Excluding Items From Your WordPress RSS Feed

Ever find yourself in a situation where you need to publish a test blog post to see if something works or not but you’re afraid to thanks to the post being seen by your RSS subscribers? I have, but that is no longer an issue thanks to a WordPress plugin called Simply Exclude.

Simply Exclude enables you to configure whether or not to include/exclude categories, tags, pages, and authors from the WordPress RSS feed. In fact, this plugin provides an entire level of inclusions and exclusions which also means that using the plugin is a bit complex.

After the plugin is installed and activated, browse to the plugin settings page. At the top, you should see four distinct tabs. Manage Categories, Tags, Authors, and Pages.

The top four settings are WP Actions made up of Front, Archive, Search and Feed. For example, if you don’t want a certain category of posts to show up on the front page of your blog, you would select EXCLUDE from the top for the FRONT action name and then from the list of categories below that, you would find your category of choice and check mark the box for FRONT.

The plugins home page has a better explanation on how to configure this plugin but one things for sure, it provides a wealth of configurations for including or excluding specific content from displaying on multiple areas of your blog.

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