Friday, September 25, 2009

Give up on RSS Feedreader PHP - It Will Not Work!

Feedreader has been giving out useless PHP "scripts" for months. The conclusion has been reached by all - that it simply does not work!

Rssfeedreader told me to do this,

"Please create a php5.ini file and set allow_url_include,register_globals ON. Currently they are OFF in php configuration. You can create php5.ini by yourself. But the best way is to contact your host support."

My host support refused to do this because of security reasons. I suggest that RSSfeedreader changes the way its system operates. It can do this, or people will ignore their site!

If you really want RSSfeedreader php script to work go here,

How to Make RSSfeedreader PHP "scipt" Work on Your Server

Include PHP works okay. So I would advise people to go to that site. But remember if you use their newer version you can only have 10 PHP "Scripts" before you are shut out. They expect you to pay a yearly fee to have more. You can use their basic version as many times as you like and to be honest, the output is quite good for most websites.

The Include site can be a bit confusing. Their basic PHP scripts are at the bottom of the Home page. You will have to scroll down or you will not see it. Just enter the XML or RSS address of the feed you want on your webpage. Choose the three color options (that is enough) choose the width, usually 900, then click "create HTML".

If you want to use the newer version register an email address with them. Wait, then click on the register url in the email you get. *Go the Include site click the button. Then on the new page that comes up click "Create A New RSSbox". Another page will appear: click "Create this RSSbox" in the "Simple Vertical List" square.

There is a problem: after you put your rss/xml address in and edit, save, then preview your feed you will be asked to login. When you do you will have to go through all the above again (from*). Then you will get your PHP script.

Save this PHP script in notepad. Then save it as "rssfeedyourfilename.php" into a folder on your computer. Go to that folder and you will see the file as "rssfeedyourfilename.php.txt". Right click on the file. Choose "Rename". Get rid of ".txt".

Save the "rssfeedyourfilename.php" file into the main folder on your website server with an FTP program.

To make it work add this address to the HTML of your webpage where you want the feed to show:

Save your website HTML , for example "index.html", to the main folder on your server with an FTP program.


You will have to create a file on your computer. Open notepad and write these two lines on the left side of the page,

"AddHandler server-parsed .htm
AddHandler server-parsed .html"

without the quotation marks.

Save it as ".htaccess" into a folder on your computer. It will save as ".access.txt. Your computer will not allow you to remove the "".txt" because the file begins with a dot.

You have to open your FTP program and load the file into the main directory of your website server. In the right column, "your /public_html/" directory, right click on the ".access.txt" file. Choose "rename" and remove the ".txt.

Your computer is now set to run PHP.

It will work!
Happy Webbing.

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Php Only Includes the First Line of Articles in Website Keywords Seen by Google

Beware of what php rss feed programs claim! If you manage to get php working on your site only the words in the first line of each article will be included in your website words when it is crawled by Google, Yahoo, etc. So the claim by RSS Feedreader and Include are incorrect. This means only those words you can actually see written under each article title when your webpage is displayed will be included in your site's key words. Authors who put feeds together will often paraphrase the first paragraph of an article. If this happens none of the articles text with be caught by Google when it checks your site.

Remember only the text actually displayed in the RSS articles on your webpage can be seen by Google - usually one sentence per article. Choose RSS sites with your keywords in the first line.

Another thing is that in "most cases" no words will be gleaned if the feed address has an ";rss" or ".rss" address, though many "/rss" and "=rss" addresses will work. Some will, some won't. Be sure to use feeds with ".xml" addresses if you want to have words that are seen by Google and Yahoo!

Though words are visible under each title in a feed with an "RSS" address, they are not usually visible to Google.

With rss addresses, keywords will show when you check the feed site with a keyword checking site, but they will not show when you have ".php" files on your server containing Include script for example, and you put links to the ".php" files in your webpages.

These problems are due to the way your server is set. Web hosting companies do not like to tell you how to turn off server protection. In fact they go out of their way to refuse changes.
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