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WEBTOASTER lets you build, manage and update your web site in an advanced, yet extremely user-friendly way.

WEBTOASTER demands no installation of special software and is available everywhere 24/7.


Toaster RSS Feeds

Automatically generated and published

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is designed for publishing headlines and other Web content. Think of it as a distributable "What's New" for your site. RSS has evolved into a popular means of publishing content and linking to sites (including the BBC, CNET, CNN, Wired, WebToaster, RoadMC, and more).

In many ways, RSS is similar to the subscription newsletters that many sites offer to keep viewers up-to-date. The big difference is that they don't have to supply an e-mail address. This gives you a way around the spam problem while still giving you a direct channel to your viewers.

Without a feed, your viewers have to remember to come to your site and see if they find anything new - if they have time. If you provide a feed for them, they can point their reader or other software at it, and it will give them a link and a description of developments at your site almost as soon as they happen.

An RSS feed usually contains only the opening paragraph (or short teaser/summary) of each posted article (or announcement or whatever). The bulk of the article is generally kept on the Web site, the URL for which is included in the RSS feed, so that users who are interested can click through and read the whole thing. So, your RSS feed is basically another way for users to subscribe to announcements of new articles, features, etc., for which they still have to come to your site, and view your pages in order to view the whole article.

How does it look?

RSS readerTo the left is an example on how the WebToaster RSS feed may look in the FeedDemon RSS Reader (an RSS Reader is often called an RSS Aggregator).

This is an example only: RSS Feeds may look wildly different in different readers and on different devices (cell phones, PDA).

This example has 3 items. The title of each link serves as a link to the actual web article.

A typical RSS reader lets the user subscribe to and organize RSS feeds. This makes RSS a very effective information gathering tool on the Web.

Alas, the aging Internet Explorer will not show or let you subscribe to RSS Feeds without an additional plug-in. The FireFox browser , however, has some support. Support has been announced for the next version of both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS/X.

How does it work in WebToaster?

With each article that is to be included in the feed, the Toaster will extract the article header and the start of the body text for each article. This will then be included as an ´item´ in the feed. The link to the actual article will be provided automatically.

How do I do it?

It`s very easy:

  • Select "MANAGE CONTENT"
  • Select "Articles"
  • Select Articles you want to include in the RSS column
  • Click "Publish RSS"
  • An RSS feed will be published for each language

An XML-file for each implemented language will then be placed on the web server and your pages will automatically update with the necessary RSS code and the standard RSS icon ( rss ).

 

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Published 03.02.2005
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