An RSS Feed is a dynamically generated summary (in XML format) of information or news published on other web sites- so when the published RSS changes, your web site will be automatically changed too.
It is a rather simple technology that allows you, the humble web page designer, to have this content displayed in your own web page, without having to know a lick about XML!
Think of it as a box you define on your web page that is able to update itself, whenever the source of the information changes, your web page does too, without you having to do a single thing to it. .
This Feed2JS web site (new and improved!) provides you a free service that can do all the hard work for you-- in 3 easy steps:
- Find the RSS source, the web address for the feed.
- Optionally style it up to look pretty.
Please keep in mind that feeds are cached on our site for 60 minutes, so if you add content to your RSS feed, the updates will take at least an hour to appear in any other web site using Feed2JS to display that feed.
Good News for Feed2JS Users (April 11, 2013)
I tried to turn off the lights on Feed2JS, but you would not let me. A big thanks to Brian Teller, who offered web hosting and adoption services, so Feed2JS lives on.
Run Your Own Version
If you host your own web site and can download, configure, and install a few PHP files, then you are welcome to set up your own instance of Feed2JS. Check out the details on the github code site.
For those running their own copies, check out some of the possible modifications you can do, including limiting use to domains you specify. If you want to feed in the cloud, see the Amazon EC2 AMI crafted by Tim Owens.
Why Are You Doing This?
A very good question! I developed this as an experiment, largely for our own use from a server originally hosted at the Maricopa Community Colleges. RSS was just starting to get popular in 2003, and it seemed like people could use an easier method for incorporating RSS into their own web sites. See the footer for the legal verbiage as far as the open source license for this software.
Latest version: 2.34 as of 22.Apr.2013
Current code version is now hosted on github https://github.com/cogdog/feed2js