How to Add Reddit Feeds to Your WordPress Site

Reddit bridges communities and individuals with ideas, the latest digital trends, and breaking news (...okay, and maybe cats). There are a couple of ways your WordPress site can benefit from reddit. Firstly, you can build a complete website based on feeds from various reddits. Alternatively, you can supplement your current website with reddits about related topics.
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There are plenty of social networks around today, but one of the first ones on the scene was Reddit. It collects user-generated news links from all over the web, then users vote to promote their favourite stories to the front page. Users can also follow or create their own subreddits, which are collections of reddit feeds on various topics.

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If you haven’t heard of Reddit, here’s a quick introduction to what it’s all about:

Reddit bridges communities and individuals with ideas, the latest digital trends, and breaking news (…okay, and maybe cats). Our mission is to help people discover places where they can be their true selves, and empower our community to flourish.

It encourages its users to share, vote on, and discuss the issues that concern them the most. These range from the most controversial, such as the presidential election in the US, to the most insignificant, such as cat videos. It may not look as fancy as some other social networks, but its certainly one of the most active ones.

How can your site benefit from Reddit?

There are a couple of ways your WordPress site can benefit from reddit. Firstly, you can build a complete website based on feeds from various reddits. This needs to be done in a way that gives more value to the user than the subreddits within the Reddit site itself do.

Alternatively, you can supplement your current website with reddits about related topics. When we say reddits here, we’re referring to something like this (and as seen in the screenshot below), where the main topic is fitness.

reddit-fitness

In the below tutorial we’re going to look at the whole process of adding a Reddit feeds section to an existing WordPress site. This can be a great way of bringing together a community and showing them what’s being talked about on reddit, besides the other sources around the web.

For example, take sports, or even a specific sport, football. Rather than having to go through all the sections on reddit dedicated to football, those interested in the sport can visit your site and see exactly what’s going on all throughout reddit and the rest of the web. Each reddit link will open up the original thread and they can follow exactly what they want to look at.

To make sure this is clear, we are not building a replica of a reddit site where visitors can up-vote the news they like, we’re creating a community website that will showcase all the latest reddits about a certain topic, or topics, in one central location.

Step 1: Create a WordPress Site

If you don’t have a news or magazine site already, all you need to make this website fully functional is a hosting account, a domain name of your choice, and a few basic plugins that will help you get started. You can even follow this tutorial on how to set up a news site.

There are plenty of tutorials out there on how to create a WordPress self-hosted website, so we’ll just skip to the important parts of this tutorial.

Step 2: Find the Reddit Feeds You Need

Finding the reddits you want all depends on the topics your site will be covering, so once you search through Reddit and find what you need, actually finding the Reddit RSS feeds is super easy.

In most cases, all you’ll have to do is add “.rss” to the end of the existing reddit URL. For example, for the subreddit of “news” , the URL of the RSS feed would be https://www.reddit.com/r/news/.rss.

If you want some more detail on how Reddit RSS feeds function, you can have a look at this extensive guide by Reddit user pathogendavid.

Step 3: Install WP RSS Aggregator

To import the RSS feeds and display them we will be using the WP RSS Aggregator plugin. We can start off with just the free version.

wp-rss-aggregator

Once installed and activated on your site you will be able to start setting up your feed sources and importing the latest reddits from the topics you selected earlier.

Before moving on to that though, you should have a look at the general plugin settings and choose the setup that you want. From here you can choose whether to set time limits on the imported items, or perhaps limit the total number of reddits imported per feed source.

You can even choose to link the title of each one, set the open link behaviour, show the date, and much more. You can see all the available options in the documentation here and here.

WP RSS Aggregator

Start importing Reddit feeds automatically.

Get the Plugin

Step 4: Add Your Feed Sources

Now comes the important (but easy) bit. Adding your feed sources.

Given that you’re using the core plugin alone here, it would make sense to use the Bulk Import feature of the plugin. All you’ll have to do is go to the Import & Export section and follow the instructions in the Bulk Feed Import area.

reddit-feeds-bulk-import

It will look something like the screenshot above, where for each feed source you’ll simply be choosing a name and adding the URL of the RSS feed, separated by a comma.

Once you’ve imported them, they’ll all appear in the Feed Sources section and you can modify them individually if you need to. Otherwise, they will keep using the general settings you set earlier.

reddit-feeds-feed-sources

You’ll also notice that from the moment you create the feed sources, they will start importing the feed items from the RSS feeds. Till now, these are not yet visible to your site’s users. We’ll do that next through the WP RSS Aggregator shortocode.

Step 5: Display the Imported Reddits

As you may have noticed from the RSS feeds I added above, my example site is focusing on the news, from world news to entertainment. Your site may cover any topic of your choice, be it a particular sport, politics or cats. We all know how popular those cat videos have become (and who doesn’t love them?).

On to displaying the feeds. For my site I used a basic free theme that I then modified using the Beaver Builder page builder. I did this for one reason; it allows me to set up as many content areas as I want on my dedicated pages where I’m able to add various shortcodes. This gives me more freedom in creating the design and layout that I want.

reddit-feeds-beaver-builder

Apart from that, I also used a WP RSS Aggregator premium add-on, Categories. This allowed me to create the categorised menu items you’ll see in the next screenshot. By adding a category for each news section I was able to then create a page for each one. Each page simply uses a shortcode with a category parameter that limits the display to the category I want.

reddit-feeds-category-page

Once your pages are complete, the category pages are set up, and the design is finalised, you’re practically all set. If you look at the last screenshot above you’ll notice one thing though; the display of the feed items isn’t the default WP RSS Aggregator display.

The default display has bullet points, no separator lines, and the feed items are closer together. All it took to apply the above styling were a few lines of code you can add to your site in a couple of ways which are explained here. The CSS used for the above look can be found below, and in the documentation here.

li.feed-item > a{
  font-size: 16px;
  color: maroon;
}

li.feed-item {
	border-bottom: 1px solid #4f4f4f;
	padding: 5px 0;
}

Step 6: Watch the Reddits Flow In

Below is a simple idea of what your site can look like using the above method, with no added colour and flair. You can let your imagination run wild to create and build the sexiest feed display you can imagine, using the tools you want.

reddit-feeds-website

Through the power of WP RSS Aggregator you’ll simply need to sit back and watch the reddits flow in. If anything goes wrong along the way, just contact the support guys and they’ll help you out. WP RSS Aggregator provides stellar support so you have nothing to worry about.

Wrapping It Up

Whichever way you plan to incorporate Reddit into your WordPress site, using the WP RSS Aggregator plugin is one of the easiest ways to do it. It’s a small amount of work that will add a lot more value to your site.

Given the global rise of social media, having such sections on your site can only add value for your visitors, and keep bringing them back for more every day. After all, who doesn’t want one simple location where they can find everything about a topic they’re interested in?

Have you used Reddit feeds with WP RSS Aggregator before? Or perhaps you’ve never thought of adding reddits to your WordPress site? Let us know what you think about it below.

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13 Responses

  1. Hi. Please can you help me with the set up of my site for Reddit feeds? I wish my site will look like the one you used for this tutorial.

  2. Hi Mark. Thank you for coming through for me. I saw a sample of a site that is completely built to run on rss feeds and I liked the look and feel. Mine does not have that professional look. I wish you can assist me with this. Were you able to see my WordPress site?

    1. Hey Gibson, there is no link to your site in the initial comment.

      If this is a question of styling and design, that’s really up to you. You can opt for a theme alone or use a page builder like I did above. That allows you to create the look and feel you want.

  3. Oh, sorry about that. I never knew that you haven’t seen my domain name. For every post I send in I’m asked to give a website URL. See it here: https://godliberationcatheral.org/

    I’m just starting out and I’m still learning. I followed your explanations, but I know there’s more to do, but I am not very familiar with codes and whatnot.

    Between, can one monetize an rss feed online website; can I add Google Adsense to my website because I read about how goggle search engines abhors feed only websites. Is that true?

    1. Hi Gibson, turns out that site can’t be reached.

      With regards to design, it’s not something I can help with myself, so I’d recommend speaking to a designer or to one of the page builder’s support teams. They can assist you there.

      As for monetization, I believe Google Adsense cannot be run on a site that has curated content only, it must have original content too. I would recommend asking them about it though as I’m not an expert on Google Adsense 🙂

  4. Had a similar experience when I tried accessing my site with Internet Explorer browser. Did you use another browser like Google Chrome? If you do, it will open.

    Alright. Thank you very much, Mark.
    Regards,

    Gibson

    1. It does not work on any site for me. I recommend speaking to your hosting provider to help you out with this.

      Best of luck with the project!

  5. Hey admin,

    Great article thanks for the share great tips for Reddit feed, Now, a days every website owner know about Reddit is the best platform to get high traffic and convert that traffic in to sell but Reddit has their own rule for publish their link or post reddit follow visit.

    1. Hey Almin, that’s right, Reddit is a very high traffic platform at the moment. Can you please elaborate on what rules you’re referring to? Have you got a link we can share with the other readers?

  6. When trying to add a reddit RSS feed in RSS Aggregator i get an error.
    For example, I add “https://www.reddit.com/r/all/.rss” and when trying to validate it generates a bunch of errors. Is there something else that needs to be set for it to work?

    1. Hey Max, what kinds of errors do you see and on what page?

      Have you contacted the support team to check this out for you?

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