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Creating a RRS feed

  1. Hi:

    Sorry for the newbe question, but my search of the forum archives didn't seem to address my question.

    At this point I've set up my WordPress.com blog, made some entries, and now I'd like to create what I believe is called a RSS feed. By "RSS feed" I mean the XML file that would inform aggregators (iTunes, Feedburner, ?) of updates to the blog so visitors to my blog could subscribe.

    I tried going to Feedburner and entered the URL of my blog (pixelstreaming.wordpress.com), but Feedburner didn't see that as a valid feed. I'm guessing I skipped a step somewhere and I need to first create the XML file.

    So, I hope someone out there can inform me of the actions I need to take to solve this problem. Thanks in advance.

    The blog I need help with is pixelstreaming.wordpress.com.

  2. Your feed for the referenced blog would be http://pixelstreaming.wordpress.com/feed/ . Here at wordpress.COM feeds are automatic. Simply put the " feed/ " after the URL for your blog.

  3. This FAQ explains how to put links to your feed in your sidebar: http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/10/23/put-your-feed-in-your-sidebar/ .

    DO NOT copy and paste code from that FAQ as it will mess things up. Type the code directly into the text widget.

  4. digitalpelican
    Member

    Thanks thesacredpath for the information.

    However, I'm having a problem getting the RSS icon to appear on the blog page. I believe I'm following the FAQ instructions you reference in your post, i.e.:

    '
    <img src="http://faq.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/a64.png />
    '

    When I save the text and go to the blog site, there is a small, narrow patch of color where the icon should be. When I click on the patch of color, it takes me to the feed gathering application I'm using. But the RSS icon is no where to be seen. I return to the widgets page on my dashboard to check the HTML code and this is what I see:

    '
    <img />
    '

    It doesn't save the image location information. I've tried hand entry for the path to the image, for different versions of the image file, and copy/paste of the image URL plus the necessary HTML characters.

    Any suggestions? Thanks again.

  5. digitalpelican
    Member

    OOPS, that didn't work. I guess you'll just have to take my word for it. I enter the HTML for the blog URL (plus /feed) and the HTML plus path to the icon image. I preview the blog page, the icon is not there, and when I open the entry box for the text widget, almost all of the HTML for the image location is gone.

  6. These were copied from my blog and I know they work. I edited them and put in your feed URL and the "a64" image URL.

    <p><a href="http://pixelstreaming.wordpress.com/feed/"><img src="http://faq.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/a64.png" alt="" /> </a> Posts</p>

    <p><a href="http://pixelstreaming.wordpress.com/feed/"><img src="http://faq.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/a64.png" alt="" /> </a> Comments</p>

  7. digitalpelican
    Member

    Thanks again thescaredpath. Your version has the paragraph tag plus the alt tag. Interesting, but it works. Take care.

  8. I put the paragraph tags in simply for spacing since both the posts and comments feeds were in one text widget. The image alt tags are actually now required on all images for compliance with W3C standards. Since I always attempt to keep my blogs as compliant with standards as possible, I include the alt tag on all my images.

    I noticed I put in the wrong link for the comments RSS feed in my sample. In case you did not catch it, your comments feed is http://pixelstreaming.wordpress.com/comments/feed/ .

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