| 12:28 pm on Mar 7, 2005 (gmt 0)|
You can put feeds on your site, syndication is a big part of RSS.
RSS is confusing at the moment as there is not much info around.
[edited by: engine at 12:38 pm (utc) on Mar. 7, 2005]
[edit reason] Self promo, TOS [/edit]
| 2:32 pm on Mar 7, 2005 (gmt 0)|
There are lots of "free" feeds available, it just depends what you're into and which ones you'd want to use.
Most "free" feeds come from news sites / blogs and are clearly marked on their pages - for example the BBC news website and CNN have them and so I'm sure lots of others do as well if you take the time to go out and look for sources that are right for you.
Finding the right feeds becomes more difficult the more specific you want a topic to be - a topic like "Technology" would be fine with major news sites and/or specialist news sites while a topic like "Tuning and optimising blue fuzzy widgets" would probably need you to have personal knowledge of the right websites and blogs.
Actual feed content will vary from site to site - some might include the full text (more common for blogs, rarer for news sites due to copyright issues), others might just use an excerpt from the text and I'm sure there are some that deliver just the headlines.
What you can do with a feed once you've got it will largely depend on the source and the rules they impose on its usage - apart from that it's just common sense really.
Finally if you have to ask "Is it dumb to pay for <x>?" then the answer is often "Yes". Once you understand more about how it all works then you may have a blinding epiphany on how they could make your life easier, but until then the lowest cost option (ie free) is normally the right choice to start off with.
| 1:00 am on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)|
There are many, many thousands of feeds out there for free.
I would suggest looking at the feed directories and pick the ones you wish to put on your site. 2RSS is a good place to start. A bit of research will turn up probably 10s of thousands of free feeds.
| 12:07 pm on Mar 8, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Thanks everyone for your feedback I'm getting a handle on it now.
Eurotrash that 2RSS is an awesome directory, I found exactly what I was looking for.
I also found a great resource for people who want to run an RSS feed on their webpage, it's php based but even if your server doesn't support php they will host the script and page for you free. I'm ok my server supports it.
Anyway it is unbeleivably flexible.
You can make a whole html page a feed or you can insert a table on your page as a feed.
Just call the page through this free php script, feedforall.
It may seem a little confusing to newbies like me but just download it unzip and read the documentation you'll have that feed on your page in no time flat.
[edited by: werty at 6:35 pm (utc) on Mar. 8, 2005]
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| 5:29 am on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)|
Some good posts here. Once you find the feed and decide to put it on your page you will need as "parser".
You're right, its also taken me a while to learn the lingo, it took me nearly a week of searching to find out about parsers and what they actuall do. I eventually stumbled across this page.
Heaps of free parsers so you can add feeds, feed heading & descriptions to your page.