How to create an RSS feed

Written by Allan Burns

How to create an RSS feed

An RSS news feed can be used to communicate with your target audience. It is an ideal means of notifying people of new content on your website withoutrepparttar need for them to keep on visiting your site. You can send newsletters to your readership without having to use email and risk being accused of spamming. You will be comfortable inrepparttar 131519 knowledge that people who request your feed are actually interested in it because they have actively subscribed to it. This article will explain just how to create your own RSS news feed.

There are a couple of ways to create an RSS file, you can use an editor designed forrepparttar 131520 purpose or you can create a file using a simple text editor. The latter will require you to learn some XML whilstrepparttar 131521 former will dorepparttar 131522 hard part for you. First off I will describe an RSS file, there are several versions and I will be showing you version 2.0,repparttar 131523 latest RSS version.

An RSS file looks just like an HTML file except it has different tags andrepparttar 131524 files end in .rss or .xml rather than .html. The file is made up of header information and item information,repparttar 131525 item information containsrepparttar 131526 actual news items.

The first section ofrepparttar 131527 file containsrepparttar 131528 header information. This states thatrepparttar 131529 file is XML and which version,repparttar 131530 encoding used andrepparttar 131531 version of RSS that you are using. This part ofrepparttar 131532 file is mandatory. Next up isrepparttar 131533 channel tag, this enclosesrepparttar 131534 whole ofrepparttar 131535 rest ofrepparttar 131536 file. This is followed by a title, description and link which explainrepparttar 131537 whatrepparttar 131538 feed is about and what website it is associated with. The final part ofrepparttar 131539 header isrepparttar 131540 optional image information. If you use thisrepparttar 131541 software that is used to parse or read your file can display a small picture such as a logo.

The Widget news feed

Steps to Create and Promote RSS Feeds

Written by S. Housley

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication as it is commonly known, is a technology that gives webmastersrepparttar ability to easily distribute and publish syndicated content onrepparttar 131517 Internet. It seems like all Internet businesses now have RSS feeds available; at least your competitors do. You have finally maderepparttar 131518 decision that you have to have one. Where do you start?

Steps to Creating an RSS feed

1.) Build a Feed

There are a number of desktop and web applications available that make feed creation easy. I would encourage anyone creating a feed to use one. Though not overly complicated, hand-coding an RSS feed can become a bit confusing and time-consuming. Most desktop software applications for building a feed include a wizard and contact-sensitive help, simplifyingrepparttar 131519 process of creating a feed. Following a few simple steps in a wizard generally will produce an RSS feed in just a few minutes.

Publishers control what information is syndicated inrepparttar 131520 RSS feed, so ultimately it isrepparttar 131521 publisher's decision as to whether to include teaser copy or full articles. Consider what you are trying to accomplish and who your target audience is when buildingrepparttar 131522 feed.

Software to Build a Feed - Tutorial for Creating Feed by Hand using XML -

2.) Transferrepparttar 131523 Feed Onto Your Server

Once you have constructed an RSS feed you will need to transferrepparttar 131524 feed to your server. This can be done using a standard FTP client (if it is not built intorepparttar 131525 feed creation software). The feed is usually placed inrepparttar 131526 domain's root directory like this: , but as long as you know where it is it doesn't really matter.

3.) Displayrepparttar 131527 Feed on Your Website Using a Graphic of Some Sort

In order to signal to website visitors that an RSS feed containing content related torepparttar 131528 website is available, include a colorful graphic onrepparttar 131529 website. It has become a standard that nearly all websites that have RSS feeds available use colorful graphics such as flags as indicators that RSS feeds are available for specific content. The flags were initially bright orange rectangles but asrepparttar 131530 popularity has grown, webmasters have bentrepparttar 131531 rules a bit. NotePage has made a free online RSS graphic tool available that allows users to quickly customize buttons by selectingrepparttar 131532 text onrepparttar 131533 button andrepparttar 131534 color scheme ofrepparttar 131535 button. Oncerepparttar 131536 color and text is entered, a custom graphic is instantly created. Webmasters can easily matchrepparttar 131537 style ofrepparttar 131538 RSS button to a website's theme. Graphics experience is not required. Simply select alternative colors and insert text to personalize RSS feed graphics. The RSS graphics tool can be used by clickingrepparttar 131539 following URL or choose ready made graphics fom: .

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