The On Site RSS Feed - The Output Side of RSS Feeds
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I'm going to try to demystify some of the hazy confusion about having an RSS feed on site - and how it differs from having RSS feed items displayed on your site.My previous article, "RSS Feeds Display - The Input Side of RSS", offered a an easy basic way to think about the differences.
What I suggest is to think about RSS in terms of Input and Output. On one hand what comes to your site and does something there is input. What originates on your site but is available off your site is output.
When you display RSS feed items on your site, they come from RSS feeds that are found on other sites. You can, with the right feed items display program, collect items from multiple feeds in your market area and display some on your site as new and updating content.
However, when you can also extract content from your site's own pages, build an RSS feed and make it available for syndication - that's output.
Various programs are available which include RSS feeds as part of the created site structure. Most notable are the blogging platforms, though not all produce RSS. Content management systems (CMS) may also produce feeds. Some directory and page generation programs also create feeds.
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