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How To RSS Enable Your Blog

What is RSS?

Here is a description of RSS from xml.com:

RSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites like Wired, news-oriented community sites like Slashdot, and personal weblogs. But it's not just for news. Pretty much anything that can be broken down into discrete items can be syndicated via RSS: the "recent changes" page of a wiki, a changelog of CVS checkins, even the revision history of a book. Once information about each item is in RSS format, an RSS-aware program can check the feed for changes and react to the changes in an appropriate way.
Sports Blogs is a RSS-aware website.. It goes out to each of these blogs on a regular basis and checks to see if new content has been added.

Here is a list of links that can provide a more thorough introduction of RSS:

http://www.mnot.net/rss/tutorial/
http://www.webreference.com/authoring/languages/xml/rss/intro/
http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/12/18/dive-into-xml.html

Below is a list of blogging applications and their methods of providing RSS syndication.

Blogging Applications

  • Blogger - Blogger is a popular blogging application that allows non-technical users to setup a blog very quick and easily.

    Unfortunately, RSS syndication is not currently included in the free version. In fact, it is currently being tested for its introduction into the Pro version of blogger. You can see the latest information on this feature here.

    However, if you feel like messing with your template a bit, you can check out an application that I have been building at http://rss.sportsblogs.org/makeRSS.php to make your Blogger blog have an RSS feed.

  • Movable Type - Movable Type is another popular blogging application for more technically inclined people. They provide RSS syndication in their application. From their features list:
    Multiple output templates enables one-click publishing to multiple destinations and formats: XML RSS headlines from your site, HTML indexes, etc.
    I'm not exactly sure how it works (I havn't installed this software), but it sounds like you just have to select XML/RSS output as one of the output destinations.

  • General - Again, if you are using a blogging application that doesn't provide RSS syndication, you can use the Make RSS application to provide some level of RSS syndication.

 

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