Thursday, January 25, 2007

Playing with the Feed Links

Now and then one of your questions triggers my own curiousity. Shrish asked how to hide the Feed Link at the bottom of the frontpage, while keeping the Feed Link at each postpage. And how to change the text of the link. Well, here is how it is done. A new hack.

Step 1: Backup your template.
Better be safe than sorry.

Step 2: Edit you template
Open your template in HTML-mode, and search for the includable with the id feedLinksBody. You have to add some lines of code to it to make the hack work. Below, you will find the code of the includable, the new lines are marked in red.

<b:includable id='feedLinksBody' var='links'>
  <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
    <div class='feed-links'>
    <b:loop values='data:links' var='f'>
       <a class='feed-link' expr:href='data:f.url' expr:type='data:f.mimeType' target='_blank'><> (<data:f.feedType/>)</a>

Adding these 2 lines of code makes the Feed Link only show up on an Item Page, and not on the Main Page or an Archive Page.

If you want to change the text of the Feed Link from "Subscribe to:" into something else, you have to replace <data:feedLinksMsg/> with your own text.
The same can be done with the "Post Comments" text, and with the "(Atom)" text.
Just replace <> and <data:f.feedType/> respectively with your own text (or remove them completely).