RSS Feeds

RSS feeds are a network of web feeds that allow people to easily view new information from websites without actually visiting the site. These feeds allow visitors to subscribe to your Zenfolio galleries and receive updates of newly posted work.

RSS feeds are accessed a few different ways: you can use one of many dedicated RSS reader programs such as Digg Reader, SharpReader, etc. Conversely, you can use your browser to add feeds to your bookmarks folder. In addition, many mail programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird and Apple Mail allow you to add and manage RSS feeds.

Zenfolio offers both RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0 feeds. Both feeds work in a similar way however, RSS feeds are more commonly used. The differences between the two are small and most reader programs are able to display both RSS and Atom feeds. You can also check the settings of your reader program to determine if RSS or Atom is preferred.

This is a great way for frequent visitors of your Zenfolio page to know when you have posted new photos. Every time you add a photo to one of your galleries, or blog, the feed is updated and anyone who has subscribed to the feed of the gallery or blog will see the photo in their reader. Also, if visitors are subscribed to the Featured Galleries section of your Zenfolio page they will see any new galleries or collections that are added. Removing photos from your galleries does not update the feeds. Only additions will be shown. Photos added to any galleries that are not public or are password protected will not update the feeds.

*Also, please note that only Medium or smaller display sizes will be sent through the RSS feed in order to preserve the security of your photos.

You can hide the RSS icon to prevent your visitors from seeing it and to prevent visitors from subscribing to your pages.

Enable RSS Feeds

RSS feeds are a default feature that can be enabled or disabled at any time. To make sure your galleries have RSS feeds enabled, double-check the following:

  1. While in the Dashboard, go to Photos.
  2. Select All Photographs in the Organizer. Details will load in the Toolbox on the right hand side.
  3. In Group Access in the Toolbox make sure access is Visible to Everyone. If not, set this group to Public.
  4. Open Group Access Control then go to the Search and Metadata tab.
  5. Make sure the Include in the Recently Added section of your Home page box is checked.
  6. Click Save to save these changes.

All Photographs Recently Added


Subscribing to RSS feeds

Subscribing to RSS feeds is fairly straightforward but varies depending on which internet browser and operating system you are using. On your Zenfolio page the RSS icon is located at the bottom of each Website View page next to your copyright. 

For your visitors to subscribe to a Zenfolio gallery, or blog they should go to the gallery to which they would like to subscribe. From there, they can follow these steps:

  1. Click the RSS icon at the bottom of the page, next to the copyright.
  2. The available feeds will be displayed. Select the desired feed from the list.

RSS Feed in Visitor View 

Alternatively you can give your visitors the URL to add to their reader program. Once you have chosen a feed, a window will open in your browser with a URL ending in 'rss.' Simply send the URL to anyone who would like to subscribe using their reader program.

You can also add RSS feed subscriptions in your reader program by copying and pasting the URL of any of your Zenfolio galleries. Menu options will vary slightly based on your browser and operating system.

Just to clarify, an RSS feed reader program is required to subscribe to your website or your blog's RSS feed. Click here for a list of some RSS feed readers that are available online.
 


Removing RSS feeds from visitor pages

Your Zenfolio page comes with RSS feeds built in and turned on by default. However, the option of turning off this feature is always available. To turn off the display of RSS feeds, first go to Customize Website View:

In the Dashboard, hover your mouse pointer over My Zenfolio then click on Customize Website.

Dashboard to Customize Visitor View
The page will refresh with a new customization menu at the top, confirming that you are in the Customize Website View.
 

While in Customize Website View...

  1. Go to Site Settings.
  2. Go to the General tab.
  3. Uncheck the box next to Show RSS/Atom feeds.
  4. Click Apply to close the Site Settings window.
  5. Publish your changes before exiting Customize Website View to make those changes live on your site.

Hide RSS Feeds via Site Settings

Please note: This will remove the RSS feed link from All of your pages except for the blog summary and blog post pages.



Removing the RSS feed your blog

To remove the RSS feeds from you blog summary page, go back to Customize Website View.

  1. In the Dashboard, hover the mouse pointer over Website then click on Blog.
  2. Click Preview and Configure Blog.

Preview and Configure Blog

  1. Go to Options.
  2. Go to the Blog Sections tab.
  3. Uncheck the Subscribe RSS icon box.
  4. Click Apply to close the Page Options window.
  5. Publish your changes before exiting Customize Website View to make those changes live on your site.

Hide RSS from Blog


If it is desired to remove the RSS icon from the blog, the RSS feed icon should also be hidden from the blog post pages.  While viewing the blog in Customize Website View, click on Summary in the top left corner then click on Blog Post to switch to the Blog Post editing view.  Then follow the same steps listed above.

Go to Blog Post View in Customize Visitor View