How to Add Author-Specific RSS Feeds to WordPress

Sort RSS Feeds by Author w/ the Code Snippet Below

Although there are numerous blogs that have more than one contributor or author, they rarely offer their readers the option to subscribe to a certain author and only that author via an author-specific RSS feed.

There are a couple advantages to this feature. For readers it provides a convenient option for sorting the content to which they wish to subscribe and successful bloggers know that keeping readers happy is big part of the business. For example, I subscribe to a few sports blogs with multiple authors, some of whom do little to impress me with their commentary. The sports blogs that allow me to subscribe by author are much more enjoyable because I don’t have to separate the wheat from the chaff and so I end up reading them more often.

The primary advantage for authors is that they can isolate their feed. An isolated feed allows them to leverage their blog content across social media platforms, such as Twitter or Tumblr.

To implement this feature in WordPress simply paste the following code wherever you would like the feed links to show up i.e. sidebar or footer

<?php wp_list_authors
('exclude_admin=0&show_fullname=1&hide_empty=1&feed_image=http://www.yourdomain.com/images/rss.gif' ); ?>

Replace “http://www.yourdomain.com/images/rss.gif” with the appropriate path for your RSS icon.

That’s it, you’re good to go. The links will appear when you refresh the page. Cheers!

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