Display certain Tumblr posts or your entire Tumblr timeline on your WordPress blog with an RSS widget. You can display your Tumblr content in any section of your WordPress blog that supports widgets, such as the right or left sidebar. Use the WordPress RSS widget, installed by default on the platform, or install a third-party RSS widget with additional features. RSS widgets that display your Tumblr feed are available for both stand-alone WordPress blogs and blogs hosted on WordPress.com.

Default RSS Widget

An RSS widget is installed by default when you deploy your WordPress site. To use the default widget, open your blog's Widget configuration screen in the Administration dashboard. Click the widget in the left column of the Widgets page. A list of location options opens in a drop-down box. Select the location where you want the feed to appear. Options are the left or right sidebar, the footer or any page area that supports widgets. The RSS control moves to the location you select, and the control opens for configuration. Type the URL to your Tumblr RSS feed in the Feed box. Configure any additional options, then save the settings. Your Tumblr RSS feed is displayed in the specified area on pages where the area is visible.

Your Tumblr RSS Feed

Your Tumblr RSS URL is simply the URL of your primary blog with “/rss” added to the end of the string. If your primary blog is named “MyAwesomeBlog.tumblr.com," your RSS feed is “MyAwesomeBlog.tumblr.com/rss.” You can also display feeds from your secondary blogs or specific pages on your blogs. Just open the page you want to display in the feed, copy the URL and add "/rss" to the end of the string. Enter the URL in the RSS widget control panel.

Third-Party Widgets

You can select from several RSS widgets to display your Tumblr feed. The Tumblr Widget for WordPress offers several additional features beyond the default RSS widget. With this widget, you can choose to display selected post types and specify items to appear in your feed by post date. The widget supports tags, and enables users to subscribe and unsubscribe right from the widget.

You can install and configure either the Ultimate Photo Widget or the Alpine PhotoTile Widget for Tumblr to use your Tumblr RSS feed to display photo posts in stylish and attractive tile groupings on your WordPress site. Note that the these widgets support only Tumblr photo posts. Both widgets display images in posts, sidebars and pages. The Alpine widget can display photos in a lightbox.

Install

You do not need to install or activate the default RSS control. This control is now available by default in the Widgets page of the Administration dashboard. However, if you choose one of the third-party widgets, first install the widget as a plugin. Open the Plug-In page in the WordPress administration dashboard, then select one of the "Add New" options. Search for one of the suggested widgets (see Resources). Install, and then activate your chosen widget. Once the plugin is installed, the widget appears in the left column of the Widgets page in the Administrator dashboard.

Place

Once the RSS widget is installed to your site, you can drag and drop the widget control from the left column into the appropriate section in the right column in the Widgets page. For example, if you want to display your Tumblr RSS in the right sidebar, drag and drop the RSS widget control into the Right Sidebar control. Note that you cannot configure the widget until it is placed in one of the columns on the right side of the Widget page.

Configure

After you have added the RSS widget to the desired control in the Widgets page, open the control to configure the widget. Type the RSS URL for your Tumblr blog in the Feed input box, then provide a name for the feed in the Name field. The name will display at the top of the widget. Set any desired options, then save the widget, then view a page that contains the control to test the feed on your WordPress blog.

Considerations

You do not need to provide your Tumblr login information when configuring the RSS feed. Therefore, you can, in theory, post someone else’s Tumblr feed to your WordPress blog. However, this is not ethical and may even violate the blog owner’s copyrights. Be sure you obtain permission to display any content other than your own in an RSS feed.