One of the great things about RSS is that you can display, or "feed" in, headlines and content from other people's websites directly onto your own website. In another article, we've already covered what "syndication" is, and RSS, and how you can use a newsfeed reader to efficiently read and browse through the latest content from your favorite weblogs and news sites. The focus of this article will be on the other main use of RSS - feeding external content into your site.
How do you incorporate RSS feeds into your Movable Type website?
Here are a few ways:
- Timothy Appel's Feeds.App Plugin. According to Tim, with Feeds.App you can:
- Merge multiple feeds into one listing
- Display summaries and the full content
- Automatically update feeds content using the built-in task manager
- Work with extended meta data such as authors, categories, extended links, and timestamps
- Powerful template tag controls for integrating content how you need it
- Transparently work with any form of the RSS and Atom feed formats
- Create a Blogger blog just for your feed list and pull it into an MT template with an iframe tag. See Create a Custom Feed Reader with Blogger Blog List.
- Open source PHP solution like zFeeder or Feedsplitter. - These solutions require that the page of your site on which the feeds will reside has a "php" rather than an "html" extension. So if you plan to place the feeds onto a sidebar of your main index page, that page needs to end with ".php". The software is automatic, works in the background, and you don't have to rebuild the page in your MT editing window in order for the content to refresh.
Making it easy for other sites to republish your feed
For example, the following code:
will result something like this:
You can edit out the logo, and make other changes.