When I talked about customizing the length of your WordPress feed I mentioned that I was using the More Feed Excerpt plugin in an effort to force WordPress to split RSS feeds at the “more” tag. After talking to the developer of the More Feed Excerpt plugin, George Notaras, I decided to take his advice and give version 1.99 of Ozh’ Better Feed plugin a try.
At that time it would be fair to say the Better Feed plugin was quite rough or “unpolished” at the very least. All of the features worked but the lack of an administrative interface forced you to dig deep into the PHP code to edit variables and template text. The plugin included a function to put related Categories in the RSS feed’s footer but I had to cobble together my own function to display a list of related Tags.
BUT… fortunately for you version 2.0 of the Better Feed plugin has just been released and it provides a great new admin interface and a Related Tags feature.
It took me a while to get everything setup the way I like it but I think the results are definitely worth the effort.
As you can see, Better Feeds does more than just split your feed at the more tag, it can also access:
- The post URL.
- Post title.
- Blog title.
- Author’s name.
- Current date.
- Number of comments received.
- Related Categories
- Related Tags.
- Number of words after the “more” tag.
If you like the way my feed footer is configured you can download and install the Better Feeds plugin and go to the admin panel to enter the following information:
Read More Link…
<a href="%%posturl%%#more-%%id%%" title="Read more">...</a><p><a href="%%posturl%%#more-%%id%%" title="''%%posttitle%%'' continues">Continue reading "%%posttitle%%"</a>.</p>
Feed Item Footer…
<hr noshade style="margin:0;height:1px" /><small><p><a title="Comments for ''%%posttitle%%''" href="%%posturl%%#commentblock">%%comments_text%%</a> on <a title="Permalink for ''%%posttitle%%''" href="%%posturl%%">%%posttitle%%</a>, ©%%date[Y]%% <a title="Visit %%blogname%%" href="%%blogurl%%">%%blogname%%</a> | Add to <a title="Bookmark ''%%posttitle%%'' in del.icio.us" href="http://del.icio.us/post?url=%%posturl%%&title=%%posttitle%%">del.icio.us</a><br/>Read other articles filed under %%categorylinks%%.<br/>Read more articles related to %%taglinks%%.</p></small>
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If you don’t like the way my feed is currently configured, leave a comment and let me know what’s up.
Ozh’ Better Feed is a powerful plugin that just got a lot easier to use, give it a try if you’d like to customize the appearance of your WordPress RSS feed.