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Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Creating a Feed from Your Website - Adding items to the website feed

The last post we discussed how to create an RSS feed. I provided a
barebones but fully functional outline for an RSS Feed for a website. Here
it is.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<rss version="2.0">
<title>the feed title</title>
<link>the website url</link>
<description>the feed description</description>

The Title, Link, and Description describe the feed. There are more optional
parameters like author, copyright, and date.

Review: To create a feed
- Create a text file with the extension of xml
- Copy and past the lines above
- Fill in the blanks for title, link and description
- FTP the text file to a server
- and people can start subscribing to your feed.
Example: http://www.wizard-creek.com/rss/rss-class.xml

To update the Feed, we add information for items.
- An item is like an entry, a post.
- A channel may contain any number of items.
- An item for a website is a headline or summary of what is on the website,
- The item points back to the website for the full story.

The process is this
- Add one or more items
- FTP the text file back to the server

The RSS Feed aggregators will find the new items and deliver them to your

Next Post: Describing Feed Items

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