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Debugging: Dev.To RSS-To-Draft Only Displaying Post Summaries (Wordpress Solution)

December 23, 2018

Preamable

I’m filing this under the category of: “Issues that I created for myself and don’t want to forget how I solved.” Also, I don’t want to be DenverCoder9.

Relevant XKCD: Don’t be DenverCoder9 (Source: XKCD)

Dev.to Drafts Only Showing Post Summary

Dev.to can subscribe to the RSS feed of your blog which makes cross-publishing your posts easy.

When I first set mine up, however, I noticed that I wasn’t actually getting the full post, but only a blurb.

devto screengrab

As much as I would have loved to point the finger elsewhere, the problem was with my settings.

My main site is built on Wordpress and my feed was set up to only share a summary. Fortunately it’s an easy fix (which Wordpress walks through here).

Let’s go through the steps.

Update your RSS Feed Settings

Wordpress makes changing your RSS feed settings an easy three-step process.

  1. Go to your admin panel’s reading settings (Dashboard > Settings > Reading) https://www.<your-blog-here>.com/wp-admin/options-reading.php
  2. Change the setting “For each article in a feed, show” from “Summary” to “Full text”

Wordpress RSS Feed Settings

  1. Save changes

To refresh your Dev.to drafts

Now that you’ve updated Wordpress, we need to go back to Dev.to and reset the feed.

  1. Return to your settings on Dev.to at https://dev.to/settings/publishing-from-rss
  2. Click on Publishing from RSS
  3. (Re)Submit and wait.

Your feed will be fetched every time you submit this form and updates will be automatically fetched periodically thereafter.

The process may take a few minutes, so be patient.

(I did go through and delete all of the old drafts, though I don’t know if that helped / hurt the process.)

Thanks for reading! Hope this helps you avoid the same problems I had!


Stephen Weiss

Written by Stephen Weiss who lives in Chicago with his wife, Kate, and dog, Finn. Follow him on Twitter!