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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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Examining your first RSS file

We previously looked at the contents of a typical RSS feed file, so let's now look at how the RSS channel editor has formatted the data we just entered.

<rss version="0.91">
-
<channel>
<title>my rss feed</title>
<link>http://www.pcstats.com</link>
<description>Beginner's guide to RSS: Test feed.</description>
<language>en-us</language>
-
<item>
<title>pcstats rss test</title>
<link>http://www.pcstats.com</link>
<description>
Check out PCstats.com for the best in computer technology news, reviews and guides
</description>
</item>
</channel>
</rss>

As you can see, the layout of the items is very straightforward. The only significant addition the Channel Editor made besides placing the correct tags was to add the 'RSS version' notification to the top of the file, identifying it as an RSS version 0.91 XML file.

You can quite easily add new items within this file by copying and pasting a whole '' section like this:

<item>
<title>pcstats rss test</title>
<link>http://www.pcstats.com</link>
<description>
Check out PCstats.com for the best in computer technology news, reviews and guides
</description>
</item>

and then simply changing the text in between the tags.

Now all that remains is to post your RSS feed file on an appropriate area of your site and keep it updated. Best practice for this is to provide a link to the RSS file from the home page of your site, illustrated with an appropriate word or symbol, like 'RSS', 'XML', or any of the feed graphics we showed above.

To update the file, use the RSS Channel Editor to load your RSS file then add new items with the 'new item' entries near the top. Copy and paste the new generated file over your old one to complete the update. Otherwise, you can edit the RSS file directly using notepad and your newfound knowledge.

There's a lot more to RSS and RSS feeds than the basics we've covered here, but if you are interested, you now know everything you need to start exploring deeper into the world of RSS syndication.

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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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