I'm trying to set up WordPress as a CMS. As such, I want to disable the feeds since it's mostly a secured site. I've gone through all the Settings pages but found no setting to tweak or disable the feeds. So I guess I need to write a custom function or plugin to do this. But how?

Concerning what feeds exist, I knew of at least these links...


So, in addition to the main question, I'm also slightly worried: does the above code catch all feeds that are available? And is this really the way to disable all feeds?

I know that plugin support is off-topic here. However, just for some context / as a footnote, I'm using the following combination of relevant moving parts:

I've managed to secure access to pages and blog posts using the plugin. However, when unauthenticated users visit a feed URL it still shows content. Because the plugin can't seem to do what I want I decided to write some code myself to do this.

(I've gone through the Appearance > GeneratePress page but nothing is activated. I've also gone through the Appearance > Customize page (and all settings), but found nothing there either. Finally, I've re-read the "Groups" plugin's Options several times over but found no option.)


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As pointed out in the comments by @kaiser, your question is very similar to this question. In fact, the question itself holds the answer. To disable all feeds add the following code...

function itsme_disable_feed() {
    wp_die( __( 'No feed available, please visit the <a href="'. esc_url( home_url( '/' ) ) .'">homepage</a>!' ) );

add_action('do_feed', 'itsme_disable_feed', 1);
add_action('do_feed_rdf', 'itsme_disable_feed', 1);
add_action('do_feed_rss', 'itsme_disable_feed', 1);
add_action('do_feed_rss2', 'itsme_disable_feed', 1);
add_action('do_feed_atom', 'itsme_disable_feed', 1);
add_action('do_feed_rss2_comments', 'itsme_disable_feed', 1);
add_action('do_feed_atom_comments', 'itsme_disable_feed', 1);

...to an empty plugin, and activate that plugin. This should prevent anyone from accessing a feed action.

Note that the above is sample code only, preferably you'd not wp_die but redirect or use a 404 instead.


Based on the add_feed function, here's a prototype implementation of remove_feed:

 * Remove a feed type like /atom1/.
 * @global WP_Rewrite $wp_rewrite
 * @param string   $feedname Feed name.
 * @return string Feed action name.
function remove_feed( $feedname ) {
        global $wp_rewrite;

        if ( in_array( $feedname, $wp_rewrite->feeds ) ) {
                $wp_rewrite->feeds = array_diff( $wp_rewrite->feeds, array( $feedname ) );

        $hook = 'do_feed_' . $feedname;

        // Remove default function hook
        remove_all_actions( $hook );
        add_action( $hook, $hook );

        return $hook;


remove_feed( 'rss' );

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