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8:15 pm on Nov 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I just spent an hour looking for an .asp script to parse an internal RSS feed from my site and display it on the homepage. (I'd be happy to use one of the many php scripts available, but my site is not hosted on an Apache server). I wasn't having much luck with the asp scripts I found - they all seem relatively complex to set up and I'm not much of a programmer.

On the off-chance I thought I'd hunt around to see if some bright spark had come up with a way yet to parse RSS using javascript - I remember looking a few months ago and coming up empty handed.

And I've just found this:

[rss-to-javascript.com ]

I don't know how long this service has been going - I certainly wasn't aware of it before - but I've just tried it out on the front page of my site and it works wonderfully. It's exactly what I've been looking for, for about three months.

I have zero affiliation with this service, but I'm so delighted with how it works, you'll have to excuse me my out-of-character evangelising about it.

8:28 pm on Nov 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The only problem is that it's javascript that's displayed on your page, so the rss content doesn't really show up and is not indexable. So for SEO purposes, it's pretty useless. If you don't plan on allowing the search engines to spider that page, then that probably doesn't matter.

However, if you're using .asp, sticky me and I can give you the rss/asp code to use--it's really pretty simple, and you can control it through a .xslt file. It works well for me on my .asp pages.

8:30 pm on Nov 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Good heavens, I've just found another one here:

[rssxpress.ukoln.ac.uk ]

Evidently this sort of technology is not nearly as revolutionary as I thought...

8:32 pm on Nov 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The only problem is that it's javascript that's displayed on your page, so the rss content doesn't really show up and is not indexable.

Good point... although given that it would be duplicate content, I'm not sure that I would want it to be indexed. Especially as I may decide put the same RSS feed on several other pages as well.

8:37 pm on Nov 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ronin,

I tried the rss-to-javascript and it loaded fine. The only problem was the news was months old.

Any thoughts?

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8:40 pm on Nov 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Uh... I don't know. I'm not trying to syndicate any external newsfeeds - I'm just trying to display my own site's RSS feed on the front page of my site.
9:03 pm on Nov 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for sharing the info.

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12:21 am on Nov 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ronin

There is also Feed2JS mentioned somewhere earlier in this forum:

[jade.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu...]

With this one you can install the scripts on your server to speed up delivery. (see [webmasterworld.com...] )

 

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