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RSS basics
An idiot's guide would be helpful
Patrick Taylor

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Msg#: 46 posted 8:43 am on May 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Having recently discovered what an RSS feed is and roughly how they work, I added a feed from a major news site to my homepage. In a PHP on-page script I have a link something like:

ht*p://ww*.domain.com/syndication/feeds/rss001.xml

I also found a web-based parser which I downloaded and installed on my web server. To my amazement, the newsfeed actually works - I just uploaded the parser straight out of the box plus some simple PHP on my page - but I would like to know more, and I'm not a programmer so it needs to begin fairly basic.

In particular, what are the main technical issues a webmaster should be concerned about when adding a feed to a normal page? The server-located parser I've used seems to be fine but there must be others - where would I find out? (I've spent some time researching but found much more advice on creating feeds than deploying them.)

Basically I'm saying I've got something to work (I think) but now I need to backtrack and make myself aware of how and why etc. Could anyone post or sticky me the signpost to the beginning of the road? A number of Google searches didn't get me much further.

Many thanks,

Patrick

 

Patrick Taylor

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Msg#: 46 posted 11:26 am on May 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Since my previous post I found another simple-to-install PHP RSS feed parser which works very well, and very easy to add the feed to a normal PHP web page too - if anyone's interested.

AmeriClicks

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Msg#: 46 posted 7:35 pm on May 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

Patrick

You're doing the right thing with using the server side parsing and it is generally the prefered and recommended method to include RSS output on a webpage.

Why not share what' you've found

willybfriendly

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Msg#: 46 posted 8:21 pm on May 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yes Patrick, do share.

I would like to find a primer for RSS. I can think of several uses for some of my stuff.

WBF

Patrick Taylor

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Msg#: 46 posted 1:56 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'd be glad to, but is it allowed here? It's a commercial site with a free download.

willybfriendly

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Msg#: 46 posted 2:12 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

You can sticky mail us :)

WBF

Patrick Taylor

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Msg#: 46 posted 2:34 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Okay... I did!

john_k

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Msg#: 46 posted 2:55 pm on Jun 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

In particular, what are the main technical issues a webmaster should be concerned about when adding a feed to a normal page?

One thing you should be doing is cacheing the feed so that you are only hitting the provider's server on a periodic basis. Hopefully the parser you found provides this functionality? The cache refresh rate will of course depend upon how often the feed is updated.

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