Create a Dashboard Widget to show an RSS Feed.

Dashboard Widget


Piklist makes it super easy to create Dashboard Widgets in WordPress. This way you can concentrate on your widget code, and let Piklist do the hard part.

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  • Create a PHP file in your /parts/dashboard/ folder. It doesn’t matter what you name the file. For this example we’ll call it rss-news.php.
  • At the top of the file, add this code:
Title: Piklist News
Capability: read

This code tells Piklist to create a Dashboard Widget named “Piklist News”, and any user with the read capability can see it. If you go to your admin Dashboard you will see the widget show up.

  • The next step is to add the code to grab the RSS feed and render it. We’ll use the code example for the fetch_feed example on

That’s it! You just created a Dashboard Widget.

Full Snippet

Title: Piklist News
Capability: read

include_once( ABSPATH . WPINC . '/feed.php' );

// Get a SimplePie feed object from the specified feed source.
$rss = fetch_feed( '' );

$maxitems = 0;

if ( ! is_wp_error( $rss ) ) : // Checks that the object is created correctly

    // Figure out how many total items there are, but limit it to 5.
    $maxitems = $rss->get_item_quantity( 5 );

    // Build an array of all the items, starting with element 0 (first element).
    $rss_items = $rss->get_items( 0, $maxitems );


    <?php if ( $maxitems == 0 ) : ?>
        <li><?php _e( 'No items', 'my-text-domain' ); ?></li>
    <?php else : ?>
        <?php // Loop through each feed item and display each item as a hyperlink. ?>
        <?php foreach ( $rss_items as $item ) : ?>
                <a href="<?php echo esc_url( $item->get_permalink() ); ?>"
                    title="<?php printf( __( 'Posted %s', 'my-text-domain' ), $item->get_date('j F Y | g:i a') ); ?>">
                    <?php echo esc_html( $item->get_title() ); ?>
        <?php endforeach; ?>
    <?php endif; ?>

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