Really Simple Syndication (RSS) has taken off in a big way. Just as satellite television beams more channels into your home than you can watch, RSS allows to you display an endless amount of other peoples content. Whilst RSS XML feeds are plenty, there’s not as much in the way of clear, simple instruction when it comes to making use of those feeds.
If you’re one of the webmasters who uses a content management system that makes using RSS XML feeds as simple as specifying a feed URL then you’re fortunate in that respect. For others, the options available tend to be offered by developers of the software and the usage instructions provided can often be riddled with technical jargon. Many cry, “Use my feed”, but fewer tell you how.
One of the best and easiest ways I’ve found to show the content from an RSS XML feed on one of my websites is to use a ready made PHP parser. Now, don’t worry about what that means, just think of it as somthing that someone has already created; a blackbox that makes it easy for you to use content from RSS feeds and display it on your website.
For this guide, I’ve used MagpieRSS because...