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More on the RSS

Friday, February 16th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

More on the RSS

Do you have trouble finding the time to update your Web site or blog every day? You may not do it each and every day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have updated content. Today, I’m going to show you how you can make that happen.

You’ve heard of RSS feeds, right? RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication. Basically, RSS feeds are free syndicated news, blogs or other content that anyone can access and use. Many of you may use RSS feeds to view news articles in a reader or in your e-mail program, but have you ever thought of using RSS feeds on your own Web site? Well, keep reading to find out how you can do that. Also, if you need a brush up on RSS feeds, click here.

The RSS feeds on your Web site will update automatically, just like the feeds update routinely when you use the feeds with a program. When the source updates their information, you’ll get new information too!

There are two main steps to getting an RSS feed on your page. Let’s get started!

1.) To begin, determine from which Web site you would like to get the feed from. Remember, not all Web sites have RSS feeds, so choose carefully.

2.) Below is a list of categories and popular Web sites with RSS feeds. (These are just examples).

News CNN
Sports ESPN
Pets Purina
Entertainment Boston
Photography TakeGreatPictures
All Yahoo! Fields Yahoo!

If you’re looking for different feeds than the ones listed above or if you want to check on a certain Web site to see if it has an RSS feed available, just go to your favorite search engine and search for the Web site’s name and RSS feeds. If you see any results, click on them.

3.) To add a feed to your Web site, you need the feed URL. Now, every Web site is different, but to obtain the feed URL, you basically just need to find the link corresponding to the feed you want. The two most common ways to do this are to click on the feed’s name on the Web site (if the name is a link) or just click on the sign.

4.) You should see a page similar to one of these, depending on which browser you are using.

5.) Select the Web address, right click it and choose Copy.

Now, you have acquired the RSS feed you would like to put on your site. So, next, you need to generate the code necessary to do that.

1.) To do so, visit this Web site, which is home of the Cut n’ Paste JavaScript RSS Feed.

2.) In the URL box, paste the link that you copied earlier by right clicking the text box and choosing Paste.

3.) Read over the other available options and select what you think best suits your site.

4.) Next, click Preview.

If you can see the list of articles, then it’s time to add a color scheme to match your Web site.

5.) Above where the preview is displayed, there is a link that says “Style Tool.” Click on it.

6.) On the next page, there is a drop down box of color schemes. Select one and click “Style This Feed!”

7. Another preview is generated. If you are satisfied with the preview, copy all of the code at the top of the page and skip to step number nine. Below, you can see an example of a green ESPN feed.

8. If you would like to try a different scheme, click the Back button on your browser and repeat step number six until you find something you can be happy with.

9. Now, all you need to do is paste the code onto your Web site and you’ll have your own free, auto-updating content!

You can experiment and add as many RSS feeds to your Web site as you want.

Have fun!

~ Neil Patel

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