[Phpwm] RSS Feeds

Daniel Davies daniel at sitedesign.net
Fri Feb 1 15:40:32 GMT 2008

I was going to reply, but I can't say with 100% accuracy... if it helps...

The <link rel... tag is what your browser, and things like search 
crawlers use to tell if there is an RSS feed available for a page (in 
firefox you get the RSS icon in the address bar), so I assume if there 
is a reader that can auto-detect an RSS feed from the site's domain 
thats how it'll do it. To my knowledge there is no 'default' RSS 
location. After all a default location would require a default file 
extension, which means dynamic feeds would require some kind of mime 
manipulation or mod_rewrite to get them going to your language of 
choice. Hopefully someone else can elaborate further if there is any 
kind of default location.


Daniel Davies

pete graham wrote:
> Phew, an answer, I was beginning to worry that someone had deleted the internet!
> I'm thinking that google reader only finds the feed from the url if
> the site has been spidered by the googlebot. The site I was testing is
> still at its dev url (its not live yet) so wont be in the search
> engine.
> Pete
> On 01/02/2008, Alastair Battrick <al at aj8.org> wrote:
>> pete graham wrote:
>>> Does a rss feed need to be in a certain place on a site so rss readers
>>> (such as google reader) will find it if a users only provides the
>>> sites domain as the feed location?
>>> Or do I need to add markup to the index.php pages header such as this:
>>> <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0"
>>> href="http://<?php echo $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME']?>/rss/index.php" />
>> I use this (in the HTML head section), I do not think there is a
>> standard location for a RSS file for it to be recognised automatically.
>> <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS"
>> href="http://www.pitchcare.com/rss/articles" />
>> --
>> Alastair Battrick
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