Today we released a new plugin for WordPress that allows you to subscribe to the RSS feeds of private blogs using any RSS reader.
When you are logged in and viewing a private blog, the RSS feed links will now contain a special key unique to you and the blog that gives your reader access to the feed. There is nothing special you need to do, just subscribe as usual and feeds from private blogs will now work without redirecting your reader to the login page.
Oops, I emailed my private feed link to everyone!
If you accidentally share your personal feed link with others, you can go to your profile page and revoke your key for the blog in question.
Note that you will need to resubscribe to the feeds yourself if you revoke a key.
- If someone finds out my key, can they use it to access my other sites?
No, keys are per-user and per-site.
- I removed a user from my private site, will they still see updates?
No, the feed keys just authenticate the user, they still are checked against the subscriber list before showing them content.
- Will my feed key let me edit without logging in?
No, the key only grants access to feeds, nothing more.