RSS Feed is a dynamically generated summary (in XML format) of
information or news published on other web sites- so when the
published RSS changes, your web site will be automatically changed too.
It is a rather simple technology that
allows you, the humble web page designer, to have this content
displayed in your own web page, without having to know a lick about XML!
Think of it as a box you define on your
web page that is able to update itself, whenever the source of the
information changes, your web page does too, without you having to do
a single thing to it.
The Red Cabages Feed2JS web site provides
you a free service that can do all the hard work for you...
in 3 easy steps:
1. Find the RSS source, the web address
for the feed.
2. Use our simple tool to build the
Please keep in mind that feeds are cached
on our site for 60 minutes, so if you add content to your RSS feed,
the updates will take at least an hour to appear in any other web
site using red Cabbages Feed2JS to display that feed.
RSS feeds come in lots of formats, and
ways you find them on web sites. It starts out confusing because they
are typically direct links to the XML formatted file, and if you
actually click the link, what you see looks like gobbledy gook.
There is quite a bit of things to learn
about RSS; see more at Wikipedia.
But where do you find them? Most Weblogs
have built in RSS feeds that are created automatically. Major news
web sites publish summaries of their news as RSS. You can find your
local weather forecast as RSS.
key for finding the feeds is to look for the icons that identify the
RSS feeds, and rather than following the link, right mouse click
(Windows users) or control-click (Mac users) to access the menu that
allows you to Copy the URL for the RSS feed. Sometimes they will be
listed in an area called "Syndication".
But if you do click and see the ugly XML
code, do not worry! Just copy the web address from your browser's URL
field- that is all you need. It will look like any other web address,
except the last part may end in ".xml", ".rss",
".rdf", ".atom", or even other strange names.
Once you have saved the address for a
feed, we highly recommend that you verify that the feed is
"valid"-- the file structure is very important. You can be
more assured it will work by testing a new feed with the Feed Validator.
Once you have the web address (URL) for an
RSS feed, and have validated it, you are ready to build your display code.