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Beginners Guides: RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions

Beginners Guides: RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions - PCSTATS
Abstract: As the internet advances, even surfing has become slow and laborious. Enter RSS Feeds, and the simplified way in which they allow us to keep a birds eye view on favourite websites content.
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External Mfg. Website: PCstats Apr 13 2005   Mike Dowler  
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Creating an RSS feed for your website

So now you know how to gather and read your choice of RSS feeds from the Internet, but what if you have your own website? How do you go about creating one of these feeds so that interested readers can track your articles and updates? Creating them from scratch is not really that difficult, as you can see from the simple example we included above, but first let's look for ways to automate the process.

We're going to use a free Internet tool to create your first RSS feed file which you can then host on your website and update at will.

The RSS Channel Editor is a RSS feed creation tool which automatically creates workable RSS 0.91 files from the data you enter, making it a great place to start.

Creating an RSS feed with the RSS Channel Editor

To create an RSS feed with this tool, you have to fill in the basic sections: Channel title, channel link and channel description along with at least one item including title link and description.

The channel title, link and description entries provide the name of your feed, its web location and a (optional) description of the feed.

Each separate item on your RSS feed needs to have an item title and link and possibly a description too. Let's try it out:

Open the RSS Channel Editor and scroll down to the 'channel summary' section.

Enter a title, link and description for your feed. The link is generally used to connect to the main page of your site, so set it accordingly.

Now scroll down to 'item1'.

Enter a title, link and description for your first RSS feed item. This could be something new on your site, or a link to another interesting site.

Once you've done that, you can add a few more items (up to 15 at a time) if you like. When you've finished adding items, click the 'build RSS' button next to the last item you filled in.

A page of XML will pop up. Copy all the text in the main window, open a blank notepad document and paste the text in. Save your new file as rsstest.rss or something similar.

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Contents of Article: PCstats
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
 Pg 2.  How do RSS Feeds Work?
 Pg 3.  Adding RSS Feeds
 Pg 4.  Types of RSS feeds
 Pg 5.  — Creating an RSS feed for your website
 Pg 6.  Examining your first RSS file

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