Manually Adding Feedburner to your WordPress Blog

May 4th, 2006 by Kat Kingsley-Hughes

Feedburner is very easy to set up on your site if you use the WordPress FeedBurner Plugin.

If you plan to use this you must use the WordPress permalinks structure, which is all well and good if you’ve just started a new blog and can switch to that structure without affecting any existing posts on your blog. But if your site’s been running for a while before you decide to add Feedburner, switching to that link structure isn’t an option for you. Here are the changes you need to make to your blog’s templates in order to add Feedburner without using the plugin:

  1. Login to your blog and click on Presentation, then Theme Editor.

    If you’re new to editing your blog’s theme, check whether it says “If this file were writable you could edit it” towards the bottom of the page and, if so, follow these instructions to set the permission on your theme’s folder using your FTP program or cPanel File Manager.

  2. Choose the Header template.
  3. Within the template, find the following line of code and select the text:

    <link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”<?php bloginfo(‘name’); ?> RSS Feed” href=”<?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’); ?>” />

  4. Replace the text with the following line of code:

    <link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”RSS” href=”” />

  5. Now to add your Feedburner details. Login to Feedburner and follow the steps to add your feed. Then copy the feedburner address for your feed.

  6. Lastly paste the URL into the code and save your header template.

Now your Feedburner feed will be automatically discoverable by most RSS reader software and some browsers.

  1. Next, you need to add a Feedburner link in place of the existing one. You’ll find this in the Footer template if you’re using the Default WordPress theme or in the sidebar template if you’re using the Classic WordPress theme.


  2. Classic

  3. Open the appropriate template in the theme editor and find the following code:

    feed:<?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’); ?>

  4. Paste in your Feedburner link:

    Save the file by clicking Update File.

You can leave the comments feed as is (this enables readers to keep up with replies to your blog posts) or you could create a separate Feedburner feed for comments too. Of course if you don’t have comments switched on you can delete the link altogether.

Another good way to provide a link to Feedburner is using a ‘chicklet’ Feedburner will help you to choose which chicklets you want and supplies the code to go into your template.

Happy Feedburning!

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