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WordPress CMS Tips: Removing RSS Feeds
By: Codex-M
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  • WordPress CMS Tips: Removing RSS Feeds
  • RSS problem for non-blogging applications
  • Technical solution using PHP and HTML editing
  • The .htaccess solution

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    WordPress CMS Tips: Removing RSS Feeds - RSS problem for non-blogging applications

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    One of the obvious things you may have noticed after completing a WordPress installation is that it looks one hundred percent like a blogging system -- as of course it would, since it has been designed for blogging. You can also see the RSS feeds in a number of visible locations, starting with the browser address bar, as shown below:

    If you are using the WordPress CMS for a non-blogging application, you should remove this RSS feed icon, because your readers do not need to subscribe to your latest post or comments. If this is not removed, it can mislead your visitors into thinking that your site is a blog.

    The second evidence of RSS feeds is RSS feed buttons on the website's content. This is very easy to see and to remove, since it uses the same icon as the screen shot above. You can edit your template files to remove any "Subscribe to RSS" buttons. But disabling them can be quite complex, and will be discussed later.

    The third issue you'll have to deal with is accessible WordPress RSS URLs. Some people might be so familiar with RSS that they know exactly the different RSS URLS that WordPress provides.

    First possible combination:

    Second possible combination:

    Third possible combination (if custom permalinks are used):

    Details here:

    Even though it is not 100% visible in your website (you may not show buttons, etc), if those URLs return a 200 OK status, users can still access those pages, and it may confuse them. To know the server header status of your feed URL, you can use this tool:

    Enter the feed URL in the form and then click "Check server response code" button. Below is a sample feed URL returning OK (200 status):

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