” How do I know my feed URL “. This phrase has been every beginner’s words. When you need to submit your website feeds URL to a platform and you simply can’t wrap your head around it. Well this post is for you. These proven steps would show you how to find your website feed URL without hassle.
For those who are just looking for the URL to submit and do not really know what it is. The intended purpose is to update what ever platform you are submitting the url to. It simply keeps the website posted on the updated content or posts on your website. The feed itself is call an RSS feed.
What is RSS feed?
An RSS or better known as Really Simple Syndication, is just a text file of content on your website. And it automatically updates when content is added. The RSS feeds are universally supported in web standards and allow applications and users to follow updates from a website’s content.
In Brief, This is how your website feed page should look like. Some people confuse website feed with sitemap. Although they both serve the same purpose, A sitemap updates search engine crawlers of an update of the content of your website. Whereas the feeds converts into an RSS feed which another platform may use to showcase or read the contents on your website.
RSS Feed URLs
Trying to find your RSS feed should be easy, start with the most common URLs for your page. That is usually the homepage of your website or the domain.com url. Now many websites have a feed tag that can be appended to the base URL. An example is any website built on WordPress where the RSS feed typically looks like this:
Where “feed” is appended to the end of the website, blog, category, or tag URL. If your website is running on Drupal or Expression Engine it might look like this:
Many websites also have a simple plugin which will take you to the RSS feed. Normally, RSS feed plugins are located near social icons on your page or at the footer.
Find Your Website Feed URL By Checking The Source Code (Easy)
You can find your RSS feed url or link by checking a web page’s source code. This isn’t as technical as it sounds. Trust me, it’s easy as baking pie.
- First, Right click an empty space on the website you’d like an RSS feed for.
- And then click View Page Source (the phrase may differ depending on the browser. so look for anything related to it).
- In the new window that appears, use the “find” feature (Ctrl + F on a PC or Command + F on a Mac), and type in feed or RSS.
- This would reveal a url usually with feed at the end. Copy it. That’s your website feed url.
Finding RSS Feed URL For Drupal, Joomla And Magento Websites
While WordPress powers much of the web there are several other CMS systems that are less RSS-friendly.
Unfortunately, these CMS systems don’t enable RSS by default which means the site operator must explicitly create or enable an RSS feed that displays some or all of the site’s content. If you know your website is running Joomla, Drupal, or Magento your best bet is to examine the source code of key pages (homepage, blog page, newsroom) and search for “RSS”.
If you are reading this and working on your own website you may need to ask your website developer to enable and/or create an RSS feed for you. Here are several steps to help you create custom RSS feeds should this be your objective.
How to Create an RSS feed URL for your Drupal 8 website
This great video walkthrough of how to create RSS feeds in Drupal is quite helpful. It’s up-to-date (as of 2019) and illustrates how to turn any bit of Drupal content into a custom RSS feed.
Create an RSS feed URL for your Joomla website
For Joomla, I recommended to install an RSS plugin such as gsRSSFeed. This plugin will make setting up an RSS feed in Joomla as simple as possible.
- 1: Go to the RSS Feeds section on Joomla.org.
- 2: Download gsRSSFeed or another plugin of your choosing.
- 3: Install gsRSSFeed via the Joomla installer.
- 4: Go to Components >> gsRSSFeed and click “New”
- 5: Fill in the information requested. Most of these fields are self-explanatory. You can happily just give your feed a name and click save.
Create an RSS feed URL for your Magento website:
Magento is an online storefront CMS used for eCommerce. Magento has some great RSS functionality built-in and excellent documentation on how to create custom RSS feeds, such as:
eCommerce RSS feeds are super useful and can be used to tell customers about new products, specials, or even automate product-filled newsletters using a tool like FeedOtter.
Finding RSS Feed For Expression Engine websites
While not holding a significant percentage of market share, the CMS Expression Engine is one of the most popular among business websites. If you are looking for the RSS feed from a company blog or newsroom, the following tips may be helpful.
These resources will help you set up RSS for ExpressionEngine:
Options To Find RSS Feed URL of a site?
Usually, the feed URL of the website looks like this – “www.websitename.com/feed/”. If this doesn’t work, here are some ways in which you can see a site’s RSS Feed URL:
- Go to the site, right-click and select the ‘View Page Source’ option. Search for ‘RSS’. If you find an RSS link which begins with “https”, copy it. This is the site’s feed URL.
- If you are using Firefox, you will see the RSS icon (as shown below) in the address bar. By clicking on the icon, you’ll be redirected to the RSS Feed URL. Copy that link.
- If you are using Google Chrome, you can search for third-party extensions that will find the site’s RSS Feed URL for you.
- Look for the RSS icon on a site’s home page. When you click on the icon, it’ll show you a link that you can copy.
These are some proven steps to find your website feed URL or any website for that matter. These may not be all. Please contact your wesite administrator or host for any further assistance. Please add your thoughts in the comment sections. Your feedback is most welcome. Find more TECH GUIDES ON DAILYNUBS