How to Hide Archive and RSS on Tumblr

By Jason Spidle

Most Tumblr themes include a link to RSS and Archive by default. Generally speaking, these items cannot be hidden using theme settings. Instead, you will need to remove the Tumblr theme code associated with Archive and RSS to hide them from your blog. The code for your theme might seem elaborate, but you'll only need to make three simple changes to hide Archive and RSS from your blog.

Step 1

Sign in to your Tumblr dashboard, select the blog you want to edit and then click "Customize."

Step 2

Click "Edit HTML" to access the Tumblr theme code.

Step 3

Press "CTRL + F" to perform a find and replace, enter "<link href="{RSS}" rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" />" in the "Search for" box and "<!---->" in the "Replace with" box, and then click "Replace."

Step 4

Enter "<a href="{RSS}"" in the "Search for" box. Because different themes label the RSS feed differently, it won't be possible to do an exact find and replace.

Step 5

Type "<!--" directly before the "<a href=" code snippet and type "-->" directly after the "</a>" tag.

Step 6

Enter "<a href="/archive"" in the "Search for" box.

Step 7

Type "<!--" directly before the "<a href=" code snippet and "-->" directly after the "</a>" tag.

Step 8

Click Update Preview to confirm that the Archive and RSS are now hidden and then click Save to commit the changes to your blog.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not delete the lines of code associated with Archive and RSS. Instead, comment out the code as instructed. "Commenting out" is a simple coding mechanism that instruct a Web browser not to execute specific lines of code. Enclosing a line of code within "<!-- -->" ensures that the code will not be executed while preserving the code in case you ever want to restore the Archive and RSS links.