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might be simple but still...

   
10:53 am on Feb 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi guys...

I have a question about RSS feeds... It might be long winded so please hang and bear with me a bit

1. I have a website ie http://example.com - I use Magpieers to have RSS feeds on the site. Lets say for arguments sake that the website is about calculators and the RSS feed is about Calculator comparisons.

As I understand it the crawlers from google or yahoo or wherever looks for the info.

Now here is the question.
Does Magpeiers somehow "move" the rss feed to a file where the crawlers can get it to refer people to it at a later stage...

To give you an idea of my level of knowledge... If I knew what the terms for all these things were I would google it myself but as it is I am struggeling to find help on RSS feeds.

If someone can explain the theory of it or give me a link to RSS feeds Howto for complete idiots I would be much obliged :)

Baffers

[edited by: werty at 4:41 pm (utc) on Feb. 21, 2006]
[edit reason] Changed URL to example.com [/edit]

9:43 pm on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Does Magpeiers somehow "move" the rss feed to a file where the crawlers can get it to refer people to it at a later stage...

not too familiar with Magpeiers as I use CaRP myself...but to hopefully answer your question...if the rss feed (which is an xml file) is not your own, and you are calling it from another website, then most likely NO, the feed will not be stored in a folder on your server per se. Everytime someone views the page with the feed, your rss parser (Magpeiers) will find the feed from the other website and parse it into your page.

Now, most 'good' rss parsers will retain a cached version of the rss feed (the xml doc from the other website), to increase performance, but there isn't usually a copy of the file that is accesible to web users.

hope that helps

 

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