Displaying RSS Feeds
RSS offers webmasters a unique opportunity to display fresh
content on websites. While publishing an RSS feed is a great way
to generate site interest and increase communication, syndicating
and displaying feeds from related relevant sources can also generate
interest, increase traffic and improve search engine ranking.
Webmasters with limited time or capacity can syndicate
related content. In a nut shell, webmasters can create RSS radars
by combining a mix of content from related sources by grouping similarly-themed
feeds. RSS feeds are updated at different intervals, providing an
ever-changing collection of related information.
RSS is a form of eXtensible Markup Language or XML.
Viewing an RSS feed in a web browser generally produces code that
is not easy for website visitors to decipher. As a result, webmasters
use tools to display the content contained in an RSS feed.
Content contained in RSS feeds can be added to websites
a number of different ways. Each method for displaying the RSS feed
has pros and cons associated with it. Webmasters will need to determine
which option will best meet their hosting and technology needs.
website. There are a number of sites that will allow you to generate
showing the latest headlines as the feed is updated. Each time a
feed. Often, the various scripts can be customized so that the look
of the feed can be made to match a specific websiteeeds with hopes
that the search engines will devour and spider the contents, you
search engines do not actually "see" the contents of the feed, meaning
that the search engines will not index the contents of the feed
within the website.
Feedroll - Feedroll is a free service for syndicating RSS
and ATOM news feeds on your website. Simply select a feed, customize
the design, then copy and paste the code provided onto your page.
Using PHP to Display RSS
PHP is a slightly more complex solution for displaying RSS.
contents will update as the page is refreshed. The benefit of using
PHP to display RSS is that the contents of the feed displayed with
the webpage can be spidered and indexed by search engines. The result
is a feed that always displays the most current information from
the RSS feed and the web page content is considered search engine
spider and robot-friendly.
rss2html.php - The rss2html.php script allows
users to create web pages that will always display the most current
information from the RSS feed, and because the resulting page is
pure HTML, it will be in a format friendly to search engine robots.
Using rss2html.php, webmasters can customize the format and look
of the web page created from the feed. The RSS feed's contents can
easily be integrated into an existing website's theme. The rss2html.php
script parses the RSS file, extracts the pertinent information,
formats it, and serves it up as regular HTML.
FeedRoll Pro - FeedRollPro was really designed
to enable publishers to syndicate their own content on other sites.
But it can be used to syndicate news feeds from other sites on your
own pages. http://www.feedrollpro.com
Using ASP to Display RSS
ASP is similar to PHP. The free ASP/ASP.NET scripts can be used
to convert RSS feeds into HTML and display on ASP/ASP.NET web-server.
rss2html.asp - ByteScout has implemented a
guide for displaying of RSS/XML feed using free RSS2HTML.ASP script
in ASP or ASP.NET environment. This script can be used free of charge
on any ASP or ASP.NET web-server and generate HTML from RSS feed.
This free ASP script uses MSXML to load RSS feed from URL and display
it. You can use it as a standalone or call from script on HTML page
to generate HTML content from RSS feed and then display on your
RssFeed - RssFeed is an open-source custom ASP.NET server
control that displays the contents of a specified RSS feed in an
ASP.NET web page.
If PHP or ASP is used to update feeds, the website
will have free fresh, relevant content each time the feeds referenced
Export RSS to HTML
If you wish to dress up the feed's appearance you can use
a template exporting the feed as HTML or an HTML table. Publishers
can incorporate exported tables into an HTML template using a server-side
include. Each time the feed is updated, the feed will need to be
exported to HTML and uploaded along with the feed. Though this only
takes a few moments, exporting RSS to HTML does require webmaster
intervention to update the content. The end result, though, is a
complete web page with an RSS feed in it that will be search engine-friendly.
FeedForAll - FeedForAll allows users to export
RSS feeds from RSS to HTML. The look of the HTML can be modified
to match an existing website's design.
There are a number of services available that host and display
RSS feeds, in many cases free of charge. Because these services
operate on a different domain server there is little benefit to
end-users displaying their feeds in this fashion. That said, the
services are generally free of charge, so you get what you pay for.
RSS2HTML.com - Select a layout, color scheme
and enter the URL of the feed. A web page URL will be generated
that will display the feed in the selected scheme.
FeedBurner - FeedBurner provides a number of
online services. Among them is a service that displays RSS feeds
on a website.
Using XSL to Display RSS
Although using XSL and CSS stylesheets to display XML directly
is easy to understand in theory, it is rather tricky to implement
in the real world and is very tough for novices to use successfully.
Webmasters must be fairly familiar with CSS and XSL to have the
formatting work well, and webmasters then have to address browser
incompatibilities and exceptions. As a result, not a lot of resources
or services yet exist to display RSS using XSL.
Using highly targeted feeds, webmasters can enhance
their websites with themed content. Ultimately, providing relevant,
educational or newsworthy information from reputable related sources
will establish expertise in a specific area.
About the Author:
Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com
software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts.
In addition Sharon manages marketing for NotePage http://www.notepage.net
a wireless text messaging software company.