One of the major advantages of WordPress is its modularity and that it’s highly customizable, you can and remove features and functionality on the fly either using a plugin or through adding /removing some code, and that’s why WordPress is one of the most widely used content management system worldwide, many banks, institutes, universities, companies and organizations rely on WordPress as a backbone for their website.
Though using a plugin is always the easiest way to add a required functionality for a website, it’s not always the optimum way, plugins in general tend to increase the load over your server which directly impacts the loading speed of the website and that tend to have a negative impact on the website visitors and even of the website ranking in the search results.
An alternative to plugins is to add the functionality you want through code. You do not have to be a programmer to do so, you can search for a reliable source and use the code provided by them to your WordPress website and you are good to go.
This post will present a step by step guide on how to how to display external RSS feeds in WordPress without a plugin. External RSS feeds help to add content to your website and make your website appears up to date without any intervention from the webmaster side.
Step 1: Go to your website and log into your WordPress dashboard (www.example.com/wp-admin) and enter your credentials, then enter the dashboard.
Step 2: In your dashboard enter your Appearance menu.
Step 3: In the Appearance menu, go to the “Editor” tab.
Step 4: Open the sidebar.php file at the right hand side of the screen and copy and paste the following code in it:
Congratulations, you have successfully added an external RSS feed to your sidebar without any plugin.