Convert RSS Feeds to HTML- Feed2HTML
Many webmasters have realized the benefit of using
RSS to dynamically update websites. This means that the website
content automatically changes when the RSS feed is updated. This
allows for webmasters to serve dynamic content or a mixture of static
and dynamic content on their website.
Often, publishers, interested in expanding their base, will allow
other webmasters to republish the contents of an RSS feed. Content
providers that allow for syndication, receive additional exposure,
and the webmasters serving the content, will generally see web traffic
increase as a result of the new content. RSS feeds can be syndicated
or displayed using a variety of different methods. Depending on
the web host, server configuration, and the intent of the publishers,
a variety of different syndication tools exist.
In most cases, providers convert RSS feeds to HTML
in order to display the feeds contents. The following are some of
the more popular methods to convert RSS feeds as web based content.
The easiest of solution is not server dependent, a third party host
displays the contents of the feed. The downside to using a hosted
service is that you are relying on a third party. If the third party's
website has problems, your content will not be displayed. Additionally,
webmasters often cannot customize the way the contents are displayed
on hosted servers and there is no real search engine benefit to
third party hosting.
examples - FeedBurner.com - http://www.feedburner.com
and RSS2HTML - http://www.rss2html.com
Using scripts to display RSS feeds on a website is probably the
most effective solution. In addition, the webmaster using ASP or
PHP scripts to convert their feeds, maintain the control of the
"look and feel" of the content displayed. Webmasters also realize
the benefit of hosting the feed on a domain that is within the webmasters
Using ASP or PHP will allow search engines to spider
the actual contents of the RSS feed as if it is part of the actual
HTML. Pay particular attention to solutions that cache the RSS feed.
If your RSS feed is popular this will save significant bandwidth.
PHP is a popular scripting language that is often used to dynamically
update web pages. PHP support is available on most web servers that
run on a Unix Operating System.
example - rss2html.php - http://www.feedforall.com/free-php-script.htm
ASP or active server pages is a scripting language similar to PHP
but support is more often found on Windows web servers.
Example - rss2html.asp - http://www.bytescout.com/how_to_display_rss_using_asp.html
that needs to be inserted into the HTML web page, making implementation
solutions is that the webpage calls the script each time, and the
actual contents of the feed is not able to be spidered or indexed
very little benefit to the webmaster. Search engines will not detect
any new content or keywords contained in the contents of the feed,
so their is little optimization benefit to displaying RSS feeds
if that is the case they will be unable to view the contents of
Example - FeedRoll Pro - http://www.feedrollpro.com
Webmasters will often find value in merging multiple RSS feeds in
to a single feed. This is particularly useful when attempting to
aggregate news on a specific topic. The script allows you to produce
an RSS feed by taking the latest items from multiple feeds.
Example - RSSmesh - http://www.feedforall.com/rssmesh.htm
Due to the enormous and ever-increasing information flow we are
all submitted to, the only way to improve our ability to access
and use the information that is really important to us, must take
place by scaling up one notch our ability to filter, aggregate,
and access relevant content.
Example - Newsmaster kit - http://www.masternewmedia.org/reports/newsmasterstoolkit/
On occasion, webmasters will choose to build a large amount of content,
and gradually release it over time. FutureRSS is a PHP script that
when used properly will only display feed items that publish dates
FutureRSS - http://www.feedforall.com/future-rss.htm
A number of flexible solutions exists for webmasters
to create, filter, and display content contained in an RSS feed.
Using these simple solutions, webmasters can dynamically maintain
webpages with unique content.
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.