Wednesday, June 18, 2008

RSS Feed Generators

Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and many other Web 2.0 technologies auto-generate RSS feeds. Standard Web pages do not. You can easily create your own manual RSS feed, put it into a separate Web page (ending in .xml or .rss if you like); and add a simple line of code in the "head" section of your primary page.

Manual RSS generators are available as free (or paid) downloads and also online. The Web-based generator linked to the title does a great job by simply filling in the blanks. Save the resulting code into a Web page that you put online (normal convention would have the URL end in .rss or .xml though that is not required).

The line of code that you will want to add in the "head" section of your primary page is:

< link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="put name of your page here" href="put URL of your newly created rss page here" > .

This will "light up" the orange RSS icon on browsers and will make it easy for all to find your feed.

Using this method you can manually update the RSS feed whenever you have new content on the primary page that you want to share with others.

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