Master New Media’s article, “How to Create a RSS Feed From Any Web Page”, is an indepth look at feeds, in addition to good tips on creating a RSS feed from any web page.
Sooner or later, and maybe without even knowing the technical terms required to communicate this to someone else, you will want to subscribe and monitor web sites, information pages, or online catalog sections on an ongoing basis…
Can do you create an RSS feed for a web page that doesn’t have one?
Can anyone do this on her own?
The answer to both is a resounding YES!
Today, thanks to new “html scraping” services available to everyone, RSS feeds can be automatically generated for just about any web site, no matter what kind of layout, coding or language it is written in. In some situations, to create a standard RSS feed from any web page that does not have one may take less than a minute, while in other cases, where your needs for customization are higher, you may need to spend a little more time.
The process of creating feeds seems to be called “HTML scraping”, the process of automatically generating an RSS feed from an HTML web page. The article includes some examples of “HTML scraping” services to help you create feeds for your website.
If you are using WordPress, you don’t have to do anything. Your WordPress blog comes equipped to handle feeds automatically.
WordPress Feeds on WordPress Blogs
If your WordPress Theme does not obviously feature any feed links, you still may have feeds on your WordPress blog. The WordPress Theme, Rubric, is one that does not feature any feed links unless I include them myself in the sidebar links. Scan any page on this blog with your feed reader and you will find the feeds. So they are there, if not visible.
To create a link to the feeds on your WordPress blog, use the following links if you are using WordPress.com or Permalinks:
If you are using WordPress 1.5 or a WordPress blog without permalinks, the feed links would be: