Category Feeds Being Removed

As part of the site revision process, I’ve decided to do away with the category-specific feeds. These feeds, which cover Excel, Mac OS, Word, and WordPress content, are being utilized by less than 100 people. If you’re reading this message in your feed reader, YOU might be one of them.

Within a month or so, these feeds will simply not work. Delete them from your reader.

If you want to continue receiving content from this site via RSS, please subscribe to the main feed, using one of the following URLs:

RSSImport

A WordPress plugin to add links to RSS feeds.

On pages 165-166 of WordPress 2: Visual QuickStart Guide, Miraz and I discuss CG-Feedread, a plugin that enables you to list the titles (with links) of posts on another blog based on RSS feed content. We use the plugin on our >WPVQS.com Web site to list content from Miraz’s Mactips.info site and my An Eclectic Mind site.

I hate to admit it, but I never really liked that plugin. It came as part of a package and I was only interested in that one part. So today, while attempting to add the same feature to two of my WordPress-based sites, I looked for a different, simpler solution. And I found it: RSSImport by Frank Bueltge.

RSSIMport in ActionRSSImport is a one-trick pony. It enables you to add a list of posts from any RSS feed. There are four options: the number of posts to list, the URL of the feed, whether the list should include descriptions, and whether the post title should be truncated to 30 characters.

You install and activate the plugin like any other plugin. (You can refer to Chapter 7 of our book or consult the documentation that comes with the file if you need help.) Then place the following code in your template file — most likely sidebar.php — where you want the list to appear:

< ?php RSSImport(10,"http://feeds.feedburner.com/mariasguides",false,false); ?>

The options go between the parentheses. In this example, I’ll pull 10 posts from the Maria’s Guides feed, exclude the description, and disable the 30-character limit on posts. The result looks like this on An Eclectic Mind. As you can see, I included a heading before the code so the list would blend in with the rest of my sidebar content.

And if you look on the Maria’s Guides site, you’ll see a similar list for an Eclectic Mind. (The two sites used to be one and they’re still somewhat “joined at the hip.”)

I recommend the plugin if you’re looking for a simple solution to list another blog’s posts. But if you want to list multiple blogs’ posts in the same list, CG-Feedread is probably a better solution.

How to Add WordPress Category Feed Links to Posts

Another Informit article.

Sheesh. I forgot all about this one. I just checked in at Informit and there it was — an article I’d written at least a month ago.

It’s called “How to Add WordPress Category Feed Links to Posts” and it provides detailed information about how I get those little RSS icons to appear beside category names for each post on this site. I referred to this article in a post on this site, “WordPress Category Feeds.” That post explains why I wrote the article and why I didn’t publish it here. (It basically comes down to my need to pay bills and eat.)

I think that’s the last Informit article in the pipeline. They’ve asked me for some Leopard articles, but I’m going to wait a wee bit longer before I start churning those out.

Anyway, enjoy. And if you have questions about the article, you can post them in Comments here.

More Feed Stuff

Now you can see the extremes I can take this stuff to.

Okay, so I get my category feeds set up and I get them redirected to FeedBurner. But I decide that I don’t like the name of the site feed (Maria Langer, The Official Web Site*) appearing as the name for all of the category feeds. Too much confusion for folks who subscribe to two or more categories here. (Silly me, imagining loyal readers who want to track multiple book support sites via feed.)

So I dig around in the WordPress Codex for code that’ll help me. I see some template tags there that might do the trick but don’t feel like wasting a day figuring out how to make this work.

So then I try searching the WordPress documentation and forums. I usually have terrible luck with the forums. I never seem to come up with the right combination of search words. But today, I did.

I searched for category feed title and I came up with this thread. In it, Diplo provides some relatively complex yet simple to insert code. Once I realized that the non-English words were variable names (duh) and could be used as Diplo wrote them, I inserted the code as instructed and got the desired result: if a feed is for a specific category, only the category name appears in the </code> tag. As an added bonus, the category’s description (not the blog’s description) also appears in the feed header.</p> <p>Now maybe I can get back to my <em>real</em> work.</p> <p>–<br /> <small>*Read with tongue planted firmly in cheek.</small></p> </div><!-- .entry-content --> <footer class="entry-meta"> <span class="cat-links"> <span class="entry-utility-prep entry-utility-prep-cat-links">Posted in</span> <a href="http://www.mariasguides.com/topic/internet/wordpress/" title="View all posts in WordPress" rel="category tag">WordPress</a> </span> <span class="sep"> | </span> <span class="tag-links"> <span class="entry-utility-prep entry-utility-prep-tag-links">Tagged</span> <a href="http://www.mariasguides.com/tag/feed/" rel="tag">feed</a>, <a href="http://www.mariasguides.com/tag/rss/" rel="tag">RSS</a> </span> <span class="sep"> | </span> <span class="comments-link"><a href="http://www.mariasguides.com/2007/02/09/more-feed-stuff/#respond" title="Comment on More Feed Stuff"><span class="leave-reply">Add a Comment</span></a></span> <p></p> </footer><!-- #entry-meta --> </article><!-- #post-282 --> <article id="post-281" class="post-281 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-links category-wordpress tag-email tag-feed tag-informit tag-rss"> <header class="entry-header"> <h1 class="entry-title"><a href="http://www.mariasguides.com/2007/02/09/feedburner-e-mail-notification-article-now-online/" title="Permalink to FeedBurner E-Mail Notification Article Now Online" rel="bookmark">FeedBurner E-Mail Notification Article Now Online</a></h1> <div class="entry-meta"> <span class="sep">Posted on </span><a href="http://www.mariasguides.com/2007/02/09/feedburner-e-mail-notification-article-now-online/" title="5:53 am" rel="bookmark"><time class="entry-date" datetime="2007-02-09T05:53:23+00:00">February 9, 2007</time></a><span class="by-author"> <span class="sep"> by </span> <span class="author vcard"><a class="url fn n" href="http://www.mariasguides.com/author/admin/" title="View all posts by admin" rel="author">admin</a></span></span> </div><!-- .entry-meta --> <div class="comments-link"> <a href="http://www.mariasguides.com/2007/02/09/feedburner-e-mail-notification-article-now-online/#respond" title="Comment on FeedBurner E-Mail Notification Article Now Online"><span class="leave-reply">Comment</span></a> </div> </header><!-- .entry-header --> <div class="entry-content"> <p><strong>Informit gets around to publishing one of the articles I wrote in December.</strong></p> <p>Back in December, I added individual RSS feeds on <a href="http://www.feedburner.com" title="Check out FeedBurner" target="_blank">FeedBurner</a> for the book support categories on this site. The main reason I did this was to take advantage of FeedBurner’s e-mail notification feature.</p> <p>E-mail notification is like RSS feeds for novices. Instead of requiring users to know how to set up a live bookmark or configure a feed reader to get new content, it simply delivers new content to subscribers automatically once a day via e-mail. Whether I write one entry or ten in a day, the contents of those entries are compiled nightly into a single e-mail message and sent out to subscribers. That’s all they get. No junk mail, no spam, no annoying reminders. Best of all, the e-mail message includes links that subscribers can use to check out the article on my site or leave comments. And a link to unsubscribe that actually works.</p> <p>When I set this feature up for my book support categories, I wrote an article about it that explained, with screenshots, how to get the job done. I submitted it to my overworked editor at <a href="http://www.informit.com" title="Visit Informit" target="_blank">Informit.com</a>, she gave me the thumbs up, and it ended up in Informit’s publication pipeline. I approved the edits in mid January and began waiting to see it appear online.</p> <p>Informit apparently publishes new content weekly on Fridays. At least, that’s how it seems to me. My articles always seem to come out on Fridays. “<a href="http://www.informit.com/articles/article.asp?p=693646" title="Read the article for free at Informit.com" target="_blank">Add Email Notification to Your Blog with FeedBurner</a>” appeared this morning.</p> <p>Enjoy.</p> <p>Oh, and by the way, there are three more articles in the Informit pipeline. I’ll let you know when they appear. 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