How to implement RSS into your website
What is RSS? when I was looking for RSS i really could not get what it exactly was and how was i to implement it. I needed a simple explanation of what it was and how to integrate it to your website. If you do not use word press, the reason i do not use WP cuz it doesn’t help me learn new stuff like this RSS, you have to know what it basically is. It stands for Really Simple Syndicate. It was an alternative to email campaigns. to increase your repeat visitors.
Lets now integrate it to our website.
For every page you have to create an XML doucment that might contain all rich data and some media. It has got a fromat which we need not care about because the step i am going to tell you doesnt require to create the xml files. Well you do have to by filling up forms. But this pain is worth is as the feeds can be unlimited and it is free of cost. I used www.webrss.com cause they host your file for free free. Others charge and their free versions have have limitations. Webrss showed some problems like downtimes probably and missing files. So I am hosting mine own file.
Follow these steps.
- sign up for webrss
- create a feed. once created it will give you an unique url. save it. It is not going to change unless you delete your feed.
- now add posts or podcasts. here you gotta fill up the form as i said earlier. this is going to create a xml document that will be linked to that url. once your are done adding, (also its real time) you need to paste the link on your website.
- anyone who clicks that link his rss reader will take the data from the link (the data you have fed in. Ta Da its done. easy
- if the link doesnt work / or the link routes to the webrss page , open a free account in feedburner. yes it is owned by google. so its FREE.
- Now link this feed urd to feed burner and create a unique feed url. mine goes like this http://feeds.feedburner.com/Informthyself use that. it will work for sure.
Want to have your own xml files on your server.
Follow these steps
create a xml file. it should have the proper mea tags. create one like this.
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<rss version=”2.0″ xmlns:atom=”http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom”>
<atom:link href=”http://www.informthyself.com/rss/informthyself_rss.xml” rel=”self” type=”application/rss+xml” />
<title>Inform thy Self</title>
<description>”Inform thy self” is a place where I intend to share knowhow with the world to see. This place not only harbours information that i intend to share , but also accomodates anything (digital) that anyone is willing to publish here. We are always open for contributions. Let out Inquisitive Iguana guide you in your endeavour.
Knowing is Owning
Our Iguana is quite inquisitive. Are You?</description>
<title>Misconceptions about Adsense – Jyoti Sahoo</title>
<pubDate>Sun, 17 Mar 2013 13:20:00 GMT</pubDate>
<description>Hello guys if you are here you will be enlightened to know some facts about adsesne.
you can rely on me as i too was looking for adsense appoval, but i have one now.
You should add the category so that it will be easy for you to filter feeds if you use yahoo pipes. Aslo the image title should match with the main title of the item. same goes for the link . It has to be only in the channel tag i.e only once in the whole document. You cannot add image tags inside each item tag. I am not sure about this because podcasts are media files that are added in each item. But when i tried adding an image to an item it gave an error as unidentified tag.
It is suggested to add a widget link to your RSS. something like this.
Looks more lively.
This tag is not recommended as it brings in spam.
Keep adding items under the <item></item> tag . I have given a part of my xml document for your convinence. after you have created your document , validiate your xml file here. Feed Validator
Here are some steps how you can create a simple link, either a gadget will do or a simple image link. like this
<a href=”www.yourwebsite.com/rss/rss”><img src=”rsslogo.jpg”/></a>