How to redirect WordPress default RSS feeds to FeedBurner without any plugin


How to redirect WordPress default RSS feeds to FeedBurner without any plugin

WordPress is a great platform for all the professional bloggers to do things easily and efficiently. The flexibility it has offered to the bloggers has literally made the professional bloggers’ lives easier.


In any blog, feeds are a great way to get popularity and engage the blog readers. Feeds also let you get popularity on the social media as people often share the feed posts on social media. Feeds are also the chief source of earnings from the ads placed on the blog. It is very important to keep track of your feeds as they are one of the most important parts of your blog and the success of the entire blog depends on them. You can easily maintain and look after the feeds using FeedBurner Service.

Having signed up with a feed service, your main aim is to redirect the reader to the latest news feed address because the readers are the most interested in the latest news and the presence of latest news gives a better impression of the blog. You can do this thing easily by using FeedBurner FeedSmith WordPress Plugin but these Plugins may not always be effective and you may not get the desired results. These Plugins also tend to hinder the performance of the blog by increasing the page load time and the overall performance is compromised. The best way to redirect the user is by editing your .htaccess file. Please note, you must make a backup of the htaccess file before doing anything with it. There are chances that you may go wrong and in that case it will be better to use the backup file rather than writing a new one.

How to Do it?

>Htaccess file is the heart of your blog. It is from where all the functionality is controlled and the blog behaves the way it does due to the instructions written in the .htaccess file. Any plugin you use on the blog also does the function by virtue of the .htaccess file codes. Add the following lines in the .htaccess file but do remember to change the feed address with your own one. It is written XYZ in bold in the sample code below.

# temp redirect wordpress content feeds to feedburner

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>

RewriteEngine on

RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !FeedBurner [NC]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !FeedValidator [NC]

RewriteRule ^feed/?([_0-9a-z-]+)?/?$ [R=302,NC,L]


This is the simplest and the most effective method to redirect your default RSS feed to FeedBurner without using any Plugin for that.

WordPress plugin


The Plugins offered by WordPress are no doubt an excellent way to increase the functionality and make WordPress better and more efficient. A drawback of the Plugins is that they slow down the website and decrease the overall performance of the site. You can often bypass the use of a plugin by using codes. This method is a bit more technical but it has no side effect/drawback and offers the same function without hindering the performance of the blog.

For more info, read how many plugins you should use in WordPress