If terms like feed, syndication, and RSS make your head spin, stop right now and read an Introduction to Syndication. That will give you a good overview of feeds and syndication. This article assumes that you know the basics of what feeds are and how they are used.
Customized feeds give your readers more information about you and your blog: you can include the names of additional collaborators on your blog posts, or a link to your Friend-of-a-Friend file. Contrariwise, it can also help you restrict the information available for syndication, by removing extraneous data or providing a machine-readable version of your copyright statement.
How WordPress Produces Feeds
WordPress uses a set of feed templates to display your site’s feeds, in much the same way as it uses theme templates to display your content. These feed templates are located in the wp-includes WordPress directory. These core files are not directly compatible with the Theme system, however it is possible to use custom page templates to achieve a theme-based solution (see further information and links below) or change which templates are used.
The following feed templates are included with WordPress:
- Displays your entries in RSS 2.0 format.
- Displays your entries in RSS 0.92 format.
- Displays your entries in RDF/RSS 1.0 format
- Displays your entries in Atom format.
- Displays comments – either the most recent comments on all posts, or the comments on a specific post – in Atom format.
- Displays comments – either the most recent comments on all posts, or the comments on a specific post – in RSS 2.0 format.