Using the RSS Link List PlugIn on a Page

To use the RSS Link List plug-in on your page, you need to edit the page. Return to your administration pages and click Manage, then Pages. The Page Management page appears, as shown in Figure 15-23. From here, you can view, edit, and delete pages, as well as create new pages.

Click the Edit link to the right of the page you just created. You need to add in a special tag to the text of the page. This tag will invoke one of the functions in the plug-in. Insert the following text into the page.

You can even incorporate live RSS feeds into your pages like this one from*

del.icio.us, the social bookmarking site:

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Save the page and view the page on your blog. You should get something similar to Figure 15-24. Wow! Where did that come from?

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Figure 15-24. A page with a live RSS feed

The special RSS tag you inserted into the page contents was interpreted by the plug-in. The plug-in fetched the RSS feed from the URI you supplied and turned it into a bunch of HTML list items. The plug-in also saved the result in the wpcontent/rssCache folder you created earlier. It will use the saved result for a configurable amount of time before checking for new content from the feed. Without the cache, it would fetch the RSS feed every single time your page is requested. You would soon find yourself banned from the site if you did that.

Used appropriately, the RSS Link List plug-in could enhance your blog. Perhaps it could be used in a page describing other sources of information on your subject. Whenever people visit that page, they will see the latest news from those sources included right on the page. In the next chapter, I'll show you how to add an external RSS feed to the template of a theme.

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