If you need a user-defined RSS feed, like for example, a feed indexing only somes categories +
tags, or if you redirected all WordPress RSS feeds to Feedburner but
still want to be able to get a category feed, the solution is to use a
page template.

Simply paste the following code in a new file, save it under the name custom-feed.php and upload it on your theme directory.

Once done, simply write a new page in WordPress Dashboard (Don’t type any text it in), and select custom-feed.php as a page template.

Template Name: Custom Feed

$numposts = 5;

function yoast_rss_date( $timestamp = null ) {
 $timestamp = ($timestamp==null) ? time() : $timestamp;
 echo date(DATE_RSS, $timestamp);

function yoast_rss_text_limit($string, $length, $replacer = '...') {
 $string = strip_tags($string);
 if(strlen($string) > $length)
 return (preg_match('/^(.*)\W.*$/', substr($string, 0, $length+1), $matches) ? $matches[1] : substr($string, 0, $length)) . $replacer;
 return $string;

$posts = query_posts('showposts='.$numposts);

$lastpost = $numposts - 1;

header("Content-Type: application/rss+xml; charset=UTF-8");
echo '<?xml version="1.0"?>';
<rss version="2.0">
 <title>Yoast E-mail Update</title>
 <description>The latest blog posts from Yoast.com.</description>
 <pubDate><?php yoast_rss_date( strtotime($ps[$lastpost]->post_date_gmt) ); ?></pubDate>
 <lastBuildDate><?php yoast_rss_date( strtotime($ps[$lastpost]->post_date_gmt) ); ?></lastBuildDate>
<?php foreach ($posts as $post) { ?>
 <title><?php echo get_the_title($post->ID); ?></title>
 <link><?php echo get_permalink($post->ID); ?></link>
 <description><?php echo '<![CDATA['.yoast_rss_text_limit($post->post_content, 500).'<br/><br/>Keep on reading: <a href="'.get_permalink($post->ID).'">'.get_the_title($post->ID).'</a>'.']]>';  ?></description>
 <pubDate><?php yoast_rss_date( strtotime($post->post_date_gmt) ); ?></pubDate>
 <guid><?php echo get_permalink($post->ID); ?></guid>
<?php } ?>

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