Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Creating a Feed from Your Website - Generating the RSS Code

Creating an RSS Feed from Your Website - Generating the RSS Feed File


When we created the RSS Feed manually,
- we defined 3 data items for the RSS Feed - title, description, and link.
For each RSS Feed item,
- we also defined 3 data items - title, description, and link.

We then manually added all the RSS Feed Tags like <title> and <description>
and the RSS Feed was complete.


The most efficient way to create an RSS Feed is to use a service or program
- allows you to enter the title, description, and link and then
- the program adds the RSS Feed Tags and generates the RSS Feed file.


Here is one basic service called RSS Headliner.

You enter the basic information (title, description, link) into the website
- The website adds the XML RSS Feed Tags and generates the RSS Feed.
- You must cut-and-paste the code into the RSS Feed file and
- FTP or Upload the RSS Feed to the server


The best product I have seen is FeedForAll (
- It is a program that is downloaded.
- It is a complete package for creating and maintaining RSS Feeds.
- It costs $39.95.
- There is a free 30 day trial period.

It works like this:

- There is a RSS Feed tab so you can select any of multiple RSS Feeds to
work on.
- There is an RSS Item tab where you can add or edit RSS Feed Items.
- The first page allows entry of title, description, and link.
- The second page allows entry of optional elements like author, copyright,
and date.

You provide the title, description, and link, and the program does the rest.

FeedForAll includes an FTP product, so you can upload the RSS Feed file
directly to the server. To create a new RSS Feed Item for an existing RSS
Feed, upload it, and make it available takes 10 - 15 minutes.

However, this product is designed to do multiple feeds on a regular basis.
It might be overkill for one RSS Feed updated infrequently.


My recommendations:

1) If you can, just create the RSS Feed file manually.
2) If you need help with the RSS Feed Tags, use RSS Headliner to generate
the RSS Feed Tags and cut-and-paste into an RSS Feed file.
3) If you maintain multiple feeds with frequent updates, use FeedForAll.
4) If you want the coolest product, use FeedForAll.


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