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RSS FAQ's

How Do I disable skins?
1. Click on the 'Preferences' icon in the button bar, or choose 'Tools' -> 'Preferences' from the menu.
2. Click on the 'Display' tab.
3. Check the 'Disable skins' box.

What is the difference in the image tab between the link and the url?

The URL field should contain the address for the image itself. Example: www.mydomain.com/feedimage.gif The Link is the address for a webpage that directly relates to the feed. This is typically the same URL as the feed's Link field.
Example: www.mydomain.com/news-articles.htm If you want to include an image with your RSS feed, you must fill in the image's Title, Link, and URL fields. The other fields are optional.

What is smart date?

The button next to the Pub Date field with the calendar and wand is a 'Smart Date' button. It's default behavior is to insert the current date and time into the Pub Date field. However it can be a whole lot smarter than that. The 'Smart Date' button can be programmed to automatically advance the Pub Date to the next date and time that you want your published date to be. For example if you put out a newsletter every Monday at 9:00 AM, you could program the 'Smart Date' button to automatically advance the Pub Date to the next Monday at 9:00 AM. This is very useful for people who want to be able to create/update their feed beforehand, but not let it be published until the normal publish date and time. The 'Smart Date' button can be programmed to set the Pub Date to things like: - Tomorrow at 10:00 AM
- The first day of next month
- The last day of this month
- The third Tuesday of the month
- The last Friday of the month - etc. The 'Smart Date' button is simple to setup: From the menu choose 'Tools' -> 'Preferences'. Then choose the 'Current Feed' and the 'Smart Date' tabs. From the drop-down lists, simply choose the date and time option you want. You can also set a default 'Smart Date' behavior for all feeds by choosing the 'All Feeds' and 'Smart Date' tabs.

Should I save my file as an .rss or .xml ? What is the difference?
FeedForAll will support both. However, .xml is more widely used, and probably a better choice. Programs that can read XML files (i.e. browsers) will automatically know what to do with the .xml extension, but probably won't recognize the .rss extension.

Are other dictionaries available for spell checking?
Dictionaries are available for several different languages. Go to this webpage for more details: http://www.feedforall.com/dictionaries.htm

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What is the difference between the Link field and the URL field on the Images tab?
The Link field is the web address of a webpage that has information that relates to this feed. In most cases the Link field should be the same as the Link field on the Feeds tab. The URL field is the web address of the image file itself.

I just uploaded my feed, why doesn't it show on my website?
The Feed Path is the path on the FTP server in relation to the folder you are placed into, by default, when you log onto the FTP server. This is not a URL (i.e. not http://www.myserver.com/). If your web pages reside in the folder that you are place in when you log onto the FTP server, then this field should be left blank. Otherwise, it may look something like 'public_html/'. There are also two things to take notice of. First, on FTP servers the path separator is a forward slash '/' not a backslash like on Windows computers. Second, you shouldn't start the path with a slash '/' unless you are sure you know the full path to the destination folder from the root of the FTP server's directory.

What is smart date?
The button next to the Pub Date field with the calendar and wand is a Smart Date button. It's default behavior is to insert the current date and time into the Pub Date field. However it can be a whole lot smarter than that. The Smart Date button can be programmed to automatically advance the Pub Date to the next date and time that you want your published date to be. For example if you put out a newsletter every Monday at 9:00 AM, you could program the Smart Date button to automatically advance the Pub Date to the next Monday at 9:00 AM. This is very useful for people who want to be able to create/update their feed beforehand, but not let it be published until the normal publish date and time. The Smart Date button can be programmed to set the Pub Date to things like:

  • Tomorrow at 10:00 AM
  • The first day of next month
  • The last day of this month
  • The third Tuesday of the month
  • The last Friday of the month

The Smart Date button is simple to setup: From the menu choose FeedForAll -> Preferences. Then choose the Current Feed and the Smart Date tabs. From the drop-down lists, simply choose the date and time option you want. You can also set a default Smart Date behavior for all feeds by choosing the All Feeds and Smart Date tabs.

Should I save my file as an .rss or .xml? What is the difference?
FeedForAll will support both. However, .xml is more widely used, and probably a better choice. Programs that can read XML files (i.e. browsers) will automatically know what to do with the .xml extension, but probably won't recognize the .rss extension.