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WordPress Wednesday: Styling your WordPress Feed

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Are you fed up off dull boring feeds in your feed reader? If you’ve styled your blog with CSS (and you should), you will notice that none of these styles show up in any feed reader.

Most feed readers default to same color text with minor styling. If you would like to make your feed stand out in these readers and more importantly, if you would like to present a neat clean feed for viewing by your readers, then you’ve got to give Feed Styler a shot.

Feed Styler is a WordPress plugin for WordPress users who are comfortable with CSS and would like to be able to style their feeds. Feed Styler enables you to keep your existing class and ID style declarations in your content, but allows a different style to be applied to the feed of that same content. No longer do feeds have to be stripped of style and color.

I’ve helped Ronald test feed styler right from its early days, when it was still a beta and was impressed by what I saw. With the final release, all bugs have been cleaned out and you now have a plugin that does what it claims.

However, note that you need to know your CSS before you use the plugin. It will not help you correct your CSS, and will just strip out incorrect CSS. However, CSS is not very difficult to learn.

What you can do is use the same styles as available in your style.css of your theme file, so that users see the same effect in both the reader and your site.

Do you plan on using this plugin? Are you already using it? Point me to your feed so I can take a look at it.

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6 Comments

  1. @Everton, we still have ads in our feeds 😉

    @Alpesh, you will need to download the plugin from the site above and install it on your blog.

    In the administration panel enter the CSS you want to style. I recommend only styling header tags, code and blockquote and optionally the paragraph tags.

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