When you have a website, you want to share your portfolio, thoughts, ideas, and interests. You must also engage your users with relevant content according to your website.
You can add engagement factors to your website in multiple ways. One way is to display articles, news, and blog posts from other websites which match your interests.
The easiest and simple way to display articles from other websites is using an RSS Reader. We can use RSS feed URLs from Google news and display headlines on your website.
In this article, I’ll show you how to use Google news RSS feed URL and display the RSS feed on your WordPress website.
What is RSS feed?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is a web feed provided by websites using which users and applications can know the latest content posted on them.
We can subscribe to these RSS feeds using RSS readers like Feedly and read the title and summary of a few latest posts.
It follows the XML syntax where the websites update the latest articles they post.
You can easily find out the RSS feed provided by websites by following some tips.
How to get the Google News RSS feed
Google News provides aggregate news from multiple sources. Articles are organized into different categories and topics.
Getting the RSS feed of Google news is very easy. We can fetch the RSS feed of a specific category or topic.
Though Google News does not provide any button to copy the RSS feed link it provides an RSS feed service for its aggregation.
I’ve written a detailed article on how to fetch the Google news RSS feed. You can find the RSS feed link by following that guide.
Displaying Google News RSS feed on your Website.
Now that we got the RSS feed URL, it is time to display the RSS feed on your WordPress website.
We will be using the Super RSS Reader WordPress plugin to display the RSS feed. You can also use the inbuilt RSS feed widget. Read more about the pros and cons of the default inbuilt RSS reader widget and Super RSS Reader plugin.
Let’s get started by installing Super RSS Reader.
Login into your website’s WordPress administration dashboard.
Search and install the Super RSS Reader plugin from Plugins > Add new page.
After activating the plugin go to the Widgets page.
Drag and drop Super RSS Reader to the sidebar where you want to show the Google news RSS feed or if you are using the new block widgets editor, you can add the Super RSS Reader widget block.
Open the widget settings and enter the Google news RSS feed URL in the settings form. The plugin offers more options to customize the output as needed. Configure the options provided as required.
Super RSS Reader provides a vertical news ticker effect by default for your RSS feed. You can disable it under the Display tab.
Save the settings and that’s it!
Visit your website and you can see the Google news feed articles displayed. This is just an example. In place of the Google News RSS feed URL, you can use any RSS feed URL. Just make sure it is a valid RSS feed URL.
If your RSS feed items have thumbnail URLs, then Super RSS Reader can display that thumbnail next to the feed items summary.
For example, I’ve added below Google News RSS feed URL with “Instagram” as the keyword.
We can see the RSS feed widget output below.
Displaying RSS feed anywhere using Shortcodes and in Multiple Columns/Grid
If you want to display the RSS feed in multiple columns or if you want to display the RSS feed anywhere using Shortcodes, then you can achieve that using the Super RSS Reader PRO plugin.
It provides a shortcode that displays the RSS feed. You can use that inside i.e inline posts, pages, or anywhere where shortcode work.
You can learn more about Super RSS Reader PRO on the plugin homepage.
In this article, we saw what is RSS feed saw how to get the Google News RSS feed URL. We later used the Super RSS Reader plugin to display the RSS feed.
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