RSS feeds can be tricky. Depending on how they're set up, they can often display your content very differently in your Hub. This post will outline how you can optimize the RSS feed for your WordPress blog to add content to your Hub exactly as expected.
RSS feeds are to Uberflip like channels are to TVs. Regardless of what content "airs", they have to be set up properly if you want your audience to have the best possible experience. For instance, nobody likes watching their favorite show if it's distorted by static or signal breaks.
Here’s a short list of steps you need to take to ensure that your RSS feeds are perfectly pulled into your Hub. This article focuses on importing a WordPress RSS feed, if you have a custom RSS feed, please contact email@example.com for more help.
There are five easy things that you will want to ensure are included or updated in your WordPress RSS feed:
- Increasing the number of posts included in your RSS feed
- Include the full content of posts in the feed
- Ensure images are properly formatted
- Ensure your Featured Images are included in the RSS feed
- Remove "This post appeared first in..."
Step 1 - Increase the Number of Included Posts
By default, your WordPress RSS feed will only include your latest 10 or 50 posts. You will want to set the RSS feed limit to a really high number (more than the total number of posts/articles on your blog). This will ensure we pull as much of your blog content into the Hub as possible. Visit Settings > Reading > Syndication feeds show the most recent ___ items
* Please note that the Uberflip platform limits your initial import to 50 items. If you would like to import more than 50 items, please contact your Customer Success team or our Support team.
Step 2 - Include Full Posts in Your RSS Feed
Make sure your article’s entire content is added to the RSS feed – not just excerpts which are usually just a few sentences. Visit Settings > Reading > For each article in a feed, show: 'Full Text'
Another element to consider before connecting an RSS feed with Uberflip is image size. In order for all visuals to display on your Hub, please ensure that the HTML code specifies width and height for each image. Otherwise, none of them will be converted.
Sample HTML image code including size:
<img src=”IMAGE URL” alt=”IMAGE DESCRIPTION” height=”650″ width=”200″>
Click here to learn more about ensuring that your images are properly formatted in your RSS feed.
Step 4 - Ensure your Featured Images are included in the RSS feed
You likely use a Featured Image for each of your articles on your WordPress blog. However, by default these images are not included in your RSS feed. In order to include them in your RSS feed, and therefore include them in your Hub, you will need to use a WordPress plugin such as Featured Image In RSS Feed. This ensures that you can continue to use your Featured Images as your Thumbnail images in the Hub.
Please note: the above plugin is a third party tool. As with any reference to a 3rd party application, we do not officially support the use of this tool. These are general guidelines only and we offer them only to be helpful.
Step 5 - Remove “The post appeared first on...” from Your WordPress RSS Feed (Yoast)
If you use the Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress, you will likely find "The post ******* appeared first on ******. " at the bottom of each of your articles. As you want to keep your visitors in your Hub and engaging with your content, you will want to remove this line. Visit your WordPress plugins, and go to the Yoast SEO settings > RSS.
Under 'Content of your RSS Feed', remove 'The post %%POSTLINK%% appeared first on %%BLOGLINK%%'.
That's it! Your RSS feed is ready to be imported into your Hub. Follow these simple rules and rest assured that all of your Hub content will stay fresh and display properly. Have questions, concerns, or comments? Don't hesitate to contact our Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1 (888) 694-2946.