It eluded me for weeks. Even before I knew I would need it, I had been trying to guess how I could maneuvre things to produce it.
A single author's feed.
Kpakpandu, a multi-writer blog, was born some years ago, to fill a need for an African blog, with African stories, and African writers. Kpakpandu means star in igbo language, and we were determined to make it soar as high as the skies. Kpakpandu was built with Joomla and K2, and the authors got a lot of mileage and exposure, with comments and ratings.
Then life happened to the writers - some got married, had kids, others got high profile jobs that kept them away from their writing pads for a long while.
Fast forward to 2015. Again, I needed a place to write, under different categories. There was no way I could pass off my food and drink recipes as business articles here (lol), so I decided to ressurrect Kpakpandu.
Thus Kowe was born.
Kowe is Kpakpandu, risen from the ashes. It is a multi-writer blog that is purely African.
To fulfill one of its promises to its writers however, it needed individual RSS feeds for each writer, so they could share their stories elsewhere.
I was the first writer in need of this, because, it is a stipulation at the IronBlogger team I belong to, that you share a feed with only your own posts.
I searched high and low for a suitable extension, to meet this need. Even my IronBlogger pitched in to help. For weeks, there was no solution. I was tempted to switch over to Wordpress, which provides this seamlessly, but that would mean transfering lots and lots of articles - I did not have the luxury of time to do that.
I tried CJBlog, which looked promising at first, until I requested for assistance, and their support said there was no way to get a single author's feed, sorry.
Last Sunday, as I was scrolling through Joomla's Extension Directory again, my search results brought out K2. It was as if a light was glowing behind the name.
Guess what was available in K2, out of the box - each author's feed.
I am happy to say that it has been sorted out now. Moving forward, each author on Kowe has their individual RSS feed, to do with as they will.
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