So i really don’t care what is happening with WordPress development. At least not on an every day (usually multiple times) when i log into my WordPress install. WordPress tells me if there is an update, so the goings on at the WordPress development site have become invisible to me. i completely disregard that part of my dashboard (and its a pretty large part). So i thought to myself why can’t i put what I want to see there, and really why not? it is just an xml feed pulling from wp dev. It would seem logical to put some thing in the interface, to change that xml URL to something a little more personalized. like my own version of Google reader. I want new posts to greet me when i login. so i set out to find a way. And i have. but not without some digging.

There are blog posts about this already. But they seem to be for a previous version of WordPress. The truth lies here (well until they change it again). The secret lies in: /wp-admin/index-extra.php. now thats a good naming scheme, really clued me in as to what this file did. It is really pretty self explanatory, simply change these four lines

$rss = @fetch_rss(apply_filters( 'dashboard_primary_feed', '' ));
<h3><?php echo apply_filters( 'dashboard_primary_title', __('WordPress Development Blog') ); ?></h3>


$rss = @fetch_rss(apply_filters( 'dashboard_secondary_feed', '' ));
<h3><?php echo apply_filters( 'dashboard_secondary_title', __('Other WordPress News') ); ?></h3>

The primary blog is what is currently the development blog, and the secondary is the planet wordpress blog, but you can probably deduce that from the URL’s.

My hope is to now find or write a really simple RSS aggregator in which you can load up all your fav xml and rss feeds into one place. But Wait! hasn’t Google already done that, and i can’t actually think i can so anything better than Google. caveat: you have to be logged into google to get your Google reader xml feeds to work, and because you would have to have the server log you in and thats a pain. Google does allow you to share which is really exactly the functionality i’m after, but you can only share specific posts not specific feeds.

**update** Dan mentioned that yahoo pipes would do this feed aggregation for me, so i took a look and wow. Its big and will do a lot of things but seems like a little too much. it does the job for this type of situation though.

one interesting thing about the way wp displays these xml feeds: it is all done using js.