Why subscribe to RSS feeds?

30 January 2009

RSS feeds are methods of staying up to date with the latest goings on of a website.

You would most often find RSS feeds on news websites, so that you can get the latest news updates straight away, and user involvement pages such as blogs and forums, so that you know when someone comments your blog or replies to your forum post.

Subscribing to RSS feeds is easy to do, just click on the orange RSS icon (or other image that the website may offer) and then select the RSS feed reader application that you want to use.

The RSS feed readers are applications that will store lots of feeds and keep them all in chronological order for the user and will mark which ones are read/unread.

I personally use Google Reader, but other applications include Outlook, Thuderbird, Live Bookmarks, My Yahoo, Bloglines, and many more.

Within your RSS feed reader application (although I haven't tested them all) you should be able to manage your feeds by folders of interest, star your favourite items, and on Google you even have the chance to share your favourite RSS feeds with the rest of the Internet through a public sharing page, for example, my shared Google Reader page is www.google.com/reader/shared/15586057576910103121

Once all your RSS feeds are in one place you can read through them at your leisure and then click through to read more on the most interesting subjects to you.

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Other CMS platforms

29 January 2009

Today I got to try out some different CMS platforms.

WordPress I have been working with for a while now as I'm maintaining a website for a client that uses this CMS option.

At first impression I thought that it had too many options and that it was too complicated, but I soon picked it up and have no trouble at all using it.

The CMS is well known as a blogging platform, however the client who I'm maintaining the site for use it as a complete site CMS.

I've seen that there's a lot of plugins for extra WordPress CMS functionality as well.

Drupal I found very low standard compared to the others - however once again there was a lot of plugins out there for extra functionality.

CakePHP I think looks really good and I love how easy it is to change the layout of a page and how easy it is to add modules and change the content.

CakePHP I would recomend as it is so easy to use and has lots of functionality, and like the others has plenty of plugins that can be downloaded and used.

Simple CMS again (I guess it's a CMS thing!) has plenty of downloadable plugins and so matches up to all the other CMS platforms functionality wise.

Simple CMS also has a very easy to use navigation and editting of pages, but again I found a lot of it a bit complicaeted and long winded.

The most flexible CMS would have to be either CakePHP or Simple CMS.

Easy to update and maintain content would have to be WordPress, although I may be a bit biased here as I use this one the most, but it was so eay for me to pick up and it isn't overly complicated with controls I don't need.

The CMS that I feel was in a lower league than the others would be Drupal, as this CMS platform wasn't as easy to use or navigate, or even seemed as functional as the others.

Hopefully I will be testing some more CMS platform options soon...

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Social Bookmarking

27 January 2009

Many sites that I go on these days always ask if I want to share the website with my friends.

These days there's loads of networking websites to pick from, but which ones are the best to sign up to?

Facebook is, as we know, the leading social networking website. Most people I talk to these days have a Facebook profile and so I found that sharing links on Facebook is always good for driving traffic, however links on Facebook don't seem to be crawled by search engines and so from an SEO point of view this doesn't help all that much.

Delicious is again a very popular bookmarking option and also offers an online profile so people are actually able to find my favourite links if they look.

Technorati, like Delicious, has an online profile where you can view my bookmarks, and so again this helps out with links back to a website and therefore increases popularity and score through search engines.

Although my Delicious and Technorati networks are pretty non-existent I've still set them up to show my links and have links to them so that they will still be crawled by Google (and other search engines).

If there's any other favourite bookmarking options please let me know what you use and what advantage I will find in using them.

I have just started using Google bookamrking, but am yet to explore the advantages of this so far.

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