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I'm new to RSS so i'm wondering what to put into the feed and what to ignore. And should i remove items from the feed as they expire or leave them all there forever? It seems to me that i should remove older items otherwise the XML file gets pretty big over time. The list i have so far:
1. Add an item when a new event is posted
2. Add an item when an event is updated (e.g. tickets go on sale)
3. Add an item when an article is added to one of the series
4. Add an item when a news item is posted
5. Add an item when a resource page is updated
6. Remove event items after they've taken place
7. Remove article/news items older than x months (what to use for x?)
What do you think? I'm thinking 2 and 5 may be a bit too much, but if people rely on the RSS feed to keep up to date, would they want to know about all updates? Or should I have separate feeds?
FWIW, i'm mostly interested in user friendliness, SEO is a low priority for this website. Thanks for any help or hints you can give me.
You can certainly cull older items from the feed. There's really no need to have much old content in there. With an active, constantly updated feed I'd set a regular schedule to clean things out. However, there's no harm in leaving items there either. Your users can set their aggregators to show the range of data they want.
Keep in mind that you can also offer multiple feeds. Some sites will offer different feeds for different topics or categories and still offer one all-encompassing feed that contains everything.