Show your “Latest Posts” on a Sidebar with the RSS app
In this article we’ll show you how to use the RSS app to show off your latest posts on the sidebar or anywhere you like.
Why Do this
You can do this to show a summary of your latest posts.
You can think of this as an index of entries or an excerpt of latest posts on your main page or on all pages’ sidebar. This way you don’t have to show the full fledged version of all posts, and help your visitors quickly navigate through the latest ones.
But alternatively you can use it just to test, to make sure everything all your posts are being published alright.
First, in case you don’t have it already, you need a Blog app (or one of the other apps that produce an RSS feed). Make sure you install it on the right page.
For example, if the site’s main purpose is to be a Blog, then probably you’ll want to install it on the main (home) page. But if the Blog is only a section of several others, you’ll want to install it on a page called “Blog” or something similar.
If you need instructions on how to use the Blog app, check this article about it.
Next, create some posts. If you don’t have content, you can use sample text to try it out.
As you may already know, RSS is a technology that is used for syndicating content. This means you can use this content for basically two means: read it on a software (such as Google Reader) or show it off on your website.
The Blog app produces a feed, that your visitors can use to read the content you post there on their RSS reader of choice, or even show it on their own website.
The RSS feed URL that our program produces for your site is something like:
This address is relative to the page where the Blog app is installed. So if it’s on the homepage, the URL would look like:
You must substitute with your own domain (or subdomain) where necessary, and copy that URL.
Now you can install your RSS app.
There’s only one setting that’s essential: the URL of your feed. You can also customize how many entries to show.
Once pasted the URL in the appropriate field, you’re done.
Preview your site and check out your latest entries!
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