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Step 33: Add an RSS Icon to the WordPress Sidebar

Thrifty Zizel RSS Sidebar

This is what our site looks like up to this point.  In the last step, Step 32, we set up a Google Feedburner RSS Feed.  Now we are going to add our new RSS feed to the sidebar so that visitors can click to subscribe to our site.  There are a couple ways to do this, we can add a text link or add an icon.  I like using icons instead of links so in this step we’ll add an RSS icon to our sidebar.  By placing the RSS icon in the sidebar, it will show up on every page of your site with a sidebar.

For this step you will need an icon.  There are many places on the web that sell or give away social media icons.  Once you have your icon(s), upload them to  WordPress Media Library.  Be sure to record the direct address assigned to your RSS icon.

From your WordPress Dashboard go to Appearance -> Widgets.  We are going to use a “Text” widget as shown in the picture below.

WordPress Widgets

Left-click on the Text box and drag it to the “Widgets 1” box on the right side of the screen.  Drop it just above the Tag Cloud we added in Step 19.  It will automatically open for us to add our text.  Give it a title.  I like to use “Subscribe and Follow”.

WordPress Sidebar Text Widget

Now we need to enter the HTML that will display the RSS icon on the page and link to our Google Feedburner feed.  Below is the code used for this site.  You can use this code, but be sure to change the links and text to your site specific details.

<a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/thriftyzizel"><img src="http://thriftyzizel.com/wp-content/uploads/thrifty_zizel_rss.png" width="32" height="32" title="Subscribe to Thrifty Zizel RSS Feed" alt="Subscribe to Thrifty Zizel RSS Feed" target="_blank"></a></br>

Click the Widget “Save” button. One thing to note, changes to widgets take affect instantly on your site. Be sure to refresh your home page and check that the icon is displaying properly.  Our site now looks something like the picture below.

WordPress Sidebar RSS Icon

About the author: I’m a techie, a gadget geek, a former programmer, and all-around technology nut. Currently I’m a business analyst for a technology company. I love what technology can do for us. I love smartphones and apps for everything. Building sites with Thesis 2.0 and WordPress help me to reconnect with the feeling of building something tangible.

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