RSS was originally created in 1999 by Netscape as a channel description framework for their My Netscape Network. MNN was a portal system that allowed end users to selectively view new content from their choice of content providers. RSS was created as a means of gathering that content. Since its creation, RSS has been updated and expanded to handle a much wider range of content with a far broader range of uses.
Simple Web Syndication with RSS 2.0 - Making your feed available (Page 6 of 6 )
Save your feed with either the rss or xml extension. The rss extension is used to indicate rss feeds, and the xml extension can be used since RSS 2.0 is xml based. Either one can be used interchangeably. If your site also contains older RSS feeds, I suggest using the rss extension to provide a sense of continuity.
Hereís my final RSS feed named feed.xml:
<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<title>Popular Articles by Nilpo</title>
<description>Popular articles by Nilpo published by Developer Shed.</description>
Once your have your RSS feed built, stop by feedvalidator.org to make sure that the syntax is valid. Once it is you can publish it to your website. Just provide a URL to the location of your rss or xml file for users to add to their news readers. You can also submit the URL to many listing services.
Thatís all there is to it. You now have a live RSS feed. You can add additional items any time that new content becomes available on your site. Many CMS programs provide RSS creation for you. There are also a number of third party tools that can be used to generate the channel file for you.
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