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Registering and publishing with RSS (1/5) - exploring XML

Registering and publishing with RSS

Now that you have created and published the RSS file for your own Web site, you are ready to let the world know about your exciting new offering. While the good old methods of word of mouth and email signatures still work wonders, the most promising approach is to register your RSS file with one of the news sites.

Overview

Similar to Web directories news sites offer listings of RSS channels, grouped into subject matters. Such services, in no particular order, are:
SiteTypePrimary GoalSubmission
My NetscapeWebtopDrive traffic to own siteAutomated
UserLandAggregatorSyndicate channels to other Web sitesAutomated
Moreover.comAggregatorSyndicate channels to other Web sitesEmail
xmlTreeDirectoryDrive traffic to own siteAutomated

Although these sites all distribute news channels, their intentions and services vary widely.

My Netscape and UserLand allow a Web user to configure his own personalized "webtop", a desktop-like Web page displaying information from various sources, such as weather, stock quotes and the like. This information comes from a huge collection of channels, published by organizations and individuals, for instance the Wheather Channel and NASDAQ, respectively. Both sites allow content creators to submit their channel to the system.

Whereas My Netscape offers no support for publishing its channels anywhere else than my.netscape.com, UserLand divides between Frontend and Backend: the Web interface for reading news is the Frontend, whereas the Backend offers the same content in various formats, such as XML, over different protocols, like HTTP and SOAP.

Moreover.com selects its source channels manually, but offers a wide array of possibilities for content syndication. Web masters can easily add news channels to their own sites by stepping through a wizard on the MoreOver Web site, selecting the desired channels and their visual appearance, and subsequently have the code mailed to them for inclusion on their site. Developers can integrate content in various formats, including JavaScript, XML, WAP, and WDDX.

xmlTree is a directory and search engine for XML content on the Web, which by definition includes RSS channels. Content creators can submit their RSS URLs to the site and add keywords to classify their offering. This process is equivalent to submitting a HTML URL to the likes of Google, Yahoo or AltaVista. This way xmlTree hopes to establish itself as the premier destination for searching for XML data on the Web.

On to registering your RSS channel.

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