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Old Apr 17, 2009, 07:07 AM
composerscott
 
2 posts · Apr 2009
I'm starting to think I'm missing something obvious, but didn't seen any other posts similar to this issue.

For reference, here's the web page I'm developing:

http://marylandacademyofmusic.com/wordpress/

I've been attempting to add an RSS feed sidebar widget that will display posts from a specific category. I entered the appropriate feed url (http://marylandacademyofmusic.com/wo...specials/feed/) and selected that it should display item content, author, and date.

On the page, the widget displays the orange RSS icon along with the optional feed title I entered, but not the actual entries (which are present when you load the above mentioned feed url in a new window). The feed title seems to just link to the main page.

I have not changed any of the widget settings under "Atahualpa Theme Options".

So far I'm pretty keen to use Atahualpa and will likely make a donation if I can iron out making it do some of the key things I need it to do... This being one of the most important. The general explanation of the need is that I want to have posts of "Special Offers" which will always show up in the sidebar and can be clicked on for more information. Eventually I'll probably add something similar to the right sidebar for posts from a different category.

Thanks for any insight, and I'm ready to try and elaborate if more info is needed...

--Scott
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Old Apr 17, 2009, 06:09 PM
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Flynn
 
3,765 posts · Oct 2008
Munich, Germany
So you want to publish feeds of your own site, on your own site? That RSS widget is meant to be used for publishing feeds from other sites on your site. Please try a Google feed and see if the RSS widget as such works, with your settings (title, content...), i.e. use this feed URL

http://news.google.com/news?ned=us&topic=h&output=rss

To display recent posts of a specific category, I'd look for an enhanced "Recent Posts" widget, one that can limit the output to a certain category http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/...q=recent+posts
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Old Apr 17, 2009, 10:56 PM
composerscott
 
2 posts · Apr 2009
Thanks for the reply, Flynn. (I have to ask if that's your real name or a Tron reference...? )

I noticed that it would sometimes show the posts, but then they would go away again if I went to another page. Then only show up again after reloading the page much later....

Yes, the google news feed seemed to work fine. I found a nice category post widget that actually looks like it will suit my needs quite well.

In case others stumble upon this similar situation, here's the one I chose:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/category-posts/

I'm looking forward to seeing how things end up when I'm done!

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