RSS 2 HTML
There are two options at RSS 2 HTML. The first is a standard converter where you type in some details about your feed and you get some code to paste into your site. Additionally you can also opt to download the script and run it form your own server.
Feedroll's RSS viewer is easy enough to use create a displayable RSS feed for your site.
Hot off the press comes anothr online free service that makes it as simple as pie to combine several feeds into a single feed.
Did you like what I did there with all the RSS references. If you did then you will love this tool from Beau Lebens. It's written in PHP with an MySQL database for data storage. Simple to use, all you need to do is add in some feed URL's or import an OPML file and click the blend button.
Once the feed is blended then you get your new RSS feed containing all of the new amalgamated feeds. You also get an OPML file cotaining all your feed URL's and some cut and paste code to add into your site to display your new feed.
A free service from RSS feed converter allows you to display RSS feeds on your website. I know there are already dozens of sites that already do this but these guys offer a few extra options.
The HTML output is contained in an iFRAME as the output is being generated by their server. For the PHP version you will need PHP running on your server, most web hosts offer PHP as standard.
Customise your feed
There are several options that allow you to customise the display options such as font, color and the number of items in the feed to display.
As with all third party services you need to be aware that if the service goes belly up then the code you have added to your site will no longer work. On the plus side this is a great service if you want to add some extra content quickly to your sites.
Over at FeedForAll they have a tool that allows you to generate the code that gives your site RSS auto discovery capabilities. It is easy to use, you just need to enter a name for the feed and the feed URL.
More RSS uses thoughts
I have been thinking more about uses of RSS and a few more ideas occurred to me. Feeds that are updated lists of data rather than blog feeds. A few examples of this would be music or film charts and new releases or music and films.
Imagine having a music feed of your favourite artists that updated every time they released a new single or album. The same would be true for new films. This would not only save you time but you might discover new films or music being released that you would never have thought about before.
This tool allows you to select an RSS feed, set the font and background colour then convert this to a GIF image. You get some HTML that you paste into your page or as they suggest into your email signature.
I am not really sure how useful this tool is but it is certainly unique. You could possibly use it on somewhere like MySpace or in your forum signature. Woth checking out just for the novelty factor.
A while back Dmitry from ExtraLabs Software emailed me to let me know about their RSS editor. Actually he emailed me back in August but I have been really busy, honest. To make up for it here is a breakdown of their RSS software.
First up is the inventively titled Feed editor. In a nutshell it allows you to edit and create RSS feeds. Once your feed is created the program allows you to upload the feed to your server via FTP.
An HTML to RSS converter. Like RSS Editor it can edit, create and publish RSS feeds. RSS Wizard can also convert HTML to RSS similar to some online tools except this is desktop software. There is also a scheduler to upload your feeds at scheduled times.
Feed MixFeed Mix allows you to compile a new feed by amalgamating several other feeds. As with the previous offerings FTP is built into the software to allow you to upload the new feeds to your server.
Benefits and cost
If you prefer a more flexible and beneficial alternative the you could use PHP to parse and display your RSS feed. You will need some PHP knowledge for this but it is worth the effort.
SimplePie offers a free PHP class that does most of the hard work for you making it relatively easy to use your own web server to display RSS feeds. There are other more established alternatives such as Magpie and Carp but SimplePie offers good documentation and clear instructions.
Fellow UK resident Gary Reid is running a service to allow users to create and track RSS feeds with their feed management system.
Fedafi - Feedburner
My initial thought was this service is the same as the offerings from Feedburner, even down to the eerily similar flame theme. Taking a glance under the cover you soon realise they are offering a service that allows you to create your own feeds.
Fedafi currently provides two options, you can either purchase the software and run it on your web server or use the hosted option where they host it for you.
This is a good option if you are an RSS newbie or do not want the hassle of creating feeds yourself. There are many alternatives out there but Fedafi offers a solution to create multiple feeds with tracking with ease and without a blog.
I was recently contacted by Rodolphe Sellier co-founder of StepWebz to tell me about how they are providing various services for webmasters to allow them to add constantly updated quality content to their webstes.
StepWebz provides a number of RSS tools of which there are both free and premium version. The RSS related tools offered allow you to syndicate your own RSS feed easily and additionally earn potential referral revenue. You are also able to display syndicated content on your own site to get constantly updated news, the StepPatch looks interesting as it allows you to display news using PHP or ASP code and therefore the content will be visible to search engines.
There are a number of ways you can format the news feeds including news links, boxes and patches that display formatted RSS feeds on your site. The Search box allows you to display news that your visitors search for and the ticker provides a horizontal or vertical news ticker.
You have the option to use the free ad supported versions of these tools or you can choose the premium versions that are ad free and have more formatting options. They are offering there services from as little as one dollar a month.
FeedSpring is FREE feed generator software. It can help bloggers and Web publishers effortlessly create unlimited RSS feeds. Just simply type RSS information into required and optional fields in forms, FeedSpring will automatically generate an RSS feed file for you. With usable and eye-pleasing interface, you can manage RSS channel and item information effectively.
Rapidfeeds is a web based service that allows you to create RSS feeds from any internet connected computer. This service also allows you to host your feeds on their server. The basic service is provided free.
An RSS feed generator program written in PERL. It can be run on your desktop or from a server. You use a web based front end as the interface. This software is free to use.
Feeder is an application for creating, editing and publishing RSS feeds. This software requires Mac OS X 10.3, it is not a Windows application.
FeedForAll allows users to easily create, edit and publish RSS feeds. FeedForAll is a Windows desktop application.
RSStatic takes information from the feeds you choose and generates static html pages for each item in the feed. RSStatic is currently free to use and is PHP based.
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