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There is one final point before we finish and it is something optional you may wish to choose. You may wish to keep your existing feed address if you have existing subscribers and to future proof your feed. To do this you will need to use an HTTP redirect in your htaccess file. If this means nothing to you I would suggest further research before doing this.
You will need to add a new line to your htaccess file.
redirect temp /rssfeed.xml http://feeds.feedburner.com/feedburnerFeed
You will need to change /rssfeed.xml to name of your current feed and Feedburner path to new feed address you will be given by Feedburner. You will need to point Feedburner to a copy of your feed that only Feedburner will see. You will then offer /rssfeed.xml feed address you created in your htaccess file to you visitors to subscribe to your feed.
This is how it should work. Feedburner will periodically check your address you gave to Feedburner for new posts. Your visitors will subscribe using address you used in your htaccess file and get redirected to feed that Feedburner has created for you. This will mean that in future if you wish to stop using Feedburner service all you need to do is remove line from your htaccess file and your readers will not notice any difference.
Allan is the webmaster at Newsniche, an RSS resource for webmasters.