Plugin to Redirect Your WordPress Feeds to Feedburner

A few weeks ago I wrote how to publish your RSS feed using the Feedburner MyBrand feature so that you can always keep your company or website name at the forefront. After I had this set-up and working I later had an issue when I tried to redirect my old RSS feed URL to Feedburner so I could have Feedburner count all of those subscribers who were subscribed to the old feed URL too. It sounds easy enough, but doing what I would normally do for redirects caused Feedburner to stop updating the Feedburner feed with new posts. In any case, I have since found a great FREE plugin to do that work for me, so now ALL of my subscribers are getting forwarded to and counted at the new feed URL.

Even if you’re not using MyBrand, this helpful plugin makes it simple for you to easily redirect all of your WordPress RSS feeds to Feedburner so that you don’t have to track down all the different places on your blog and manually edit the code.

The name of the plugin is the FD Feedburner Plugin for WordPress, by John Watson. You can download the latest version here. Google recommended a similar plugin on their website called the Feedsmith, but that plugin seemed a bit outdated and I noticed a few people having issues with it. So I don’t recommend using the Feedsmith plugin.

I DO recommend using the FD Feedburner Plugin for WordPress.

Features & Options of the FD Feedburner Plugin

  • Detects most feed URLs and redirects them to Feedburner
  • Option to redirect comment feeds
  • Option not to redirect category or tag feeds
  • Option to append category/tag to URL for category/tag feeds (http://url_category)
  • Option not to redirect search result feeds

Change Default Redirect Status Code

By default the FD Feedburner plugin uses a 302 temporary redirect to redirect your URLs to Feedburner. But, I wanted a 301 permanent redirect so I added a line to of code to the file wp-content/plugins/feedburner-plugin/fdfeedburner.php. Around line 227 of that file I added header(“HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently”);, as shown below in bold.

if ($feed_url != null) {
// Redirect the feed
header(“HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently”);
header(“Location: “.$feed_url);

Now anything pointed to my old feed URL will be told it has been permanently moved to the new URL, and any link juice will be properly forwarded there as well. I also get a proper count of feed subscribers now too.

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  • February 1st, 2011 at 10:53 am Ileane said:

    Hey Wesley, I just found out about this plugin the other day over on WpVibe (great site you should check out one day too). I currently use Feedsmith but I should install FD Feedburner instead. Jonathan at WpVibe says that it gives you way more control, sounds like you agree. Thanks.

  • February 1st, 2011 at 11:50 am Wesley LeFebvre said:

    Hi Ileane,
    I can’t remember exactly what I didn’t like or had problems with when I was testing them out, but do remember several people having similar issues and the feedsmith plugin hadn’t been updated in years. So I definitely felt better about recommending the FD Feedburner Plugin for WordPress. If you have the feedsmith plugin working fine, then there’s probably no reason to change unless you need to.

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