Listgarden is a very powerful RSS creation and management tool that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, and can be configured as a Web-based application.
For those of you who subscribe to all of my feeds, let me apologize…I know that I’ve mentioned Listgarden several times: in this blog, the Lockworld Herald News, and my Resources feed.
I think the program deserves all of these mentions, however, because it is so versatile and so simple. Without any knowledge of RSS or XML structure or rules, you can create and edit as many feeds as you want to. You have the options of creating the feeds as local files on your computer, or uploaded to your FTP server (or both). My favorite feature of Listgarden is that you can optionally export an HTML version of your feed containing some or all of your feed items as a Web-based file. This can allow you to offer a preview of your latest feed items to your site visitors or an alternate way to view “what’s new” on your site. Read more»
If you followed along with my last series of posts, I’ve showed you how to build a customized content management system into your Web site using AjaxIncludes, Zoho Creator’s JSON feeds, and the powerful Texty SCMS (Simple Content Management System). In this last post of this series, I want to show you how you can expand the same principal to not only deliver the content to your site, but to build a simple sitemap to help your users find content within your site.
First, you will want to use the AjaxIncludes scripts to build your site framework. Remember that these elements will not be indexed as part of your site, but that’s OK because they are just the design elements of your page. This can include items like your page banner, navigation structure, and a blank “block” for your page’s content. I’ll use the following assumptions in this example:
You are using Microsoft Office Live Basics (MOLB), so all of your files are stored in the same directory: http://yoursite.com/Documents/.
You have already saved a copy of the AjaxIncludes script from Dynamic Drive as a separate file in your site at http://yoursite.com/Documents/AjaxIncludes.txt (You don’t want to save files with the “.js” extension if you are using MOLB).
You have created the following files to provide the framework for your site:
banner.htm (The main banner for your page)
navigation.htm (The top navigation structure for your page)
footer.htm (The footer for your page)
With this structure in place, you are ready to build a blank page like this:
However, there are a few drawbacks to using JSON feeds to provide your site content, so I wanted to use this post to weight some of the pros and cons of using JSON feeds to deliver custom content to your site.