If you’re still using RSS feeds, you’d probably have noticed that a lot of sites no longer have an RSS feed. However, it’s not that difficult to find or even create an RSS feed for just about any site.
In this article, we’re going over a few ways you can create an RSS feed for any website.
Also read: What is an RSS feed? How does it work?
How to find hidden RSS feeds of any website?
Sites that are built using content management systems (CMSs) like WordPress, Blogger or Medium, an RSS feed for these sites exists by default.
Finding RSS feeds on WordPress
If a site is built on WordPress, all you have to do is add /feed at the end of the URL to get an RSS feed. You can do this for categories and separate pages as well. The URL will look something like this.
Finding RSS feeds on Blogger
For sites made on Blogger, you need to add feeds/posts/default at the end of the URL. So the site link would look something like this.
Finding RSS feeds on Medium
On Medium, just like WordPress simply add /feed to the URL before the publication’s name. You can do this for individual author pages as well. The URL will look something like this.
Finding RSS feeds on Tumbler
Tumbler is also simple enough. All you need to do is add /rss to the end of the homepage’s URL and you’re good to go. The URL should look something like this.
How to create a custom RSS feed for any website?
There are numerous tools on the internet for creating RSS feeds off of just about any site you want. Sites like FetchRSS and FiveFilter’s Feed Creator make creating an RSS feed a matter of a few clicks.
In this article, we’re using Feed Creator as it’s compartively easier to use.
Step 1: Head over to the Feed Creator page and type in the URL you want the feed for under Enter web page URL.
Step 2: For the next field, we first need to head back to the URL we want to generate the feed from and press Ctrl+Shift+I to open the Inspect Element window.
Step 3: Now we need to find the class of the element containing the title. Simply right-click on a title and you’ll see the code on the right. In this particular example, the class name is post-title, your exact name will vary.
Step 4: Enter the class name we found in the last step in the Get links inside HTML elements with this id or class value field.
Step 5: Scroll down and click on Preview. If everything went right, you should see a preview of your feed on the right.
You’ll see the first five headlines from the page you’re trying the fetch the feed from.
And that’s all you need to do to generate custom RSS feeds from any webpage you want.
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