Saturday, September 17, 2005

Use RSS to put content on your website or blog - resources

If you have decided to put content on your website or blog using RSS - here are some resources.

It is beyond the scope of this discussion to review each of the tools. If you are going through this discussion just to learn in general about RSS, this post can be ignored.


Article: "Display RSS Feeds" -
This is an excellent article that discusses the various ways to put RSS Content on your website, including Javascript, PHP, ASP, and XSL. Pros and Cons of each are discussed.


Service: Feed Digest

I recommend FeedDigest to start. FeedDigest provides a comprehensive set of tools and instructions to use RSS content on a website. Like many web services, you can do a small number for no cost. Fees apply after that. Feed Digest provides the service, the script code, and the formatting. You just need to insert into your website.

Feed digest examples:


Service: FeedBurner

FeedBurner offers various services to feed publishers. If you use FeedBurner already, they have a tool to display feeds on a website. FeedBurner also creates code that must be copied and inserted into your website or blog. The FeedBurner display can be controlled using CSS. This is a free service.

FeedBurner example:


Scripts: FeedforAll

FeedforAll provides RSS to HTML scripts. These scripts required more effort and expertise, but they allow more control.

FeedForAll example:


FeedDigest and FeedBurner are fill-in-the-blank services. They are designed to be easy to use, but you are dependent on the service.

FeedforAll provides scripts for Webmasters to take and use. They offer more flexibility. They are more work.


This concludes the topic of Using RSS to add content to your website.

The next and last topic: Using RSS to get more visitors to your site.

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