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How to create a simple rss/xml feed/file for blog posts

Posted on 2013-01-07
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Hi,

I'm creating a simple tool to post some articles in the form of a blog for a website.
Each post will contain a:
- title
- picture of video
- text

Now i'm asked to create a xml feed for these articles. How should i do this, and where should i pay specific attention to?

I searched the internet, but didn't find a satisfying answer.

What will a rss/xml feed/file like this look like?
How much text of each article will be included? The whole article?

The file should also be able to be imported to a wordpress blog for example.

Thanks
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There's a good explanation here:
http://www.mnot.net/rss/tutorial


And here's more on RSS Version 2.0, it has an example and how to layout the XML tags.
http://www.tutorialspoint.com/rss/rss2.0-tag-syntax.htm
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Thanks for your reply PCableGuy.

Your second link shows a nice sample.

How would i build the xml-file to show the preview of multiple blog posts for example?

And will i store this file as i .xml file on my server? I would like to generate the file with php, how should i do that?

Thanks
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To answer a couple of your questions:

Yes, the RSS would be stored on the server. Yes, you can build it from PHP.

The way you build the RSS from PHP would very much depend upon how you are going to store the articles.

You probably need to do store a description of each article in a database if you plan to automate the building of the RSS file using PHP. You can in theory build the RSS file manually in Notepad and upload it your server.

Are you going to store each individual article in a database?
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Yes, each article will be stored in the database.

How would a rss file with multiple blogposts look like?
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It would look similar to the tutorial on this web page where each item tag has a title, link, and a description. In your case, each item tag in the RSS file might be a blog thread.
http://www.xul.fr/en-xml-rss.html#source

Your PHP would query the database to build the XML file.
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Thank you!!
Great explanation on these websites!
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