Another long-time subscriber, Ed Pilarczyk, wrote me with a different kind of problem. He’s not the only one who’s had it, so maybe I need to mention the issue and the solution.
As always, great stuff. I had been receiving your RSS feed for your news letters and such, but no updates to it in over a month.
What do I need to do to correct this? I still receive your newsletter, but not the RSS.
My old Terry’s Computer Tips web site did not use WordPress or any other blog software. Each page was hand-written and coded by me in a combination of PHP (which is a script that runs on the web server, not in the visitor’s web browser) and HTML. The output of the PHP/HTML mix is HTML that is sent to the visitor’s web browser (IE, Firefox, Google, Chrome, etc.).
On the other hand, almost all blogs have a built-in RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication feed), which is a quick method for visitors to keep up with new articles on a blog.
Most often, you do not get the whole article in your RSS reader (often one of the new web browsers), but you get a teaser that let’s you decide whether you want to read the article or not. Of course, if you do, you click on the article link in your RSS reader.
Even though Terry’s Computer Tips didn’t use blog software, I had added an RSS feed to it several years ago, using some special software that required me to take special steps to add the articles to the RSS feed. I updated it each week with a notice about that week’s email and online newsletters, but seldomly updated it to reflect new articles that I posted to my web site.
That all changed on September 3, 2010, when my new Terry’s Computer Tips web site went live. The new site uses the free WordPress blog software (http://www.wordpress.org), installed in my web hosting account at Hostgator, and uses the Genesis Theme Framework to provide the theme (think of this as a skin that includes looks and functions) for customizing the site’s structure.
Now, the RSS feed is built into WordPress. Every time I add a new article to the site, it shows up in the RSS feed immediately.
The only problem, and the problem that Ed had, is that the RSS feed’s address changed. The new address is http://www.terryscomputertips.com/feed/ or, you can click the orange RSS icon in your web browser to open the feed.
You’ll see that there are actually two feeds, one called Feeds, which feeds extracts of the articles, and one called Comments, which feeds the comments that visitors post on my site.