How To Change Your FeedBurner Feed When You Switch To WordPress

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I have seen a lot of people lately confused about how to edit their FeedBurner feeds after they switch to WordPress or buy their own domain name. It is really a very simple process, but I realize it can be confusing for some who are skittish about techie things. I will also show you how to add your feed to a “subscribe by email” widget on your blog.

The first thing you need to know is that in WordPress, your feed URL is simply your domain name with “/feed”  ( http://LastShredsOfSanity.com/feed) at the end of it. In Blogger it is http://yourblogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default or if you have your own domain name on Blogger it will look like this http://yourblogname.com/feeds/posts/default. The easiest way to find this in either blog platform is to  right click on the screen and choose “view page info”. You will then get a pop-up box. In the top of that box will be an RSS icon. Click it. You will then be shown the feed URL for the website you are viewing.


See? Easy. If you know the shortcuts.

On to FeedBurner.

If you have switched from Blogger to WordPress, you will need to change where FeedBurner pulls your feed from. Now that you have your RSS feed URL, this will be simple.

Log into your FeedBurner account. Then click the feed you want to change.

Up at the top you will see “edit feed details”. Click it.

Where it says “original feed”, you will put your RSS feed URL. Where it says “Feed address”, you can name your feed anything you want. I named mine LastShredsOfSanity.com. It’s so original, I know.

Click “Save feed Details”.

Done.

Now you can take the name you anointed your feed with and plug  just that part that is in the box into whatever email subscription widget you have on your blog. In WordPress, it is usually built into the theme. In Blogger, you would simply get the email feed subscription right off of the FeedBurner site by clicking the “Publicize” tab and following the directions.

You have now successfully changed your blog feed to pull from the correct domain name. Make sure that you also check and activate all of the relevant items you want to utilize.

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I'm Shan and I 'm the creator of The Asylum and a magnet for The Free Range Stupid™. I'm a little nutty, a lot sarcastic and pretty damn smart. I am also a graphic designer, blog coder, virtual assistant, free lance writer and can whip you up a killer resume, media kit or press release that would make others green with envy. Go to Skewed Design Studios to check out my services. You won't be disappointed.

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  1. Aleksandra N says:

    Thanks! I intend to buy my own domain soon so I will bookmark this to make sure I can property update my feed. Glad I saw this on my dashboards 😉
    .-= Aleksandra N´s last blog ..Blue Avocado Grocery Bag Kit Giveaway =-.

  2. Heather says:

    now if you can tell me how to change the name from ‘Maternal Spark’ to ‘Home To Heather’ you’ll be my bff. I keep getting some stupid error that doesn’t make sense!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Calgary Events – A Day out with Thomas at Heritage Park =-.

    • Shan says:

      Send me your FeedBurner log in and I will take a look. And I though we already were bff’s. :( I guess you’re just a spoon and run kinda gal… 😛 LMAO

  3. great read =)
    .-= sarah @caiafa craziness´s last blog ..Saturday and Sunday =-.

  4. I was curled up in a fetal position, openly weeping, until I found your website. This post (and the transferring google friends connect one) were so helpful. You saved me! If you are in the Detroit area and like to drink beer, I owe you a tall, frosty one. Thank you! :)

    • Shan says:

      Glad I could help. Blogger/Google doesn’t let this info out there to be easily found. They don’t really like it when people move from their Socialist hosted blogs (They have control, you don’t) to the freedom of WordPress self-hosting. 😛 I had to do some digging and get help from others when I was in the same boat. Unfortunately I’m not in Detroit, I’m in SoCal. But if I ever am in the area, I’ll take you up on the drink. 😀

  5. BlogSimply says:

    Changing the feed address is not a good idea if you have good subscriber count. If you change the feed address, you need to update your subscribers about the feed url change. Just changing the original feed is enough.

    • Shan says:

      If you read the post thoroughly, you would see that this tutorial is based on changing the original feed URL when you switch your blog to WordPress from Blogger or another platform.

  6. Clay says:

    It was SO simple. Yet it took forever to find a post that explained the simple switch in edit feed name. Thank you.

  7. Pam says:

    Hello, I need some help please? I am not tech savvy and recently changed my feedburner feed address. Now, my blog is not updating on my friends’ sidebars. They still see the last post I wrote before the change. When they delete my blog from their blogger sidebars and try adding it again, it still shows the old post–not updates. What do I need to do?
    Thank you!

    I did not do the delete feed and 30-day redirect step, because at the time, I didn’t know about it.

    Thank you!

    • Shan says:

      How did you change your feed address? It doesn’t look as though you have a custom domain name, so what did you change? Did you check that you have all the publicize things checked in FeedBurner? Make sure any widgets you have for people to subscribe with are correct and not pulling from the old feed.

      Sometimes, because Google and FeedBurner can be huge PITAs, it takes a few days for the new feed to cycle through and update. How long ago did you make the change?

  8. Prerna says:

    I have just shifted by blog from blogspot to custom domain http://www.makeupreviewshall.com/ , so i wanted to change the original feed address but now i am facing a problem domain when i am trying to edit my original feed address it giving me the following error

    The URL does not appear to reference a valid XML file. We encountered the following problem: Error on line 41: The reference to entity “zx” must end with the ‘;’ delimiter.

    i just dont have any technical knowledge so pls explain in simple words what to do & how to fix this error. I would be realy thankfull

    • Shan says:

      When did you change your domain? Blogger should validate all of that for you, although sometimes it takes a bit for everything to cycle through. Also, FeedBurner can be a bit pissy about changes. You may just have to wait it out or check to see if your RSS feed is validating or not: http://validator.w3.org/appc/

      • Prerna says:

        Thanx for the quick reply. I change my domain on 20th june & its already redirecting to custom domain since last 2 days , so i thought of changing the original feed address in feedburner but got the following msg

        The URL does not appear to reference a valid XML file. We encountered the following problem: Error on line 41: The reference to entity “zx” must end with the ‘;’ delimiter.

        I dont know how to fix this issue & from where to edit my xml file

  9. Where exactly do you right click to see “view page info”?

    Desperately seeking help with Feedburner blogger feed only 4 years late :((
    I’m using windows browser so that could be the problem..
    I don’t see ‘view page info” though after fiddling for 6 hours could be braindead.

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