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Can RSS Feeds be exported to other websites? #236347 04/21/2010 7:12 PM
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I have a feeling they can, but before I go and get all excited about it, I wanted to double check...

Here is what I am thinking I want to do...

In my forums, there is a section for Campgrounds In PA...

Under each section(NorthEast, SouthEast, etc) campgrounds that advertise with us get a free sub forum (sub forum for sake of not getting way too long)

What I would like to do is set up an RSS Feed for each of them independently, and send to their webmaster to add to their page with a caption that says, JOIN US ON CAMPINGPA.COM, Here is what we are discussing right now (or something like that)...

And have the last 10 posts show up on there page, with a link back to their forums... Good to get their specific visitors invited to our site (good for me) and good to let the owners and their visitors see what people are discussing, (good for them)

What are your thoughts?
Easy enough to do ?
Is there a limit on how many RSS feeds I can create?

Any help would be awesome !

Thanks!
Tom


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Re: Can RSS Feeds be exported to other websites? [Re: CampingPA] #236348 04/21/2010 7:20 PM
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yes, very easy to do.. you enable the feed in your forums settings (per forum)

then you give them that link...

they then can consume the feed in many ways.. i do this all the time for wordpress blogs (portal) that want to show the latest posts for a forum..

you can even take it a step further (if you want) and 1st send your forum feeds thru Feedburner, then hand THAT feed URL to the webmasters..

Feedburner allows you to add all sorts of 'goodies' to the feed, even adverts or social links and a way lot more..

so the sky's the limit and only limited by your imagination wink

Re: Can RSS Feeds be exported to other websites? [Re: SD] #236349 04/21/2010 7:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Sirdude
so the sky's the limit and only limited by your imagination wink


Thank you very much for the vote of confidence, But You know me Sir Dude... And limited by my talent... ;-)

I will have to check out Feed Burner, not quite sure what all it does, or if I will even understand it...

Can I somehow make a certain layout, size, color, etc... and send it to them so it is always uniform?



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Re: Can RSS Feeds be exported to other websites? [Re: CampingPA] #236350 04/21/2010 7:40 PM
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not really.. it's really up to the webmaster how they want to fit it into THEIR site..

they need to consume your RSS feed (standard RSS xml format) and then decide how it 'looks' to fit their site..

that makes sense too, since some peeps might want to colorize it differently.. make it wide, narrow or whatever to fit their site..

so you'd just be handing out your FEED URL to them and hope they know how to consume it..

alternatively, they could ask for help and that could also be arranged..

for an experienced webby person, this rates 2/10 on the difficulty scale.. for a n00b webby person, it might be 'greek'...

so YMMV on things depending upon webmaster..

--- with all that said, i shouldn't have said "not really" at 1st ---

there is another route you could go.. namely develop a ubb.widget that they simple copy / paste into their site (much like the twitter widget is now).. that would make it VERY simple for THEM, but for you (or your agent) to create the widget..

that's also doable and might be beneficial to you in someway, if the peeps you are sharing with are 'knuckle draggers' web know how wise...

it would also prolly cost you to have it developed (doable too) i can do that

-- so it 'depends' -- would be my bottom line laugh

Re: Can RSS Feeds be exported to other websites? [Re: SD] #236352 04/21/2010 7:48 PM
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What would you charge me to develope a widget...

I am thinking the bulk of these people will say ... HUH !

I know enough to be dangerous, but then i have to scream for help!

I would prefer to be able to send the a block of code and it just 'fit' for them...

Ideas???


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Re: Can RSS Feeds be exported to other websites? [Re: CampingPA] #236353 04/21/2010 8:17 PM
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well, actually you can prolly do it yourself.. i'd be glad to take your moohlah, but Google has a nifty way to do it..

http://www.google.com/uds/solutions/dynamicfeed/index.html

I ran a quick wizard there and it grabbed a vertical stacked widget for my blog

Ubbthreads feed from their facebook was a coupla clicks

Code
  
<!-- ++Begin Dynamic Feed Wizard Generated Code++ -->
  <!--
  // Created with a Google AJAX Search and Feed Wizard
  // http://code.google.com/apis/ajaxsearch/wizards.html
  -->

  <!--
  // The Following div element will end up holding the actual feed control.
  // You can place this anywhere on your page.
  -->
  <div id="feed-control">
    <span style="color:#676767;font-size:11px;margin:10px;padding:4px;">Loading...</span>
  </div>

  <!-- Google Ajax Api
  -->
  <script src="http://www.google.com/jsapi?key=notsupplied-wizard"
    type="text/javascript"></script>

  <!-- Dynamic Feed Control and Stylesheet -->
  <script src="http://www.google.com/uds/solutions/dynamicfeed/gfdynamicfeedcontrol.js"
    type="text/javascript"></script>
  <style type="text/css">
    @import url("http://www.google.com/uds/solutions/dynamicfeed/gfdynamicfeedcontrol.css");
  </style>

  <script type="text/javascript">
    function LoadDynamicFeedControl() {
      var feeds = [
	{title: 'ubbthreads',
	 url: 'http://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?format=atom10&id=142264336442'
	}];
      var options = {
        stacked : true,
        horizontal : false,
        title : "UBB.threads"
      }

      new GFdynamicFeedControl(feeds, 'feed-control', options);
    }
    // Load the feeds API and set the onload callback.
    google.load('feeds', '1');
    google.setOnLoadCallback(LoadDynamicFeedControl);
  </script>
<!-- ++End Dynamic Feed Control Wizard Generated Code++ -->



Also, http://itde.vccs.edu/rss2js/build.php <-- also works well, but they warn that they might not be there forever.. i figure they aren't going anywhere however, since they are an EDU..

General resources here Linky Poo

PM me if you are stumped or want to throw moohlah @ me instead, but you can prolly save $$ and do it yourself wink

Re: Can RSS Feeds be exported to other websites? [Re: SD] #236354 04/21/2010 8:42 PM
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Thanks man...

You are alright... !

I will let you know how I make out, wont be for a few days or so...

Tom


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