Advanced RSS

Create advanced, fully customizable RSS feed widgets. You can use this to
replace the built in RSS widget or along side it. It is substantially more

Author:Stephen Ingram (profile at
WordPress version required:2.5
WordPress version tested:2.8.5
Plugin version:2.7.3
Added to WordPress repository:16-10-2008
Last updated:22-10-2009
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
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This plugin creates a new RSS widget. You can use this to replace the built in RSS widget or along side it. It is substantially more powerful than the built in widget in that you have complete control over how the feed is displayed via XSL templates. The plugin also includes an admin page for creating, editing and deleting the xsl templates, along with running tests to ensure your environment supports the required features. Additionally some plugin-wide options may be configured.

Included Templates

  • Blog
  • Default - Mimics the built in RSS widget's apperance.
  • - List your recent Delicious bookmarks.
  • Flickr Thumbnails - Thumbnail list from your photostream.
  • DeviantArt - Thumbnail list of deviations from your gallery, with different display options.
  • Google Groups - List recent posts to a group, with different display options.
  • Twitter - Posts with users, hashtags and URLs linked. Formatting option for time and date display.

Server Requirments

  • PHP 5.2 +
  • DOM extention
  • XSL extentions

If you don't know what you have then activate the plugin. Once activated if there are any problems they will be reported below the plugin on your plugins page. Report these issues to your hosting provider and they should be able to fix them - if not maybe you should consider getting a better host.


This plugin is demanding of your server. If your server isn't up to date or well configured the plugin may not function. But don't worry the plugin will make some tests and let you know exactly what needs to fixed, if anything.

You can only use this plugin with valid RSS or ATOM feeds.

The plugin comes with a few example XSL templates to get you started. You may not even need to edit or create your own depending on what feeds you want to syndicate. XSL is not the easiest thing, however once once you understand the basics its fairly strait forward.

The included XSL templates demonstrate various XSLT methods, such as conditional statemenets, variable use, XPath expressions and namespace access. I strongly encourage you to analyse the included templates when learning xslt.