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Using ASP to Display RSS ASP is similar to PHP. The free ASP/ASP.NET scripts can be used to convert RSS feeds into HTML and display on ASP/ASP.NET web-server.
rss2html.asp - ByteScout has implemented a guide for displaying of RSS/XML feed using free RSS2HTML.ASP script in ASP or ASP.NET environment. This script can be used free of charge on any ASP or ASP.NET web-server and generate HTML from RSS feed. This free ASP script uses MSXML to load RSS feed from URL and display it. You can use it as a standalone or call from script on HTML page to generate HTML content from RSS feed and then display on your HTML page. http://bytescout.com/how_to_display_rss_using_asp.html
RssFeed - RssFeed is an open-source custom ASP.NET server control that displays contents of a specified RSS feed in an ASP.NET web page. http://www.scottonwriting.com/sowBlog/RssFeed.htm
If PHP or ASP is used to update feeds, website will have free fresh, relevant content each time feeds referenced are updated.
Export RSS to HTML If you wish to dress up feed's appearance you can use a template exporting feed as HTML or an HTML table. Publishers can incorporate exported tables into an HTML template using a server-side include. Each time feed is updated, feed will need to be exported to HTML and uploaded along with feed. Though this only takes a few moments, exporting RSS to HTML does require webmaster intervention to update content. The end result, though, is a complete web page with an RSS feed in it that will be search engine-friendly.
FeedForAll - FeedForAll allows users to export RSS feeds from RSS to HTML. The look of HTML can be modified to match an existing website's design. http://www.feedforall.com
Using Services There are a number of services available that host and display RSS feeds, in many cases free of charge. Because these services operate on a different domain server there is little benefit to end-users displaying their feeds in this fashion. That said, services are generally free of charge, so you get what you pay for.
RSS2HTML.com - Select a layout, color scheme and enter URL of feed. A web page URL will be generated that will display feed in selected scheme. http://www.rss2html.com
FeedBurner - FeedBurner provides a number of online services. Among them is a service that displays RSS feeds on a website. http://www.feedburner.com
Using XSL to Display RSS Although using XSL and CSS stylesheets to display XML directly is easy to understand in theory, it is rather tricky to implement in real world and is very tough for novices to use successfully. Webmasters must be fairly familiar with CSS and XSL to have formatting work well, and webmasters then have to address browser incompatibilities and exceptions. As a result, not a lot of resources or services yet exist to display RSS using XSL.
Using highly targeted feeds, webmasters can enhance their websites with themed content. Ultimately, providing relevant, educational or newsworthy information from reputable related sources will establish expertise in a specific area.
About the Author: Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for NotePage http://www.notepage.net a wireless text messaging software company.