Really Simple Syndication (RSS) has taken off in a large way. Just as satellite television beams more channels into your home than you can watch, RSS allows to you display an endless amount of other peoples content. Whilst RSS XML feeds are plenty, there is not as much in the way of clear, simple instruction when it comes to using those feeds.

In case you're one of those webmasters who uses a content management system which makes using RSS XML feeds as straightforward as specifying a feed URL then you're lucky in that regard. For many others, the choices offered tend to be provided by programmers of the applications and the use instructions provided can often be riddled with technical jargon. Many shout, "Use my feed", however fewer inform you how.

Among the very best and simplest ways I've discovered to demonstrate that the content from an RSS XML feed one of my sites is to utilize a ready made PHP parser. Now, don't be worried about exactly what that means, simply consider it as somthing that somebody has already established; a blackbox which makes it simple for you to utilize articles from RSS feeds and display it on your site.

With this manual, I've used MagpieRSS since it's compact, works well and can be distributed under the GPL, which essentially means it's free for you to use. Now, MagpieRSS is written in PHP so that you'll require a compatible hosting account which lets you execute PHP scripts. will reveal anything you want to know about php scripts in wordpress.

For the purposes of the manual, I'm presuming you've some degree of basic understanding about sites e.g. that you understand how to FTP, alter file permissions etc.. Covering the fundamentals of running a web site is beyond the scope of this report.

Rather, allow's cover what are possibly the toughest measures; displaying the information from an RSS feed onto your own site.

1. Download the most recent stable release of MagpieRSS.

2. Extract the contents of this ZIP file on your PC.

3. The core files you want in the ZIP package are rss_cache. inc, rss_fetch. Rss_parse, inc. inc, rss_utils. inc.. You'll additionally require the extlib folder along with the file inside.

4. Make a new record to show your RSS feed. I've called mine index.php. In this document, copy and paste the contents of this document referred to below and store it.

5. Upload all the files and the folder mentioned in measures 3 and 4 to your own hosting accounts. Set them to the desired place, but make certain that the file remains inside the extlib folder.

6. Then pay a visit to the file you made in step 4 with your internet browser.

This's the fundamentals of it. As soon as you've got this way, customising how you present the material of this feed is comparatively simple. Simply refer back to the MagpieRSS site for advice on the best way best to do this.