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Using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) with your bbPress forums is a simple process in Wordpress. The following tutorial will discuss the use of RSS and its importance as it applies toward your bbPress forum users. We will also show you where to find the RSS options in the Wordpress dashboard, as well as the settings for the bbPress plugin.
RSS allows you to know when topics on the Forum have been changed or updated. If a user is interested in one or more topics in your forum, they do not have to track each individual post as it appears, they can simply use RSS to observe the changes and then choose the information that best applies to them. With high volume forums, this can be a very valuable time saver that enables your users to keep track of information as it changes.
You can make the RSS feeds available by using the Widget for the option in the Wordpress interface. In order to make the RSS feeds available for subscription via the Widget, follow these directions:
The bbPress plugin options for RSS can be found in the Plugins section of the Wordpress dashboard. They allow the user to determine the number of topics and replies that will appear in the RSS feeds per page. To the user, this option limits the number of updates that will appear in their RSS reader per page. Here are the steps to find the bbPress RSS settings:
Subscribing to RSS feeds is exactly the same as using RSS for normal Wordpress posts. If you are not familiar with using RSS, RSS feeds must be read by an RSS reader. Normally, when you subscribe to RSS your browser will automatically guide you to the programs available to you to read the feeds. In order to subscribe you simply do the following:
There are also a large number of RSS plug-ins that are available for Wordpress. Search the Wordpress plug-ins for the one that best applies to your needs, and then incorporate it for use with your forums. It may take a little research and work, but finding the right RSS solutions for your site will be provide value to your users as they save time by quickly obtaining the information they require from your forums.
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