What Is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It refers to files easily read by a computer called XML files that automatically update information.

This information is fetched by a user’s RSS feed reader that converts the files into the latest updates from websites in an easy to read format. It feeds you headlines, summaries, update notices, and links back to articles on your favorite website’s page.

This content is distributed in real time, so that the top results on the RSS feed are always the latest published content for a website.

An RSS feed allows you to create your own customized eZine of the most up-to-date content for the topics and websites you are interested about.

Medium RSS feeds

Medium provides RSS feeds for user profiles and publications.

User profile: To access a user’s feed, add /feed/ before their username, for example:


Publications: For a Medium publication’s RSS feed, add /feed/ before the publication’s name, like so:


Publications with custom domains: For a publication on a custom domain, add /feed/ to the end of the URL:


Tagged pages in publications: For a feed from a Medium publication’s tagged page, add /feed/ before the publication’s name, like so:


View story at Medium.com

View story at Medium.com


WordPress Post-Feed Formats for Permalinks

If you have permalinks enabled on your site, your main-content (posts) feed is accessible via the following URLs, depending on which feed format you would like to use:

  • http://wordpress.com/feed/ (RSS 2.0 format)
  • http://wordpress.com/feed/rss2/ (RSS 2.0 format)
  • http://wordpress.com/feed/rss/ (RSS 0.92 format)
  • http://wordpress.com/feed/rdf/ (RDF/RSS 1.0 format)
  • http://wordpress.com/feed/atom/ (Atom format)

WordPress Post-Feed Formats for Default URLs (non-permalink)

By default, your main-content (posts) feed is accessible via the following URLs, depending on desired format:

  • http://wordpress.com/wp-rss2.php (RSS 2.0 format)
  • http://wordpress.com/wp-rss.php (RSS 0.92 format)
  • http://wordpress.com/wp-rdf.php (RDF/RSS 1.0 format)
  • http://wordpress.com/wp-atom.php (Atom format)

WordPress Post-Feed Formats via Query String (non-permalink)

Alternately, your main-content (posts) feed is also available at the following URLs, depending on desired format:

  • http://wordpress.com/?feed=rss2 (RSS 2.0 format)
  • http://wordpress.com/?feed=rss (RSS 0.92 format)
  • http://wordpress.com/?feed=rdf (RDF/RSS 1.0 format)
  • http://wordpress.com/?feed=atom (Atom format)

Display your Default Post-Feed URLs

To determine/display the default posts feed URL for your blog’s main content, place any or all of these template tags into a useful location in one of your theme files:

  • <?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’); ?> (RSS 2.0 format)
  • <?php bloginfo(‘rss_url’); ?> (RSS 0.92 format)
  • <?php bloginfo(‘rdf_url’); ?> (RDF/RSS 1.0 format)
  • <?php bloginfo(‘atom_url’); ?> (Atom format)

WordPress Main Comments Feed

Your blog’s main comments feed is available only in RSS 2.0 format, but there are several URLoptions from which to choose:

  • http://wordpress.com/comments/feed/ (Permalink format)
  • http://wordpress.com/wp-commentsrss2.php (Default format)
  • http://wordpress.com/?feed=commentsrss2 (Query-string format)

Display your Main-Comments Feed URL

To display the default URL for your main comments feed, add this template tag to your theme file and load the page in your browser:

<?php bloginfo(‘comments_rss2_url’); ?>

Post-Specific Comment Feeds

By default, every post also delivers its own feed featuring all of its comments. To display feed URLs for individual, post-specific comment feeds, place this template tag anywhere in the main post loop or comment loop :

<?php comments_rss_link(‘Subscribe to comments on this post via RSS-2.0 feed’); ?>

Alternately, to display the comment feed URL for any specific post, simply append either of the following to the original post URL:

  • feed/ (Permalink format)
  • ?feed=rss2 (Default format)

Here is an example of each method for a generalized post URL:

  • http://wordpress.com/individual-post/feed/ (Permalink format)
  • http://wordpress.com/individual-post/?feed=rss2 (Default format)

Update: When using default (non-permalink) URLs, the post-specific comment feeds are available via the following format:


..where “p=” references the post ID (thanks to Spamboy for sharing this information).

Category Feeds

To display individual category feed URLs, use either of the following formats :

  • http://wordpress.com/category/categoryname/feed/ (Permalink format)
  • http://wordpress.com/wp-rss2.php?cat=33 (Default format) 


Full site feed:

Note:These full-site feeds are real-time enabled; developers can subscribe to low-latency updates by using the PubSubHubbub protocol.

  • Atom 1.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
  • RSS 2.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

Comments-only feed:

  • Atom 1.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default
  • RSS 2.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default?alt=rss

Label-specific site feed:

  • Atom 1.0: http://www.googleblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/privacy
  • RSS 2.0: http://www.googleblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss/-/privacy

Individual post comment feed:

Note: You can find the postId of an individual post from the Posting | Edit Posts tab. Simply mouseover the ‘Edit’ link next to a particular post, and that postId will be displayed in your browser’s status bar.

  • Atom 1.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/postId/comments/default
  • RSS 2.0: http://blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/postId/comments/default?alt=rss

Note: Be sure to substitute in the correct blog address for blog name and the label you’re interested in for label name. Site feeds don’t work with private blogs.

Author: Vinoth George C is a freelance tech columnist from New Delhi, India. He likes to learn and create new tech concepts and aspire to build a technology that exceed our humanity.