You can easily add an RSS Feed to the sidebar of your site using the RSS Feed sidebar Widget. For more information about how to work with sidebars and widgets. Please read the Sidebar FAQ
This is done through the WordPress Widgets areas and the “Sidebars” box on the page that you want to add the widget areas too.
To create a new sidebar:
- Go to the “Widgets” page under “Appearance->Widgets”
- Enter a title for the new sidebar and hit “Add New.” The title can be anything you want, but we recommend that you name it something that relates to the contents it will contain or the page it will appear on.
- Drag widgets from the Available Widgets box into your newly created sidebar. (Some widgets will need additional configuration)
The “Sitewide Sidebar” is a special type of sidebar. Widgets added to this sidebar will automatically appear on all pages of your site unless the “Hide Sitewide Sidebar” option has been checked on the page editing screen.
The currently available widgets on the site can be found in the “Available Widgets” box on the widgets page.
We launched with 5 Widget areas that you can use on your site.
- A custom menu. This widget is great for a list of links or related items on your site. Create a new menu on the “Appearance->Menus” page and then select it from the list of available menus in the widget.
- An RSS Feed. If you have a RSS feed from an external site or a feed you want to include this widget will format it nicely for the sidebar.
- A Twitter Feed. For you to display your own personal Twitter feed.
- An Image. As it says, select an image and it will be added to the sidebar.
- Text. This is by far the most powerful of the widget areas and allows you to add almost any text or HTML. Paragraphs of text, announcements, Google Maps, videos, etc are just some of the things that you can put here.
Adding Sidebars to a Page
Once you have created the sidebar you can add it to your page using the “Sidebars” box found on the editing screen of every page of your site. Just select the sidebar you want to add from the list under the additional sidebars section and update the page. If you want to remove a sidebar, set that section back to “None”.
Also on this page are controls to optionally display the purple “HSPH Featured Stories” box and the sitewide sidebar areas.
You can have up to 3 sidebars areas on your site and one “Sitewide Sidebar” that appears be default on all pages of your site. For more information about working with sidebars and Widgets, please see this the sidebar and widget article.