Do you have a web site? Is it an ordinary web site, and not a blog? Do you get jealous of the blogs for their ability to automatically post RSS feeds and have their new blog entries recognized almost immediately by the search engines?
If you don’t have a web site already, get one at a very reasonable price from HostGator, the web host that I use.
If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, you may want to try the free RSS Feed software that I use at my Terry’s Computer Tips web site.
Sure, I’ve got my Terry’s Computer Tips Blog also, but the posts there are pretty limited to announcements of the new newsletters posted each week.
For the Terry’s Computer Tips web site, if you’re someone who likes RSS feeds, you can subscribe to my Terry’s Computer Tips site RSS feeds, using your RSS reader, and get updates when I post new articles or new newsletters on the site.
I use the free software Listgarden, which is fairly self-explanatory, to create my RSS feed.
First, there is an initial configuration to set up the program’s access with an FTP connection to the web server. After that, all you do falls into these simple steps:
- Start the ListGarden program,
- Double-click on the ListGarden icon in the Windows Status Bar, which will open the address http://127.0.0.1:6555 in your default web browser,
- Click the Items button, which will open a list of the current entries in the program’s RSS feed,
- Click the Add button, which will open the Add New Item page
- Enter the Title, the Link to the page (e.g., http://www.terryscomputertips.com/archives/news_20100711.php ), and the Description (whatever you want to display in the RSS feed). If the Description includes HTML code, then put a checkmark in the Includes HTML checkbox,
- Set the Publication Date (it defaults to the current time) if you want,
- Click the Add Item button,
- On the resulting screen, make sure the entry is what you want (you may have to click Edit so you can click the Includes HTML checkbox, like I often have to do),
- Click the Publish button,
- Click the Publish FTP, Publish Local File or Publish Both buttons (I click the Publish Both button).
Although that seems like a lot of steps, it’s quick and easy when you’re doing it for real.
Once you’ve created the RSS feed via ListGarden, modern web browsers like Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.6.6 will display the standard orange RSS Feed icon when the site is visited.
Clicking or double-clicking on the RSS Feed icon will display the RSS feed and will allow the user to add them to their RSS reader software.
In Internet Explorer 8, the RSS Feed icon is immediately to the right of the Home icon.
In Firefox 3.6.6, the RSS Feed icon is at the right end of the web browser’s address bar.
Do you need a paid web-hosting site to use this? No, all the processing is on your own home PC. Of course, having your own web site (as opposed to using free hosting provided by your Internet Service Provider) is a big plus in establishing your site on the web. It’s cheap and easy — I use HostGator, for which I pay less than $100 per year. You can register a domain name via GoDaddy for less than $11 per year (although many web hosts will give you a domain name for free for a year or more, I strongly recommend using someone else as the domain name registrar).