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RSS feed that automatically detects new content?

 9:30 pm on Jun 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

So far the only feed editors I have found require that I manually enter content to be fed to readers. But I know there are programs that automatically detect new content and send it to subscribers. Can anyone refer to me to any of these programs? Haven't been able to find one on my own.



 12:07 am on Jun 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld CyberCrone.

Those are forms of screen scraping software. Searching for HTML to RSS generators should pull up a few packages. Unless you're just looking for some sort of page change notification service.

You really get a lot more control generating your own feeds.


 12:41 am on Jun 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks, Bill. Can you direct me to a source for learning to generate my own code for this?


 5:27 am on Jun 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

It depends on what you have in mind. Building an RSS generator from scratch seems a bit like reinventing the wheel. Many blog/portal/CMS packages will already do that for you. It's a function of the software. If your site is database generated then you could do something like this by outputting the content into an RSS template.


 12:21 pm on Jun 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

I think what I need is an RSS generator--I just didn't know the right term for it--that will capture new content automatically instead of my having to do it. I have a site where we add as many as ten new items a day. I'd like to get recommendations of specific software that is simple enough for a novice to use.


 12:17 am on Jun 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

What powers your site? Is it a CMS, or do you do everything by hand? Like I said there are a number of content management packages out there that could easily be incorporated into a site...

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