Author: PyBlosxom Development Team
Version: syndication.txt 1029 2007-06-07 02:33:12Z willhelm
Copyright: This document is distributed under the MIT license.



Syndicating your blog is very important as it provides a mechanism for readers of your blog to keep up to date. Typically this is done with newsreader software. Additionally, there are web-sites that post blog entries from a variety of blogs that have similar content. Both newsreaders and planet-type web-sites need a semantically marked up version of your blog.

Most newsreaders read most of the syndication formats. So you shouldn't feel that you have to implement each one of them in your blog--you can most assuredly get away with implementing RSS 2.0 or Atom 1.0 and be just fine.

The syndication flavours that come with PyBlosxom should be fine for most blogs. When pointing people to your syndication feed, just use one of the syndication flavours:

Feed formats that come with PyBlosxom

PyBlosxom comes with a few default flavours, three of which are feed formats.

RSS 0.9.1

PyBlosxom comes with an rss flavour that produces RSS 0.9.1 output. Here's a sample of what it produces:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- name="generator" content="pyblosxom/1.2 3/25/2005" -->
<!DOCTYPE rss PUBLIC "-//Netscape Communications//DTD RSS 0.91//EN"

<rss version="0.91">
<title>My Blog</title>
<description>This is my blog about trivial things</description>
    <title>Example of an entry post</title>

  Here's an example of an entry in my blog.  This is the body of the entry.

This example only has one entry in it. The number of entries the rss flavour will display is determined by the num_entries` property in your `` file.


Probably better not to use RSS 0.9.1:

RSS 0.9.1 format lacks dates in the data for the items. Unless you include the date for the entry somewhere in the description block, people looking at your RSS 0.9.1 feed won't know what the date the entry was created on was.

Unless you have some reason to use RSS 0.9.1 as your syndication format, you should look at using RSS 2.0 or Atom 1.0 both of which also come with PyBlosxom.

For more information, look at the RSS 0.9.1 spec.

RSS 2.0

PyBlosxom 1.3 comes with an RSS 2.0 flavour called "rss20". If it's missing features that you want (for example, some folks are doing podcasting with their blog), then override the individual templates you need to adjust.

For more information on RSS 2.0, see the RSS 2.0 spec.

Atom 1.0

PyBlosxom 1.3 comes with an Atom 1.0 flavour called "atom". If it's missing features that you want, then override the individual templates you need to adjust.

For more information on Atom 1.0, see the Atom 1.0 spec.

Debugging your feeds

FeedValidator is a hugely useful tool for figuring out whether your feed is valid and fixing bugs in your feed content.

Additionally, feel free to ask on the pyblosxom-users mailing list.