Author Feeds in WordPress

Joss Winn has an excellent post all about feeds in WordPress for anyone interested in this kind of thing. One of the things I realized yesterday was that WordPress does have a feed for individual authors within a group post, I don’t know how I missed this up and until now, but I did. To quote Joss:

There is a feed for each author of the blog

This really changes the way I imagine group blogs now, and the ability of students and faculty to quickly republish there posts from this space into another becomes trivial, very, very cool! Luke Waltzer and I tested this out as he plans on taking 58 posts he wrote in the cac.ophony blog and re-publishing them within his own space that is coming soon, and it worked without a hitch (well, at least it did once we copied the rss.php and rss-functions.php files from FeedWordPress in wp-includes directory)! Here is the construction of the feed we pulled from:

The only little trick is that you have to change the “Syndication feeds show the most recent” field in Settings–>Reading from 10 to something that will catch all the posts you create in a blog, for example Luke put his up to 100 which easily got all his 58 posts out.

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3 Responses to Author Feeds in WordPress

  1. Gardo says:

    The plot thickens. Many thanks to you and Joss.

    I’ve not blogged on this yet–maybe I won’t have to after consulting my WP guru–but what’s the deal with incoming links in WP 2.6 forward? They seem quite erratic. Sometimes they vanish, sometimes a trackback won’t appear at all. A quick Google search reveals other folks with the problem but no solution.

  2. Reverend says:


    I have the same issues,they are quite fickle. There today, gone tomorrow, and I am really not sure why, I am going to have to hunt that down because it is an issue I have notice for the last year or so but never motivated to do anything about. But that is all about to change 🙂

  3. Gardo says:

    Well, if you’re on the case, I know things will POP. And I’m looking forward to it.

    I’ve thought about blogging about the issue but haven’t done it yet. The issue has started to get more urgent for me for three reasons:

    1. I’m going “back to the blog” and finding once again that it’s the best space I have for reflection and publication.

    2. Going back to the blog, I find that comments and trackbacks exist in fascinatingly and subtly different “response spaces” (if that’s not a rhetorical term, it should be), and that I get just as much personal learning value from the distributed conversation via trackbacks as I do from the direct responses in comments. There’s something particularly wonderful about the “citation” element in the trackback and I don’t want to miss a one.

    3. I find I’m missing trackbacks! or that I see them one day and they’re gone the next. WordPress developers don’t seem to be taking trackbacks as seriously as (in my view) they should. And if they don’t, and if trackbacks are fickle, then I lose a great teaching affordance for my students. Trackbacks are a wonderful model of scholarly communication/citation. They demonstrate that the essence of the hyperlink is not simply juxtaposition but indeed citation and implicit commentary.

    So I want me some reliable trackbacking, dagnabbit!

    Sorry to hijack the thread here….

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