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More and more confused about RSS (14 posts)

  1. Qiaoyun
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I've spent about two days reading up on RSS, trying to figure out what it is. After I finally kind of get what it's supposed to do, I went and got a FeedBurner account and downloaded and installed this plugin (http://orderedlist.com/articles/wordpress-feedburner-plugin/).

    I followed all the instructions and now, I'm not too sure how to proceed. I've got this page by FeedBurner (http://feeds.feedburner.com/sheylara) but it doesn't tell me what to do with it.

    My blog is at http://www.sheylara.com. At the bottom, there are links that points to (feed:http://sheylara.com/feed/) and (feed:http://sheylara.com/comments/feed/). What am I supposed to do with those?

    I'm sorry if I annoy anyone with this idiocy, but I really can't figure out what's going on. :P Please help! Questions:

    1) Which link do I give people to subscribe to my feed?
    2) When people click on the link on my blog that says "Entries (RSS)" and Comments (RSS), what do they expect to get?
    3) Where do I go to read and subscribe to other people's feeds?

    Thank you for reading and not laughing your ass off. :)

  2. 1. http://feeds.feedburner.com/sheylara is your feed.

    2. Activating the feedburner plugin took care of everything but your theme's RSS links. In your admin interface, go to the "Presentation" tab and "Theme Editor" sub-tab. Then, find the templates which have your feed links (usually the Footer or Sidebar) and replace the feed links with http://feeds.feedburner.com/sheylara .

    3. Their feeds should be listed on their sites if they have any. You can use a news aggregator to subscribe to their feeds.

    More info on RSS (and feeds in general):

    http://www.wizard-creek.com/rss/tutorial/index.htm

    http://www.semiologic.com/resources/help-with-feeds/

    http://www.tomrafteryit.net/help-on-subscribing/

  3. Qiaoyun
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thank you so much macmanx for your quick response and help! The info pages you gave me explain things so much better than the others I've read, so I believe I now have an adequate grasp of the whole RSS thing. Thanks! :)

    I still have one question, though. If you don't mind checking my blog footer again (http://www.sheylara.com), I have updated my Entries (RSS) to point to my feed. But what is Comments (RSS)?

  4. Your comments RSS feed is the syndicated feed of all of your blog's comments. It would be useful for anyone who wants to keep track of your comments, or follow a discussion which they have become a part of. You have three choices:

    1. Leave it as it is.

    2. Remove the link entirely.

    3. Make a new feedburner feed for it and replace that link just like you did with the entries link.

    Since comment feeds are rarely used, I recommend either 1 or 2.

    If you choose 1, please remove the feed: part from in front of the link. The feed: protocol should (technically) launch your favorite news aggregator and either subscribe to or check the feed for new articles. But, since it has not been fully implemented in all browsers, operating systems, and news aggregators, the "non registered protocol" warning from a non-implemented browser may simply confuse your readers. To remove it, go to the footer template and find something like this:

    <a href="feed:<?php bloginfo('comments_rss2_url'); ?>">Comments (RSS)</a>

    Change that to this:

    <a href="<?php bloginfo('comments_rss2_url'); ?>">Comments (RSS)</a>

    (Basically, just remove feed: from the link.)

  5. archshrk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    If you're looking for a news aggregator you may want to try out Google Reader at http://www.google.com/reader

  6. Eh, Google Reader has a few short-comings. In any case, I already gave Qiaoyun a link to a large list of desktop-based and web-based aggregators three posts above yours. I'm sure that Qiaoyun is capable of making his/her own choices.

  7. Qiaoyun
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thank you guys for your help! :) I am using Bloglines as my news aggregator. Seems ok so far! I have another question now. I'm SORRY! I swear this is the last because I'm getting the hang of it.

    In my archived posts, there's this string at the bottom of each post that goes like this:

    "This entry was posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2005 at 10:07 pm and is filed under The Actress. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. Edit this entry."

    The words "RSS 2.0" is linked to this page full of codes: http://sheylara.com/2005/12/08/look-ma-no-hands-and-no-feet/feed/

    What's up with that? Should I leave it as it is because there are people who know what the heck that is. Or is there some error I should fix?

  8. dremeda
    Sucuri Wizard
    Posted 8 years ago #

    That is your post meta data and that link will bring up the rss for that post. I would leave it if you dont have any reason to remove it.

  9. Yep, that's yet-another RSS feed. It syndicates the comments made specifically for that post, incase one of your readers wants to monitor a specific discussion in the comments. It's nothing to worry about.

  10. Netdetective
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm not sure if my blog already has RSS feed enabled or not. I never installed any RSS plugins. If you go to
    http://www.beyourowndetective.com/blog and click on any post title I see below the body of the post:

    "This entry was posted on Monday, December 5th, 2005 at 6:17 pm and is filed under Crime. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed."

    If I want to put a brightly colored RSS feed button on my pages, does that require a special plugin?

  11. At the bottom of your blog, you have "Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS)." These are your two RSS feeds. If you want to add "brightly colored RSS feed buttons" to your sidebar, you can do it manually by editing the template, or use this plugin:

    http://www.semiologic.com/software/subscribe-me/

  12. Netdetective
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Which is easier? If I edit the template I'm not sure which page to edit or what to add. If I put on the main sidebar, I guess it would be the RSS feed for whatever is on the page.
    Thanks

  13. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 8 years ago #

    It's just a regular weblink :)

    If you want them in your sidebar:

    <li>
    <a href="http://www.beyourowndetective.com/feed/">
    <img src="where_your_button_is" title="Main feed" />
    </a>
    </li>
    <li>
    <a href="http://www.beyourowndetective.com/comments/feed/">
    <img src="where_your_button_is" title="Comments feed" />
    </a>
    </li>

    and you could make those little buttons here:
    http://kalsey.com/tools/buttonmaker/

  14. Well, the plugin is definitely the easiest. All you have to do is install the plugin, click "Activate", and visit the plugin's options page if you want to customize which images are displayed.

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