[How To] Add RSS Feed Autodiscovery To Your Site

January 2nd, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted in How To by bharath

Almost every website offers updates via RSS feeds these days. This is the fastest way to notify the readers about the updates in the site. When it comes to blogs, blogging platforms like Blogger, WordPress etc. enable RSS feeds by default and the RSS feed autodiscovery would also be enabled in most cases. But at times what can happen is the tiny code that enables the RSS autodiscovery may go missing and the RSS feed can’t be discovered automatically.

How to find whether RSS autodiscovery is enabled?

Just open your website or blog in the browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer).


If the RSS feed icon RSS feed iconappears in the address bar, your site has RSS autodiscovery enabled.

RSS feed icon in firefox

If you don’t see the RSS feed icon, it means that RSS autodiscovery is disabled.

No RSS icon in Firefox

Internet Explorer:

The RSS feed button will be in bright color when your site has RSS autodiscovery:

rss feed icon in IE

The feed icon will be greyed out when feed autodiscovery is not enabled:

No RSS disocery in IE

Clicking on the icon will show the available subscription options.

Enable RSS Autodiscovery:

Just add the following code to your site header to enable the RSS autodiscovery:

<link rel=”alternate” type=”application/rss+xml” title=”Site Feed” href=”Your Feed URL” />

In general, if you are using Feedburner, the code would look like:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Feedburner Feed" href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/feedburner-id" />

Replace “feedburner-id” with your Feedburner ID.

If you are using WordPress, add the following code to your header.php file.

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0"href="<?php bloginfo(‘rss2_url’); ?>" />

Header edit for RSS autodiscovery

Just refresh your site after adding the code and you should now see the RSS autodiscovery being enabled:

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One Response to “[How To] Add RSS Feed Autodiscovery To Your Site”

  1. oldgoat1957 Says:

    I tried adding the second example in my WordPress header, but it did not seem to worr (nor did it break anything).
    Am I supposed have my feedburner ID or url in their somewhere? Noob question, I know…

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