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. Slav says:

    Hi. I tried to install the plug in and somehow I managed – I choose the tick for all categories and the RSS links are in a sidebar. However, only the picture is a link to RSS, the name of the category is link to the category archive – i haven’t changed anything..the user shoud be very precize to click only the small icon which doesn’t sound good to me.

  2. Megan says:

    This is a great feature, thank you so much! I have added it to my site. Is there anyway to not have the Tips and Tricks link on the bottom?

  3. admin says:

    @Larry, Please download the new version by clicking the ‘Download’ button near the top of this page.

  4. Larry says:

    Where is the new release? I have 1.9 and would like the new features.
    Thanks.

  5. admin says:

    @PC, Just released a new version. This version gives you an option to show category specific RSS for all categories. Let me know if this helps

  6. PC says:

    Have you released a version that supports more than 8 categories? If not, can you send me instructions on how to add them myself?

  7. admin says:

    Hi Guys, Looks like a few people want to use more than 8 categories and the truth is that it’s a little cumbersome to add more categories without having good PHP knowledge so I have decided to release a new version which automatically figures out all the categories you have and gives an RSS feed option for each one. I am currently overseas on work I will get back home on Saturday.. so expect something on sunday.

  8. Michael Miller says:

    Can you send me instructions on how to add more categories. I’d like to have 9-12. Thanks

  9. admin says:

    Just use the following line in your sidebar.php where you want the RSS subscription menu to appear:

    < ?php echo show_cat_specific_rss_menu(); ?>

  10. Alessandro says:

    Is it possible to insert a point in the file sidebar.php?

    In my theme I do not use the widget ready!

    Thank you

  11. Spark says:

    Hi Admin,

    Would like to know whether can you send me the code to edit the number of feeds to include? As i intend to add more than 8 Feeds.

    Appreciate your help on this. Thanks!

    Regards,
    Spark

  12. Bas says:

    Hi,

    Looks cool. But like Nick, I run 2.7.1 and it doesn’t appear. I can add the widget, but nothing gets added to the actual html….

    Thanks,

    Bas

  13. Mike says:

    This looks like a great plugin. I require a category subscription function for approx. 70 categories, ideally allowing user to select multiple selections before subscribing. Is this something that I can achieve with this plugin?

    Many thanks,
    Mike.

  14. admin says:

    Yes this plugin is compatible with WordPress 2.7.1

  15. nick says:

    Hi,

    Is this plug in compatible with WP 2.7.1? All installed ok, but doesn’t seem to work.

    Many Thanks
    Nick

  16. Vend says:

    I didn’t receive that email you mentioned, have you sent it yet?

  17. Nimit kashyap says:

    Nice post ,i was also looking for this kind of plugin.

  18. admin says:

    You can add as many as you want really. I will email you and tell you what to do.

  19. Vend says:

    Thanks for the reply, it’s around 20 actually, hope that’s ok

  20. admin says:

    Yes, you can show more than 8 categories Vend but it will require some code changes. Let me know if you are okay with doing the changes yourself then I will tell you what to do. How many categories are you after?

  21. Vend says:

    Is there anyway to show more than eight categories?

  22. Rob says:

    I was looking for a RSS-Wordpress plugin that gave me the ability to publish Category Feeds. My site features news, product offers and editorial specials. With this plugin I’m able to show my readers exactly what they want in my feeds.

    I’m going to download it!!!

    Thanks alot!

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