How can I disable the default feed on WordPress.com and use Feedburner feed instead?

I know how I can in a self-hosted WordPress site, but I do not know how to in a free WordPress.com site.

Feed icon in browser address bar

Feed icons on blog front-end



You can not disable the default WordPress.com feed but you have an option:

If you have the css upgrade, add #feedarea {display:none;} to remove the default links. Use the feedburner widget code and add it to a text widget. Assign a class to it and using css absolute positioning move it to where the default links were.

My Original Answer below only applies to self hosted WordPress

Claim your feed URLs at Feedburner

Then add this to your .htaccess under #END WORDPRESS

RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} ^[A-Z]{3,9}\ /(feed|wp-atom|wp-feed|wp-rss|wp-rdf|wp-commentsrss)(.+)\ HTTP/ [NC,OR] RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^feed [NC] RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} !^(FeedBurner|FeedValidator) [NC] RewriteRule .* http://feeds.feedburner.com/YourFeedburnerURL? [R=307,L] RewriteRule ^comments/?.*$ http://feeds.feedburner.com/YourFeedburnerCommentsURL [L,R=302]

  • But we don't have access for .htaccess for free wordpress.com account – Jitendra Vyas Aug 26 '10 at 4:57
  • I misread your question. – Chris_O Aug 26 '10 at 6:21
  • but still with css display:none we can't disable the RSS icon in address bar. – Jitendra Vyas Aug 26 '10 at 6:51
  • Nothing you can do there – Chris_O Aug 26 '10 at 7:02
  • so it's better to stick with wordpress default. – Jitendra Vyas Aug 26 '10 at 7:18

Your question is about wordpress.com, a webapplication hosting service that is using the wordpress software but wordpress.com is not fully in the scope of my answers on this Q&A site, because I don't have access to do administration and support on wordpress.com normally and therefore I'm not able to answer it with the same level of technical detail I can offer for the wordpress blogging software that can be freely downloaded.

Please ask your question to wordpress.com support. In case that does not help you much, there is also a Q&A site dedicated to hosted web-applications (like but not exclusively wordpress.com): Web Applications Stack Exchange.

I hope at least this information is somehow helpful.

  • I'd just like to add that the faq for this site says it's for questions about "the operation of [WordPress] websites which you control". Since you don't control .com, this is out of scope. – John P Bloch Aug 26 '10 at 13:41
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    @harke - Currently we have yet to reach a consensus on if WordPress.com is supported here or not. The highest rated answer to the meta question regarding WordPress.com at this time says yes WordPress.com is supported here. Please don't tell people it is not until we've actually agreed that it is not. meta.wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/52 – MikeSchinkel Aug 26 '10 at 22:30
  • rightful, that was my opinion, I made some slight modification so that this is more clear. – hakre Aug 27 '10 at 1:37

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