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RSS: Free Tools

Featured program: Feed2JS (Feed to Javascript)

Feed to Javascript, known officially as feed2js, is a free Internet service that will letfeed2js.jpg anyone add RSS feeds to their Web pages, using a small java applet you can easily embed into any html page. This is an attractive option, because you don’t have to turn your html page into a php page just to embed a RSS feed.

Take an RSS feed from your favorite site, run it through this program, style it and paste the generated javascript code on your own Web pages wherever you see fit. And you can also have multiple feeds on a single page, or on many pages.

Generate your feeds on the official Feed to Javascript Web site. Complete instructions are included.

Note: The basic free WordPress.com blog does not allow the implementation of any PHP or javascript tools. Meaning: Try these tools somewhere else, with a host that allows the use of these harmless helpers, although some IPs have the same attitude. That being said…

Below are listed free RSS tools.

Page2RSS

Free service provided by Google. Page2RSS is a service that helps you monitor web sites that do not publish feeds. It will check any web page for updates and deliver them to your favorite RSS aggregator. The Google goal: RSS updates provided every 2 hours.

Feedity

Free online service. Feedity is an RSS generator for web pages without a web syndication format. Feedity, RSS Web Feed Generator for Web Pages without Syndication, Convert any web page to a RSS web feed.

Feed43

Free online service. Your favorite site doesn’t provide news feeds? This free online service converts any web page to an RSS feed on the fly.

RSS2HTML

Takes an RSS feed and turns it into an HTML page. You can either run it online, or put the php script on your own Web server. This is one COOL program.

RSS2GIF

This is an oddball program, but it works, and there is no javascript involved. This is handy, especially on sites like wordpress.com, that don’t allow javascript or php. This free online program takes an RSS feed and turns it into a graphic (gif), with embedded links in the graphic you can click. You place it on your Web page as you would any graphic. This progam is so unusual, you may want to try it for fun.

RSSgenr8

Free online service, or use on your own Web server. This can be used online or on a server, if you have access to one. RSSgenr8 is a hosted HTML to RSS Scraper Tool which dynamically generates a RSS feed from any HTML web page.

zFeeder

Use if you have access to a Web server. zFeeder is a PHP script used to display RSS content.

RSS Editor

Free plug-in for Firefox that lets you create and maintain your RSS feeds using your browser. This really works, and is one of the few programs that let you GENERATE your own RSS, too.

lastRSS

Use if you have access to a Web server. lastRSS.php is simple yet powerful PHP class to parse RSS. All you have to do is understand how the heck it works.

SimplePie

Use if you have access to a Web server. SimplePie is a very fast and easy-to-use class, written in PHP, for reading RSS and Atom syndication feeds.

RSS Publisher (Windows only)

RSS Publisher is designed for those who use RSS feeds on their sites and need to renew them on a regular basis.

ListGarden

For Mac and PC, although I would not recommend it for Mac OS X. You use a Web browser and this program to produce RSS feeds, which you then upload to a Web server of your choosing. Besides the RSS Editor program, this one of the few programs that let you GENERATE your own RSS, too. This program is a little old, and those who love Perl will especially like it.

How to Create an RSS Feed With Notepad, a Web Server, and a Beer

Try this if you want to create your RSS feeds manually. This is a tutorial for using a low-tech, but effective, way to create your own RSS feed. After you’ve created you RSS feed, use an FTP program to upload it to your favorite Web server.

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