge fan of yours. Always using your plugins (eStore, eMember, Affiliate) and loving them.

    I have yet to load this one, but want to say, although I agree that a plug-in without your tagline and link at the bottom would be nice, I totally understand the reasons for your tag line and link.

    its called MARKETING people! Wake up, you are getting a serious kick butt RSS plug-in for free and increasing your potential to make money, share your message and grow your network.

    I can’t wait to get this working to my advantage on my sites. Thanks Ruhul, you are always a pro.

  38. Uwe Raabe says:

    This is exactly what I was looking for, thanks!
    Hint: it doesn’t work when a user defined name is used for the categories in permalink settings.

  39. admin says:

    Yes you can place your category specific rss in a post or page too. Simply use the following shortcode on your post or page:

    [category_specific_rss_menu]

  40. Sean Hoey says:

    Hi, just wondering if its possible you could add a page option. A bit like ezinearticles where it lists the category feeds in a page. That would be a great option. :)

  41. admin says:

    you can use a select input field so show the categories in a dropdown.

  42. mssbee says:

    I have lots of categories and would like to have the feeds in a drop down. How would I alter the code for that?

  43. Karen says:

    Thank you for the quick response.

  44. admin says:

    @Karen, Please check the checkbox that says “Show Category RSS for All Categories” and you don’t have to worry about the 8 custom categories that you can setup RSS for.

  45. Karen says:

    Just downloaded latest version 1.5 and it still shows just 8 categories. Am I missing something? Thank you ahead of time.

  46. admin says:

    @Joel, fixed this issue in v1.5 (please download it from this page)

  47. Joel Galbraith says:

    I’m delighted to have v.1.4 and like the image on the left. Not sure if this is a glitch, but when I try to uncheck the show post count box, I get the post counts don’t go away…maybe a page caching issue. I’ll keep investigating. Sorry if this is just user error.
    -JG

  48. admin says:

    @Chris, There is no option to not show the RSS icon (without the icons how can the plugin link to your RSS feed?)

    You may have unchecked the “Show RSS Feed Image on the Left” option. This option is only to determine if the icon should be displayed on the left side of the category name or right side.

  49. Chris says:

    Although I have disabled the option to show the rss icon ( I don’t want to show it), it is shown :-(

  50. admin says:

    @Rich, I don’t know of any way to show a teaser for category.

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