Make Your WordPress Feed
Compatible With Chrome
Finally! A solution to the ongoing concern that visitors to your WordPress site, who happen to be using the Chrome browser, might not be able to see your RSS feed!!
This is a problem that has been making countless bloggers pull out their hair in frustration and I’ve finally sorted out a suitable answer!
Now, admittedly, any Chrome user can make Chrome display RSS feeds… but what you can’t do is make your visitor go through that extra work just to see your stuff.
One of the reasons that WordPress bloggers have been leaning on FeedBurner and FeedBlitz as a crutch is because their native feed was still having some issues in Chrome.
I initially thought that perhaps MBP’s awesome RSS Feed Upgrade plugin would handle this.. but so far, no dice!
While we can’t make Google fix Chrome… what we can do is a little WordPress wizardry to make our site pass Chrome a display that will render in a useful manner for the visitor.
Feeeeed: Makes WordPress RSS Feeds Display Correctly In Chrome
This free plugin, available in the WordPress repository, by AI.Takeuchi, turns the RSS XML file into a human readable page.
While admittedly it’s not half as good-looking as FeedBurner (or 1/10th as good-looking as FeedBlitz) the simple fact is that it at least the WP feed is no longer broke in Chrome.
So how do we set it up?
It’s actually preconfigured with the default setting you will need to use already in place:
Install the plugin, activate it, find it’s menu option under Settings…. and ensure that “Put Feed Formatted HTML” is selected.
Boom! Problem solved!
Now Chrome visitors can correctly see your feed.
What’s the downsides?
1) The displayed results do not contain any subscription options. This is something we’d like to see added. (A simple “add to Google Reader” link would be a good start.)
2) The plugin is not extensively tested because it is new. While the coder does appear responsive, less than 600 people have realized just how awesome this little plugin is.
The plugin is compatible with most of the features in MBP’s Feed Upgrade plugin. However, there is an issue with what gets displayed if you use the custom header content. It does not break the site but it is not behaving as intended. I see no reason why MBP’s team couldn’t add a similar feature so that this plugin would not be required.
I’m thrilled to finally have a super-simple way to make my native RSS feed Chrome-compatible.
~ Kim ~
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PS: Additionally, you can also patch your own copy of Chrome so that everyone’s feed displays nicely for you.