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Better RSS Widget

Developer grandslambert
Update Time Jan. 12, 2016, 12:29 a.m.
Donation URL: donation
PHP Version: 2.5 +
WordPress Version: 3.5
Copyright: GPLv2 or later
Copyright URL: Copyright Information


feed rss posts page shortcode list link target syndicate


2.0 2.1 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6.1 2.7.0 2.2


Replacement for the built in RSS widget that adds an optional link target, shortcode, and page conditionals. Usage Notice This plugin does not, and cannot replace the existing RSS Widget. Once you install, activate, and configure this plugin you must go to your Widgets page and either replace existing RSS widgets with the new widget, or add new Better RSS Widgets. Features Languages This plugin includes the following translations. Translations listed with no translator were created by the plugin developer using Google Translate. If you can improve these, you can get your name listed here!


  1. Upload better-rss-widget folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  3. Configure the defaults on the options menu screen.
  4. Add new "Better RSS Widgets" or replace existing "RSS" widgets to use the new settings.


  • Sample output for the sidebar.
  • The form for setting up the widget.
  • Cache Settings page.
  • Page Settings where you can select the default pages to show the widget on.
  • Plugin settings page.
  • Sample output from the shortcode with date and summary.

Upgrade Notice:

2.6.1 Maintenance release. 2.6 Fixes a language issue and adds the ability to include text before links. 2.5 Fixes issues with the form and checkbox defaults. 2.4 Fixes the shortcode to use target and cache. 2.3 Fixes issues in the settings page so reset and save work properly. 2.1 Code cleanup - nothing new so not required. 2.0 Fixes bugs that cause issues in Internet Explorer 8. 1.9 Great new features to customize your feed. 1.6 Upgrade IMMEDIATELY - version 1.5 is broken. 1.4 Not required, just adds new features. 1.3 Required update to remove bug testing output on your site. 1.2 Required update if running Wordpress on a PHP4 server. 1.1 This version fixes a bug that prevents saving plugin settings on Wordpress MU.


Why this plugin when there is already an RSS Widget?

At the time this plugin was created (Wordpress version 2.8.4), the built in widget did not have an option to force RSS links to open in a new window. The only way to do this was to hack into the core code of Wordpress, which is not recommended. It is hoped that eventually Wordpress will simply add this option to their widget, but until then, this becomes a quick and easy solution.

Why do I have to check all the pages types for each widget?

The default for the plugin is to let you choose which types of pages to display the widget on. You can change these defaults on the plugin settings page.

I just updated to 1.0 now my widgets do not show!

With the addition of the page conditionals, you will need to edit your widget settings to turn the widget on for each page. Sorry, there is no way for me to do this automatically. Don't forget to set your defaults on the plugin settings page for future widgets.


2.6.1 - December 28th, 2012 2.6 - December 28th, 2012 2.5 - March 1st, 2011 2.4 - February 27th, 2011 2.3 - February 24th, 2011 2.2 - February 15th, 2011 2.1 - February 11th, 2011 2.0 - July 22nd, 2010 1.9 - June 3rd, 2010 1.8.1 - May 11th, 2010 1.8 - May 11th, 2010 1.7 - May 11th, 2010 1.6 - December 18th, 2009 1.5 - December 18th, 2009 1.4 - December 17th, 2009 1.3 - December 17th, 2009 1.2 - December 17th, 2009 1.1 - December 17th, 2009 1.0 - December 11th, 2009 0.9 - November 21st, 2009 0.8.5 - October 27th, 2009 0.8 - October 26th, 2009 0.7 - October 24th, 2009 0.6 - October 16th, 2009 0.5 - October 14th, 2009