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I created two new WordPress RSS feeds in my theme functions:

// Custom Feed 1
add_action('init', 'customRSS');
function customRSS(){ 
add_feed('feedname', 'customRSSFunc');
function customRSSFunc(){
get_template_part('rss', 'feedname');

// Custom Feed 2 add_action('init', 'customRSS2'); function customRSS2(){ add_feed('feedname2', 'customRSS2Func'); } function customRSS2Func(){ get_template_part('rss', 'feedname2'); }

It's working perfect, however based on the DRY concept I feel that may have a better approach to this code instead of adding the whole function for each new custom feed. Is that true?

The tutorial I followed is this if anyone interested.

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Here's what I do to keep my RSS Templates together though depending on your version of PHP this may not work but it's pretty clean. You can add multiple feeds here.

/** Register Our RSS Feeds **/
function my_rss_templates() {
    add_feed( 'feedname2', function(){
        get_template_part('rss', 'feedname2'');

    // Rinse and Repeat...
add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'my_rss_templates' );

PHP has a name for the above method, (calling a function like that) but off the top of my head I can't put a name to it.

Anonymous Function Call - Only available in PHP 5.3 and up.

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You could move the logic into a class that remembers the names and the template parts.

Example, not tested:

class Custom_Feeds {

    private $feeds = array ();

     * @param array $feeds
    public function __construct( Array $feeds ) {

        $this->feeds = $feeds;

     * @wp-hook wp_loaded
     * @return void
    public function register() {

        $names = array_keys( $this->feeds );

        foreach ( $names as $name )
            add_feed( $name, array ( $this, 'load_template' ) );

     * @wp-hook do_feed_$feedname
     * @return void
    public function load_template() {

        $name = get_query_var( 'feed' );

        get_template_part( 'rss', $this->feeds[ $name ] );

$feeds = new Custom_Feeds(
    array (
        'feed1' => 'foo',
        'feed2' => 'bar'
add_action( 'wp_loaded', array ( $feeds, 'register' ) );

Besides that, I don’t think feeds are theme territory. They are not styled data usually.

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Here's a short alternative way (untested) to the other great answers:

add_action( 'init', 'custom_feeds' );

function custom_feeds()
    foreach( array( 'feedname1', 'feedname2' ) as $name )
        add_feed( $name, 
            function() use ( $name )
                get_template_part( 'rss', $name );  

According to the Codex, we should use the init hook and to remember to flush the rewrite rules for add_feed to work.

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