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  • This new plugin allows you to track your links’ update times using an RSS feed, rather than using Ping-o-matic and the current update-links.php file that comes with WordPress 1.5. It is particularly designed for using favorites in RSS format, however it may be useful for other such services.

    The plugin uses the LastRSS library, and implements caching to ensure that WordPress does not overload the server providing the RSS feed.

    The plugin is available here.

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  • The link on your site points to a .php file that doesn’t exist.

    The requested URL /wp-content/rss_blogroll.php was not found on this server

    it needs to bee .zip at the end, not .php

    Point. Chalk one up for being rushed. The link is fixed. Thanks.

    Can we export our feeds from a news aggregator? Or do we have to use a service?

    Moderator James Huff


    I would assume so. They all export in the same format.

    I tried with RSSOwl with all the available formats to export: no dice.

    Just want to be sure I understand this–I can’t use this plugin to just tell me when my WordPress Link Manager blogs are updated.

    I would have to save all those blogs into some sort of reader (bloglines?) and get a special feed from there for those blogs?

    Just to be clear:

    I designed this feed to be used with my favorites on uses, among other formats, the RSS format to share favorites. I chose RSS for this plugin because it is a major standard as well as because this enabled me to use the cache functions of the LastRSS library.

    The RSS feed I am referring to lists each favorite as an item in the RSS feed. The title element lists the blog title, the link element lists the blog’s URI, and the pubDate element lists the blog’s last update as reported to

    My plugin reads this feed, grabs the pubDate elements from each of the items, and inserts those times into the update time field of the wp_links table where the URIs match. It does this every time the page loads, unless the cache is enabled, in which case it does it the next time that the page loads after the cache has expired (usually after an hour).

    WordPress’ own update-links file does largely the same thing, but with the Ping-o-matic update service, which tracks far fewer blogs. It also lacks a cache function, because it is designed to be run as a cron job at regular intervals in Unix.

    This plugin should work for any RSS feed that takes the format I have outlined above. However, I designed it to be used for favorites because that was the service I knew of that tracked most blogs, that allowed public sharing of favorites, and that would allow me to use RSS.

    I hope this helps.

    Hey, this is very cool, thanks a lot!

    very cool although I wish the WordPress built in function would just work for me. Anyway…any idea on why it is putting >> and << things at the beginning and the end of my first three links…


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