I’ve took a little twist on RSS to deploy it in another fashion here at CDB. This was partly to response to a post by James Farmer as he tried to find an alternative approach to blogrolling.
Maybe not understanding Radio as much as I should, I commented that it might be feasible to create his own RSS feed his blog could subscribe to. Not being able to clearly explain it in text, I decided to code an example on my blog.
Here is what I did- on my right side “links” i have a section called “Best of Show” where L list the title and link to my recent presentations. Until now, what I did was to edit my template every time there was a new one (and there were four this month).
Now I can update both by editing my RSS feed. Simplifies my life! Here is what it took to pull this off in MovableType and the MT-RSS Feed plugin:
First I had to set up a feed, using the Webreference tool described in Writing RSS 1-2-3. You can find this feed at:
Where I used a format of:
Title contains both the presentation title and the date in parentheses.
Link URL for the online version of the show
Description – the abstract.
On my front page, I use this code:
&raquo; <a href="<$MTRSSFeedItemLink$>"><$MTRSSFeedItemTitle$></a><br />
<div align="center"><a href="show.html"><em>all best of show</em></a></div>
which gives me the titles and links for the 5 most recent items on the front page of the blog, along with a link to the page with the full list.
On my Full listing page template (create a new index template in MovableType that saves as “show.html”), my template uses:
<span class="posted"><a href="<$MTRSSFeedItemLink$>"><$MTRSSFeedItemLink$></a></span></p>
Nad that is all- now I just hand-edit my RSS feed, pop it to the server, and rebuild index templates. Dynamic.