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Need to start an RSS feed - & I know nothing about it!

I just started researching it and am confused by it all...

     
3:15 pm on Jan 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm a self-taught webdesigner who is more experienced with the aesthetics of websites than the back-end technologies. One of my clients has requested that I add a feature that will collect e-mail addresses and alert people when the website is updated. She suggested RSS.

I've looked into it and it seems like the solution, but I'm getting very confused about where to start.

I guess my question is...
#1 - is RSS the solution?
#2 - how do I even get started applying it to her site?

If you could direct me in the right place or talk me through it, I'd be very appreciative!

1:44 am on Jan 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld DanserJPR.

RSS is a pull technology. Your site's users would have to subscribe to your feed from their end. There's nothing you can do from your end other than put the feed out there.

Collecting e-mail addresses wouldn't do anything for an RSS feed. You could send out e-mail notifications to those addresses, but that wouldn't involve RSS.

Setting up RSS on your site could be as simple as adding one XML file. How that file gets updated would depend on your site's back end.

5:16 pm on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Just passing through ...

RSS is a PULL technology, I thought it is a PUSH technology. Seems I don't quite get the idea of RSS!

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I thought it is a PUSH technology.

No, RSS is a pull technology.

RSS/Atom feeds just sit on your server. It's up to the client to fetch them.

A push technology is something more along the lines of e-mail or an IRC chat server.

5:38 pm on Apr 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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From experience I can say that a mailing list will get a far better take up than rss.

Its a pity because the overhead in keeping up a mailing list is far higher and there is always the risk that people will use the "report as spam" button in their email as an alternative to unsubscribing.

My personal project for the coming quarter is to look into publishing a feed to Twitter although I suspect that it won't be worth the effort given the demographic that uses my site.

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4:25 pm on June 8, 2009 (gmt 0)

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