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Repeating RSS & Pre-Schedule RSS
a question about repeating rss feeds and scheduling them in advance

 5:13 am on Mar 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

The site I maintain wants to implement an annually repeating schedule of daily activities. I'd like to syndicate these, and so I am looking to RSS (or Atom).
Is there a way to Pre-schedule an RSS to publish at a later date, and is there a way to set a feed to loop automatically.

The site I am operating within is a Joomla site, if that matters or is of any benefit.



 12:56 am on Mar 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld darkimage.

A lot of blog software will allow you to schedule posts. They normally work with a cron job that runs at an interval. When the set time is reached then the feed will be updated.

I don't have any Joomla sites, but I've done post-scheduling with MovableType. If it's not built in to Joomla perhaps there is an add-on or extention?

is there a way to set a feed to loop automatically.

Do you want to paste the same info repeatedly, but with just a different date? There are certainly ways to increment posts like that, but it will depend on your system. I'm wondering if a subscription to a calendar feed, like a Google Calendar might be more helpful than doing this manually in Joomla...


 1:40 am on Mar 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

Thank you for your response!
I was hoping to accomplish this through just an xml file, rather than needing to use a blogging software package. I may need to do that, though.
As for repeating, there will basically be 365 unique things within a year. At the end of the year, it would need to repeat those items again. If done with an xml file that could somehow pre-schedule items, then it would just be the matter of updating the year tag. Otherwise, I'm lost how to do this, or even if it can be done.


 5:57 am on Mar 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

Sure, this can be done. I just wasn't sure how you wanted to go about it. If you're not the technical type you could possibly get someone to write a PHP script for you that would incrementally update your RSS feed via a cron job. There are other ways as well, this is just one suggestion.

The simple solution I had in mind was to get a Google account specifically for this feed, go to the Calendar and set up annually recurring events, then subscribe to the RSS feed of the calendar.

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